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My guest today is Rachel Kaplan a member of 13 Moon Collaborative and co-author of an excellent book on practicing permaculture in cities and suburbs, Urban Homesteading. This conversation centers around her work with the collaborative and how to foster permaculture people, not just permaculture landscapes. This is more than permaculture as a design practice, but as an embodiment of all the pieces that make permaculture what it has become, a way to live in an ecologically sound way.
If you would like to join the next session of the Permaculture from the Inside Out Design Course, classes start March 19, 2016, and you can find more information at http://13MoonCollaborative.com
Stepping away from this interview, I find my view on the idea of Zone 00 changing. For a long time I rejected the idea of the personal work, of the inner landscape, because it skirted the line of spirituality and woo a bit too much for my taste, because the presentations of the idea of Zone 00 were couched in language more mystical than mundane. Studying the American Civil Rights Movement and other non-violent movements, however, showed that transformation begins with the self before the physical manifestation in the world. In some cases, like the Salt March lead by Ghandi, can take 15 years of personal growth and preparation. Those stories are too often left out of the history books and so we only see the end results. Not the beginning.
For us to create a more bountiful world we need to address that inner landscape to know our heart’s desire, understand our calling, and to heal so that we can heal the world. By taking care of ourselves, we can practice permaculture from the inside out.
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From here the next episode is a permabyte featuring Byron Joel sharing a piece he wrote entitled, “A Lesson in Identity.” After that is Jerome Osentowski, author of “The Forest Garden Greenhouse.”
A quick update from behind the scenes.
On February 22, I’ll be in Baltimore for an open house and round table recording with Charm City Farms. Find more information by following the link in the show notes.
June 18, 2016, is the Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence at The Riverside Project in Charles Town, West Virginia. Michael Judd is the keynote speaker. I’m hosting an in-person round table recording. Workshops include Fermentation and Food Preservation with Diane Blust of Chicory Hill Farm; Animals in Permaculture with Nicole Luttrell of Wild Song Farm; Tree Identification walks with Shawn Walker of Trees101; and Living in the Gift with Seppi Garrett.
Tickets are currently on-sale and early bird pricing ends on Sunday, February 14, 2016, so pick up your ticket today.
As this episode comes out everyone at Seppi’s Place is falling into what life is like when the people you share space with are not roommates, but members of your community. In our case this means a more egalitarian approach to living. We share food, drink, and other items in the common area. I am now the self-designated snack-master, picking up the handful of things, like chips and icecream, that we all enjoy, but do not as of yet make onsite.
With the dissolution of my marriage and this move, I’m happy to say that my children have also come and spent time here, ready to return at a moment’s notice. Their mother, my unwife, has had dinner here and shared the space at Seppi’s Place with our children and my roommates. I continue to spend time at her house with them, and remain an integral part of our family.
If you are interested and want to know more about this process of unmarrying, as opposed to divorce, let me know and I can put together an episode to talk about the process of how my former spouse and I ended our marriage in order to save our family.
As I say my door is always open and that includes being here to help beyond the umbrella of permaculture. Let me know if I can help you.
In any way.
Until the next time spend each day creating the world you want to live in by taking care of Earth, yourself, and each other.