Making social permaculture stronger - 16-18 March 2018

Sixtus Lodge area
Rongo
RECAP's Olsson Community Orchard

Save the date, and join us for the next installation in the hui series "making permaculture stronger!"

Social permaculture--also referred to as "invisible structures"--is of growing interest. Social permaculture applies to a range of topics from living economies, to community development, to ways of learning (processes of social development and transformation), to governance, participatory processes, facilitation, and much more. Those with a grounding in permaculture design and an established interest in social permaculture are warmly invited to participate in a hui from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March at Sixtus Lodge.

This rustic venue is located near Apiti (near Kimbolton, North Island), and immediately next door to conservation areas in the Ruahine ranges. The venue has been designed for (appropriately supervised*) children, so consider bringing yours along to enjoy the great outdoors. Assuming at least twenty attendees, maximum costs will be $100 per adult and $50 per child for the full hui: efforts will be made to reduce these fees through food-sharing and other measures.

*The venue was designed for school camps. There is a nearby stream, a well-fenced cliff, and lots of tracks into conservation areas.

The hui will primarily be run as open space, with a focus on the development of social permaculture in New Zealand, whether through education, design, or implementation. It's important to me (Sharon) to remind people that permaculture is not a bundle of tricks--it is a design process, not a chicken tractor; it is an ethical and principled way of adapting to particular contexts and purposes, not a favourite organisational structure or method of facilitation. That said, we all learn from examples!

Save the date! We'd love to have you participate in making this a great weekend for all. The defined hui parameters (above) are broad and can accommodate many interests and more specific open space topics. The venue allows up to 50 people.

To help me juggle workload, neither registrations nor formal expressions of interest for attendance will open until sometime in 2018. Detailed planning will also be postponed until closer to the date. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to thinking, sharing, learning, and building community with you all!

Sharon Stevens, Ashhurst