Perma Observation – Applying the Principles of Permaculture to Awareness Through Movement – A Reinterpretation of Wellness

After my uni degree in biomechanical science and some time spent in professional ‘people-care’ practice  in the 90’s using a merge of human movement science and arts (feldenkrais, yoga, alexander, qi qong, tui na, shiatsu) I found as my life moved along and new activities and realities (running a business, having kids) happened the extent of my direct daily application of movement science and arts gradually took a back seat. That said, I always held the passion deep in my heart and constantly drew from this knowledge in keeping centred while living my life.

Over the last few years as I have become interested and indeed now work in the field of Permaculture I have found an increasingly strong connection between the ethics and principles of this inspiring design science and my interest in people care and movement science and arts.

Now in the 2010’s at the age of 42 and after a decade and a bit of diverse and challenging events I have started to apply the ethics and principles of pemaculture to my movement passion. In reinterpreting my scientific skill and interest in awareness through movement fundamentals along the lines of another albeit ecological design science I have been finding some interesting parallels.

If stress or physical limitation has changed your quality of life, before you decide to go to a ‘specialist’ and expend resources (produce no waste) to get specific advice think about your own power (use and value renewable resources & services) to educate yourself somatically (use small and slow solutions) and take a holistic approach  (integrate rather than segregrate).

By slowing down (creatively use and respond to change) and taking notice (observe and interact) how your body functions, you gain feedback (apply self regulation and accept feedback) upon which your nervous system can build enhanced self-awareness and improved functioning (design from patterns to details).

This approach seems to align well with the sort of cognitive approach that I would argue each of us functioning within community needs to adopt in order to develop richness, responsibility and resilience.

It seems to me that this is good permaculture strategy and one based on science that is worthy of further research and development.

Perhaps this embodies a more concrete perma-inspired sense of wellness. One that connects people, projects and places into a more productive whole?


Perma Observation – Knowers, Doers, Learners and the output of Effective Permaculturists

‘Knowers’ think, know but rarely Do,

Knowers learn only based on what they know.

Knowers are non-doing thinkers stuck in their ‘groove’,

‘Doers’ do but rarely think or aim to know. Doers are non-knowing thinkers stuck in their ‘move’

‘Learners’ by contrast learn.

Learners are a holism of the Knower and the Doer.

Learners learn and they do so in a multitude of ways – they feel, they think and they do so as to know and they do to enrich to their learning in order to know more.

Learners understand when to be creative and innovative and within a sense of individual order and structure.

The aim of permaculture and perma teaching should be to increase the output of Learners.

Learners in the above sense are Effective Permaculturists.

Perma Observation: The Amazing World of Permaculture: The 3 P’s = C

the amazing thing about permaculture is its world.

the people you meet. the things they do and the projects they are working on. the places they live,.

i call them the all-embracing 3P’s of Perma – People, Projects and Places and they make up the permacommunity.

there is also a strong bond of values. the ethical principles of permaculture provide a triangulated strength of connection that attracts highly effective, truly holistic people.

my personal experience of the permacommunity is how valuable it has been for me. it has  enabled a sense of place for being and for thinking, feeling, living and socialising in ways that are sustainable and regenerative.

the amazing world of permaculture is a very diverse and a creatively inspiring space to be in.

and diversity is without any doubt one of the great keys to Permaculture.

the diversity of the 3P’s is one that is well used and valued. one that culminates in strong resilient Community (C)

its no different here at Milkwood.

an example of this diversity is my past 24hrs.

My Activity Notes –  the diarised flow of my day within a work team of 4 ppl

  • checked the pigs and that their pen and shelter structures are in order good
  • installed 2 grandpa feeders into the chook run
  • carted 3 full wheelbarrows of grass cut from the Food Forest path construction to ‘prime’ the chooks Gravity Run with inputs.
  • moved the 3 rooster boys in the Chook Dome up the hill in Patch 7 – the wind break of the Food Forest construction.
  • installed a mesh fence around 20m2 of 5 varieties of garlic in raised beds – the geese were having a go.
  • installed 5m of trimming pine into the ceiling of the Tiny House for lighting, smoke detectors and light pull switches.
  • installed a hand-crafted recycled timber awning window that weighed 100kg
  • measured up 5m2 of exterior wall framing to enable depth extension for corrugated iron cladding.
  • cut 20m of hillside ground into on-contour swale based 600mm wide pathways for access through the Milkwood Food Forest.
  • Dug out a 250kg boulder from the ground and repositioned it using a pinch bar as a thermal mass element on the ground within the Food Forest.
  • 3 hour of collaborative web-based work flow management

Tools Used List – the tools I used for the job – multiple jobs across multiple tasks

  • hammer,
  • cordless drill,
  • screwdriver,
  • ladder,
  • tape measure,
  • wheelbarrow,
  • mallet,
  • mattock,
  • post hole shovel,
  • crow bar,
  • hose,
  • fire fighting pump,
  • hand saw,
  • rake,
  • ruler,
  • square,
  • straight edge
  • saw guide
  • power saw,
  • a chisel,
  • pliers,
  • broom,
  • caulking gun,
  • pincers,
  • nail punch,
  • g-clamp,
  • tin snips,
  • electric planer,
  • spanner,
  • quad bike,
  • walkie talkie,
  • laptop,
  • multiple online management apps

perhaps there should be a subset to the People Care ethic. That People Care constitutes the value of People, Place and Project.

And that 3P’s = Community (C)

And that C is powered by Diversity.

Sex in the Tiny House Dam and other Spring Geese tales

so here at Milkwood Farm its getting warmer during the day.

in fact without doubt a bit of Spring has sprung. there is pair of ganders with 4 geese on farm. you see them everywhere. you hear them from anywhere. this mob of geese are a real bunch of laughs to be around. and boy do they get around.

there are numerous dams and waterholes around and the geese just walk from spot to spot chattering and being noisy as they do.

this morning when we started at the Tiny House there they were up at the top dam screeching at each other and warming the valley with their antics. the other night they camped outside my caravan which is a fair bit away. they are so funny to live daily around.  i reckon their walking range is a good 500m radius.

by lunch they had wandered down from the high swale dam passed the Bees, the Chooks and through the Food Forest to us at the Tiny House. To get to the Tiny House and their destination the Tiny House Dam (coz afterall you gotta have purpose) they wander down the House Swale making so much noise you sort of have to stop what you are doing and go watch them

for me its a bit like they are all saying “hey everyone We, The Geese have arrived” .

they just so like to be welcomed.

anyways down the swale they waddle jumping through deep puddles, puddles btw that are being held high in milkwoods landscape by awesome swale infrastructure.

as they navigate their way around via the “milkwood on-contour goose freeway” I cant help but think how much of a lark this place is for geese. they can do what they want, how they want, when they want … and you know what … they do  …. and they put in on show.

down they waddle yelling at each other getting into single file and then …  a quick trot down the wall and plop they are in the House Dam. they love it in there. actually they really Love it . yep, straight into Love.

the ganders get straight onto ride romping their bunch of geese right smartly in the Tiny House Dam.   No mucking around – straight down to business. The Sex in the Tiny House Dam show keeps up for as long as it takes to ensure each goose has been ridden and romped once.

With the job done they diligently move on for the next site.

They are getting to know the pigs – sossy and milly

(photos of the gander boys and their goosey girls to follow)