“She is the Tree of Life to all that depend on her.”
Today we really urge you to watch the video above. It was taken on a trip to Tilapa, Guatemala, a Pacific beach town near the Mexican border where we go on a little tour of the mangroves. You’ll see the mangrove seed and seedling, with small roots just beginning to set, as well as slightly larger mangrove saplings with roots. Snails are all over them! It reminds me of a line in a book I read by Starhawk, “She is the Tree of Life to all that depend on her,” and I think the mangrove truly is one of those trees of life.
Studying Permaculture and Natural Building in Central America offers amazing opportunities to learn from indigenous cultures, rich natural patterns, and enormous diversity. Permaculture in Central America is representative of the edge effect or Edge Valuing Principle of Design. As one of the world’s centres of biodiversity, Central America attracts people from all over the world interested in learning through nature. Permaculture practices and can be seen in action via the surviving indigenous traditions that are common in Central America. Studying permaculture and natural building in Central America offers designers great opportunities to learn from diverse groups of people in incredibly diverse natural settings.