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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ Buckminster Fuller
- Social permaculture takes a step beyond the garden and provides a framework for designing better, more ethical, thriving finance and economic systems, technology and tools we use, built environment, community governance systems, health and wellbeing, cultures, and education.
- Using a permaculture lens to observe and interact with the world around us has the ability to better the people, processes, and systems around us.
Questions this course will answer:
Each course is broken down into digestible lessons and each lesson contains different components.
Lectures are broken down into bite sized mini lectures* with key takeaways for your viewing and comprehension ease. Please view all content for the best learning experience.
Engage with your peers and community in forums and discussions related to this lesson and course. Deepen your understanding by digging into the community knowledge available
Additional resources are available for your additional learning at the bottom of the lesson. Take advantage of the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the lesson at hand.
Take notes using the embedded, super nifty notetaker tool (the black box labelled Take Notes) in the lessons. As you progress lesson to lesson, course to course, your notes will cumulative into one handy-dandy document.
*Note: Since the original filming of these lectures, we have made some improvements, tweaks, and updates such as breaking the lectures into bite-sized chunks, reorganizing topics, and expanding the additional resources available. We made these little tweaks to bring this course from amazing to legendary and to provide the best learner experience possible. So occasionally you may hear one of the teachers refer to a resource (ie: Notepack) or mention a former lesson that you can’t find in this specific course–don’t fret!
Meet your teachers
Shad Qudsi Shad Qudsi has 20 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 12 years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. Shad originally set out to study mathematics and work in big business, but long ago had a change of heart. Shad is the Co-Founder of Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm and Education Center, and more recently serves the role of President in the non profit organization, Wellkind Guatemala. Aside from all of this, Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes that humans are good for the planet. Human resilience cannot be erased from the landscape and now, it is coming back with a gentle loving caress.
Ashley’s work focuses on resurrecting our relationship to the natural world through the development of earth based skills that deepen our connection to place while increasing our sense of sovereignty and resilience. Devoted to the arts of permaculture, natural building, herbalism and birth work as her mediums, Ashley explores with humility the diverse modalities that support us in living in right relationship with the world around us. She views permaculture as a practice that not only creates healthy ecological communities but one that helps to reweave the very fabric of who we are as people. Her work is an offering to the future.
Déva Presence is a conscious lyricist, author and guide. He has been leading people for over a decade in retreats and workshops on many topics including relationships, permaculture, yoga, spirituality and conscious sexuality. None of it compares to his real life experience of becoming liberated in his emotions. He shares from his heart and experience a living example of the power in truth!
He has traveled the world deepening his connection to nature, taking countless courses and retreats on self-empowerment, sharing his gifts as a musician, author, teacher and lover of the earth. He earned a degree in Philosophy and has been teaching yoga, permaculture and conscious sexuality as a specialty. For 15 years he has been giving guidance, helping people move from grudges to gratitude.