March Permaculture Introduction Course

Permaculture course March 16th & 17th 2019. More info


Translations of Permaculture words and phrases

My colleague and friend Rakesh, has created a list of permaculture words and phrases and put them online. This is to help anyone who is learning permaculture. Very impressive list, check it out here:

Decision Matrix

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Ever struggled to make a decision? The decisions matrix is a very useful design tool for deciding between different options which have multiple different criteria. Below is described how to use this tool with when planning a family holiday.

Step 1

With the children talk about ‘how you will decide between the different choices’. Agree which criteria are important to your family for deciding. Very young children will probably loose interest here, which is fine include them if they are interested, and allow them to play if that is their preference.

Example criteria:

Earth care

  • Low carbon emissions/eco-footprint
  • Helping nature

People care

  • Relaxing
  • Exercise
  • Learning
  • Helping other people
  • Meeting other people (friends and people with similar interests).

Fair share

  • Cost
  • Will it include everyone in the family fairly?

List the different options down the first column, as the labels for the rows. List the criteria across the top as the headings for the rows.

Step 2 – Filling out the matrix

The adult(s) and any older children can sit down scoring each option for each of your criteria. Score each option from poor (0) to fantastic (5). Some of the options will be equal for a particular criteria.

Step 3 – Relative importance

This step is optional. The idea is to work out the relative importance of each criterion, expressed as a number. For example zero (0) indicates that this criterion is completely unimportant in the final decision, and 5 shows that it is essential. Hopefully there won’t be any zeros, as this would indicate that there was no reason to list it!

Step 4

If you didn’t do step 3, also skip this step.

Multiply each of your scores made in step 2, by the relative importance from step 3.

Step 5

Add up your scores for each holiday option.

The one with the highest score wins!!!

Decision Matrix for a family holiday

New Permaculture Courses in Glasgow

There are two introductory permaculture courses coming up in Glasgow –  You can choose between March 16th & 17th and  January 12th and 13th 2019. Then, if you enjoy if (which I’m sure you will!) you can go on with the rest of the Permaculture Design Course, which is one weekend per month from February to June. If you do the March weekend, you can do the rest of the design course in 2020. This fantastic course is full of  learning with the head, heart and hand; delicious lunches and wonderful, like-minded people. Here’s what other people said about our permaculture courses.

My book is finished and for sale!

I know that some of you have been asking  when you can get a copy of the book I spent the last year writing. Well, it’s called ‘Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual’ or the ‘CiP Manual’ for short! You can READ IT FOR FREE online, or if you prefer to have a paper copy in your hand – you can BUY ONE HERE!

It explores how the ethics and principles of permaculture can be applied to engaging children in education, an innovative, holistic pedagogy, curriculum, around 400 activities, several session plans and even top tips for child-friendly events.

It has been received wonderfully with many practitioners giving very positive feedback – including Richard Louv (author of  ‘Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.’), Alistair McIntosh (Scottish author of Soil and Soul and other books), Rosemary Morrow (one of the pioneering women in permaculture), Janet Millington (authors of Outdoor Classrooms), Roseanna Hunt (primary school teacher), Beryl Laroque (grandmother), and lots of other permaculturists, teachers, parents and forest school leaders.