1) Care for the earth – provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. Without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
2) Care for the people – provision for all people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
3) Return of the surplus – reinvestment of surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two tenets. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle.
Permaculture principles have been key to our development and planning from the start. We are also privileged to regularly host noted permaculture activist Starhawk, who lives locally and was active on the property since long before our arrival. Starhawk’s annual two-week ‘Earth Activist Training’ (EAT) workshop is held at PPI every January, and she also runs ‘Social Permaculture’ programs here every spring. The workshops are led by highly knowledgeable and skilled instructors and mentors, both local and national, and students have described the program as incredibly inspiring, and life-changing. Through their training and dynamic projects, Starhawk and her co-teachers and students have had a significant impact on the enhancement and care of this land, directly and by raising our community’s awareness of different approaches to use of resources. We are very grateful for the gifts of nurturing and education Starhawk has given us. We offer reduced rental rates for EAT, and when possible also work-exchange options for participants in these groups.
For more information on the Earth Activist Training, including information on upcoming workshops with Starhawk at PPI, see: http://www.earthactivisttraining.org/courselist.html