Permaculture: A design science, 30 young years

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. It is also the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. 


One consistent struggle in the community is the role of the sacred (i.e. Mother Earth) and myth. Please consider my recent lament.

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  • Regardless of our existential, ontological, and spiritual beliefs, it is probable that being within and interacting with the sacred is a driving force in one's existence -- even for those who deny the sacred. While we may not all have religion, we do all have a spirtuality, a relationship to the sacred. What then, is this sacred? First it is largely ineffable, it is a numinous feeling more than a rational observation. I propose three other aspects to the sacred: 1) it is that which is beyond our self; so all else is sacred, and we--each of us--are sacred to other selves; 2) sacred is that which constitutes the community, all communities (systems?), that sustain us and existence; 3) sacred is the connection of all things to each other. 

    • Well,... hmmm. "that which is beyond our self?" Perhaps I'm not using the "right side of my brain (or soul!?) Take a survey on sacred & permaculture?



    • Survey by  Christian Gerike ...


      What is NOT sacred to you? Why?

      All is sacred.

      Is Nature (i.e. – the Planet & Mother Earth) sacred to you?

      All is sacred.

      What do you think sacred means to your family and the community?

      Connection and sustenance, Life!

      Have you found sacred ideas from Books? Music? Art work? Poetry? Religious texts? Please share:

      Sacred ideas can be found in everything.

      What forces are acting against your sacred beliefs & practice?

      Only the thoughts that there are forces acting against the sacred.

      Is sacred the same as holy? Is sacred defined by a specific religious group? If so, which one?

      Sacred does not equal holy. Sacred is universal, not specific.

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