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For those of you interested in Intentional Community this essay is about two such communities.  The Permaculture Institute has presented the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Lama Foundation over the past 7 years, and will begin teaching the PDC at Sat Yoga Ashram next year. Lama Foundation was formed in 1967 and is one of the few remaining intentional communities from that era.  Lama was founded around spiritual growth and has been the home and […]

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This is a guest post by one of Lama Foundation’ residents, Rebecca Rodger. Lama Foundation is a host of the upcoming Permaculture Design Course, offered now for over 12 years “on the mountain”, in the stunning setting of the Sangre de Cristo range of Northern New Mexico. Rebecca is sharing about the life of this fascinating inter-spiritual community, one of the oldest ones in the USA Who we are We are quite an eclectic group […]

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Permaculture is a powerful and practical answer if your goal is to become more sustainable. Embracing permaculture practices in your life is an exciting proposition, but it quickly becomes overwhelming if you don’t  avoid common mistakes. Look at this list of 7 steps that help you succeed in your permaculture journey.

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All Souls Day upon us, the day of remembering ancestors, about their experiences in life, their understanding of nature, seasons, family life. In the Autumn chill, I think about kindling the fire of warmth in our home and beyond. What acts help us build a life that is slower, simpler, imbued with meaning and beauty, that is restorative, caring and nurturing for the generations before and after us? How does my commitment to sustainable living […]

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This is the third post in the series that describe upcoming permaculture design course in Costa Rica. We are hoping to make your trip planning much simpler by providing more photos and information on class logistics. For topics of travel planning, food and people (hosts, teachers, participants) and about fitting in, please visit this post. For teacher’s notes and impressions about this class, please visit here. And a short video of the class is here. […]

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I feel like a field mouse lately, the cold nights and cool days of late September inviting actions directed at keeping warmth in the house, gathering the food stuffs for the long winter ahead. Preparing the firewood, knitting a few more garments to keep the family cozy…. searching for the slippers that were put away for the summer.

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Farming as Dance -The Choreography of Polyculture

Farming as Dance --The Choreography of Polyculture

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Joel Salatin, alternative farmer at Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. Edible Education is a lecture course at UC Berkeley, funded by the Edible Schoolyard Project www.edibleschoolyard.org and the Epstein Roth Family Foundation. This lecture is hosted by instructor Michael Pollan.