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Simrit, who’s facilitating this course, wants the world to understand just two things:

  1. We can all play a part in changing the sense of helplessness that characterizes conversations around climate change.
  2. Much more than a system of land use, permaculture is a philosophy that shows us how we can lead lives that are aligned with, rather than against, nature.

The goal of this course is to enable participants to use the principles of permaculture to create a resilient lifestyle or, in other words, to strengthen our internal and external immune systems. We will learn how even as city dwellers, we can redesign our lives and spaces to be more sustainable — economically, ecologically and emotionally. This course is for everyone who is seeking to 

  • Understand the various of facets of the permaculture philosophy
  • Introduce its principles into their everyday lives
  • Adopt a healthy, sustainable lifestyle in harmony with nature

Over the 6 sessions of the course, we will observe, implement, reflect and engage in practical hands-on projects. 

Week 1: Ethics & Principles 

How can we align our lives with the ethics and principles of permaculture? We will each choose one area of our lives in which to apply these principles and observe the changes both at a personal and community level. 

Week 2: Ecosystems & Natural Patterns 

What can we learn from observing nature? What are the patterns and seasons in our lives and how can we work with them, rather than against them? How can we reduce the waste in our lives -- whether it is plastic, your time or energy? We will also plant our first seed this week.

Week 3: Food & Seed 

What does eating well really mean? Is it more sustainable to grow your own food or support a poor farmer? This week, we will try to identify the oldest fruiting tree in our neighborhood...and wait to collect its seed! 

Week 4: Design

We will learn how we can use the resources at our disposal. This will include mapping the trajectory of the sun through our homes and identifying areas that are the noisiest, calmest, warmest, most humid, etc., so that we can redesign our spaces to make the most of the microclimates that exist within our environment. 

Week 5: Money & Work 

Is it possible to live ethically while being a part of a capitalist system? What does true abundance mean to you? What are the things that make you feel luxurious? How can we be more aware of how we spend our money and how can we start voting with our wallets? This week we will look deep into cryptocurrencies, the banking system and try to limit our spending as much as possible!  

Week 6: Community & Technology 

These two words have become synonymous in today’s world...but this is not necessarily a bad thing. We will deep dive into blockchain technology and understand how it has the potential to revolutionize our economic and political systems. Exercise on befriending our neighbors and those that we rely on, on a daily basis.

Each participant will leave the course with a clear road map on how to live a more fulfilling, ethical, and ecological lifestyle as well as with a framework through which to pass future choices and decisions to benefit themselves and the greater good. 

    About the Facilitator

    Simrit Malhi is a permaculture farmer, who has been running Roundstone Farms, a model permaculture farm in south India, for the past decade. She started India’s first permaculture consultancy, S.E.E.D, where she designed and grew edible gardens in and around the city. She now teaches and facilitates courses on permaculture and other sustainable systems, writes on food and sustainability, gives haircuts for barter and is learning to play the piano. She spent many years in Mumbai living a permaculture lifestyle before she made the shift to the country and believes that the world’s cities are really where true change needs to begin.

    (Note: The last session of this course will be on Sunday, October 17, and not Saturday, October 16)

    Let's Get Started

    Once you enroll, you will receive an invite from welearnwegrow@mn.co to join the course on the   WLWG learning platform. 

    The course sessions will be online on Zoom with 10-15 other learners. We will post the access links on the course page on the WLWG platform. The sessions will be recorded in case you miss one. 

    Since we are open to members from all parts of the world, we offer a sliding scale of contributions. Our plans are available at three levels of financial experience. If for some reason you would like to attend the course but are unable to contribute financially, please contact us for a free seat.

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