CERES in October – Permaculture of the Inner Landscape

As Permaculturalist Prof. Stuart Hill says, “We’re not going to be saved by nuclear power, not even by solar power; nor by any religious or political doctrine. The only thing that can save us is to become perfectly connected with our innermost feelings. This is our fundamental responsibility as human beings.”

In the face of the latest IPCC report released this week, with dire warnings about the trajectory of global warming, this call to get in touch with our feelings may seem inadequate to some. However, when women put their bodies between machinery and trees in India in the 1970s, the Chipko Movement was born and became one of the most successful environmental activism struggles in the world. Chipko means “to embrace” in Hindi, and it’s not unimportant that women hugged the trees in order to save them. It could be said that all the best examples of great social change movements arise from the intersection between love, knowledge and action.

Permaculture loves intersections. As a holistic and integrative approach to culture and agriculture (people and Earth), it offers a welcome antidote to the industrialised, disconnected ways of thinking that caused the climate crisis, and with which our political leaders seem to be using to try and solve it. Spring is unofficially Permaculture season at CERES with Rosemary Morrow, Robyn Clayfield, David Holmgren, the Milkwood team, and more coming to visit us. You may be surprised to hear we didn’t plan this. It just evolved as part of the living CERES ecosystem like things usually do.

“Flat outstretched upon a mound
Of earth I lie; I press my ear
Against its surface and I hear
Far off and deep, the measured sound
Of heart that beats within the ground.
And with it pounds in harmony
The swift, familiar heart in me.
They pulse as one, together swell,
Together fall; I cannot tell
My sound from earth’s, for I am part
Of rhythmic, universal heart.”

Elizabeth Odell, via Prof. Stuart Hill’s fabulous lecture, Permaculture of the Inner Landscape

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