Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Sarah Hayward says:

    Really enjoyed this lesson and the idea that there are miracles happening all around us all the time. I often talk with my children about all the wonderous things that are happening outside when we are out and about – it’s always good to do this more and have a great message/quote to hang these conversations on. I can see this being a fun game to play with the children … how many uses and connections can you find for the solar panels, the trees, the pond etc. Bet they will come up with loads I couldn’t imagine!

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  • Sarah Hayward says:

    Really enjoyed this lesson and the idea that there are miracles happening all around us all the time. I often talk with my children about all the wonderous things that are happening outside when are out and about – it’s always good to do this more and have a great message/quote to hang these conversations on. I can see this being a fun game to play with the children … how many uses and connections can you find for the solar panels, the trees, the pond etc. Bet they will come up with loads I couldn’t imagine!

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  • Mike Bielesch says:

    That chicken/hot house diagram blew my mind! Really helped me conceptualize what stacking functions can look like.

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  • Kristy Cooper says:

    You will see me going around to all the landscapers and asking, “Hey! Can I have all those dead leaves please?” Haha! Wonderful Video! I have a suggestion or maybe this is already something but, is there anyway to print out all of the diagrams?

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    • Jesscy says:

      {HHA Coach} This is a GREAT suggestion & I’m passing it on to Bret as he’s in the process of making everything even better for ya’ll as we speak!

      For now, if you screenshot & save you should be able to use them as printouts. Does that make sense?

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  • Stephen Haley says:

    I love stacking functions! “Money for nothing and your chick(en)s for free”.

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  • Sarah Bumpaous says:

    Found a typo at 1:03 – “element’vs” 🙂

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  • Stacy Wright says:

    Listening to this made me start thinking about all the connections I can, and already do, connect various things in all parts of life. For instance, cooking vegetables in water, I drain out the water and let it cool down. Then depending on the vegetable, I can either save the water and use it for further cooking, or I can water my garden. Then the vegetables from the garden come back into the house to feed me and continue the cycle. Then I started thinking about the scrap pieces from the vegetables going into the compost pile, or someday, to be a snack for livestock.

    Indeed, my imagination went wild, and I had to start the video over to see what I missed. 😀

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  • Amanda Duque says:

    I’m imagining there will be more in depth discussion on this topic in future lessons when starting to add all these steps together?

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  • Khari Jackson says:

    I love how you brought in stillness, observation and present moment awareness and the fact that miracles are around us always. It feels like a miracle finding a permaculturist like you and PDC with this approach to life!

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    • Anagha Pathare says:

      Feel the same Khari. Being still and being present has lead me to Permaculture and something that felt so alien before seems so integrated in my life now. Everything is connected… reminded me of Metatron’s Cube where every sphere is connected to another.

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      • Khari Jackson says:

        OMG Synchronisity! I have Metatron’s Cube as my background photo on my phone! I was planning on designing the layout of my farm similar to it! There’s so much I don’t know about Metatron’s Cube but I have gravitated to it! Yes, everything is connected!!! Thanks for sharing!

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        • Anagha Pathare says:

          Wow … I was just visualizing a farm in Seed of Life formation which can go on expanding to Flower of life formation… it will create so many horizontal edges and different type of plantation will create vertical edges. and so many connections can be made. You reply is a huge validation for me 🙂 Do share your farm design, I am curious it see it… I will share mine once done. I can’t believe, its just 1st module and I am so excited… my mind is running thousand miles 😛

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          • Khari Jackson says:

            Your reply is a huge validation for me as well! Wow Wow! I will share mine as well when they’re done. So far, I just have the buildings making up the main circles as I see them in Metatron’s Cube. They’re going to align with the cardinal directions which seems to be a perfect fit. I’m waiting to learn more about Permaculture, but I see myself making lines of companion plants around the property to create the shape? Still dreaming up plans. Still so much in the air! It’s a magical time! My mind is also super excited! Gotta relax and find stillness and move forward! Are you in the Facebook group? I can share my blueprints via FB.

  • Tim Falls says:

    I love the parting, summary message here: tune in to the land (part of my interpretation of this is to literally sit and meditate on the land), and the miracles will make themselves apparent. Another great lesson!

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  • Adreena Carr says:

    I wish I could like the many comments in here sharing amazing ideas and perspectives. I’ll definitely use this lesson in the garden frequently when learning how to shape it in the later years. Even now, it’s only a few months old, I’d like to expand its connection through rain water irrigation, but still not too sure what to connect in the space that I’m in.

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  • JENNY OLSON says:

    Mind mapping is a great way to learn, understand, and organize your thoughts and visions. I had a wonderful instructor in college, Alice, who taught Oral Interpersonal Communication. She taught the class to mind map and I used it through all of my schooling to study. I will be using it to plan the gardens too. Great idea!

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  • Monika Ujvari says:

    That was an amazing message in this lesson!
    Miracles are all around us we just have to pay attention and open up to them ❤️
    Thank you, it melted my heart!
    Sometimes we have to be re-minded and re-membered

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  • Laci says:

    I’ve definitely been in a process of trying to just slow down. I feel like i was much more observant when i was younger. The last several years i got caught up in all the busyness. Little by little i’m slowing things down. My daughter is very observant, noticing much more than people would expect her to. Maybe i should take a few lessons from her and slow down, breathe, and really see. Thank you for this lesson.
    i’m actually doing this lesson outside, the robins are running around foraging for treats and are ignoring me for the most part. i know they’re eating up some of the worms in my yard and i hope they’re not eating the seeds i just planted lol. Trying to observe, and see the connections

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  • Angela Cristina Miranda da Luz Mello says:

    I loved this thing about connections and how we need to still our minds and observe the connections that are already there! That is fantastic and we can realize how deep we are connected with everything. Thank you so much, all the lessons are really amazing, I am very happy to have taken this first step.

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  • Rosmely van Driel-Silva says:

    Great lesson Bret!

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  • Cassi Haines says:

    This is all starting to make sense. Things shouldn’t stand alone, but rather interconnect with one another.

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  • Katie Kennington says:

    I love this lesson. Is there some book you get these illustrations from? Or is there somewhere to print them out?

    I have always felt connected to land and nature, I think I just never knew what to do with that connection apart from just appreciating and loving nature.

    Is there a homework exercise to get started connecting elements of current land?

    When do the homework assignments start coming? I feel like I want a specific assignment to do or try after every lesson!

    Thank you for your work in piecing this all together!!

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  • Patrick Sant says:

    Brilliant lesson. so simple when you are shown it.

    Common sense at its finest!

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  • Kathy Hung says:

    I love how all these principles are as applicable to land as to our daily lives!

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  • Emily Crocker says:

    Ah yes inter-connectivity! It all makes perfect sense. I really tried making a point to highlight stacking functions when I worked in my college farm, but I had (and still have) a hard time identifying the needs of the farm and community, and providing solutions with multi-use plants/animals. What do you think is the best way to organize your thoughts in creating an optimally functioning garden or farm? Ie is there a diagram format that could help? Is this something that can be answered now or should I just be patient and watch the rest of the lessons?

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    • Bret James says:

      Yes Emily, using a Mind Map! I talk about this in more detail in Track 2, there is another lesson on making connection and a lesson on the design layers (which includes an example of mapping connections).

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  • Kevin Kendrick says:

    Stopping …not thinking…feeling ..observing…connecting.Learn from Earth Mother..reverse engineer. This is the zone..the vortex..presence. Love it!

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  • Miel Dubielewicz says:

    I’m with Mariah. I’d love to be able to download the graphics as I’ve taken screenshots, but they are blurry and can be hard to read. I’m only working on a 13″ screen 🙂
    I’d also like the opportunity to print them and make notes. Just letting you know if would be helpful and it seems to be a popular issue.
    Thanks so much, all content has been enjoyable so far and looking forward to learning so much more!

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    • Bret James says:

      Hey Miel!

      As of today, starting in Module 5 we provide download clifsnotes including the slides, and are working our way backwards to have these available for modules 1-4. Also, the videos are recorded in HD, so you should be able to choose a high res setting within the Vimeo controls to ensure the slides are clear for your screen shots. Let me know if you have issues with setting the videos to HD.

      Bret

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  • Tiffani Beckman-McNeil says:

    favorite lesson so far!

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  • Tiffani Beckman-McNeil says:

    at time 1:00 there’s a typo on the slide 🙂

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  • Terry Nguy-Chang says:

    Excellent! I’m learning in this lesson that permaculture is really practicing meditation in nature. (BTW, there is a typo on the screen titled “Two Major Components.”)

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  • Rachel Searle says:

    So good!
    Can’t wait to learn more about the space that I am working with in order to plant what will be most beneficial!

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  • Mariah Wannberg says:

    Are any of your diagrams, such as the chicken-greenhouse relationship, or graphs available anywhere on the site? I would love to do a mine graph as you did to begin pattern observing and function stacking but would love your’s for inspiration and to open my mind to things I may overlook as a newbie. I did take a pic with my phone and paused the video but I am typing notes on my computer as I am going through the lessons and I would love to have some imagery to tie things together as I go back through the notes.
    Also, I know you mentioned that there are worksheets, will those be listed at the ends of the lessons or somewhere else> I haven’t seen any yet so i just want to be sure I am not missing anything. Thank you for all of the time and heart you have put into this course.

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    • Bret James says:

      Hey Mariah!

      The diagrams are not available so I recommend pausing the video and doing a screen shot and saving to your computer. Some lessons have worksheets, but most dont. If they do they are located below the video 🙂

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  • Lisa Feldmann says:

    This lesson was such an eye-opener for me. Suddenly I see so much possibility around me! Wow!!!

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