Chillies, almonds, sowing winter seeds, designing wild spaces, planting and cooking by the full moon, gifted food.....gratitude
Today the moon is full, and with its fullness comes change, abundance and completion. I'm spending some time focusing on connecting with its energy to do some visioning and reflecting this afternoon. There's little chance of seeing the moon here, as the cloud is all around us in the hills today, but in any rain breaks i'll be planting some ground cover seeds and seedlings. (salad leaves, nasturtium, calendula) amongst the winter veggies.
Beautiful artwork by Hannah Willow
Earth based spirituality is central to my life and permaculture work and I often use the energies and patterns it guides me with as core tools within my designing.
This week I've had some lovely creative time, designing a space in our new garden where we can have celebratory or reflective times around representations of the 5 elements , Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.
Ive also been learning more about luna patterns and cycles recently, so today, with the moon in the Earth sign Capricorn, Id like to present my 'Earth' area of the garden.
Facing North and amongst our current herb pot zone, Earth has lots of different stones and seeds within its creation. Earth is very much about fertility, healing, growth, support, wisdom and manifestation, and it was really great to focus on these aspects as I chose what I wanted the it's space to look like.
I've also decided to include planting the dried bean I had saved from the Earth Activist Training I attended in California in 2013. We were all given beans to take from the temporary community we had formed there, back to plant wherever home was. At the time, I knew that 'Home' would be changing, though now this garden is starting to feel very much like it may well be Home x
I love new moon time of each month, its such a great motivation to get plans and projects started, (and then their progress reviewed with the energy of the full moon two weeks later). So exactly one month after I accredited my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design at the International Permaculture Convergence, here is the first post of my new blog, created especially for my next chapter of permaculture learning.
Embracing the permaculture principle of 'each element performs many functions', my blog aims to -
Provide a way of sharing my permaculture knowledge and experience with others both in the permaculture community, and hopefully beyond ('hi Dad x')
Give me a space to document my experiences and learning in a format where I can easily locate prior posts
Encourage my development as a 'writer'. Throughout the 4 years of my Diploma journey, writing is something I've discovered I really enjoy and benefit from.
Inspired by the amazing blog The Snail of Happiness written by my friend Jan Martin, I'm going to attempt to write a post each day, for the next month.
The kinds of things you can expect to see here are
News about my permaculture designs and projects
Reviews of books, films, music, websites, blogs, events
Celebratory writing relating to Earth festivals
I'm really exited about this blog hopefully becoming an integral part of my life and permaculture work. Feedback is very much appreciated.
regular updates and reflections about the permaculture designs in my life