ABOUT CASCADIA PERMACULTURE
Cascadia Permaculture is a training hub for students, teachers and stewards of the land who want to learn about Whole Systems Design for Self-Reliant Living.
The training opportunities begin right here on this website. For a basic introduction, keep reading! Then review the Principles and Goals of Permaculture. To go more in depth, check out the Resources and Links page.
Our Courses and Workshops provide an interactive environment for applying Permaculture principles in your own life and on the land that you love.
If you’re looking for a more personalized training for your group or community, contact Jude about guest speaking.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is an ecological approach to whole-systems design that allows us to creatively develop self-supporting environments by integrating the land, water, plants, animals, shelter, technologies and community.
…An ecological science focused on the study of nature and natural systems
…A design system for self-reliant living
…A global grass roots movement applicable on all scales and in all situations
One of the strengths of Permaculture is that it empowers individuals to create positive change through their decision-making processes. As a guide, one can tap into an evolving set of principles to find beneficial solutions to most challenges.
These principles are an invaluable tool for homeowners, homesteaders, farmers, educators, landscapers, architects, bioregionalists, city planners, foresters, reclamation specialists, neighborhood organizers and anyone interested in sustainable living.
The word Permaculture was coined in the mid-‘70s by Australian ecologist Bill Mollison and David Holmgren from the words permanent culture to describe the conscious design of ecosystems that offer diversity, stability, and resilience.
While there are many definitions of the word, at the most fundamental level Permaculture is about inter-relationships based on Care for the Earth and Care for all Living Beings.
I suppose at the time I was absorbing something that felt beyond me (Permaculture that is). I had just moved away from home for the first time in my life at 19 and was taken aback by all of the sensory information I was receiving. I knew I agreed with it and wanted to live it, but I was in such a premature state to really absorb all of the advanced teachings. I did my absolute best though, and here I am still trying to live it without fully knowing it, and keeping the connections it has brought to my life alive. That course set me up and introduced me to people, books, teachings, and practices that are an enormous aspect of what consists of my life to this very day. (5 years after the Design Course) -Deanna