Drought Resistant Permaculture System

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Permaculture, Regenerative Leadership Institute |

    Droughts can be rough, for people and especially for gardens which have plants that need a lot of water. Even if those plants don’t need a lot of water, longer periods without water can damage or destroy most of the plants. And as we can see as years are going by more and more drought periods are happening in all parts of the world. So our task is to try to adapt our plants to these conditions.

Permaculture systems are a powerful tool to have knowledge about, and many showed us and are still showing us that, among who I must mention Regenerative Leadership Institute and its founder Vladislav Davidzon, as well as a world renowned permaculture consultant, designer and teacher Geoff Lawton. Geoff Lawton permaculture design course is focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems and will bring you inspirational examples of permaculture solutions .

    First thing to know is that when you want to start a permaculture system you should aim for plants that grow in the kind of conditions your system will be. They have already adapted to that atmosphere and will have less problems than other plants. At the beginning you should focus on quality not on quantity that comes later. Of course, you should use symbiotic relationships when planting and totally avoid pesticides and non-natural fertilizers. Cutting back on water should be done slowly, don’t drown your garden with a surplus of water.

    In order to create drought resistant plants you will have to sacrifice some. Only the strongest of the plants will survive and from them you should take seeds and nest generation will have the ability to survive droughts better than others. Arabidopsis-sqDoing this with couple of generations will provide you with seeds, that will grow into plants that require less water than any before them. You should note that this will take you a lot of time. Taking a bunch of seeds from regular plant in order to make future generations of it a drought resistant plant can take a lot of time from you and there will be a lot of plants that will die away, and those that die, will serve as a mulch for those that survived.

    Next step in creating a permaculture system that is drought resistant is building of hugelkultur and swales. Both of these things will help your permaculture system to attain a portion of independence from watering and it will be a bit sturdy than before. Hugelkultur, as you know is building a mound that have rotting wood inside which helps plants through nutrition as well as water retention. You can build these mounds to be up to 4 feet tall, but you can also make smaller ones. Hugelkultur will be a home to a number of organisms that will form symbiotic relations with your plants, and they will protect them from outer influence. Hugelkultur also provides food for your plants through decomposure of ingredients of the hugelkultur. Swale or a number of them will gather water and intersperse it to your system without your influence.

Hugelkultur - The Ultimate Raised Garden Beds

    With all of these things you can create a permaculture system that won’t require your 24 hour a day care to strive.  You will still need to work around it, but with plants that require only minimum attention  and land with hugelkultur to feed you plants you will have almost autonomous permaculture system.

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The ultimate guide to Regenerative Leadership Retreat

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Permaculture, Regenerative Leadership Institute, Regenerative Leadership Retreat |

Ideas of permaculture and sustainable development are gaining on popularity, and more and more people want to experience the ultimate connection with nature and change their lifestyles. Permaculture was originally created in 1970s Australia, when a college professor (Bill Mollison) and his graduate student (David Holmgren) presented a system of beliefs and ideas that were concentrated on nature and the laws that govern everything in environment. Their system was essentially a set of rules and instructions on how to replicate the designs and patterns that exist in nature, in order to make human activity meaningful and directed towards making this planet a healthy, self-sustainable place to live in.

One of Mollison’s students, Vladislav Davidzon, was also inspired by the ideas of preservation and protection of Mother Nature and his entrepreneurial abilities allowed him to make a real difference. He was showing talent towards social business even in young age, since he started a consulting company while still in high school. In later years, Davidzon’s highly successful projects included ThinkHost (the first web hosting company in the world that was powered only on renewable energy sources and was carbon neutral) and Common Circle Expeditions – Sustainable Energy in Motion (bicycle rides through the back roads of Oregon and Hawaii in order to visit farms of organic food and permaculture). However, in 2004 this clever and eco-friendly businessman and activist founded his most popular company – a project he named Regenerative Leadership Institute.

Common Circle Education Bike Tour 2011

Regenerative Leadership Institute revolutionized the way permaculture courses were held, since Vladislav Davidzon, the CEO but also an instructor, had incorporated a very pragmatic approach in his classes and insisted on total immersion in nature during the program. Even though the program is available for free in an online version (since 2013), the main idea of this design school is to visit the program and spent some time in nature, i.e. in their Retreat. Retreat is a seven days camping trip whit a set of highly-trained instructors and diverse range of clients that combines some (seemingly) opposite elements: meditation and community, listening and solitude, communication and wilderness, etc.

Several days of the program in Retreat are spent in isolation and solitude, and several in community, with cooking together and discussing various topics. Diversity is encouraged and therefore people of all backgrounds and age groups are welcome. Just some of those topics can be: sustainable living, renewable energy, natural building, smart design, starting permaculture vegetable gardens, recycling of waste, preservation of the soil, economics of permaculture, and many more. Some of the principles that Regenerative Leadership Retreat follows are community, connection, coherency and vision. Tuition for this program includes everything that is necessary for a comfortable stay in nature, from tents and camping gear to organic, healthy food.

Regenerative Leadership Retreat

Since the doors of Regenerative Leadership Institute are wide open for anyone who is willing to make a change in society and to have a once-in-a life-time experience, there is no excuse not to try and visit this amazing course. World-class instructors will share all of their wisdom and knowledge and most people leave the program filling inspired and full of positive, constructive and creative energy.

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