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.
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.