Permaculture --ETHICS into ACTION: Strategies for securing community food and energy needs.
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 14:26:05 -0800 (PST)
Hi all --

Folks attending "Cohousing: Growing Smart Communities" will have TWO great permaculture workshops from which to choose: one for groups starting the design process and one for communities who wish to make their built communities more sustainable. NOTE: Early-Early Bird registration about to be 'Bye-'bye birdie! Register today -- gone tomorrow!

The Permaculture approach strives for a beneficial relationship between humans and nature. It is a design method for creating sustainable human habitats by following nature’s patterns.

The cohousing model can demonstrate ecological land use on a community scale. Suppose we could rejuvenate land simply by protecting it from over-development. What if our presence enhanced its natural productivity, providing an abundance of food, water, shelter, energy, and nutrient recycling? Site-specific design suits its scale and use to the character of the land it occupies.

In Patty Ceglia's workshop, groups starting out can learn how to analyze a development site’s natural and unnatural characteristics to explore the parameters for co-housing design. Hard data collection and direct observation determine how the sun, wind, water, climate and microclimate, slopes, soils, rocks, vegetation, wildlife habitat and sacred places create a unique identity. Historic land use and existing infrastructures characterize its human context. Neighboring resources, or interference, and legal regulations expand or limit design potential. An assessment of a site’s opportunities and constraints suggest potential for sustainable development of solar gain/protection, wind harvesting/protection, water collection, nutrient and waste recycling, food production, natural building materials, and wilderness conservation.

According to Karen Stupski, sustainable systems are ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable. Permaculture offers practical ways to meet basic human needs for food, energy, water, waste recycling, shelter, and social organization without harming the environment. This workshop will introduce the principles of Permaculture and show how EXISTING co-housing communities can apply them to live more sustainably.

An Architectural designer, Permaculture instructor, and organic gardener, Patricia Ceglia is passionate about discovering the inherent beauty and productivity of every site. Patty has worked as an architect for 30 years and has taught Permaculture Design and Sustainable Architecture since 1990 at Wilson College.

Karen Stupski has fifteen years of experience with permaculture as a member of Heathcote Community. She currently works as Development Director of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, a watershed organization and land trust, and is the Registrar for Gaia University.

To register for "Growing Smart Communities" go to

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See you there!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA
703 663 3911

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