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Hope, Power, and Wisdom: Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Could you use a good dose of hope in these troubling times? How about mixing in a little power and wisdom to go with it?

Charles Nowell experienced all that and more, in last year’s Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Dancing Rabbit. In his own words:

“Taking this Permaculture Design Course has had a profound impact on me. I’m different now, in all ways for the better. I feel as though I have received a heavy download of hope, power, and wisdom…

“First, let me emphasize how much hope I’ve gained from this process. I feel so hopeful because permaculture, as a body of knowledge, has demonstrated a nearly inexhaustible capacity to create abundance, so it’s easy to imagine a future where all human needs are met through efficient and thoughtful processes.

“That means everyone can have clean water. Everyone can have a safe place to live. Everyone can have enough to eat and enough to wear and enough medicine and enough everything.

“Our class was shown countless examples of people around the world who have created amazingly productive systems through careful design, using the same tools that we were learning in class. After a while it adds up to a lot of hope for all of us humans. We need that hope to face what we’re facing as people right now.

“When it comes to power, let me invoke the phrase ‘There is no knowledge that is not power.’ I knew, going in, that I was going to learn a lot. I knew I would be exposed to things I had never seen before or had previously had trouble understanding. What I did not expect was to feel an overwhelming sense of capability grow within me as a result of being given so much knowledge. That power feels good!

The feeling of being able to do good work in the world is healing, it creates a feeling of relief that soothes my anxieties about whether or not I’m doing enough or doing it right. I learned enough not only to take action and to accomplish new things, but enough so that I can integrate so much more.

“Now, when I think about soil, I know so much. When I consider the land and the water, I have a base of understanding and perception that enables me to take action to heal landscapes. It’s the same for the plants, animals, and energy, too. And that knowledge is power (and that’s good)!

The wisdom of permaculture is that if we’re careful and thoughtful, we can make magic happen. It really shows us that being concerned with life in the soil, with life downstream, with how our work affects other people, isn’t just ethics, it’s practical.

“I feel like I learned this from the poise and experience of our teachers. Very often we were asked in measured and even tones ‘What is?’ — a question ripe with mystical and physical implications.

“Our class was always pointed in this direction, always oriented towards the stars of love and care. We were supplied with real guidance about how to harness our desire to do good in the world, literally starting from the ground up…

“Lessons like these are hard to forget, they’ve become part of who I am. Does that make me wise? I don’t know, but it sure feels that way sometimes.

“So, yes, taking my Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit really changed my life. There was a special chemistry between what we were learning, who we were, and being at DR for it all. I had plans to put permaculture to work after the class and am happy to report that the class totally prepared me for that. What I didn’t expect was the amazing feeling and empowerment that came along with it.”

How about you? Would you like to have a life-changing experience filled with hope, power, and wisdom?

If so, we’d love to have you join us this September 16–24 for the Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage!

And as an extra incentive, if you’re one of the next 4 people to register for the course, you’ll save $300 off the full course price!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
is an intentional community and nonprofit outside Rutledge, in northeast Missouri, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. Find out more about us by visiting our website, reading our blog, or emailing us.

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