Last month two of our project workers attended the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) in London. It meant at least a week off work, but we knew it would be worth it to grab a load of inspiration and ideas to bring back to our fledgling LAND centre. Permaculture enthusiasts from 6 continents were in attendance, sharing amazing stories of their projects and the challenges they encounter in their particular climates and societies.
On offer each day were an almost overwhelming range of workshops, on topics as diverse as drought proofing in the desert, working with goats, and mapping your zone 00 (self!). Participants could go to a certain tent if they wanted to stick with a particular theme, or mix and match with sessions on all aspects of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares.
We also took the opportunity to volunteer and develop our skills and confidence with different types of group. As part of the ‘Next Big Step’ conversations, Luke facilitated a discussion amongst international researchers, who went on to plan the first ever international permaculture journal. Meanwhile Naomi joined the crew as a ‘Neighbourhood Coordinator’ – helping the communal lodges to run smoothly and hosting morning circle meetings for over 100 happy campers.
Amongst all this we still found time to network with people from near and far; discussing a Yorkshire Permaculture Network, as well as building new connections and comparing notes with kindred spirits from the other side of the world. It was amazing be amongst so many people dedicated to making positive change, and we’ve certainly learned a lot to bring back to our projects here in Leeds.
Who knows yet whether we’ll make it to the next IPC in India… It’s a long way to travel, but perhaps the HP Source bike trailer will fancy a road trip!