Sustainability

“While sustainability may be a current buzzword, the need is far greater than that – the need is for regeneration. Our job now is to support the earth’s recovery systems so that balance of delicate ecosystems can be restored”, writes Scilla Elworthy in “Pioneering The Possible”.

When invited to Bhutan to formulate their education agenda for sustainability, representatives from 16 countries asked “What kind of citizen does Bhutan want? The government answered: “Citizens who see clearly the interconnected nature of reality, and who understand the full benefits and costs of their actions, and care deeply for others and the natural world.”

In the same country they swapped measurements like Gross National Product for Gross National Happiness. Studies worldwide shows that what people want, above money is actually happiness. To create a healthy world we have to let go of old paradigms like cynicism, exploitation, denial or seeing reality as black or white. As Nobel Peace Prize winner Joseph Rotblat stated “The future belongs to those who can see it”.

The principle of interconnection is also represented in PERMACULTURE and REGENERATIVE CULTURE.

Permaculture Design

Permaculture or regenerative culture is about working with nature instead of against it. We observe natural systems then design solutions that interact with them. That way we give nature space to do it’s intelligent work. As a result we can step back and enjoy a nice tea break instead. We design solutions based on the three permaculture ethics:

  • Environmental care for the earth
  • Social care for the people
  • Economic fair shares

Marie Glad is a certified permaculture designer, courtesy of Patrick Whitefield Associates. She has participated in activities run by Orchard Without Borders, and has undertaken the course Orchard Design, Planting and Pruning at Brighton Permaculture Trust.

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Practical Horticulture

There is nothing more rewarding the working with the hands in the soil. Instant result and proper connection with the land. It’s a natural serotonin booster.

We offer services like soil testing, propagation, establishing seeds and plants, care and pruning, sustainable horticulture, Grow-It-Yourself workshops, and identification of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders, and beneficial organisms.

Services are offered parallel to ongoing studies for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

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The Soilful Institute

The Soilful Institute is a vision of a place and an enterprise based on a great source of inspiration – the trinity of SOIL, SOUL, SOCIETY by Satish Kumar. We need healthy individuals to create healthy organizations, economies, communities and societies. This is also the basis for creating a healthy environment, and a healthy planet for generations to come. It all starts with the care for ones own heart, mind and spirit. True outer action starts with inner awareness and power. The Soilful Institute inspires us to connect with our inner being and rediscover the beauty of nature, the earth, our home.

The mission of The Soilful Institute is to “facilitate positive sustainable change on an individual, organizational and environmental level”.

The Institute focuses on engagement with the land, healthy living, leadership, team building, personal development, hands-on science and creative expressions. It offers courses, workshops, conferences, treatments and exhibition area to groups (businesses, organizations, schools) and individuals. We use organic and bio-dynamic growing principles as well as permaculture and eco renovation/building, and we support the development of renewable energy. The Soilful philosophy is about truly connecting soul and earth. Soilful also explores the territories of ecotherapy. Meditation is one of the daily core activities. Through this we “see clearly the interconnected nature of reality and care deeply for others and the natural world”.

photo-satishGreat idea! Go for it! Go for it!“, says Satish Kumar
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