This 4-hour exposure workshop on June 8 at the Union Bay Natural Area
is the first of many this summer. Some will be 1-day
or 2-day intensives and there is a 6-week series that goes deeper
. Most will be at the Union Bay Natural Area and some will be at The Whidbey Institute.
The learning process in the workshops grows out of a foundation of perceptual awareness
and then incorporates basic interactive, intellectual, and empathic
understanding of Gaia Theory, Naturalist Knowledge and Tracking, Bird
Language, Storytelling, and Design. The model is designed to be
accessible to children as well as adults, so that children can be
engaged primarily through tuning perception and awareness and grow into
the headier aspects with age and adults can communicate with children
and learn to embody and emotionally connect to an ecological
understanding that is too often information overload.
The design part of this workshop may be some review for those who have
practiced permaculture, but also may include some new material and will
certainly provide a new context. The rest of the elements will help any
designer embody their ecological understanding. The model was developed out of
my own effort to integrate the principle-based understanding into a
more embodied and particpatory sensory awareness of ecology. This workshop and the more
in depth workshops I'll be offering this summer are mainly about that
primary principle: Observe and Interact. Please contact me with any
questions. Since I got my start with permaculture, I think permaculturalists will be
particularly able to draw a lot of value out of these workshops.
to see some of you this summer!