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January Permaculture Movie Night: The Amish - How They Survive

Join us for the latest season of our $1 Permaculture Movie Nights! An enriching and affordable way to pass a winter's evening with other members of our local permaculture group, these evenings begin with a brief potluck supper and are followed by a newish movie with relevance to ecological living, permaculture and resilience-building. This year we will be running movie nights once a month, December through April.

Our January film will be "The Amish - How They Survive," This film is the first documentary-style film ever produced solely about this segment of the Amish population. Holmes County (and the surrounding five-county area) is the home to the world's largest settlement of Amish and Mennonite people. This film should spark some interesting discussion about how we adopt methods of meeting our human needs in a post-carbon world. Running time 50 minutes.

6:30 Potluck supper (bring a dish to share and your potluck kit - dish/bowl/utensils/cup)

7:00 Announcement (bring any you have!) followed by the movie!

8:00 Brief De-brief and Closing....

The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture would like to thank the University of New England Environmental Council for their continued support of this movie series.

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  • Jesse M.

    Hey all...just wondering if anyone happened to run across a ceramic coffee cup with a black lid? The cup sort of looks like a grey/blue stone motif. Thanks!

    January 10, 2013

  • Paul

    It was great to be back with the group again.

    January 9, 2013

  • Liz N.

    Thanks for another great evening! I had to leave early with my little one, so am writing a comment on the film here. The need for conformity and slowing change seems to be a critical part of many tight-knit groups, who often see outside influence as an existential threat. (I was thinking of how US occupation of, eg, some Arab countries has brought in 'modernity' and caused a huge and violent reaction for somewhat similar reasons.) So if we are asking what lessons the Amish can teach us about sustainable practices, part of the picture is that they are able to be interdependent precisely because they have created a very controlled, homogeneous social environment where outside influence is carefully monitored. We can learn from their interdependence, which is one pillar of their ability to sustain themselves outside the mainstream, but it's not at all a direct transfer. We have to figure out how to weave our interdependence from different, more multicolored threads.

    1 · January 9, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    How was it?

    January 9, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Fantastic energy in the discussion! Though our family still uses modern technology we have started to say no to things and are pleased with the results. We've studied the Amish and respect their stance on technology. They recognize that accepting a new technology into your life will have deep implications largely due to unintended impacts. Certain technologies suck you in, then one day you realize you never sit & watch snow fall anymore, or that those absorbing long talks with your spouse have become history... The Amish see that technologies insidiously lead away from authentic soulful living. Book to look at: Better Off: Flipping the Switch On Technology by Eric Brende. Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air) says, "Deftly steering clear of dogma, never sounding like a sanctimonious scold, Eric Brende makes a persuasive case that most of us would enjoy life more by radically minimizing our reliance on modern technology. Better Off is a bouyant, thought-provoking, and very entertaining read."

    January 9, 2013

  • Ruth P.

    Thanks everyone for the GREAT conversation that took place after the movie tonight! I was the person in the back who mentioned the documentary "The Devil's Playground" about the period of time when an Amish teenager gets to try out a non-Amish lifestyle to see if they want to leave the Amish Community or commit to it for life. Here is a link for those who would like to see that documentary in it's entirety:

    January 8, 2013

  • Jocylin

    So sorry I had to miss it. Looking forward to connecting with Resilience Hub group soon.

    January 8, 2013

  • Elaine

    Your facilitating discussion, Lisa, was so well done! Thank you!

    January 8, 2013

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