Cultural Emergence Foundation Course
Applewood Permaculture Centre,
23-25th June 2017
Tutors: Looby Macnamara and guests
What is cultural emergence?
Humanity is presently at a time of mass cultural emergency; we see the personal, social, political and environmental problems as stemming from a lack of cultural understanding and cohesion. We believe there are tools that can help turn this around into mass cultural emergence; where abundance, gratitude, care and connection are part of our everyday culture. Emergence is a term used in systems thinking where 2 or more things come together with unexpected results. By bringing people together with these tools and methods we have the opportunity to ask good questions and to co-create answers and solutions and emerge the culture we want.
The Cultural Emergence Foundation Courses
During these courses people will come together to ask the questions -
We will look at the many levels of culture, right through from our own personal culture and patterns of being, to the global context. We will share tools, techniques, processes and ways of being, thinking and seeing differently. Each course will be unique with each person adding their own unique voice and life's experience to create exciting, engaging, worthwhile, insightful and illuminating experiences.
People will be invited to nurture the visions they hold for themselves, their communities and the world. They will have the opportunity to consider their contribution to the world and empower themselves to keep to their true path in life.
Looby and Jon have synthesised and distilled their experience and wisdom to co-create a set of core routines and principles that guide us through the cultural emergence experience and into a state of Cultural Emergence collectively and individually. The components of Cultural Emergence have emerged and grown out the overlaps and growing edges of 8 Shields, deep nature connection, People Permaculture and permaculture.
Find out more about Cultural Emergence by listening to the recording of a freecall with Jon and Looby Recording of Cultural Emergence freecall.
Here is a video with Jon and Looby sharing more about the core routines of Cultural Emergence after the Leadership Training in July 2016. Cultural Emergence video with Looby Macnamara and Jon Young
As well as experiencing and learning the core routines and principles of Cultural Emergence an emergent community is created. In this dynamic and fertile co-creative learning community many things have the potential to emerge; new ideas, patterns, concepts, tools, games, activities, insights, friendships and working partnerships.
Through participatory and experiential activities our natural resources, skills and creativity are unleashed and harnessed. Through creating a culture of safety and connection on the course we allow ourselves to dream, imagine, wish, design and create the world we want to live in.
Looby Macnamara is author of People and Permaculture and 7 Ways to Think Differently. People and Permaculture is the first book to explicitly explore the application of permaculture principles and design to people based systems. Looby has been a partner of Designed Visions since 2004, she is also one of the founders of Thriving Ways. She has been teaching permaculture since 2003 and has run many teacher and faciltitator trainings. She created the Design Web as a non linear permaculture design framework, which has now been used globally for a wide range of designs. She has a passion for engaging people with fun and creativity in the learning process.
About the venue
Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding recently acquired in the beautiful hills of North Herefordshire. Here, the owners, Designed Visions partners Chris Evans and Looby Macnamara, are developing a permaculture demonstration and training centre. We feel that with permaculture, you need to see it to believe it, and then need to be able to learn it, and then acquire the resources (seeds, plants, books, friends and networks) to do it!
The site includes woods, pasture, a lake, kitchen garden and an orchard of heritage apples. A converted barn and outbuildings provide indoor accommodation and the grounds a peaceful campsite.
Concessions (limited spaces available for those on benefits, students and pensioners) £95
Low waged (under £15k/year) £130
The fees include food, camping and all tuition. There are limited indoor beds available in shared single sex dormitories for an additional small charge.
Following this foundation course will be a Cultural Emergence Deepening course at Applewood (only open to those that have attended a foundation course). There will be a day off in between for rest, walking and reflective time, you will be able to stay at Applewood for this day.