Did you know that weeds are the saviors of the soil? That composting can be fun and creating good soil is sexy? That all of nature exists in a beautiful symbiotic relationship?
Almost anyone can teach a subject or a class but it takes a special kind of teacher to awaken your passion and reignite that same childhood enthusiasm for life. Through music, games, interactive skill building and good old fashioned, hands in the dirt, teaching methods I learned to reawaken my connection to the earth and to other people. That we are all connected and responsible to one another and the future inhabitants of this beautiful planet.
More than a class, this was a deeply moving, spiritual experience for me. And my teachers Marcus Thomson and Richard G Powell are paving the way for new generations of Earth Warriors. Get back to the Earth, get back to yourself.
“Permaculture Miami gave me inspiration and knowledge that will me allow to pursue my dreams. It has put me in a position where I’m starting to ask valuable questions. I’m ignited with this desire to grow food and share the abundance! Im grateful to Marcus, our teacher for his outstanding ability to inspire us to look within but never leaving us without a place to start. He is an excellent resource and is always willing to share. This course is a blessing ; it will be a useful foundation to anyone looking to make a difference.”
About 8 years ago I embarked on my first real learning experience. By real I mean it reflected the way I believed we she should all be taught and thus, learn. My teachers–Mother Earth and Community…of all sorts. The first of those communities was a Quilombo. In the past, quilombos were settlements created by escaped Afro-Brazilian slaves and eventually any other that escaped Brazilian oppression. These were completely self-sustaining, ecologically integrated, culturally rich communities.
In the Late 80s the Brazilian Constitution established that titles of collective land tenure would be granted to rural communities that descended from former fugitive slaves. Thanks to this, Creator moved things in the most magical of ways so that, inadvertently, I would end up amidst a Quilombo in a place I arrived to by simply closing my eyes and placing my finger on a map. There I learnt Ecology, History, Geography, Dance, Martial Arts, Anthropology, Sociology, Crafts, Song, and above all it was there were I discovered ABUNDANCE. Overwhelming abundance. Seriously… my heart almost couldn’t take it. It was amazing how everyone learnt everything TOGETHER and everybody taught without purposely standing out asteachers.
With all this said, all I want to add is that this course was a reflection of that experience. Everything was beautifully orchestrated and perfectly coordinated so that I could leave feeling empowered by the richness and abundance of these learning processes. The tools that were provided and what was shared amongst all of us showed me that I can intentionally create a space for learning such as that which naturally occurred in the Quilombo. One of the most enriching aspects was watching you ALL apply and express all these methods, and ethics, and wisdom about teaching in your own unique ways. In essence, this course was Permaculture at its finest.
Blessings to all… always.