Lecture 09 – Principles: Restricted Access

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The permaculture principles are based on patterns found universally in nature. If we design our systems to work in the same way nature does, then we have a much better chance of living sustainably. The first six principles were covered previously, so this lesson finishes the discussion with the last six principles of permaculture. These principles focus on the role of diversity, stacking functions, waste as a resource, and small-scale approaches to designing creative solutions.

The permaculture outlook is inherently holistic, not quick to place judgment, but rather considering its contribution to the whole. Oftentimes, invasive species are considered “bad”, but since they are already present, some permaculturists choose not to demonize them. Instead, they are considered for their worth and value to people and the local ecosystem.

When you closely observe and work with nature, you become acutely aware of  disturbances. Ultimately, we are aiming to decrease our level of disturbance and increase our level of awareness. This lesson also looks at success stories of people in this field, and what kind of routines this person would develop to cultivate this type of intuitive awareness.