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Nicole vosper - Action Learning pathway - January 2011

Goal Holm gren's Domain Theory in Action/ Permaculture Lifestyle
Apply theory learnt through zone 00 design

Learning & Skill development Opportunities

Design Practice Opportunities/ Potential Projects
Do a Zone 00/personal lifeway plan

Complementary Criteria: Dissemation Community Building Symmetry Evaluations and Costings
Post plan up on potential blog/website to share with others

Timeline/ scale

To fully understand the core principles of permaculture

Ethics & Design Principles

Read Holmgren’s book and other core theory texts

Continuous learning. Aim to ‘finish’ zone 00 design by end of April 2011 Potentially 2011 if opportunities arise, else a key focus in 2012

To know how to creatively and successfully teach permaculture to others

Education & Culture

Try and be a living example of permaculture

Apprentice on a design course and other events, read teachers guide, do PTTLS course, attend a TOT event

Designing course materials, potential opportunities with Transition Towns ‘great reskilling’ Bender/forest garden Brook End including components Jo’s Allotment Community Garden with Transition Towns Sanctuaries in future

Part of dissemation, if with a community project it would be towards community building

To be able to design effective systems including home gardens, smallholdings, allotments, schools, farms, community gardens, sanctuaries and other land based areas.

Land & Nature Stewardshi p

Ensure ‘own house is in order’ e.g. bender/forest garden, Brook End

Advanced design courses or those that specialise e.g. urban perm. Reading design manuals, technical tutorials

Share designs and experience of design process with others include. Potential learning guild, via my website, Positive News blog. Design community gardens and projects

Brook End designs are main priority of 2011, aim to complete at least one community design in 2011 – major focus in 2012

To understand and know how to design, implement and maintain forest gardens

Land & Nature Stewardshi p

Design own forest garden at Brook End to meet my needs

Read books on FG. ART courses. Project visits. Subscribe to journals and updates on FG. RHS correspondence courses. Local gardening groups. Technical tutorials and workshops. Internship at RHS gardens.

Forest Garden at Brook End. Other potential FG designs with community projects. Could establish nursery set-up for local projects e.g. native trees and shrubs or medicinal herbs

To be able to know how to successfully propagate, grow, prune and care for a wide variety of herbs, shrubs and trees

Land & Nature Stewardshi p

Own garden.

Record my yields of my FG for research purposes, document its establishment and share design with others. Do an accurate costings. Potentially design community scale FG. When confident can share skills and experience with others via blog, articles etc. Can lead workshops.

Core design of own FG by May 2011.

Continuous. Complete RHS course if grant application is successful.

To recognise an abundance of wild species including flowers, trees, mammals and insects and have knowledge of their attributes, uses and relationships in their communities

Land & Nature Stewardshi p

Continuous learning and interest via daily life.

To be able to read the landscape and better understand its social and ecological processes

Land & Nature Stewardshi p

Continuous learning and interest via daily life.

To be able to start, plan, design and implement, as well as maintain and co-create community projects

Education & Culture, Land tenure & Community Governanc e

Support community projects in all I do e.g. local food networks, LETS etc. Ensure a certain amount of my time is dedicated to supporting my community.

To be able to recognise an abundance of British wild foods and have practical experience in safely harvesting and eating them

Land & Nature Stewardshi p

Eat wild foods regularly and experiment with recipes.

and workshops. Internship at RHS gardens. Self-ed with identification guides at Brook End and local nature reserves. Field skills courses with FSC and others. Attend local talks and events put on by wildlife trust and other conservation groups. PFAF website. Read Living Landscapes book. Open University environmental courses. Attend Patrick Whitefield talk. Make own observations. Ecology courses. Practical experience via getting involved with Transition Towns. Project management /systems thinking related course with OU. Undertake any training offered by the Permaculture Association, TT network, social enterprise support networks etc. Self-education with field guides and home cooking. Wild food courses with more experienced enthusiasts.

medicinal herbs Wildflower meadow design. Habitat management plans using skills. Can share knowledge with others via articles, blogs etc and could lead events. Document observations over time as a useful resource for others. Continuous learning.

Broadscale landscape designs.

Can share knowledge with others via articles, blogs etc. Document observations over time as a useful resource for others. Do a permaculture-themed OU project.

Finish LL book by end of February 2011. Make observations daily.

Community projects e.g. Avalon community forest garden

Can share experience with others via articles etc. Evaluation and costings likely to be used.

Be involved with local transition group throughout 2011 and 2012. Dedicate a lot of design time in 2012 to community projects as a priority.

Hedgerow design. Wild food walks.

Could lead wild food workshops at Brook End. Can record my experiences/observations and publish successful recipes.


To be able to safely and effectively store my garden produce including making products such as herbal remedies To have an intimate knowledge of healing herbs and their actions on the body

Health & Spiritual Wellbeing, Tools & Technology Health & Spiritual Wellbeing

Ensure own food, cosmetics and medicines are made as much as possible from own garden. Make own remedies, nourish my body as best as I can, ‘accept feedback’ via my body to best support my health

To be able to design and implement water harvesting systems To be able to design, implement and maintain ecological sewage solutions including composting toilets, reedbeds and wetland treatment systems To understand and have practical experience in sustainable woodland management including being able to design new woodlands, coppice woods, create woodland products


Set up rainwater harvesting system at home. Build a compost toilet in bender area of Brook End. Design a wetland system at Brook End. Support local woodsmen and wood conservation projects. Manage woodland at Brook End.

enthusiasts. Self-education with books on storage techniques. Practical workshops e.g. fermentation, home brewing etc. Self-education with books, the web etc. Practical experience growing herbs, making remedies and using them. Attend workshops and events e.g. herbfest. Correspondence courses. Self-education with books. Attend CAT course. Other workshops. Self-education. Attend CAT course. Technical tutorial and design tutorial with tutor. Self education, read Oliver Rackman, Ben Law books etc. Attend a Ben Law/other woodland course. Talks and walks by the Woodlands Trust etc. Volunteer at a woodland project. Living Willow course. Arboriculture home study course.

Storage strategies as part of Brook End design. Any new ideas/innovation s. Herb garden at Brook End e.g. herb spiral and medicinal mandala

Any novel ideas could be published in permaculture magazine. Other experiences can be shared online, via articles etc. Can lead workshops on skills gained. Tours around herb garden when constructed, can document process and share with others online etc.

Continuous. As part of Brook End design by May 2011.

Continuous. Aim to have designed herb garden by May 2011.

Brook End. Part of other designs as they arise e.g. Jo’s allotment. Brook End including at bender site and developing pond system. Part of other designs as they arise. Part of Brook End Design. Potential project may arise via volunteering etc.

Can write a review of the CAT course for Positive News. Can share my design work with others. Could run courses at Brook End. Can write a review of the CAT course for Positive News. Can share my design work with others.

Building, Land & Nature Stewardshi p Land & Nature Stewardshi p, Tools & Technology

Course is in April 2011; design Brook End system by May 2011. Course is in April 2011; design Brook End system by May 2011. Attend living willow course in February with Mum. Order books from library ASAP. Aim to do a woodlands course by 2012 if not 2011. Do HCC course in 2012.

Can write a review of the Ben Law course for Positive News. Can offer design services to woodland groups/owners when experienced.

To understand ecological restoration processes and be able to design, implement and maintain restoration projects

Land & Nature Stewardshi p

Fully develop Brook End for wildlife benefits.

To understand social/alternative economic systems and have practical experience in their implementation e.g. LETS, credit unions etc. To be able to understand, design and implement appropriate technology systems for small-scale off-grid systems including PV systems. To know how to design and make bender dwellings

Finance & Economics

Tools & technology, Building Tools & technology, Building

Support community enterprises in daily life e.g. credit unions. Ensure ‘own house is in order’. Install PV system for bender. Make own bender.

Self-education. Technical tutorials and courses e.g. habitat management with RSPB. Get experience with a restoration project via volunteering. Landcare reafforestation course with ACS. Volunteer opportunities with Transition Towns, local LETs groups, Mendip community credit union etc. Self-education RE economics. Self-education online, via books etc. CAT or other courses. Self-education via practical experience. Books/websites for reference. Visit other bender sites in UK e.g. Kings Hill Self-education via books, reading newspapers & magazines, watching films, NGO reports, activist resources etc. Talk to people on the frontlines. Attend open days/volunteering weekends at community projects to meet them and network. WOOF long term. Read articles etc.

Restoration project.

Can document my experiences and share with others. Do community restoration project.

Make a key focus in 2012.

Zone 00 plan. Community finance project.

Record my experiences of local projects. Publicise effective schemes via positive news. Share my experience from my zone 00 process.

Bender design.

Share my experiences in bender design at Brook End.

Aim to complete Zone 00 design by May 2011. Aim to have some experience of economic systems by end of 2012. By mid 2012 if not before.

Bender design.

Record bender design experiences; make observations of bender living and dissemate via blog etc. Run bender-building workshops at Brook End in the long term.

Build bender by March 2011.

To understand wider environmental and social issues in which permaculture offers solutions including international trade, food security, political systems, indigenous survival and resistance, industrial agriculture and so forth. To have personal experience of alternative community/social systems by way of living in, working or volunteering with or visiting pioneering community projects


Try to live as an ethical and sustainable life as possible. Maintain awareness of issues. Three generational living at Brook End. Aim to live in communities if I move/go travelling.

Could potentially do a design to support an activist group e.g. volunteer in Palestine. Zone 00 design. Long term I could be part of a community that I have helped design.

Publicise relevant news and campaigns via positive news, own website and email lists etc. Record experiences of injustice and any participation I have in projects.

Continuous learning. Fundraise for Palestine 2012, go September 2012.

Land Tenure & Community Governanc e

Can record my own experiences visiting projects. Can promote groups and projects via my website and via positive news.

Ongoing. Aim to visit at least 4 communities a year.


if I move/go travelling. Land & Nature Stewardshi p Tools & Technology Field at Brook End. At home.

To be able to understand grassland management and use a scythe To be able use CAD software to produce professional designs

network. WOOF long term. Read articles etc. Ecovillage training. Course with LILI or other workshop. Read books. Self-education with teach yourself guide and software. Training course at local college. Technical tutorials. Site visits with the Vegan Organic Network (when allowed). Selfeducation via books, DVDs, journals. Organic Horticultural Management course.

Part of Brook End design. Part of design process.

Can record my experiences of attending the course and share. When experienced, can offer skills to others.

Aim to have attended a course by at max 2012. Have software by February 2011.

To be able to design and create cruelty free, domesticated-animal free systems

Land & Nature Stewardshi p

Vegan organic methods at home. Veganism in everyday life.

Brook End. Stock free organic farms by way of referral from VON.

Can write articles promoting veganic systems. Create a vegan/domesticated animal-free system working group.Talks and tours at Brook End as living example. Support for VON/volunteering time and energy.

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