Permaculture Primer Playshop
We live in a culture that is utterly unsustainable. The average American uses energy at a rate that is 4 times what the earth can generate to support it’s population. When we look at the myriad of potential solutions for changing our lifestyles it is almost overwhelming and often difficult to know where to start. Permaculture is a design science that uses the observation of natural systems as a model for creating sustainable agricultural, architectural and social systems. The Ethics and Principles of Permaculture Design help us strategize how to make simple changes that have can have great effects.
“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” –Bill Mollison
Martin was born into a lineage of artists and educators, a family tradition he is proud to carry forth. His art spans a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, theater design and site-specific installation. His spiritual path, as an Animist, is a primary influence in his art that celebrates the sacredness inherent in nature, the consciousness in all life and the power of place. It also challenges the cultural paradigms that dictate the way we relate to both the natural world as well as to our sisters and brothers. His work as an educator and Permaculture Designer are additional manifestations of the values to which his work speaks. Through his art Martin strives to inspire and cultivate a greater sense of mystery and possibility in our experience of the world.
Martin’s homestead in the hills of Western Mass is an evolving opus designed to serve as a living medium and teaching tool, a model of eco-spiritual philosophy united with sustainable design strategies. He holds a Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Research Institute and currently working towards an Advanced Diploma with P.R.I. under the mentorship Delvin Solkinson and is proud to be a part of supporting the Gaiacraft Permaculture movement.