The three core ethics of Gaian Permaculture are:
1. Feed the Earth
2. Feed your self
3. Protect what feeds you
Permaculture began as a horticultural movement in Tasmania in the 1970s, arising out of the observation that conventional farming is not sustainable, as it ultimately destroys the soil and the ecosystem. Since then the term ‘permaculture’ has come to mean many different things to different people. It has made no impact on the farming industry, not because of any lack of soundness regarding permaculture principles, but because worldwide agriculture is owned by the companies that sell seed, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and the major food retailers that control the supply chain. Small, organic farmers cannot get their produce to consumers, unless they are located near upmarket urban populations with attractive farmers markets. Supermarkets push farmers into poverty in order to cut prices to gain ‘market share’, while half the food that is produced in the US and nearly a third in the EU is wasted.
Meanwhile, the UN has hijacked the term ‘sustainable development’ as part of Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 for their vision of a socialist utopia, in which the elites own and control all the natural resources and decide what you can have and do, to save the planet. That means they get fresh organic food and clean unfluoridated water and you get GMO, poisoned water and processed food that could well be made from the millions of children that go missing worldwide every year and are never found. There is growing evidence of permaculture communities being infected by social justice warriors and cultural marxism, although the decentralised and fragmented nature of the movement gives it some protection against this infection. However, the permaculture movement is unlikely to get the traction needed to make the agriculture and food giants surrender their control and change their practices. Permaculture will always operate on the margins of society, which is not such a bad thing when you consider where society is headed.
What defines a “Gaian Permaculturalist’?
- You are a Sophianic animist and you perceive the earth as a living organism and engage with Her accordingly.
- You live as a sovereign animal
- You reject all forms of socialism and don’t need to be told how to be a good neighbour!
- You recognize the agrofarm, food industry and governments as a threat to your way of life and you will not hesitate to take protective action as necessary
- You don’t use chemicals
- You use your creative intelligence
- You know that anthropic global warming is a scam
- You are a hedonic, pleasure seeking creature
- You love Beauty
If permaculture is not going to oust monoculture and all that goes with it, then what’s the point of it? That’s a very good question, but it’s not the mission of the permaculture movement to take-on the enemies of humanity, who benefit from the current system and keep it in place. Neither is it the mission to educate the masses, so that they will see the benefits of permaculture and change the system; the sheeple do not want to wake up and be educated. Permaculturalists are (mostly unknowingly) picking up a thread that was cut-off around 10,000 years ago, when people were first forced off the land and into the city states of Mesopotamia and Babylon. The agricultural revolutions that paved the way for civilization also severed the cord that kept the Luminous Child connected to the source of life. (That cord has now been reconnected with the Butterfly Chakra mutation – more on that later.)
Gaian permaculturalists are fully aware of what they are doing and why. Our approach is not retrogressive, it is not about eschewing comfort or technology and it is certainly not based on sacrificing quality of life on the basis of any ideas (misguided or not) about the survival of the planet. The planet will survive perfectly well without us, but humanity needs to engage systemically with the processes of the earth, if we are to survive and thrive. How do you live in a way that is healthy, abundant, beautiful and allows for the development of our genius potential? Which just isn’t possible if you live at a subsistence level, with all your energy going into finding food for survival. And to lead you into the alchemy part of the equation, how do you contribute to the processes of the earth? Because the anthropos is not simply an accident of evolution, but an integral participant in the geological, biological, atmospheric and electromagnetic processes of the planet that supports its flourishing.
Our approach here is based on rigourous experimentation, trial and error, adjustment, retrial and more error and intense, Goethean style observation.
Permaculture-alchemy is a recognition of the fact that humans are a permanent part of the landscape and that our activities will always have corresponding changes in the planetary environment. The correspondence is inevitable and indelible, regardless of the fact that it has been largely invisible to most of the human inhabitants of the planet so far. Our mindless growth has caused problems for all life forms, us included. So rectification has to be for humans and other life forms too and it will be better executed if we are conscious of this transformative process within ourselves too.
In the strict sense, in order to be able to grow things we can actually eat now, our garden tends more towards perennial poly-culture than a food forest. I’ll be writing more on how and why we’re made these choices, but generally it’s because a food forest is not productive enough within a time-frame that is useful for us.
Gaian Permaculture Outreach
There isn’t any Gaian Permaculture Outreach at the moment. May be it will happen, may be not. Most of the people who have approached us so far have been self-righteous beardos, armed with an online permaculture diploma, who just want to tell us what we are doing wrong. Permaculture seems to have its fair share of religious zealots.
We don’t run any permaculture courses and we aren’t making any grand claims about anything – we’re working it out as we go along and sharing what we learn with anyone who is genuinely interested in our approach. The fact that we regard the Earth as a living, intelligent creature and put effort and energy into working out how to interact with Her adds another level to our permaculture practice that is perfectly compatible with the 12 principles of permaculture, as described by David Holmgren.
In the meantime, here are the 12 principles of permaculture as described by David Holmgren. It is the first principle that alerted me to the Sophianic intervention in the permaculture movement.
- Observe and Interact – “Beauty is in the mind of the beholder”
By taking the time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
- Catch and Store Energy – “Make hay while the sun shines”
By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in times of need.
- Obtain a yield – “You can’t work on an empty stomach”
Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the working you are doing.
- Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback – “The sins of the fathers are visited on the children of the seventh generation”
We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. Negative feedback is often slow to emerge.
- Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services – “Let nature take its course”
Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
- Produce No Waste – “Waste not, want not” or “A stitch in time saves nine”
By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
- Design From Patterns to Details – “Can’t see the forest for the trees”
By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
- Integrate Rather Than Segregate – “Many hands make light work”
By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
- Use Small and Slow Solutions – “Slow and steady wins the race” or “The bigger they are, the harder they fall”
Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.
- Use and Value Diversity – “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”
Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
- Use Edges and Value the Marginal – “Don’t think you are on the right track just because it’s a well-beaten path”
The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
- Creatively Use and Respond to Change – “Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be”
We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing and then intervening at the right time.