Come learn ecological principles that compost problems into solutions, plan a life that nurtures you by design, and prune away what holds you back.
We will apply the tried-and-tested ecological principles of permaculture design to the thorny struggles that we face daily: Where did all my time go? When do I get to live my wild and important dreams? How do I discover and serve my purpose in this world? Why do I feel exhausted and worn thin instead of juicy and delighted? Who is my tribe? What can I do to engage in life in a way that honors my full potential?
Week 1: Everything Gardens: We look at the deep importance of observing the existing system before creating a design. We learn techniques of observation and the paired-opposite method for soothing and evaluating the self. We begin to take record of the patterns in our thoughts and behaviors.
Week 2: Stacking Functions: We learn how to apply principles of elegant design to our lives to ensure that all of our needs are met in the simplest way possible. We go through artistic process to discern these needs and plan ways of meeting them.
Week 3: Least Effort for Greatest Effect: We troubleshoot our designs using the observation data we've taken to learn what we can NOT DO to make our lives easier. Where are we overworking, overfunctioning, overthinking? We use lifemapping to find the sweet spot in our individual lives where input of time, energy, and money has the greatest effect.
Week 4: The Problem is the Solution: We take off the rose-colored glasses and dive into our complaints and shadows. What are the consistent, persistent problems that we face, and how are they masking our hidden desires? We learn how problems are our greatest asset for creating the life of our dreams, and learn a technique for transforming even the most aggressive problem into a solution.
Week 5: Guilding the Garden: We learn that no plant or animal survives on its own; every element in a system is reliant on its community, its ecology, to get its needs met. We broaden our life maps to look at our personal ecologies and see where we can offer more and where we need to receive. We look at the importance of activism and community engagement and practice techniques of closed-loop resourcing.
Week 6: Zone 5, the wilderness: We talk about the importance of sacred time and wilderness, and learn ways of incorporating wilderness into our daily lives. We practice dream interpretation, sacred circle dance, meditation, and pleasure drifting. We review all 6 principles and present our life designs for feedback and review. We choose accountability partners for bringing our plans to fruition.
This six-week gathering will dive deep into the fertile area where ecology and psychology overlap. All sessions will include meditation, movement, and art-making. Tea, herbal delicacies, and art supplies will be provided.
$200 for 6-week session
“My experience in permaculture of the psyche was so exquisitely rich. I participated in this course during a time of great transition and unrest in my life and it enabled me to walk away grounded, while at the same time lighter and refreshed. The depth of knowledge that Lissa Carter possesses is inspiring. She shares so fully without overwhelming her audience. And the embodiment of her craft is evident. She takes complex mental concepts and weaves them into simple everyday practices. She makes the exploration of self an absolute joy. She creatively transmutes darkness into light. I felt so completely held and honored during these classes. This woman is a true genius of healing love.”
— Briana Anderson, MA