I have just returned from a stimulating and inspiring weekend at the National Permaculture Diploma Gathering in Birmingham. The idea of the gathering is to create a space for diploma apprentices, graduates and teachers to come together to share learning and thinking around their personal experiences of the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. It was a great privilege to spend the weekend with 100 diverse and dynamic people all involved in the diploma in one way or the other.
The weekend also served as the perfect forum to meet with my own diploma tutor Hedvig Murray and undertake my diploma induction. This means that I am now officialy a permaculture diploma apprentice - a prospect that I find hugely exciting! As well as my induction I took part in a range of thought provoking workshops and discussions which really helped clarify some of the ideas and aspirations that I have got around my diploma, more particularly around my action learning pathway.
Being in Birmingham also afforded me time out to think a little more about my observation of my personal wants and needs around my diploma journey. Revisiting my original mind maps it became clear to me that this can be divided into three main areas:
- Developing permaculture design as an underlying foundation for all the work that I do.
- Building and extending my own links within the Permaculture community.
- Developing my permaculture learning the structure / framework of the diploma.
I then thought about how I could define my own key aspirations more succinctly. It seemed to me that they could be encapsulated as:
- Structure - Practice
- Community - Communication
- Knowledge - Learning Application
My next challenge as I develop my learning pathway is to consider how these key aspirations will manifest themselves within my diploma, and be reflected in the process for each design that I develop.