Today I was lucky enough to have an afternoon where I could fully focus on my Permaculture Diploma - something I have desperately needed for quite some time. I took the time to make the final touches writing up my design for my Action Learning Pathway. In writing and drawing things together I also had time to think about how I was progressing with my diploma as a whole. There are a couple of key observations that I was able to make about how my learning is taking shape and how my permaculture practice is developing as a result of my diploma:
- I feel that Permaculture design gives me a sense of process and time in the different work that I am doing. This is especially important for me when I am busy and juggling lots of different work as it allows me to think of things as a continuum, a thought process which in itself seems to slow things down and make things calmer.
- Investigation around my own diploma learning has made me more confident in explaining what Permaculture is to other people, and what it means to embark upon a Permaculture design process. This in itself has pushed my confidence in sharing and teaching the field.
- Using a design process allows me to think more clearly about each different decision that I am making and to clarify the detail within. This means an increased level of attention to detail throughout which in turn means the creation of a final result which is better crafted in terms of function and form.