What is Permaculture?

Per.ma.cul.ture noun

1.Designing ecological culture

2.Design method for creating regenerative human settlement systems based in natural patterns and processes.

Simply put: Harmonious reintegration of the human community into nature’s design in such a way that land,animals, organisms and humans can live in abundance, productivity and beauty.

As a social entrepreneur, Jasmine is a passionate permaculture, mindfulness and youth educator, MC and a co-founder of  The Permaculture Action Network. Jasmine is a bridge builder; her most notable quality being her ability to connect and engage far-reaching demographics of folks and uniting them to achieve common goals. She studied Public Relations and Psychology in her early educational years and went on to study permaculture and sustainability with renowned educators at the Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture, Punta Mona and the Regenerative Design Institute in California.  She has studied social permaculture with Pandora Thomas, founder of EarthSeeds Consulting, and now works to create cultural relevance around permaculture design to larger demographics. As a performer and educator, Jasmine primarily focuses her efforts in arts and activism, creating opportunities for environmental education through art, music and performance. She works diligently to plan events that not only promote artists of all types but also catalyze social and environmental action. She now speaks at conferences, does presentations, facilitates workshops, event planning and MC's stages.

The Permaculture Action Network

In 2014, Jasmine became one of the co-founders of the Permaculture Action Network which empowers people to take action to create the world they want to see by connecting educators, creators, and organizers with broad and diverse audiences to build a regenerative and just world.  From organizing Permaculture Action Days and events to building educational spaces and hosting courses, Permaculture Action Network is committed to pushing community and environmental sustainability to the center of society’s cultural narrative.  

 

WHAT IS A PERMACULTURE ACTION DAY?

 

A one-day event that brings together folks from a particular bioregion, neighborhood, school, or cultural audience to create ecological common spaces together – places that help to facilitate this movement towards sustainable living between people and planet.  

These days both put the hands of its attendees to work directly implementing life sustaining systems – such as forest gardens, greenhouses, natural buildings, and rainwater catchment systems – as well as teaching the design process, skills, and community organizing that bring these systems together.

Permaculture Action Days weave in workshops and skill-shares, music, shared meals, and other dynamic activities, building relationships between participants that last long beyond the day itself, and lead to many more opportunities for community building and ecological revitalization.

History

In the Fall of 2014, we launched Pushing Through The Pavement: A Permaculture Action Tour, with The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo and Mr. Lif.  During the tour, we brought local organizations on stage and inspired hundreds of people to participate in Permaculture Action Days after every single show in over 32 cities across the country.  We planted public food forests, built community gardens, and competed a diversity of other projects that connected us to urban farms, ecological common spaces, and most importantly, one another. 

The tour was such a success, we went on to organize a dozen more Permaculture Action Days before festivals and after shows in major cities, coordinate Permaculture Action Hubs (educational spaces within larger events), and teach three Permaculture Action Courses on ecological design, community organizing, and social change. 

Permaculture Action launched their nationwide network in 2016 and is currently collaborating with folk band Rising Appalachia to bring Permaculture Action Days on their Slow Music Movement Tour.

 

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