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International Forum of Permaculture Educators
Open Session 16.05.2021
– presentations
COMMUNITY – SENSIBILITY – IMAGINATION

International Forum of Permaculture Educators organised jointly by Biennale Warszawa and Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation was held on 15 and 16 May. It was the first event of its kind in Poland, addressed to people working in permaculture, as well as the broader public – everyone who feels that we need solutions that enable producing healthier food, living in harmony with nature and its rhythm, and healing the planet so it can heal us in turn.

The public programme of the Forum (16 May) was divided into three topical blocks, build around values: COMMUNITY, SENSIBILITY, IMAGINATION which we deemed crucial in thinking about education and permaculture. Speakers presenting their ideas included experienced educators from Poland and pedagogues  from an international collective involved in the project “The Supermarket Museum” carried out by the Agro-Perma Lab foundation. We were also joined by world-renowned teachers with many years of experience: Rosemary Morrow (co-founder of The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute, leader in informal permaculture education, author of numerous publications, including Permaculture Teaching Matters handbook), Alfred Decker (founder of 12 Principles Permaculture Design and Permaculture Barcelona, experienced teacher and designer) and Tomas Remiarz (teacher with over 20 years of experience; he built permaculture initiatives and communities in the UK, developed research in Permaculture Association UK and conducted training across Europe).

You can now watch the presentations below or on the Youtube channel of Biennale Warszawa.

BLOCK 1 – SENSIBILITY

KEYONTE SPEAKER: Alfred Decker – The Social Microclimate
PRESENTATIONS:
Michał Augustyn – Symbiotic design. A philosophy for creating bountiful ecosystems in urban space
Joanna Bojczewska – “Since feeling is first”: ecosystemic intelligence and permaculture education
Irina Kazakova – Attitude analysis & (Eight)finity lessons on learning of growing food
Krystian Stempek – Pattern recognition as a universal teaching tool

BLOCK 2 – COMMUNITY

KEYONTE SPEAKER: Tomas Remiarz – Growing Community
PRESENTATIONS:
Marcelina Haremza – Positive garden psychology for beginners 
Susanne Hofmann-Souki – Experiential learning cycles in joint learning on farms 
Habiba Youssef – Collectivity and empowered migrations: a proposal for changing the food system paradigm 
Klaudia Kryńska – Intergenerational collaboration and activisation of seniors as part of urban community garden 

BLOCK 3 – IMAGINATION

KEYONTE SPEAKER: Rosemary Morrow – Imagination and creativity in permaculture teaching for a shared future
PRESENTATIONS:
Daniel Pacek – Small permaculture farm as a place for reconnection 
Jana Koznarova – School gardens for food loop education of whole communities 
Maciej Łepkowski – Developing urban permaculture landscape 
Łukasz Nowacki – Permaculture immersion – immerse yourself in a real world of potential and opportunities

PRESENTERS:

ALFRED DECKER
He is an award-winning permaculture designer, a certified educator with the Permaculture Association Britain, and one of Europe’s leading permaculture educators. Since his first PDC in 1998 in California, Alfred has been involved with social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the 12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, Permacultura Barcelona and the Forest Gardens project at Can Masdeu; is a co-founder of the Spanish Permaculture Academy (Academia de Permacultura Íbera); and was a member of the European Permaculture Teachers Partnershipand the Permaculture Council of Europe. Alfred holds a post graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (Centre for Alternative Technology).
After taking a permaculture teachers training with Rosemary Morrow in 2011, he undertook a two year mentorship and later co-taught six courses with her, ultimately earning a Diploma in Permaculture Education & Community Development in 2013 through the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute (Australia). Committed to furthering the teachers’ training platform “Training Permaculture Teachers” (TPT) that Rosemary developed in over three decades of teaching experience around the world, Alfred co-edited her TPT manual and organised a successful crowdfunding campaign to develop the platform.
In the coastal mountains of Montnegre, Catalunya, Alfred is the co-director of the community biochar project Montbio, which won a 2017 Lush Spring Prize for Social and Environmental Regeneration. He is available for educational activities, design work and consulting.

MICHAŁ AUGUSTYN
Permaculture designer and educator, he runs the project “Chocianów Permaculture – Urban Eco Garden”. It is a showcase garden covering 400 m2 in the centre of the town of Chocianów, presenting various spatial solutions within permaculture, food and energy sovereignty, or deep ecology. The garden was awarded as “the most caring permaculture garden of 2020”. In his educational practice, he pays a lot of attention to the concept of models in nature and encourages people to trust their intuitions, and simply start working with the soil.

JOANNA BOJCZEWSKA
(Poland) Agroecology and permaculture educator. Starting as a food-growing apprentice at Organiclea Workers’ Cooperative in 2012, she has been gardening on a micro-scale for over 8 years in Poland and abroad, including 3 years of market gardening at EKOPOLETKO. With a degree in Social Anthropology (LSE), her specialisation is in the areas of learning, enskillment and knowledge transmission. She has co-authored permaculture workshops and co-designed cross-sectorial, intergenerational Agro-Perma-Lab  trainings: on Global Agroecology  in 2019 and on Community Seed Homes  in 2021. A co-founder of Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation and Nyeleni Polska Food Sovereignty network in Poland and a graduate of the Ecological Folk Highschool (EUL). In teaching food growing, she sees the most direct way to rekindle ecosystemic awareness and to become practical agents of ecological and societal transitions.

Irina IRINA KAZAKOVA
(Ukraine) Project coordinator in the NGO Permaculture in Ukraine and GEN Ukraine, co-founder of The Permaculture Training and Demonstration Centers Network in Ukraine. Methodologist and coordinator of online educational course Grow Our Own Future and online lectures of the Permaculture Design Course. Graduated from Kharkiv agrarian University, agricultural and environmental economist (Ph.D), researcher in the National Scientific Center “Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry Research”. Author, translator. Currently methodologist of the permaculture educational program for schools, coordinator of The Permaculture Centers Network in Ukraine.

KRYSTIAN STEMPEK
Permaculture designer and educator, he runs the project “Chocianów Permaculture – Urban Eco Garden”. It is a showcase garden covering 400 m2 in the centre of the town of Chocianów, presenting various spatial solutions within permaculture, food and energy sovereignty, or deep ecology. The garden was awarded as “the most caring permaculture garden of 2020”. In his educational practice, he pays a lot of attention to the concept of models in nature and encourages people to trust their intuitions, and simply start working with the soil.

TOMAS REMIARZ
He has 20 years’ experience in permaculture design, teaching, research and practice, having worked in the UK and various European countries. Over the years, he has been active in many different fields, with an emphasis on the restoration of land, buildings and communities.

MARCELINA HAREMZA
(Poland) She graduated from the University of Life Sciences in Poznań at the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, specializing in Horticulture – development of green areas; and at the  Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, specializing in dietetics. She runs a blog Ogrodowa Alternatywa (Garden Alternative), where she writes about permaculture and food self-sufficiency. As a member of the Poznan Food Cooperative, she coordinates the activities of a group of gardeners who cultivate their own community gardens or participate in the urban guerrilla gardening. Currently, she is starting to gather a community that will create the first community seed house (CSB) in the Greater Poland province.

SUSAN HOFMANN-SOUKI
(Germany) She has co-developed methods of experiential and practical learning in her international project activities and as a lecturer in agricultural economics. She enjoys facilitating learning processes in groups – including at polyculture seminars on a pioneer polyculture farm in Austria. In Berlin, she has started teaching these polyculture concepts in the context of urban gardening. At the Technical University of Berlin she investigates and supports logistical solutions for small-scale regional supply networks. She is a member of the board of the Association for AgriCulture and Ecology in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe (Agrecol) where she co-organises seminars on various topics related to sustainable agriculture and rural development. Ever since her youth, she has created gardens wherever she lived, and has learnt farming in practice and theory – on large and small farms, as well as at the university. Since her own garden plots are still too small, she also volunteers in the development of a local food collective in Berlin. Her favourite time in the garden is spring, when everything there looks so promising and eager to flourish.

HABIBA YOUSSEF
(Spain / Lebanon) Holds a BA in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development. She worked in international aid, coordinating rural development projects in North Africa, Spain and Lebanon. Since 2013, she has been coordinating and working in several kitchen and market gardens in Spain. PDC in 2016 in Manresa, Catalunya. PTM (permaculture teaching matters) in 2019, curriculum developed by Rosemary Morrow in La Bolina and in Bulgaria. Co‐funder of La Bolina, association that works in the Granada Province, Spain. Coordinates the Land Regeneration and Agroecology circle of La Bolina. Conducted three agroecology and permaculture trainings for migrants and refugees in Granada. Keen to share the importance of conscious participation in the food growing system and food sovereignty, as well as the importance improving the connection between urban and rural areas.

KLAUDIA KRYŃSKA
Graduate of Applied Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Warsaw. Urban gardener, for 6 years involved in the work of Communal Garden run by the Służew Cultural Centre (SDK). Educator and activists working for food sovereignty.

ROSEMARY MORROW

She trained in agricultural science at Sydney University, rural sociology at the Sorbonne in Paris, development at Reading UK and horticulture at TAFE but, after spending time in Africa, she realized there needed to be a better alternative to conventional agricultural practices. She found this in the ethics and integrated applied science of permaculture, and has been teaching permaculture ever since. She is the author of numerous publications including Permaculture Teaching Matters, The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, which has been translated into many languages, and The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture.
For almost 40 years Rosemary has worked extensively with farmers and villagers in Africa, Central and South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Rosemary has especially dedicated much of her efforts to refugees the people of war-torn nations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Kurdistan and East Timor, and to communities experiencing the serious effects of climate change like the Solomon Islands, and the effects of the GFC, like Spain, Greece and Portugal. Permaculture and its teaching is being tried as never before from the joint challenges of covid-19, climate crisis and mass migration, and, the old ways of teaching are not always suitable for this future which we all face, Rowe is concerned to make changes which reflect these times and keep permaculture’s relevance.

DANIEL PACEK
(Poland) has been synthesising his creative approach to permaculture by developing his 1ha farm Pacówka for the past 4 years. Previously he was involved with the educational network of natural builders of Poland. Human skinned, community-building ‘lion’ and a powerful ox in enterprising, innovative grassroots projects and local social hub. A man of wide horizons and many passions who engages reality on its manifold levels and depths – from experimental farm design to visions for a transformation of the local food system. Trained as a pedagogist, masseur and yoga teacher. Being a natural plasterer, and juggler he also cuts goats’ hooves.

JANA KOZNAROVA
(Czech Republic) She has lived and worked in the center of ecological education and worked as a lecturer of environmental education for pupils, teachers and the public for five years. She started work for the association of local food initiatives in September 2017. Together with her colleagues, she was coordinating CSA food initiatives, making workshops, consulting, creating the map of the farmers and CSAs and educating children and adults. She used to manage a European project Solid Base Erasmus + for the Czech Republic aimed at creating models of financial self-sufficiency and financial sustainability for farmers and coordinators of CSAs together with partners from Hungary, Germany, Belgium, Austria, and Poland. In 2019, she returned to the idea of setting up a national CSA network and she is working on it with others to this day. Jana also works as an auditor and consultant in the international project Eco-school and in the organization KOKOZA which focuses on education of the public on the topic of community gardens, community town composting and vermicomposting, where she is currently coordinating the project Food Loop at schools, including workshops for students and teachers. She is also creating a guide for teachers on how to start and how to integrate a closed cycle of food into educational processes and life at school.

MACIEJ ŁEPKOWSKI
Ogarniacz w ogrodzie społecznościowym Motyka i Słońce oraz domku Solatorium na warszawskim Osiedlu Jazdów. Doktorant w Katedrze Sztuki Krajobrazu (WOBiAK, SGGW), gdzie zajmuje się tematem nieformalnych terenów zieleni. Od 2017 współtworzy program wspierania ogrodów społecznościowych Bujna Warszawa. Animator naturo-kultury.

ŁUKASZ NOWACKI
Futurist, permaculture educator, practitioner of regenerative design and agroforestry. Graduate of Environmental Protection at the university of Łódź, specialising in ecohydrology and ecosystem biotechnology. Founder of the TRANSFORMACJA Foundation, Managing Director of the Polish Permaculture Research Institute (PIBP). Enthusiast of mushrooming and hammocking under the stars, good food and survival. His creative outlet is his permaculture homestead – Dolina Mgieł (“Valley of Mists”) – on Pilica river.

MODERATORS:

ANNA GALAS-KOSIL
Curator of International Program, anna.galas@biennalewarszawa.pl
Curator, theatre studies expert, translator, graduate of the Department of Theatre Studies at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, graduate of the prestigious programme for culture managers European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. Former scholarship holder of the Stage Direction & Dramaturgy Department at the Royal School for Dramatic Arts in Madrid. She was involved in the preparation of the first Polish exhibit at the international exhibition of set design – The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She worked with Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz, R@port Festival in Gdynia and Warszawskie Spotkania Teatralne. In 2015–2020 she was President of the international On The Move network involved in issues of mobility in the cultural sector. Until the end of 2017 she managed the department of international cooperation in the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute. From 2018 she curates the programme of the international Biennale Warszawa.

WERONIKA KORALEWSKA
Agro-Perma-Lab, vice-president of the Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation board, project coordinator. Weronika is a facilitator and coach in the current of informal education, with experience in designing and executing educational programmes in the area of ecological education, deep ecology, intercultural education and art. Political scientist by education. Member of the Food Sovereignty Movement Nyeleni Polska.

JOANNA BOJCZEWSKA
BIO above.


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