Hi, this is Geoff.

We just completed another of our “Permaculture in Action” on-the-ground trainings.  I absolutely relish these and find them invigorating, as I approach each and every one of them from my own love of working on the ground.

We have two more PIAs this year, one in July and the other in December. We do ask that everyone who is considering joining us have either completed or be concurrently enrolled in a PDC. Having this background knowledge will help you get *much* more from this on-the-ground experience.

To help facilitate getting this PDC background, we will soon be sharing information about our 2018 Online PDC 2.0 (24 weeks, over 700 instructional videos, a thriving student-only community, and 24/7 support from a team of talented teaching assistants). We’re aiming to start it sometime this quarter (i.e. to start before the end of June and have it run all the way through the end of 2018), so keep an eye on your inbox for additional information.

Many of you have been emailing and asking to enroll ASAP; while we haven’t yet opened enrollment, we welcome you to add your name to our priority-invite list. Those of you on the priority-invite list will be able to enroll several weeks before everyone else, get early access to the course before we open it to the general public, AND enjoy an “early bird” tuition discount. Again, click here and we’ll add you to the list.

Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s Friday Five…

New video! Working with Weeds: Internally, we’ve subtitled this, How to Read Your Land Through Weeds, since this (approximately) 10 minute clip just posted in The Permaculture Circle (“TPC”) goes far beyond the “weeds aren’t bad” approach. If you’re already enrolled in our free TPC learning community, you can view the full presentation here. In it, I suggest a holistic way (the permaculture way, if you will) to think about weeds: Plants that are so often referred to as weeds are actually indicator species of physical symptoms caused by events in time; for example, compaction, decompaction (soil susceptible to wind erosion), fire, and soil fertility depletion, just to name a few. To think about weeds holistically is to first observe them and then learn the lessons they have to teach us about landscape repair. Which then puts us on the path to designing our own “weed system,” which can perhaps be thought of as designer weeds 🙂

(Note: Those of you not enrolled in TPC can do so quickly and for free here). You’ll then be able to view the full video right away, as well as 100+ other video / media resources all housed under one roof. And if you already signed up for the free TPC but forgot your login details, you can click here, scroll to the bottom, and click on “Forgot your password?”  

Size Matters: That’s the name of this 15-minute video feature from 60 Minutes, highlighting the absolutely unreal conditions of big wave surfing at Nazaré Portugal. I love surfing and get in the water as much as I can, but what these guys do…I don’t do. Come to think of it, I’m glad nothing like this was around when I was younger and crazy enough to have wanted to do it 🙂

What is Regeneration? From the opening lines of a thoughtful piece by Carol Sanford: “Forty years ago, I met a cadre of business designers and developers who called what they did Regenerative Business Design. They had led an extraordinarily successful revolution at Proctor and Gamble that demonstrated a state-of-the-art approach to producing return on investment with people and assets.” Sanford’s writing represents an interesting way to approach regenerative thinking, one that fits well with permaculture design. Well worth a read.

Airbnb’s Experiment: “It was almost exactly a year ago that Airbnb started taking reservations on perhaps it’s strangest listing of all: the Yoshino Cedar House, which the company had built itself in a tiny little logging town in Japan way off the tourist beat. The project was meant to help revitalize the town, and provide a means of support to its aging population–who could in turn immerse travelers in their culture.Full story here.

In case you missed it: A few recent pieces of interest from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

If you enjoy these posts, be sure to bookmark the site as several new articles go up weekly, or check out thousands of other past articles, here.  

That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have any comment / reactions / or a different point of view, please share on the blog-version of this Friday Five (and all past + future Friday Fives), all housed here.

Cheers, and have a great week,

Your friend,


PS: Again, you can see the Working with Weeds presentation here if you’re already a member of TPC (or sign up free here and see it immediately).

And if you want to be added to our priority-notice list for the upcoming 2018 Online PDC 2.0 (and enjoy priority enrollment, early access, and a modest “early bird” tuition discount), you can do so here.