Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Sustainable Living through Permaculture Systems

Warren Brush (Exec. Dir., Quail Springs Permaculture Gardens) guides us through the various interdependent sustainable living & food production systems at Quail Spring Permaculture Gardens & Sustainable Living Facilities (Maricopa, Ca.). Produced for public television by Barrett Productions, Ventura, Ca. More info

The Story of Place with Joel Glanzberg

Joel Glanzberg presents the Story of Place of the Mad River Valley at the Center for Whole Communities in Fayston, Vermont on June 23, 2011.

Dennis L. Meadows on 'The Limits to Growth and the Future of Humanity

Paul Hawken: The Blessed Unrest

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. In his newest book, "The Blessed Unrest", Paul tells the enigmatic history of the global environmental movement, comprised of over 1,000,000 organizations. Hawken draws upon his years of leadership in this movement to chart and illuminate its intellectual origins, diversity, goals and extraordinary vitality.

Peter Senge: "Systems Thinking for a Better World" - Aalto Systems Forum 2014

Peter Senge's keynote speech "Systems Thinking for a Better World" at the 30th Anniversary Seminar of the Systems Analysis Laboratory "Being Better in the World of Systems" at Aalto University, 20 November 2014.

Peter Senge is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability at the MIT. He is the founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) and the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization. The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Senge one of the 24 people who has had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years.

Dana Meadows Lecture: Sustainable Systems

Donella H. "Dana" Meadows (March 13, 1941 – February 20, 2001) was a pioneering American environmental scientist, teacher, and writer. She is best known as lead author of the influential book The Limits to Growth and Thinking in Systems: a Primer,

Donella Meadows was the founder of the Sustainability Institute, which combined research in global systems with practical demonstrations of sustainable living, including the development of a cohousing (or ecovillage) and organic farm at Cobb Hill in Hartland, Vermont, in the United States. In 2011, the Sustainability Institute, originally located adjacent to Cobb Hill, was renamed the Donella Meadows Institute and moved its offices to Norwich, Vermont.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies: Otto Scharmer

Talk by Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at MIT, at Wisdom 2.0 Business 2014

Art of Hosting: Participatory Leadership Practices that Change the Way We Meet

Join us to explore a couple key models and perspectives from the Art of Hosting participative leadership practice. Discover how the Art of Hosting practices can help you work more effectively and enjoyably together -- in meetings and movements like Transition -- to engage teams, organizations, and community stakeholders in meaningful conversations and actionable solutions.

Teresa Posakony works with organizations and communities who are seeking to put to work the ineffable qualities of community to bring high levels of effective engagement, creative design and deep resilience to work. She was a long time member of the Berkana Institute, worked 13 years in high tech doing leadership and organizational development, and now12 years deeply engaged in hosting process in a breadth of non-profit organizations and community driven efforts. 

Tenneson Woolf is a facilitator who designs and leads meetings in participative formats. These formats help people be smart together and get people interacting with each other -- learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire his work. He is a steward in the Art of Hosting community of practice and works locally with The Salt Lake Center for Engaging Community. Tenneson's educational background includes a Masters Degree in Organizational Behavior and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. He lives in both Lindon, Utah and Seattle, Washington

Earth Talk

Dr Stephan Harding - Gaia Theory & Deep Ecology

What if we change - documentary on ecosystem restoration

Beyond Nature-Deficit Disorder: The Restorative Power of the Natural World


Ecopsychology studies the relationship between human beings and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles.[1] The field seeks to develop and understand ways of expanding the emotional connection between individuals and the natural world, thereby assisting individuals with developing sustainable lifestyles and remedying alienation from nature. Theodore Roszak is credited with coining the term in his 1992 book, The Voice of the Earth. He later expanded the idea in the 1995 anthologyEcopsychology with co-editors Mary Gomes and Allen Kanner. 

Practical Ecopsychology. Places of Power:

Andy Fisher - Radical Ecopsychology:

Monday, 28 December 2015

Billions in Change

The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project. 

Beyond Sustainability - Building Community Resilience Through Nature Connection

Beyond Sustainability - Building Community Resilience Through Nature Connection

Jon Young has been studying traditional cultures for the past 30 years. As an expert tracker and nature mentor who has worked with children and adults throughout the US and Europe, he intimately understands and has seen the effects of our disconnection with nature, ourselves and each other. From this disconnection a degenerative cultural system has emerged that has led to competition, strife, alienation, isolation, and rapid environmental degradation.

When people are connected deeply to nature, they begin to embody the qualities that lead to deeper connection with self and others.

In this call, Jon will tell us how we can begin to build strong local communities designed on the bedrock of deep nature connection. He will explain specific practices that will help us repair our culture and create the structures that increase bonds and strengthen relationships between individuals and individuals, individuals and the group, and individuals and nature. Through culture repair, we will be able to work together to transition from a dependence on the global economy to being able to support a thriving, regenerative culture committed to meeting our human needs in our own local community.

A Conversation with Jon Young: Culture Repair

Jon Young Part 1 NatureCultureNetwork- Art of Mentoring 2012

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Ambassadors of the Jungle

Among the high peaks of Papua New Guinea, upholstered in thick jungles, ethnicities inhabit the lands that inspired all that terrible sailors' stories at the begining of XX Century. They are the head-cutters, warlike cannibal clans that keep colorful rituals and lifestyles attached to nature.

We will meet the inhabitants of the Highlands and colorful body painting, participate in rituals "sing-sing" of the Asaro people, where mud men try to keep out enemies with its terrifying aspect, we will find the "enga mummies" of Kukukuku, bodies of warriors who were smoked for preserving them.

On the Sepik river, we finally find the exuberant nature of the region and the men who worship the crocodile, their flagship specie from which they seek the possession of their spirit through frenzied rites and painful scars tattoos they do in their bodies as an imitation of this great reptile skin.

The men of the fifth World

The aboriginal culture of Australia, includes a large number of tribes inhabiting the oceanic continent before the arrival of the white man. But all that rich culture is doomed to survive in stocks in which its people are destined to extinction.

In this episode one of the elders that preserve aboriginal culture will show the most important elements of a culture that struggles not to disappear.

Know his rituals in which contacts the parallel world in which the gods, spirits and men live together. We will see the role exerted by the digeridu, a musical instrument employed in these rituals. We'll see how it is manufactured by the musicians themselves, who will address the complex technique used to make it sound.

The cave paintings of Ubi Rock opened the door showing the spirituality of these villages that are sacred totems direct reference the natural world around them. Analyze the paintings today continue to make to represent their dreams and the importance of this painting.

Participate with them in making the famous boomerang and the banquet to which fishing leads a giant turtle. But the aboriginal community also show us the bitter side of life: the reserves in which its people seem destined to a slow extinction

Viable Systems Model & the intelligent Organizatoin

The viable system model (VSM) is a model of the organisational structure of any autonomous system capable of producing itself. A viable system is any system organised in such a way as to meet the demands of surviving in the changing environment. One of the prime features of systems that survive is that they are adaptable. The VSM expresses a model for a viable system, which is an abstracted cybernetic (regulation theory) description that is applicable to any organisation that is a viable system and capable of autonomy.

The Intelligent Organization

Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman

"Bouncing Bear Films is proud to announce our first documentary film. This film is the first in a series of three films discussing various aspects of shamanism. This first film, Manifesting the Mind, is a broad look at psychedelics in general. Why are psychedelics so brutally suppressed in our culture? What exactly are some of the psychedelic plants and chemicals and how can they benefit us? With philosophy and insight from Dennis McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, Alex Grey, and many others, this film is not to be missed by anyone interested in psychedelics and shamanism. 

Interviews include - Robert Bussinger, Mike Crowley, Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, Alex Grey, Clark Heinrich, Nick Herbert, John Major Jenkins, Dennis McKenna, Terence McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Dr. Rick Strassman.

maria sabina movie english

María Sabina (July 22, 1894[1] – November 23, 1985) was a Mazatec curandera who lived her entire life in a modest dwelling in the Sierra Mazateca of southern Mexico.[2] Her practice was based on the use of the various species of native psilocybe mushrooms, such asPsilocybe mexicana.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Maestro Don Howard Lawler interview

Renowned healer Maestro Don Howard Lawler explains the sacred plant medicine ayahuasca. Lawler describes ayahuasca as the best known cure for depression on earth. Dubbed the 'Last Great Wizard', Lawler has nearly fifty years experience healing with sacred plant teachers such as ayahuasca, peyote, and huachuma. Lawler is the owner of the Spirit Quest Sanctuary ( ayahuasca and huachuma retreat center. 



Mitch Schultz, director of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, invites you to join this 45 minute excursion deep into the heart of the Peruvian rainforest to experience the magic of the 3000 year old plant medicine: Huachuma. Distilled in the lost tradition from the San Pedro cactus by the last master Huachumero, Huachuma was the sacrament that formed the foundation for pre-Incan civilization, the Chavin. Follow Aubrey Marcus (founder of Onnit) and a group of friends in this moving meditation that reveals the true transformative power of this sacred technology.


Last of The Medicine Men - Huichol People of Mexico

In "Last of the Medicine Men," British adventurer Benedict Allen introduces us to the Huichol people of Mexico, where he has the rare privilege of taking part in a ritual ceremony with peyote, the classic hallucinogen-containing (mescaline) cactus, to bring him at last "face-to-face" with the gods.


Anima Mundi - By Godfrey Reggio

Anima Mundi is a poetic combination of music and images created from the finest existing footage from the naturalist film field, interwoven with original images and accompanied by a continuous soundtrack composed by Philip Glass based on rhythms and music from the most unspoiled traditional ethnic music.
This work was designed to celebrate the Biological Diversity Campaign of WWF and to create feelings and emotions which, through rich, striking and breathtaking images from Nature may lead its viewers to feel that they are truly a part of the natural world.
The title, "Anima Mundi", reproposes a concept which, throughout the history of mankind from ancient times, conjures up a harmonic principle controlling the laws of life on earth in all its various forms and relationships. Natural order and beauty are based on differences and the endless variety of species, elements, beings and systems which together form a marvelous balanced and harmonious Whole.
Plato in his "Timeus", was the first to provide a complete description of the Anima Mundi concept, passed down from ancient mythology:

"... Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence ... a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related."

— Plato, Timeus, 29/30; 4th century B.C.

Several ecological themes are firmly based on the idea of Anima Mundi, which attributes a cosmic breath to the earth. Nature, joyfully venerated for thousands of years by people all over the globe, supports the suffering of its generation simply because it is animated by a deeply rooted and mysterious vital force which justifies everything as well as the position of all elements in the complex order of nature.
Godfrey Reggio, the director of Anima Mundi, translated this concept into images to interpret WWF's campaign on biological diversity: the concept of Anima Mundi forms the basis of this film and requires a stylistic type of poetic communication, which is both immediately and deeply felt as it emotionally expresses the myriad of meanings contained in this concept, rather than to simply describe and explain them. Godfrey Reggio's intention is that of conjuring up a sense of the force of nature by following a path which goes beyond habit, calling forth the deep rooted and archaic sense of man's "being a part" of nature.
Godfrey Reggio on Singularity 1 on 1:


Edgar from Beneficio; This is my Protest

Edgar from Beneficio Community in South of Spain talks about his Permaculture garden and live!

A nice documentary by

Warriors of the Rainbow

Warriors of the Rainbow

There was an old lady, from the "Cree" tribe, named "Eyes of Fire", who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans' or Yo-ne-gis' greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.
There would come a time when the "keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs" would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankinds’ key to survival, they were the "Warriors of the Rainbow". There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.  
  The "Warriors of the Rainbow" would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or "Elohi". They would teach them how to live the "Way of the Great Spirit". They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is "Sick". The "Warriors of the Rainbow" would show the peoples that this "Ancient Being" (the Great Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach them how to make the "Earth or Elohi" beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four comers of the Earth. Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race. Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature, and the Great Spirit. They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life - the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitudes of life.  Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life. The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.  The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way - not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name calling or mud slinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest. Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their "quality" and not the amount of money they had obtained. Like the thoughtful and devoted "Ancient Chiefs", they would understand the people with love, and see that their young were educated with the love and wisdom of their surroundings. They would show them that miracles can be accomplished to heal this world of its ills, and restore it to health and beauty. The tasks of these "Warriors of the Rainbow" are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning "Mother Earth" to beauty and plenty - once more.  The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to "harmony" with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our "Key to our Survival".  This is the story of the "Warriors of the Rainbow" and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day "Eyes of Fire" spoke of - will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task.The task of being one of the........"Warriors of the Rainbow".


Understanding the Mondragon Worker Cooperative Corporation

The MONDRAGON Corporation is a corporation and federation of worker cooperatives based in the Euskadi. Founded in the town of Mondragón in 1956, its origin is linked to the activity of a modest technical college and a small workshop producing paraffin heaters.

Currently it is the seventh largest Spanish company in terms of asset turnover and the leading business group in the Basque Country. At the end of 2010 it was providing employment for 83,859 people working in 256 companies in four areas of activity: Finance, Industry, Retail and Knowledge. The MONDRAGON Co-operatives operate in accordance with a business model based on People and the Sovereignty of Labour, which has made it possible to develop highly participative companies rooted in solidarity, with a strong social dimension but without neglecting business excellence. The Co-operatives are owned by their worker-members and power is based on the principle of one person, one vote.


Produced 17th November 1980 by the BBC and is a part of the Horizon Science series.

Amy Goodman interviews Mikel Lezamiz, director of Cooperative Dissemination at the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation in Spain's Basque Country.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015


A unique opportunity to study with an absolute master in Agrogorestry and Food Forest Systems - Ernst Goetsch. We will be hosting him for a 7 day Theory and Practical course near Barcelona.


some of the Topcis:

-Commercial Food Forest Systems
- Natural succession & Successional Agroforestry Systems
- The management in the succession dynamics
- Organization of organic matter
- Pruning stratification
- Diagnosis and evaluation of agroforestry at different stages
- Construction of the concepts adopted in the practice of management of agroforestry from the observations of the participants;
-practical implementation of a small example system during the course
and much much more!


In the 70s, Gotsch develops his early studies of complex crop systems in areas in northern Switzerland and southern Germany.He tested for example the ancient traditions of planting corn with beans, but also experimented with new associations such as wheat and pea or raspberry, apple and cherry, among others.

He arrives in Brazil in 1982 and in 1984 sets up on a farm in southern Bahia. The name of the farm, as usual in the region, was a chronicle of the place. Something like "The Runaway from Dry Land." Approximately 500 acres of land rendered unproductive due to bad management and agricultural practices.On this farm he would continue the development of his obsessive experiments in Successional Agroforestry.Today there are about 410 hectares of reforested area, 350 of which were transformed into RPPN (private reserve of natural heritage), plus 120 hectares of Legal Reserve. After 20 years, about 14 springs reappeared on the farm.

International reference in Successional Agroforestry Systems, Ernst Gotsch has developed a refined technique of planting which principles and practices can be applied to different ecosystems.

please contact us for more infos and look at the vidoes of Ernst Goetsch online!



Food will be mostly local and organic. We will share 3 meals together each day with tea breaks during the day.

Accomodation will be in shared dormitory style rooms or there is also the option of double or single room for a small extra fee.

Price: early bird until 10.Jan.2016 - 450 Euro
until.10 Feb.2016 - 500 Euro
afterwards - 550 Euro

Price includes food and accomodation!