PERMACULTURE AND COMMUNITY FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
In Jung's classic book, Psychology and Alchemy he describes the opus as a work of imagination; an authentic accomplishment of thought. Thomas Moore called opus "the process of working the stuff of the soul, objectified in natural materials. For us, our work in permaculture is an extension and reflection of ourselves.
What is Permaculture
Permaculture is a comprehensive term that was coined by Australia's Bill Mollison in the 1970's. The permaculture Movement invites you to transform yourself, your community, your surroundings and your world-view into a symbiotic, cooperative whole; a place where we can all evolve in health and joy within the natural ecosystems. Maitreya Mountain Village (MMV) is committed to providing experience, guidance, and leadership for those who desire a life of ever-deepening relationship with every creature, element, and energy on the planet.
The permaculture method, which we engage here at MMV, is observation, evaluation, design and implementation of our living into natural systems. Our village uses passive solar, earth-sheltering, and gray-water systems. Green building methods prefer locally sourced, non-toxic, natural materials. Composting stations, earth-sheltered buildings, gardens, and animals are incorporated to supply most, or all, of its residents nutritional needs as well as renew the soil and landscape. All of this is engineered to minimize the ecological footprint we leave on the world as we strive for a high-level functioning, zero-waste, holistic way of living. In saying all this, please read We Are NOT Pure
Some key concepts of Permaculture that we like:
A measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems and natural resources. It compares human consumption of natural resources with planet Earth's ecological capacity to regenerate them.
The total energy expended to produce a material, transport it to the point of use, and install it. This can be complicated and exhaustive to accurately calculate; i.e. energy used to used to create the machinery used in mining, harvesting, molding and otherwise processing all of the elements of the various materials, down to the energy used to produce the lunches for the truck drivers, and installers, etc who handle it at various stages.
Permaculture home builders are sensitive to the environmental impact of the construction materials they select, and a material’s embodied energy is an important selection criteria.
The idea that all the properties of a given system cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. It is an approach to human health and life that emphasizes the consideration and integration of emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical elements in its context.
A form of agriculture that excludes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators, livestock feed additives, and genetically modified organisms. As far as possible, organic farmers rely on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests.
Humanity’s investment in a system of living, projected to be viable on an ongoing basis that provides quality of life for all individuals of sentient species and preserves natural ecosystems. Sustainability in its simplest form describes a characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. The term, in its environmental usage, refers to the potential longevity of vital human ecological support systems, such as the planet's climatic system, systems of agriculture, industry, forestry, fisheries, and the systems on which they depend.
A mass of material used to store heat. Specific heat is the measure of material’s capacity to hold heat. Among building materials, brick, stone, concrete and adobe have similar specific heats and are often used as thermal mass. Permaculture design engineers thermal mass in a way to heat and cool the home efficiently and comfortably.
A philosophy that aims to guide people in the redesign of their resource-use system with the aim of reducing waste to zero. Put simply, zero waste is an idea to extend the current ideas of recycling to form a circular system where as much waste as possible is reused, similar to the way it is in nature..