GWAWR services was born of the belief that connection to nature is deeply important.
It was actually more specifically born of the realization that we live in a world where we're becoming increasingly disconnected - from our-self, from others, from nature, from our idea of The Sacred, from the world as a whole...
It was born of the belief in a more sustainable [& even regenerative] and positive-and-just-for-all world.
After having volunteered, studied and worked on different projects pursuing Big Questions like ‘Is there another way to do things? Could it be more positive for all involved? What would that look like?’', I came to believe that this feeling of connection might be what is missing when we try to create a more positive paradigm for all; and that luckily it was all linked! By working on one of these levels, we also influence other levels... Hence, the creation of spaces that facilitate re-connection to nature - the level I felt more inclined to work toward- is also the creation of spaces that can potentially facilitate re-connection to our-self and to our community...
While these 'spaces of re-connection' can take many forms [physical spaces, events&workshops ]; they're all infused of the same wishes and vision.
Permaculture's Ethics of Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share, as well as its principles, are infused in all this work. So is the belief that we can all be storytellers of more positive global stories. Is also held dear the act of 'holding space': for these new positives-initiatives to emerge or for each other in time of crisis.
‘Permaculture is an attempt to build a good place to live’, I once heard Bill Molisson say in a video.
Permaculture is sometimes hard to describe, because it is a creative design process before all; and will adapt to the needs of the project. We can say that Permaculture focuses on building sustainable environments and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation and society [including of course agriculture but also education, economics or ecological building ...].
It is informed by the three ethics of Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share.
I arrived to permaculture after a certificate III in Social Services Work; realizing that, to me, creating healthy social structures and creating a healthy environment go hand in hand. Discovering first-hand permaculture through volunteering on the build of a permaculture garden for an Eco&Art festival felt just right. Followed a Permaculture Design Course from the Northern School of Permaculture through the Institute Bon Pasteur; an amazing 18 months journey, learning and working on different projects with the Institute.
I strive to include permaculture's ethics and principles in all my work; this to me translate as, between other things, respect of the deep inter-dependence of each and every element of the web of life.
While I love exploring the complexity of creating a fairer and healthier food system, my main interests currently lay in community building and bringing back Nature to where we live. While some find the sights of fields as far as one can see most inspiring; the possibilities that small spaces and urban settings offer are my current inspiration.
** It's worth remembering as Grace Oedel notes in 'Loam - Permaculture In Practice' that '' This ethical mode of life design is not new. While David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, (two white males academics), are most often credited with 'inventing' permaculture, indigenous communities have been living this way for thousands of years. One key feature of this system is shifting from short-term to long-term thinking. We must ask how today's actions will affect the generations to come.''. I note this while of course recognizing, respecting and honoring the great work that David Holmgren and Bill Mollison have been doing.
worldviews and Storytelling:
I believe that the world is not all doom-and-gloom as it is often portrayed but that more positive stories exist, and that they deserve to be shared.
I've come to believe that the stories we tell ourselves about the world, our worldviews are a very important part of this work: as the narratives, we tell ourselves, our world-views, influence and weight on our actions.
I currently study toward a MA in Ecology and Spirituality with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to explore this.
Be it from the creation of spaces [often punctually in time, through events] to have conversations and share more formal and educational information on a range of different topics related to the environment, to the creation of more artistic pieces through the uses of different mediums, what I named ‘Storytelling’ here can take many forms; and, I’m aware of that, is quite different from what Storytelling could traditionally mean. This Storytelling carries for me the core wish to offer more positive narratives & to explore our current narratives and worldviews.
Through my work with the Institute Bon Pasteur and the Nomad Co-op network, my past work within a recycling company, and my involvement within different citizen-led initiatives, for the past few years I’ve shared educational information about the environment [in the past with a big focus on waste, its effects and how to avoid it] in different settings - from a hotel meeting room to festival grounds, from forests during clean-ups activities to a university club.
While I wish to continue to share information in these ways; I also wish to explore ways to share these positive stories through different mediums in the future.
I believe that, maybe, after all, part of this work is simply to, as Sharon Blackie puts it, ‘[…] fall in love again with the world, to find a genuine sense of deeply embodied belonging to this beautiful, animate Earth. To remember as Carl Jung said, that humans have always been myth-makers. And to take back that myth-making power from the corrupt forces that govern us, and find the stories we really want to live by. Our own stories, our own voices. The stories we sing from our souls. The stories which sing our souls back home’.
' Holding space'
Sometimes all that is needed is the right container for ideas to come forth and projects to be born; be it a safe space dedicated to exploring in group a certain topic that we’d otherwise put aside, or someone supporting you to birth an idea you believe in.
I've come to believe that in these times of changes we live in, creating these spaces that support new ideas, conversations or community resilience feels deeply important.
For lack of better word, I've come to call this 'space holding'; as it's only the act of intentionally creating a metaphorical fertile soil for positive initiatives to grow out of.
In the past, mostly after my certificate III in Social Services Work, I've facilitated different spaces and workshops for different groups of people, children or adults. In that time, these spaces were dedicated to exploring creativity, but I'm very curious to see how it could evolve to fit GWAWR services vision.
Throughout the years, I've also been brought to support and implement a few different projects that focused on a regenerative future and I'd be more than happy to support yours as well, if our ideas align. You can read about my past work here.
Let's work together?
You can find a list of services offered through GWAWR services Here, but just as permaculture adapts to each situation, I believe in adapting my offerings to each project... Hence if you align with this vision and think we could work well together, let's talk!
You can contact me Here.