Hello! We want to have a permaculture-related reading at our wedding in a few weeks, and I am trying to find one that eloquently summarizes the vision of permaculture. I am currently in rural Alaska and do not have any of my permaculturebooks with me. What are some of your favorite permaculture readings that would be appropriate for a wedding ceremony? Thanks!
"“Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos.”
Emily, I am SO wishing all manner of joy for you and Tony! We love you guys!
This poem I once read at a wedding. I was a fan of May Sarton's writing more than her poetry perhaps. It's not explicitly permaculture, and maybe a Mary Oliver poem would be more fitting, but I think this one is lovely in any case.
I love the following quotes from Henry David Thoreau:
"Well, there I might live, I said; and there I did live, for an hour, a summer and a winter life; saw how I could let the years run off, buffet the winter through, and see the spring come in. The future inhabitants of this region, wherever they may place their houses, may be sure that they have been anticipated. An afternoon sufficed to lay out the land into orchard, wood-lot, and pasture, and to decide what fine oaks or pines should be left to stand before the door, and whence each blasted tree could be seen to the best advantage; and then I let it lie, fallow, perchance, for a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone."
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion."
Henry David Thoreau,
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