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Permaculture Renewal Retreats -- Permaculture & Social Permaculture, Expert Panel, Classical Music!

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Location: Charles Town, West Virginia
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Hi all! I'm helping to organize two 4-day permaculture mini festivals in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, on 340 acres of beautiful land that's just 80 min outside of D.C. and Baltimore. Please check them out and help spread the word if you're so called!!


I think they're going to be awesome 4-day long weekends -- the first one, from July 27-30, is focused on the theme of "the future of responsible land stewardship," and the second one, from August 3-6, is focused on the theme of "exploring the future of community."

Both weekends will feature a leading permaculture teacher: Andrew Faust will be teaching 3 lectures the first weekend on an introduction to permaculture, its design applications and ethics, and how you can take it home with you. Lisa DePiano will be teaching 3 lectures the second weekend on an introduction to social permaculture, which has more of a social/relational focus for how to apply permaculture. Both Andrew and Lisa are senior permaculture teachers and are both featured in the permaculture documentary Inhabit, for those who have seen it.

Both weekends will also include:

+ A choice of outdoor land-based projects on soil restoration and medicinal harvesting

+ An interactive panel of thinkers/activists/experts who will bring a myriad of different perspectives to each weekend's theme organized through the British think tank the RSA

+ A large-scale classical music concert, called a Massivemuse, featuring world-class musicians from the Groupmuse network

+ Retreat offerings such as meditation, qigong, nature walks, sauna, etc.

+ There will also of course be campfires and more of a chance to get to know everyone who comes, and depending on how it goes to potentially join the emerging Claymont permaculture work as more of a community member

After these 3 nights and 4 days, you’ll leave charged with the feeling and knowledge that humans in general and you in particular can be a source of profound regeneration for our hurting planet. We have designed this weekend to be a space for participants to take a break from the everyday and tune into what makes them most excited to be alive right now, while equipping them with frameworks and takeaways to bring into their lives back home.

For more information and to buy tickets, use the links to each weekend here:

> July 27-30 | Living in a world that can sustain us: Event page here

> Aug 3-6 | Exploring the future of community: Event page here

There's also the opportunity for a small number of people to stay for both weekends and the couple of days in between, if there's interest. Especially if they're coming from out of town!
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If this becomes an annual traditional I might try to make it another year.  I spent two weeks camping in that area of the country during the summer for a different event a few years ago.  Beautiful area and barring one afternoon storm it was lovely weather too. Adding in an outdoor classic concert and interesting activities could only make it better.
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