Peter Oakland

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since Jan 25, 2017
I took my PDC in 1995 from Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman. Gathered 2-3 years of hands on, on the land experience. Then kids arrived! Finsihed degree, lucrative ish career ensued. I find myself over 20 years later ready to transition back into the natural systems approach. Looking for others to share down payment etc and design/grow the rooted lifestyle together. Ideally on west coast of US but who knows!
Humboldt, California
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I sent you a PM Valisa. Would love to learn more.
1 year ago
Thanks Steve - You and your area are going on my short list when I tour the west seeking new permaculture   friends!
1 year ago
I really like the idea of establishing a community around art, music and other shared passions while working together on permaculture based projects to thrive. Years ago, back in the 90's I guess, I used to try to make my ideal schedule for the day if money were not an issue. Art/Music, Permaculture and Health seemed to be three areas that would provide most if not all the things one needed to live as a group. I call this the harmony of the spheres like Pythagoras. Still dreaming after this as a way of life, looking for that community and look forward to a time when I can spend all my time learning the things that truly capture my interest and passion. Amy, I am not far from Oregon so reach out if you like, let me know if you'd like to collaborate etc.
Another old post that I wish was current! If any of you folks here are still pursuing this please message me!
1 year ago
Hey Steve - I would like to know more. Look for a PM from me.
1 year ago
Sounds real interesting but yea, would need to know a bit more. Even vague ballpark more would help.
1 year ago
Been trying to follow the drama...unfortunate biznez. Bottom line from where I sit - You put yourself out there to try to accommodate someone during a busy time, extra generous it seems to me. The favor was returned in the form of pushing the boundaries, lack of humility for a host and then holding a grudge that evolved into more drama and then the cherry youtube vid just puts a ! on the further seeming need for drama and justification. Clash of perspective, expectations and personalities. Coming to live for two weeks at any community is challenging. It goes way better when everybody is as humble as possible, pitches in for all and makes every effort to minimize drama, even at the cost of having to swallow it sometimes. Even though we pay to be at the PDCs or similar hands on intensives, I still see it as being hosted which requires respectful interactions. The very first 2-3 pushes on the boundary of acceptable behavior already seemed to demonstrate a lack of awareness as a visitor and student. Ungraceful and especially regrettable that it gets lumped into care for people in a negative context. Smells like bad wine.

Frustrating stuff Paul, I add my voice of support and wish you a speedy, smooth jettison of the issue from your being. I also hope you don't over compensate in any way next year. Sweet that you have all these threads you can go back and read if ever in re-doubt about perspectives. Onward! =)
Looks like a nice spot! Yes congrats. Looks like pretty clear quartered zoning set up with the woods off on the east side of the pond there opposite the home site (if I am seeing it correctly). I'd be curious about what the sun is doing at the lowest points of the year there of course. Also thinking about how much of a buffer, if any, between a food forest and the forest forest. If the source of the water going into that pond is traveling through your property to any great extent, you might think about introducing some aquatics for filtering and look into remediation first so that your impact in and out of the forest is less disruptive once you start establishing those other zones for food crops and animals. Since you aren't under pressure to feed yourself from the land immediately or anything like that, I would be thinking long term stuff as first priority and getting the samples all analyzed so you know which way to improve them over the next 5 years and by what methods. You also have some time for experimentation...you also have those utilities to work with right away as a resource so that later you can put the mixture of more appropriate/sustainable sources in or not.

Maybe these things are all obvious already. Someone hopefully will weigh in with more experience than I. Have you considered budgeting for a design consultant? Since it seems well established relative to other land sites, I would lean towards analyzing the woods and zone 5 elements so you know what native action you will be engaging with. Enhancing that action will be a great slow gain that improves itself over time while other design aspects are coming together. Just a quick stab...

Edit: Sorry if it looks like I didn't read the other responses, looks like some of us were replying close to the same time! So far seems like there is nothing out of alignment...get out and spend time and analyze/get a feel that natural system and journal it.
1 year ago
I've been searching for folks like you to work with on a project like this. I am in northern california. Hopefully I will be taking some trips to visit a few different communities of interest this year so perhaps I can arrange to visit and meet y'all? I'd love to hear some updates on how things are going. Let us know when you update the wildcollective wordpress.
This seems to have the most condensed listing of communities, otherwise it is quite a research project. Intentional Communities

I am making my own list in areas I want to go visit and hoping one day to connect with the right place, unless I come into extra abundance and start my own. =)
Good luck!