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We held a permablitz on the 13th, 14th and 15th of december.

Many of us learned to make clay slip that we then stuffed into pallets which can be used for the walls of a building.

We learned how to use sho sugi ban, a japanese technic where we burn, in our case with a blow torch, wooden pallets that we will use for a foundation for a building.  After scaping off excess burned material we coated the pallets with used motor oil, again not the traditional japanese technic.  They used this technic to preserve wood, lasting sometimes 1000 years.

We also learned to take the bark off of posts that we gleaned from a nearby forrest.  These posts were for a roundhouse that we are building.

My hope for the weekend was that we get the roundhouse constructed.  Huckleberry who was to show us how he constructed one in 2 hours could not come.  Instead he sent a video and parts of his book.

My hope for the permablitz movement we are starting is that people will learn from an emerging paradigm in a present moment to construct the round house and more

see theory  https://www.presencing.org/aboutus/theory-u   these methods have been used for millium by indigeneous peoples.  

This first of the permablitz  did not work as desired.    I had done this practice while creating more than 650 gardens in Eugene Oregon.  There was no explanation beforehand.  People in small groups seemed to rapidly respond to me doing the process with them.  The down side was that with no debriefing.  Folks grocked that they were involved in something amazing but did not have a language for it.  Many people returned again and again to drink from the well of people working and creating together in this way.  

Folks had a great time, formed new friendships and many even told of extraordinary creativity.  So a taste of what could be did happen.

I have spent the preceding week visiting both folks who attended and other friends who did not.  This is where I learned of theory U.  The indigenous methods do not require any words or explanations.  One friend says though that it does take time.  I am reminded of the story of a war council of some plains indians.  They spoke around the fire for 18 hours.  They were not stragegizing about how to do war.  More they were listening to their guides and speaking from their hearts.  At some point, an elder stood up.  The council was over.  It was clear that the speaking had done its work and it was time to begin.  

We had a large group with many scattered parts.  Now I see we needed maybe to have a preceremony the week before where people had a council to clear themselves to open to a sacred space.  Or maybe we just need to start small, most folks to not want to come to ceremonies to make way for the sacred.

So our next permablitz will be open to a small number of women.  We hope to be able to form a group that we can then add to.

I feel strongly that our current paradigm of fear is paving the way for us all to become paralyzed noodles where we give away our power to join a glorious future of love.

I and my partners are going forward with our vision to have a practice for action where we are alive in the presence of joy and fulfillment of our needs.

please see permablitz pacific northwest on facebook if you want to learn more.
this video of a portable round house building was done by huckleberry several years ago.  the round house was done by huckleberry.  do not know who did the video.  this is great.  it could be covered with canvis much like a teepee inside at the end.  

brendan mcnamara, part of requirements to receive a permablitz is that you contribute to at least one permabliz  we have a team coming from shelton huckleberry is near shelton and several other folks are coming from there including julie.  consider joining them if you want to learn and receive a permablitz yourself.
we will more likely build the walls from pallets filled with cob and straw.    this will most likely be dryable with an inside heater.  there will be a large roof overhang, so we can also put the heater outside for the outside walls.  i like the cordwood thickness so we might put on over time 2 or even 3 layers of cob pallet wall.

i tend to push the envelope, finding ways to make things work with what we have.  it does not need to last 100 years.

we may not get the "tea house" finished.  we know we will get the portable round house finished.  this is something we might form a coop to build for people on the land who have access to forest gleanings to make an incoime for themselves.  
hi missa, you sound like someone i would like to connect to.  i am at victorygardensforall@gmail.com
4 months ago
hi chloe, i live in snohomish county and would be interested in coming for a visit.  sounds like you are not now on the land, so could visit wherever you are.  would like to do this soon.  i have an rv that i could live in.  www.handsonpermaculture.org, victorygardensforall@gmail.com
4 months ago
hi alec.  would love to come and visit you.  i am in snohomish county, www.handsonpermaculture.org, victorygardensforall@gmail.com.  
4 months ago
would love for you to contact me, marc and corina.  i remember ordering from you at one time and would love to see if there is a place for me at your place.  my email is myindigenousself@gmail.com

4 months ago
this type of science is more complicated than it needs to be.  john kempf and AEA are inoculating with microbes.  they are now working with farmers on 4 million acres in the u.s.  without deciding for the plants what microbes they need, using rather a pan microbe concoction.  plants and their microbe partners have been the method nature uses for fertility for billions of years.  by using this, AEA drasticallty reduces the amount of external inputs (fertilizers) needed increasing the productivity of the plants and thus increasing the farmers bottom line.

\https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/regenerative-agriculture-podcast/id1372359995
1 year ago