The creation of The PAN Permaculture Educators’ Pledge, was a 3+ year participatory process, convened by the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN formally know as PINE). This 1- page document was distilled from many meetings, conversations, convergences, phone calls, scribbled notes, retreats and late night talks around the fire as our network grappled with how we, as a grassroots movement honor and embody our ethics as we grow and how we do this as a network for the network rather than a top down imposed set of rules and regulations from the outside. Read more about the pledge and how to adopt it here.
The PAN Board is discussing upgrades to our membership program. Contact us if you have great ideas to share with us!
83 SUPPORTING MEMBERS (AND GROWING)
2017: 3 PAN SPONSORED EVENTS # COURSES IN OUR REGION = LOTS! (and growing)
281 FREE SUBSCRIBERS (or future members as we like to call them)
Time for a new look! T-shirt contest!!! The PAN Board is launching a T-shirt contest and will be collecting submissions until February 10th (2018). Once all of the entries have been received we will ask for members to vote on the design they think reflects the organization most. If we use your design you will receive a one year membership to PAN and a shirt! We are excited to see what the talented designers in this community come up with! Send your submission to us via email.
PAN hosted its annual board, teachers and organizer’s retreat at the Omega Institute from October 8-11, 2017. This year those in attendance were the PAN board and a small, intimate group of committed network organizers from New York City to Boston. For this year’s retreat we chose to place some stronger focus on “unconferencing” which felt like a tremendous success. We’ve been hosting these retreats at Omega for about five years, and usually we have a full agenda, and between the facilitation and hosting, it doesn’t always feel like a retreat for some of us. This year we planned on plenty of unstructured time to hang out, network and play.
The work time that we put in was productive and we unveiled the standards pledge for feedback, planned for greater collaboration with PINA, reviewed and brainstormed the work that PAN does, came up with a work plan and a list of deliverables for 2018 and asked for feedback from members about benefits we could provide to the network. Your membership dues goes to support the work of PAN so that we can make our work freely available to the network and the world. The voluntary teaching pledge of standards will be an important document that will help aspiring new teachers in their workshop and course organizing efforts.
While the scheduled work times were productive, the “unconferencing” also proved to be very beneficial. We spontaneously decided to do a “show and tell” and give each other a profile of the work that we do in the world. We heard about landscape design and planning, a year-round K-12 grassroots educational program in New York City, and graduate level work defining a rubric for environmental services that can be incorporated into any design discipline.
The mealtimes at Omega were awesome as usual, with a fantastic buffet of local organic food, orange juice on tap and lots of tea. We were able to enjoy many of the amenities of Omega this year in a more laid back manner as well. Those included yoga, tai chi and meditation; an evening camp fire, hiking and boating; and of course the sauna and nap times. Jesse, an avid mixed martial arts fan, even fulfilled a dream of his by introducing a group of very progressive and open-minded permies to the sport on the big screen display we had in our meeting room.
For 2018 PAN is looking forward to organizing less conventions of our own, and we are looking forward to piggy-backing on existing events similar in focus. We are planning on developing a series of webinars that are focused on topics that will benefit our members in the work they do in the world. We are considering hosting the regional Northeast Permaculture Convergence (NEPC) in Maine in the summer of 2018, and we are looking forward to hosting you there! Once again, thanks for all the work you do in the world and thank you for your support of PAN!
PAN has heard for a few years now that what the northeast network needs is a training in how to make our permaculture courses and events more relevant to communities of color. As it stands now, the demographics of our network are fairly homogeneous, and that is understandably how the permaculture movement has started. PAN is offering this professional development opportunity in service to that larger goal of making our work more relevant to a diversity of communities.
We are very excited that Relational Uprising will be facilitating the diversity training at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Here’s a bit more about them:
“Relational Uprising is a training and coaching project that supports activists, organizers, movement builders and changemakers from diverse fields to build healthy, interdependent, relational culture. We believe it is time for a new era of social change work in which we bring an intentionally humanizing, relational culture to our lives, organizations and movements. It presents a nuanced approach to issues of identity, intersectionality, and privilege using an embodied, relational practice of narrative and somatic movement.
The Culture of Radical Engagement (CRE) framework is based on an integration of social capital research, social neuroscience, radical relational theory, community organizing, and somatic education. It presents a nuanced approach to issues of identity, intersectionality, and privilege using an embodied, relational practice of narrative and movement. Training modules include: Stories of Separation, Stories of Connection, Ecology + Diversity, Support for Conflict Resolution. Originally incubated at The Relational Center from 2012-2015, Relational Uprising is now its own training and group facilitation project for changemaking communities.”
This training, all by itself, has a degree of importance, but so do the other facets of this retreat:
Day 1: Diversity Training with Relational Uprising
Day 2: Developing Community Derived Standards of Quality in Permaculture Education
Day 3: Peer to peer module and curriculum exchanges
WHEN: Sunday October 16th (afternoon arrival / dinner / opening greeting Sunday eve) through Wednesday October 19th (am closing session followed by lunch and departure)
WHO: Up to 30 individuals from our region (NJ/PA up through Eastern Canada) who self-identify as permaculture teachers and organizers who derive some portion of their livelihood from the design and delivery of permaculture educational events.
COST: $200-300 per person. Pay according to your means. OMEGA is graciously subsidizing the cost in solidarity with the permaculture community. The true cost of running this event is about $250 per person to cover both Omega expenses and the cost of the facilitators.
The time to register is now! We’re delighted you’re here.
Greetings Northeast Permies!
You’re invited to JOIN the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast to strengthen our Permaculture network and to increase community resilience throughout our region.
Permaculture inspires and empowers thousands of people across the Northeast to imagine and design healthier and more functional relationships with nature and with each other. Whether you apply Permaculture at home, a garden, farm, or regenerative business — connecting with others for community and to share resources and best practices will support you.
Through our Membership Drive, PINE will:
- Map the thousands of individual and business members that make up our network. Regional organizers in the U.S. and Canada estimate there are 6,000-10,000 permaculture supporters in the Northeast – wow!
- Further develop a searchable database of regional Permaculture demonstration and teaching sites, courses, jobs, internships, and useful seed/plant/equipment resources;
- Circulate regional permaculture news about innovative projects and collaborations, “permacultural” responses to major issues, and more;
- Call together a Spokescouncil to support cross-regional communication and support local permaculture organizing efforts
- Continue to convene regional gatherings and convergences
Between now and March 1, 2015, PINE wants to connect 1500+ people and raise $30,000-$60,000 to fund these initiatives.
On average, $20-$40 per member will reach our goal! At the same time, we invite you to join us nowregardless of whether you can make a financial contribution.
PINE members have direct access to participate in and shape the projects that PINE takes on and to influence the direction of our regional movement. The projects above are based on years of community input and PINE wants your involvement. For example, join today and nominate local leaders to the regional Spokescouncil!
We thank you for your participation and support and trust that building PINE will give everyone in our region better access to each others’ wisdom, enthusiasm, vision, and good strategic thinking.
Elyssa Serrilli and Uma Lo (former PINE Board member)
on behalf of the PINE Board of Directors
Click here to learn more about PINE and 10 years of service to our network.