"WILDpermaculture" - Mixing ReWilding and Permaculture with Symbols. Lesson Plan by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media
"WILDpermaculture" - Mixing ReWilding and Permaculture with Symbols. Lesson Plan by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media

Introduction -

Willi - Tell me about your experience with Joseph Campbell's initiation, journey and hero process?

Dan - - As I searched and worked through his wisdom teachings, audio lectures, online materials, I eventually found a circular diagram of the hero's journey around the same time I was working with a shaman of the Peruvian Quechua tradition. I found the deep significance that the medicine wheel of the Quechua, north American shamanic, and Joseph Campbell's conception all showing the growth of life through the 4 directions of the circle, and that indeed we never return. And, because it is a spiral, not a circle, we keep moving forward never to "return" to the same exact place of the past, but indeed there are similar themes of season, time, age, and location.

-- "Kids, Rewilding and the New Mythology" - A conversation with Dan De Lion, ReturntoNature.us and Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media (+PDF)
Mixing ReWilding + Permaculture values and tools = "WILDpermaculture."

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Definitions -

Symbols - Pieces of a grand puzzle; metaphors; sensory converters; emotional visual cues; soul scaffolding. Combinations of symbols and narrative reveal old and new patterns and pathways.

Permaculture: a system of cultivation intended to maintain permanent agriculture or horticulture by relying on renewable resources and a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Rewilding means to return to a more wild or natural state; it is the process of un-doing domestication. The term emerged from the green anarchism and anarcho-primitivism political theories, in which humans are believed to be "civilized" or "domesticated" by industrial and agricultural progress. Supporters of rewilding argue that through the process of domestication, human wildness has been altered by force.

Rewilding is considered a holistic approach to living, as opposed to skills, practices or a specific set of knowledge.

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Interpreting the Rewilding Symbols -

Trekking - hiking with, not on top of, the Land

Minimalist Shelters - temporary, light impact on Nature housing

Instinct - opposite of "technology will save you"

Gaia - Nature as a partner and Holistic Spirit

Native Indian Traditions - going back and staying with ancestors

Interpreting the Permaculture Symbols -

Fire Circle - flame shared is soul kindled

Old Garden Tools - 14 fingers on two knees

Water Catchment - reservoirs in your hands

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WILDpermaculture Values -

(a) Science-based design becomes Nature Lore
(b) Live with the land vs. engineering the land
(c) Land as Spiritual Experience and less as survival

Conclusions -

1. Using symbols can create hybrid ideas - even movements - that stir-up the imagination and challenge the status quo.

1. We need to (re) combine permaculture with other movements to see what elements can best support human survival.

2. We have a set of time-worn, politically damaged religious symbols and stories. New symbols are desperately required to drive community causes and community heroes.

3. The New Mythology is the symbol-driven tool kit that fosters new stories, rituals and traditions.

4. New archetypes and alchemies are possible as new symbols support global creativity in our hearts and minds.

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Emerging Archetypes 2015 (proposed) -

New Archetype-: Anxiety to Integrate Nature and Agriculture for Survival
Mass Movement-: Permaculture
Symbol-: Large tree roots to canopy next to farm field and settlement

New Archetype-: Reverse engineer corporate control through localizing resources
Mass Movement-: Transition Movement
Symbol-: Neighborhood Sharing Event

New Archetype-: "Back and Forward" to build a Global Nature
Mass Movement-: Rewinding
Symbol-: DIY huts and living off the land

New Archetype-: A new spiritualty driven by Reduce / Reuse / Recycle
Mass Movement-: Sustainability
Symbol-: Green Earth with 3 R's Triangle

New Archetype-: Community as Hero
Mass Movement-: New Mythology
Symbol-: City Repair Project Logo (PDX)

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Questions --

1. How would you interpret and connect the 8 symbols in the illustration?

2. How would you design and test your own symbols?

3. Where do Re-Wilding and Permaculture not mix well?

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Additional Work from Planetshifter.com -

Merging Movements:

PermOccupy - A Pathway to a Sustainable Future, by Killian O'Brien. Interview on PermOccupy with Killian by Willi Paul

PermTrans - It's Time to Merge the Transition and Permaculture movements


Permaculture Symbols 2. A Video for Kids with Eyes of Steel and Overflowing Feet!

Nature Points a Gun at Our Heads - Drought Archetypes and Symbols

The New Sacrifice - Visions for New Mythology, Permaculture and the Transition Movement

Building a new sound symbol library for global community storytelling. Videos (3) + Lesson Planning + PDF

Examining the Sharing Vision in the Transition Movement - Values > Customs > Initiations > Traditions > New Mythology ("the Sequence")

Permaculture, Carl Jung and the New Archetypes (+ PDF)