Many Rivers Permaculture

Many Rivers Permaculture With 10+ years of contributing to a culture of care, I facilitate people to connect with their values so they can protect and grow what they love, while creating diverse solutions to benefit everyone in our communities.

Many Rivers Permaculture is an educational hub for creative community change. Our programs engage participants in interactive activities to connect with themselves and each other, to share skills for solidarity with our communities and the land, and to develop creative, community-inspired practices to meet our needs locally while also restoring our shared global environment. As a compassionate community, we are (re)learning and practicing what it means to: – CARE FOR SURVIVING NATURAL ASSEMBLIES, to leave/make space for wilderness (Mother Nature) and communities to be and heal themselves – REHABILITATE DEGRADED OR ERODED LAND AND PEOPLE, to support when asked and help heal communities that have been harmed through past and present actions – CREATE OUR OWN COMPLEX LIVING ENVIRONMENT, design the spaces in which we live with as many species as we can, from where ever on Earth they come, in a way that is possible for all life systems to continue and for all people to access the resources necessary for their existence WHO is this for? We create space and offer programs for all youth (13+) and adults, and we’re welcoming to all knowledge levels (especially beginners!), races, genders, bodies, abilities, languages (though I speak mostly English, activities encourage all languages), religions, and immigration statuses. If you want to share your stories, be respected as you are, and gain skills to give back to your community, we’d love to design with you. Participants (you) will be lead through interactive experiential activities that are based in each person’s life (so that you apply it to your daily life and can continue to practice outside of program). You will be invited to practice self awareness, observation of your surroundings, how to connect parts of systems, and how to live/design in a way that heals/restores our whole shared environment. We also review, evaluate, and celebrate our efforts (Yahoo)! WHY do it? We acknowledge that the systems in which we live cause a lot of harm to everyone, especially to the land and the historically and present-day peoples most connected to the land. We know that we (humans) design these systems and maintain them, and that our actions can “feed” these systems or change them. We understand that we have the power, and choice, to shift the way that we live so that everyone is respected; so that all voices are heard, all bodies seen, and all are part of the community design process. So, we’re making the choice to shift. We have the power to creatively design systems that are much better; system design that celebrates all that life has to offer, re-connects us to our communities, and helps us to re-learn how to live in harmony with people and the land. Want to join? WHERE do programs happen? Currently, programs are being offered in Victoria, B.C., Coast Salish Peoples’ Territory. Locations are specific to workshops, including your space if you’re interested in inviting us. Paul I am a settler with mixed Germanic ancestry born and raised on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), into my loving family who’s grandparents emigrated from Europe. I am a son, a brother, and a husband. I love to dance and sing! In my life I work within community to design spaces and systems that help everyone to meet their needs in ways that are people-based, interdependent, and restorative in nature. My formal education is in regenerative agriculture and community engagement from the University of Guelph (B. Sc (H) 2012, and M.Sc 2015). Outside of university I am certified in Permaculture Design (2010) and as a Permaculture Teacher (2015), as well as being trained in Transition Town Initiatives.

Mission: Vision: A restorative and resilient society — one in which we meet our needs in a way that we care for each other, care for the land, and limit our use while sharing surpluses. Action: To create spaces for people to connect, share skills and resources, and practice working cooperatively with people and community organizations to accelerate the transition to a restorative and resilient society.

@Michael from @Three Acres Permaculture is hosting a two week Permaculture Design Course in Guelph this August. Check ou...
06/10/2019
Permaculture Design Certificate Course

@Michael from @Three Acres Permaculture is hosting a two week Permaculture Design Course in Guelph this August. Check out the website for details :)

"Why Choose A Permaculture Design Certificate course?
The Permaculture Design Certificate course at Three Acres offers you a system of design that has a profound effect on the way you can approach all areas of your life. Since permaculture values multi-functionality, efficiency, and results, you can expect to garner new ways of thinking, new tools and solutions to your unique circumstances, and a renewed sense of empowered accountability…all within the framework of a supportive community environment."

Permaculture design is a thought process that encourages people to consider and design with existing natural processes: wind, solar, forests, water, and so on. By incorporating vast traditional kno…

05/25/2019
Battle Cry - Land Poetry

Battle Cry - Land Poetry

Writing as a form of expression is something that I'm learning to do more of every year. It takes me time and relative quite, which I have days of as farming picks up. Land poetry is an activity I do with myself and groups where I spot, draw, and reflect on forms in nature to help pull out stories of my life.

I hope you enjoy :)

https://florerenfarm.wixsite.com/manyrivers/blog/battle-cry-land-poetry

Bird songs and silence interrupted by crows cawing hawk overhead,

Man kneeling for hours planting celeriac by parsnips by garlic bed after bed.

Battles in the sky for territory, maybe.

Protecting food, nesting grounds, perhaps their baby.

Neighbouring land rumbles and I imagine I can feel the start of an engine in my bones.

The wind is gently blowing from the West, cut each time the crow takes a dive.

Sun setting hot, casting shadows of hands teasing roots of seedlings hoped to stay alive.

Hedgerows filling in, separating land from land

Maples, poplars, dogwoods, and more, form a motley stand

Through the immature filter of leaves, my eyes catch cumbrous mechanized labour

Top of the tree three crows return as the hawk soars beyond the mire

Reaching arms to stretch his back, his ears are perked by what sounds like a snake-full choir

Thousands of tiny sprinklers far away

A big tank disgorging some unknown liquid engenders dismay

This sound is the sound of one kind of farmer taking a stab at life, attempting a livelihood

Cawing fills the evening once more as the sky is scattered with countable birds

Few can remember, or still see, animals in their once abundant state, myriad herds

Row by row the tractor criss crosses closer

Mother Nature drenched, that spray now clothes her

Fear stings at my heart, thoughts of losing newly planted cedars, lilacs, and drifting poisons

The azure now dusking throws light sideways to catch the remnants of a once-forested tract

50 acres of denuded soil glisten as if a treaty dish polished clean of all historical acts

However this land and the people remember

Seeds, spores, and rhizomes linger like explosive embers

Ache ‘n’ ease settle in to my settler body as I climb my tractor with leftover compost to retire.

The many steps we all have left to take humble my head as I bumble home to my little Nook to co-conspire.

Permaculture GTA is raising funds to support their camp and work (which is awwwwwesome!).Take a look, contribute if you ...
04/10/2019
Permaculture GTA

Permaculture GTA is raising funds to support their camp and work (which is awwwwwesome!).

Take a look, contribute if you can, and share :)

Permies please donate! Every bit helps.

Please support the Camp and our work.

We have more projects to complete on-site and future project and events to implement. Your help is needed.

Do you think you can support as a monthly donor? Please let us know and we can make that happen.

We can do this!

https://www.gofundme.com/help-protect-bipoc-womyn039s-space-camp-sis?fbclid=IwAR1mRoGJgNnCIsF2aYVpaKYG_gXKfS122dSoveFSqonl85JW27IMW2M3Fos

*TODAY*"Planning From Joy" workshop, Saturday March 30, 3-4 pm, Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St WFr...
03/30/2019
Many Rivers Permaculture

*TODAY*

"Planning From Joy" workshop, Saturday March 30, 3-4 pm, Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Free.

Many of us weren't taught how to find what brings us love and joy amongst the overwhelming supply of dread. Many just don't have the practice to make a space, set aside some time, reflect on what brings us that mmmm-yes-respect-appreciation-value-love-joy, and then plan our next steps from those feelings. This workshop brings the tools to the table to make creative planning easier. Yes!
A 'five and half step' booklet that helps to focus on 'what's good' and gently put the real-world issues into perspective so that you can, as Angela Davis says, "find joy in the revolution".

These are all free (or donate what you can). I'll be doing a "Planning From Joy" workshop, Saturday March 30, 3-4 pm, Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Many of us weren't taught how to find what brings us love and joy amongst the overwhelming supply of dread. Many just don't have the practice to make a space, set aside some time, reflect on what brings us that mmmm-yes-respect-appreciation-value-love-joy, and then plan our next steps from those feelings. This workshop brings the tools to the table to make creative planning easier. Yes!
A 'five and half step' booklet that helps to focus on 'what's good' and gently put the real-world issues into perspective so that you can, as Angela Davis says, "find joy in the revolution".

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"Resilience in the face of Climate Change – An evening with Richard Heinberg
Thursday March 28th 2019 at 7:00 - 9:00pm
Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute, 289 College Ave W

Movie & Discussion: Painted Land
Friday March 29th 2019 at 7:00 - 9:00pm
Planet Bean Coffee, 2 Wyndham Street

Syrup in the City
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 10:00am - 1:00pm
John McCrae Public School, 189 Water St

Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St W

Resilience Theatre
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 10 - 11am
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

What if we can reverse the warming?
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 11:00am - 1:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St W

Why Cooperate? with Bill Barrett
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Souper Heros Lunch!
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 12 - 2pm
Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St W

Darning Workshop
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 12:00 - 1:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Container Gardens: Easy as 1-2-3
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 1:00 - 2:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Outside, 68 Suffolk St W

Seed Saving Workshop with the Guelph Seed Library
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 1:00 - 2:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Ecovillage Guelph Presentations & panel discussion
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 1:00 - 3:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St W

One on One with the Builders Group
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 2 - 3pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Ancient Fire Making
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Outside, 68 Suffolk St W

Planning from Joy with Paul Wartman
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 3:00 - 4:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Permaculture Primer with Michael Schimp
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 3:00 - 4:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St W

Builders’ Group Open Forum
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 4 - 5pm
Dublin Street United Church - Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St W

Drum for the Sun with Janet Jephcott Kimpton
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 5 - 6pm
Dublin Street United Church - Main Stage, 68 Suffolk St W

Earth Hour Potluck with special guest: Mike Nickerson
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 5:30 - 7:30pm
Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St W

Nature Awareness as Resilience: Workshops and Seminars at The Guelph Outdoor School
Sunday March 31st at 12:00 - 3:00pm
Guelph Outdoor School, 733 Stone Rd East

More details on all the events at http://guelphresiliencefestival.ca/. Get in touch at [email protected] for any questions or concerns ♥

These are all free (or donate what you can). I'll be doing a "Planning From Joy" workshop, Saturday March 30, 3-4 pm, Du...
03/29/2019
Guelph Resilience Festival 2019

These are all free (or donate what you can). I'll be doing a "Planning From Joy" workshop, Saturday March 30, 3-4 pm, Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Many of us weren't taught how to find what brings us love and joy amongst the overwhelming supply of dread. Many just don't have the practice to make a space, set aside some time, reflect on what brings us that mmmm-yes-respect-appreciation-value-love-joy, and then plan our next steps from those feelings. This workshop brings the tools to the table to make creative planning easier. Yes!
A 'five and half step' booklet that helps to focus on 'what's good' and gently put the real-world issues into perspective so that you can, as Angela Davis says, "find joy in the revolution".

****************************
"Resilience in the face of Climate Change – An evening with Richard Heinberg
Thursday March 28th 2019 at 7:00 - 9:00pm
Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute, 289 College Ave W

Movie & Discussion: Painted Land
Friday March 29th 2019 at 7:00 - 9:00pm
Planet Bean Coffee, 2 Wyndham Street

Syrup in the City
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 10:00am - 1:00pm
John McCrae Public School, 189 Water St

Seedy Saturday
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St W

Resilience Theatre
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 10 - 11am
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

What if we can reverse the warming?
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 11:00am - 1:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St W

Why Cooperate? with Bill Barrett
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Souper Heros Lunch!
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 12 - 2pm
Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St W

Darning Workshop
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 12:00 - 1:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Container Gardens: Easy as 1-2-3
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 1:00 - 2:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Outside, 68 Suffolk St W

Seed Saving Workshop with the Guelph Seed Library
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 1:00 - 2:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Ecovillage Guelph Presentations & panel discussion
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 1:00 - 3:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St W

One on One with the Builders Group
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 2 - 3pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Ancient Fire Making
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Outside, 68 Suffolk St W

Planning from Joy with Paul Wartman
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 3:00 - 4:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Library, 68 Suffolk St W

Permaculture Primer with Michael Schimp
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 3:00 - 4:00pm
Dublin Street United Church - Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St W

Builders’ Group Open Forum
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 4 - 5pm
Dublin Street United Church - Hallman Room, 68 Suffolk St W

Drum for the Sun with Janet Jephcott Kimpton
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 5 - 6pm
Dublin Street United Church - Main Stage, 68 Suffolk St W

Earth Hour Potluck with special guest: Mike Nickerson
Saturday March 30th 2019 at 5:30 - 7:30pm
Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St W

Nature Awareness as Resilience: Workshops and Seminars at The Guelph Outdoor School
Sunday March 31st at 12:00 - 3:00pm
Guelph Outdoor School, 733 Stone Rd East

More details on all the events at http://guelphresiliencefestival.ca/. Get in touch at [email protected] for any questions or concerns ♥

What does it mean to be resilient? When talking about resiliency in terms of a community, we believe it means that we are well connected, able to get our needs met locally, and can learn to connect with the people around us. Resiliency means that we, as a community, are strong, reliable, and self-su...

03/08/2019
Something more creative, more respectful, more solution-focused?

Have you ever reached a point when you realized you needed something different? Something more creative, more respectful, more solution-focused?

Take a look at this 2 minute clip about why Paul from @manyriverspermaculture started implementing the practices in his life. If it sparks something inside and you want to learn more in person, then check out our upcoming Intro to Permaculture course on March 17th.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-permaculture-tickets-55031310130?aff=eand&fbclid=IwAR2fBGahNr4sD05tijOkIIyHkj18iWxOE5G-Fezfdb5ZjzxocjNXwTdHv4c

The creative juices were flowing at an intro to permaculture workshop with the planning team at Shared Value Solutions L...
11/29/2018
www.wearemanyrivers.ca

The creative juices were flowing at an intro to permaculture workshop with the planning team at Shared Value Solutions Ltd.!

We practiced applying the principles to their roles and relationships with clients to better care for people, earth, and practice equity.

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If you and your team are looking for a facilitator to boost motivation, bring creativity into your workplace, and or help design equity into your practices, send me a direct message!

You can check out www.wearemanyrivers.ca for more information.

An informative interview with the folks at Kayanase nursery in Six Nations.Lots of great perspectives and neat plant inf...
07/05/2018
Plant Corner: KAYANASE–Restoring Mother Earth - The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

An informative interview with the folks at Kayanase nursery in Six Nations.

Lots of great perspectives and neat plant info! Check them out for native plants!

https://oala.ca/ground_issue/ground-39-spontaneous/plant-corner-kayanase-restoring-mother-earth/

Plant Corner: KAYANASE–Restoring Mother Earth   Sheila Boudreau, OALA, and Dr. Bonnie McElhinny, University of Toronto, interview Carole Smith of Kayanase: Restoring Mother Earth, an Indigenous-owned and-operated ecological restoration company and native plant nursery at Six Nations of the Grand ...

The Savanna Institute sharing some great farmer-based research on diverse agroforestry systems.National Farmers Union - ...
07/03/2018
www.savannainstitute.org

The Savanna Institute sharing some great farmer-based research on diverse agroforestry systems.

National Farmers Union - Ontario and Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario - EFAO, can we share this great research around? Baba Link Organic Farm, Fiddlehead Nursery, Ryan D., you might be interested :)

http://www.savannainstitute.org/SARE_PPP_Results_Bulletin.pdf?utm_source=Savanna+Institute+Newsletter&utm_campaign=beab7ecae4-Dec2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_414b75b008-beab7ecae4-138232993&mc_cid=beab7ecae4&mc_eid=73a21d229c

This is ONE way of many to come :)"One idea that resonated with everyone in the room was that of creating a conservation...
07/03/2018
How to transfer your land to Indigenous peoples

This is ONE way of many to come :)

"One idea that resonated with everyone in the room was that of creating a conservation-based land trust, which would involve registering for charitable status. While Ontario is home to a number of land trusts, the concept of Indigenous-led and owned land trusts is relatively new. The oldest First Nations land trust in Canada — Walpole Island Land Trust, near Sarnia — was registered only a decade ago, in 2008"

https://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/how-to-transfer-your-land-to-indigenous-peoples

As an act of reconciliation, some Ontarians are seeking to transfer ownership of their property to First Nations — but the process is more complicated than you might think.

Today, Tuesday June 19th, at 6pm (Central Time) and 7pm (Eastern Time).Getting all nervous excited!
06/19/2018
Many Rivers Permaculture

Today, Tuesday June 19th, at 6pm (Central Time) and 7pm (Eastern Time).

Getting all nervous excited!

I'll be presenting a free webinar on Agroforestry and Indigenous Solidarity via The Nutshell (Savanna Institute) on Tuesday June 19th, 6pm - 7pm.

Register for free here:
https://savannainstitute1.wufoo.com/forms/w1kkeyz3123wihl/

In this Nutshell people can choose to actively participate in, or just listen to, a facilitated interactive tool that creatively plans:
1) How agroforestry could have comprehensive, tangible, positive impacts on your life,
2) What your greater vision(s)/goal(s) are for your life,
3) Where personal, societal, and environmental barriers exist to achieve your goals,
4) Assessing your skills to achieve goals and where community cooperation is required (especially with local Indigenous communities), and,
5) Planning smaller steps and taking short-term actions to achieve your longer-term goals

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