Grounded Gathering 2018 – Directors Wrap

Wow. What an experience. Once again we find ourselves re-birthed on the other side of another Grounded Gathering. Looking back it’s hard to believe it even happened, it kinda feels like a dream (we are living!), a self fulfilling prophecy that pops up for a moment each year and in between we work our magic behind the scenes. Being in the northern rivers really activated much of the soul-tribe, gathering in the heart of the caldera along the song-lines definitely channeled the vibes.

Words will never do it justice, these photos might help, those who were there know the feeling. This year saw us nearly double in size (~100–>200), and just generally get way more organised! The week long program was solid mix of practical actions with inspiring facilitators, backed by so many ninja workshops popping up as the moments required and the people desired. We held space for so many incredible conversations, so many laughs and tears, and so much focalising of the tasks on the never ending list of living on the land.

One of the unwritten yet guiding themes of the week was circles. The concept seeded thanks to a meeting early in the planning piece with a local elder, who reiterated the importance of circles and the power in sitting round the fire for a yarn. That theme rang strong throughout the week. From the site layout around the sacred fire, to the various talking circles (check-in’s, men’s, womens, crew), there is no hiding in a circle and we embraced the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of our authentic selves.

Congratulations on our first sell out event, having to say no to people is a surreal experience when ultimately we want everyone to be involved and more activated on this level. That being said, it is vitally important that we get REALLY good at what we do, there is HEAPS of room for improvement and I believe a key part of that is working within the limits of Dunbar’s number, the traditional village size which will allow us to get way more ORGANISED, refine our systems so our actions and behaviours genuinely align with our values which will in turn allow us to raise up the vibes even higher whilst staying more grounded than ever. This context sets the intention for 2019… to not grow in numbers, but grow in ourselves and our capacity to self organise.

For me personally the biggest highlights were:

1. Indigenous engagement.
Consulting with local elders to guide the intention and design of the event and having Kids Caring for Country present for Saturday to open the space with their Bunyarabugalma Workshop was something truly special. Engaging with my own indigenous self also rang home for me on many fronts. Really taking time to acknowledge all of the ancestors and all of mother earth’s life support systems that allow life to continue to evolve and express it’s conscious self.

2. Slowing down… getting Grounded.
Through the week I really slowed down, and started saying ‘no’ to being busy. Quite a big shift for me personally considering every other Grounded, and event before this, I’ve always been in ‘GO’ mode. Always distracted, never really present. Slowing down during the week, not being busy, and always allowing interruptions set a profound tone for the whole gathering. Clock time wasn’t anywhere near as important as flow time. It was especially apparent with peeps arriving for the weekend from the busy city time tables rushing in to make arbitrary schedules (that yes I know I made up – to be used as a guide!), and here we were… just cruising.

3. Getting real… owning the shadow self.
As a gathering with intention to regenerate our sacred connection to country, community and culture, and build a resilient community organisation, some ugly gaps in our approach made themselves very clear. I personally learnt and owned some very hard truths that made me taste my own ignorance, humble the ego and continue to feed the fire of desire to grow and be a better human being, I know many of you had similar lessons. In creating these gatherings, we are literally in training, learning the skills to become a resilient community and we would be kidding ourselves if we weren’t tested with the harsher realities we might like to forget or pretend don’t exist.

The biggest thing I noticed was how behaviours on the edge of our awareness can go on for a while before building up and snapping with obviousness like a rubber band. Learning to identify unacceptable behaviour early and calling it out, helping the person become aware themselves that’s it’s unacceptable (often they too don’t realise) and giving them the opportunity to seperate themselves from the behaviour is a key aspect of holding a safe space for all to gather and one of my strongest take home lessons from the whole gathering.

To help make Grounded even align even better with what we all dream why not leave some feedback so we can self-regulate?. Remember, there is no shortage of ideas of what we should or could be doing, only a shortage of troops on the ground ready to step up, take initiative, accept responsibility and manifest our collective dreaming into reality through our common destiny.

Many of you really enjoyed my talk on the rEvolution of Consciousness and how that influences our organisational paradigm. Frederic Laloux is the man the mapped the territory with regards to defining “Teal Organisations“, which draws influences from Ken Wilbur‘s Integral Theory, and Spiral Dynamics. Relating it back to the chakras is my observation and has given me some profound insights into the next evolutionary leap level right on our doorstep… Visionary Indigo, which I have no doubt is the level we are operating at when we fully embrace our intuition to guide our decisions and actions, know we are on the right path because of the synchronicity of it all with other beings on the same mission, and it all flows because are working towards the greater collective vision in alignment with what’s best for all and everything.

Well, that about wraps it up for me for another Gathering.

Brother Beans.

Regrarians Online Training

Here at Grounded Permaculture we are always researching and implementing best practice when it comes to agricultural land planning, and the Regrarians platform developed by Darren Doherty is a fine example of this.

“…Our primary responsibility is to the regenerative enhancement of the biosphere’s ecosystem processes. Our secondary responsibility is to provide the potential for people to be informed about the regenerative economy, whether it involves their work in agriculture, land management, corporate life, domestic services, manufacturing or other activities that are within the reasonable domain of humans…” – Regrarians Ltd. Statement of Purpose

Based on P.A Yeomans ‘Keyline Scale of Permanence‘ the Regrarians platform is a modern template and methodology for the holistic planning, design and management of of agricultural landscapes. Since 2009 Rex Farm Conferences have occurred all over the world and until now the only way to be trained up with this platform was by attending one of these conferences.

However, now there is the unique opportunity to do this training online and create your very own farm plan over 10 weeks based on the Regrarians platform, fully supported by Darren and some of regenerative agricultures best practitioners. Globally many of Darren’s alumni and client base of well over 15,000 people are at the cutting edge of the movement towards regenerative agriculture & living systems.

Grounded Permaculture Action Party is proud to be a part of the affiliates program and potential participants who use the link below will get a free DVD of the multi-award winning Polyfaces documentary, a copy of the available chapters of the Regrarians eHandbook AND a VIP pass to Grounded Gathering 2018.

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Grounded Gathering 2017 – Directors Wrap

And just like that our second annual Grounded Gathering has come to pass. The March 2017 edition at Bellthorpe was leaps and bounds beyond what we pulled off last year, and yet it was still firmly grounded in the same concepts that make it such a unique ‘party with a purpose’.
There will be no surprises to anyone that vibe wise the gathering was truly amazing. From the five participants that signed up for the full week, to all the crew there from start to finish and all in between, to all the punters that rolled in for the weekend party, everyone was buzzing on the immaculate work done onsite, the delicious food coming out of the Sol Kitchen, the sonic sounds pumping out of that sexy Staj Mahal, the whole range of talks and workshops on offer, and the general sense of community.

What I’m finding one of the most amazing aspects of this event is despite the high level conceptual planning and preparation to ensure a smooth running event, I leave a lot of the details to create themselves during the event. The main one that springs to mind is with crew/volunteers. Despite a lack of rosters, official roles or departments, everyone was keen to get involved and just filled the gaps as they were needed. This is a truly remarkable phenomenon, and the more I do it the more attuned I am to seeing a natural order in the chaos.  I have a theory that if we have enough volunteers, all we have to do is just keep giving each other breaks and then no one has to work too hard. Thank you to all those that stepped in and stepped up to keep things flowing smoothly without the need for structured rostered hours.

Flow wise I think it all went really well, the week was jam packed full of action, with plenty of time to chill, and the formula for the weekend is forming it’s self with a great range of activities for all. Permaculture Action in the morning, lunch, workshops and one-hour power-ups after lunch, music and dance in the eve, tis my dream really.
We managed to get a few photos and video of the weekend and have uploaded to the FB page, special thanks to Tashka Urban for capturing those moments. And also Zoe McGrath got plenty of good ones as well.
Brother Beans

Wrap Up of Workshops @ EFF17

We hold a strong vision for bringing more Permaculture Action to parties everywhere and this last week shows what is possible when people from different walks of life hold a similar vision. With such solid support from the director of Earth Frequency Festival, the volunteers that run Peak Organics at Ivorys Rock, and the staff at Ivory’s Rock, the Grounded Permaculture Retreat at EFF2017 was a win-win-win-win-win for everyone involved.

Our 5 students got taste of not only the theoretical side of Permaculture, (which most people who use the word still don’t understand) but an in depth, hands on understanding of permaculture in action. We got our hands dirty with organic and biodynamic farming, leaky weirs, social permaculture, bush foods and citrus orchards. They found out that people attuned to the natural cycles of our world tend to follow the ethics and principles of permaculture without even knowing it.

Earth Frequency Festival got to expand their official program beyond a weekend festival into practical land care education and allow a small group of participants to really tune into the Earth Frequency at Ivory Rock. Despite being an outdoor event, most people that come the the party have no idea of what happens on site outside of that weekend. Our students got to spend time on the organic farm, tour the site and really get to know the people that make Ivory Rock such an incredible venue.

The staff and volunteers that run the venue and Peak Organics got to share some of their amazing knowledge and experience of turning an old run down cattle property into what it is today; a world class venue slowly being converted into a little slice of paradise, and they received some much needed youthful energy in tackling some of those labour intensive jobs as well as expert advice on citrus orchard care.

And finally Grounded Permaculture got to deliver on what we believe is an integral part of the evolution of festival culture into a permanent culture, a permaculture.

Thank you to all that made this possible, see you in a month for our very own Grounded Gathering 2017!

Grounded @ Earth Frequency Festival 2017

We are excited to announce a collaborative partnership between Earth Frequency Festival, Grounded Permaculture Action Party and Peak Organics at Ivory Rock to offer a five day permaculture workshop program covering:

  • Permaculture Ethics, Principles & Techniques
  • Digital Design Tools & Resources
  • Bio-Dynamic Processes & Composting
  • Leaky Weirs
  • Food & Ferments
  • Citrus Orchard Care
  • Volunteer & Community Based Farming

Designed to give a small group of participants a solid grounding in a broad range of areas based on projects happening on site, this workshop program is for those looking to free themselves of the corporate kleptocracy and sink their roots deep into radical self empowerment and productive land regeneration.

Running from Monday 13th to Friday 17th of February 2017 with the ticket price including all meals during the workshops, camping, and entry to the festival, ticket numbers for this are extremely limited to ensure each participant experiences maximum value so get in quick!

Concept Launch

In February 2016 we launched a crowd funding campaign for our first pilot party. Have a look at the video we made to convey the concept. When we didn’t reach the target we went ahead and did it anyway as a volunteer, donation based event. And it was awesome. Check out the ‘UnderGrounded’ photo album on our facebook page.

New Website

We are excited to be sharing with you our brand new website. We are trying out a few new things, and the idea is that we will continue to update and add features to the website based on what our members want and need.

At the first level we are structuring Grounded Permaculture Action Party as a club, run by its members, for our its members. All our events are delivered by ‘Crew’ members, for our ‘Student’ members.

We encourage you to take a look around the site and give us any feedback on ways we can improve it. We look forward to hearing from you soon!