~Using Nature as a Model ~

understanding how nature works and working with it.

Permaculture is understanding nature, and working with it to design human systems -systems that not only do not harm the planet, but are regenerative.  Permaculture can be defined as a combination of the following words:
*permanent + agriculture = permaculture
*permanent + culture = permaculture
Historically, permaculture has been focused on agriculture applications, such as perennial polycultures, but from the start, the intention was for permaculture to be about more than agriculture: it was to be a catalyst for healthy, sustainable human culture that is built and maintained in harmony with the rest of the natural systems.  Permaculture is not a discipline in itself, but rather a design approach based on connecting the different sustainable disciplines, strategies and techniques.
Permaculture can be understood as the toolbox that helps planning, designing, and building (or co-creating) sustainable systems, from food to water, buildings to transportation, to cities.  But moreover, permaculture is about how all those systems work together in harmony: the needs of one aspect being supported by the yields of another -an ecosystem.  To be sustainable, and beyond that to be regenerative, we need to nurture and help to catalyze a web-work of relationships -that is permaculture design.
Our intention is to support the emergence of the “next generation” of permaculturalists, who through experiences and collaborative outdoor learning labs will be able to bring to life much more of what is possible, much more of a regenerative future -a community of hope and opportunities in touch with nature and all its wonders.
For the Future!
The RBWI Permaculture Guild:  This is the next level, where our green movement will to go -to institutionalize permaculture design into our culture!