We create a temporary community where the students have to cooperate with chores, share sleeping areas, eat together, work together and learn together. It's intense and educational on many levels! The courses are so much more than learning permaculture design techniques; they are truly enriching experiences which many past students say they always remember and cherish....some say it changed their lives. What a privilege to be a part of such a thing. If nothing else, it is a constant source of inspiration to be surrounded by groups of people, with all different backgrounds and knowledge, who want to make positive changes to their own lives and that of their community. Each time I find myself saying "what a great group of people", and each time it is true. I think its because of the subject which has drawn them together. Permaculture attracts people who care.....if they didn't care, they simply wouldn't bother!
So as another course ended I was reminded of all the lasting connections with previous students from over the years, of the great friendships, relationships and projects that have germinated from the courses and I was moved to share this beautiful poem. I feel we are building foundations here for the future, and upon the foundations, some 'walls of sure and solid stone'.