Main Tutor & Mentor + Coordinator of the Networked iPDC & the Integral PermaCulture Academy Permaculture Diploma in 1998 Languages: fluent Spanish, English, Italian & Design (which is a language 🙂 Coming up to half a century old now, Stefania was a scientist, youthworker & artist, then social activist, experienced community organizer & counselor long before she discovered permaculture, in 1992. But as soon as these rivers of experience came together she started doing permaculture in her home & neighbourhood, which later became the Green Adventure urban permaculture project (what we would call now a 'Transition Project'), all the while deepening her study & practical understanding* of Permaculture - both the design science and the movement. GA, which she coordinated from 1995 to 1999, was awarded several national prizes during this time for its pioneering work in community regeneration - for carrying out good permaculture design in a very inclusive, creative & professionally managed way, combining an organic food box system with bycicle delivery, the local alternative currency, community orchards & a garden-swap system, later the regeneration of abandoned greenhouses & more local authority lands, and several youth & recycling projects. But especially empowering & educating people about sustainability, and proving that we can change our enviroment, together. Realizing that people don't "learn permaculture by seeing it or living it" - as she had hoped - Stef coordinated a new type of collectively taught PDC in 1998 with a parallel 'PeopleCare' course, which was a very early version of the Integral Permaculture curriculum. This course was very impactful and confirmed that we need more training & understanding in the 'invisible' parts of permaculture design if our projects are to work long-term. In 1999 Stef took a sabbatical position in La Palma, in the Canary Islands, to help set up a new permaculture project there. After working with many rural projects, learning to grow food on a larger scale and to speak spanish (a language she had always loved) she decided to stay on the Island & set up a 5 year action-research experiment in permaculture action-learning, in order to better understand how to support people in applying this crucial design science to the real world, much more effectively, especially for designing themselves much more coherent, ethical & satisfying lives. During this time she also coordinated the setting up NodoEspiral starting in 2004, which later became the Integral Permaculture Academy, as well as the parallel development of the Integral Permaculture Curriculum together with César (see below) & other colleagues. making the mixture for the adobe bricks for an oven From 2006 she has been designing & building the infrastructure of what in 2011 became the 8thLife eco-village project, where she lives & continues living her passion for intensive integral permaculture design action-research & learning. * (PDCs with Steve Read in 1993, & with Andy Langford in 1995, further training in inclusive meetings technologies with Jane Hera, creative teaching PC course by Skye & Robyn Clayfield & diploma with mentors Judith Hannah & Simon Pratt, in 1998. Later interviewed permaculture permaculture pioneers & teachers** extensively for a qualitative research project to collate the history of the network, with a view of improving the collective intelligence of our movement. Including the design of permaculture teaching, which most pioneers expressed a concern about. ** Pioneers from various continents, like Margrit Kennedy, Tony Anderson, Caridad Cruz, Robyn Francis, Ali Sharif, Andy Langford, Declan Kennedy, Rosemary Morrow, Juan Rojas & Ronaldo Lec.
Integral PermaCulture curriculum development