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Stefania Scoz
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 ūüôā ¬† 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 C√©sar (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.
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