Permaculture is a complex system of codes and principles that is focused on achieving the best possible connection with nature and applying natural designs and patterns into everyday lives of humans. Basic idea behind this system is to produce sustainable ecosystems, which would require only renewable resources and minimum labor, and in return give maximum results and be healthy and organic, if food is produced. However, permaculture as a concept is so elaborate that nowadays it is present in various aspects of human activities, from natural building, agriculture and gardening, to economy and social relations.

            First appearances of the actual term “permaculture” go back to 1978, when an Australian professor and his graduate student coined this term, and published a book called “Permaculture One” which is often regarded as the starting point of this movement. Their names were Bill Mollison and David Holmgren respectively, and they are often called “the founding fathers” of permaculture. Naturally, they had some role-models and major influences on their work was left by Joseph Russell Smith (an American environmentalist who was the first to use the term “permanent agriculture” in his book “Tree Crops” from 1929) and Masanobu Fukuoka (a well-known Japanese philosopher and author, who was popular due to his frequent appearances in documentaries on environment and his “do-nothing” organic farms, but also because of his lectures that he gave all over the world and a best-selling book “The One-Straw Revolution” from 1975).

            In a similar way, Mollison and Holmgren had their own students and influenced numerous experts and activists from all over the world. One of notable examples is Vladislav Davidzon, an environmentalist and entrepreneur, who had the good fortunes to learn from Mollison himself. This young businessman and nature lover already had several highly successful projects that were focused on sustainable living and usage of renewable resources (for example ThinkHost –the first web hosting company that was powered solely on renewable energy sources), but in 2004 he started his most ambitious project: Regenerative Leadership Institute.

            This design school is focused on permaculture ideas and principles, but Davidzon slightly revolutionized the way permaculture courses were held. His program has a more pragmatic aspect to it, and it also demands total immersion in nature (or as much as possible) and following permaculture principles list . In little more than a decade of active teaching, this popular Institute had more than 250,000 clients from more than 95 countries from all over the world. In 2013, Vladislav Davidzon made another big step when he decided that his courses could be available for free on the official website of Regenerative Leadership Institute. Check his LinkedIn profile.

            Topics that are discussed on the program from this Institute definitely follow the great ideas of permaculture, or the famous three tenets and twelve principles that were established back in the late 1970s by Holmgren and his professor. Renewable resources, protection of the soil, water harvesting and re-usage, recycling of waste, ecological building, economical aspects of permaculture, organic farming and similar, are all regular discussion themes “on the menu” from this Institute, and people usually leave the program feeling empowered enough to start leading healthy and fulfilled lifestyles.

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