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Guilds & Polycultures: Reframing Ecosystem Social Structures w/ Dave Jacke

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East Devon Forest Garden

The Stables

Kerswell

Collumpton

EX15 2EN

United Kingdom

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Guilds & polycultures lie at the core of forest gardening. Explore new ways of seeing, understanding, and designing edible ecosystems.

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At its essence, forest gardening involves placing plants together in space and time so that beneficial properties emerge from the edible ecosystem: minimal competition, maximum cooperation, additive yielding, reduced work and outside inputs, and so on. Ecosystem social structures birth these emergent properties, and guilds and polycultures form the core of these associations. In this two-day workshop we will explore and embody clarifying, scientifically-grounded conceptual frames for ecosystem social structures. We will analyze and assess a series of examples in theory and on the ground, and we'll dive into guided guild and polyculture design experiences. Expect to leave the workshop with new eyes, new design skills, and deeper insight into your forest garden and the social structures of the ecosystems around you—including the human ecosystems we cocreate!

Workshop leader Dave Jacke is the primary author of the two-volume tome Edible Forest Gardens, a long-time permaculture/ecological culture designer and educator, and a forest garden researcher and practitioner from western Massachusetts, USA. His educational philosophy reflects and embodies the ecological principles he strives to live by, so you will learn what he has to offer in multiple ways that will reveal themselves over time after the workshop is complete.

About Dave Jacke:

Dave Jacke has studied ecology and design since the 1970s and has run his own ecological design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. He has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years, but now grows with his forest garden in western Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984).

About the Venue:

East Devon Forest Garden: Hridayabija is a beautiful 3-acre forest garden, nestled in the foothills of Devon’s Blackdown Hills. Ten years ago Sagara began transforming a tired horse paddock into a thriving living landscape now filled with many hundred edible and useful plants, a natural swimming pond, outdoor living rooms and warm microclimates. Many of the design features were informed from a close study of David Jacke’s Book 'Edible Forest Gardens.' We are thrilled to have him running a course in a garden that he, in part, inspired. You are welcome to camp on Friday and Saturday evenings in one of our natural glades. It is a perfect venue to deepen into and experience the theme of Guilds and Polycultures -and Reframing Social Structures.

This venue offers the opportunity to swim in the natural swimming pond.

Fees

We offer this workshop on a sliding scale with a base rate of £285, including food and camping on site (see below). If you afford to pay more we will very much appreciate you adding to the base rate using the Add-On links. Please note that all Add-On payments will be slated for our Scholarship Fund to support people of lesser means participating in the weekend. Please be generous if you can! If you’d prefer not to camp but to reserve one of the two yurts on site, see the Add On links as well.

Scholarships

We offer a limited number of partial scholarships for this course on a first come, first served basis: the sooner you apply the more likely you are to get funded! We will only rarely and under special circumstances offer a full scholarship for this course. Our scholarship funds are limited, though they may increase, as any amounts attendees pay above the base sliding scale fee will be applied to the Scholarship Fund. To apply for a Scholarship:

• Write a short paragraph or two explaining your situation, why you need scholarship help to attend the course, and what you plan to do with what you learn with us.

• Create and show us a rough budget and tell us how much you can afford to pay for the course. The low end of the sliding scale for this course is £285 including camping, food, tuition, and course materials. Estimate your travel costs on top of that, plus any other costs of being away for the duration of the course. Once you have that total, estimate what you can afford to pay of that and tell us, then, how much of a scholarship you are requesting from us.

• Turn your write-up into a .pdf file and email it to BOTH sagaravajra1@gmail.com and davej@edibleforestgardens.com.

• If you don’t hear back from us within a week confirming receipt of your application, get in touch with us again to check in!

Accommodation:

There are a number of options:

1/ You can pitch your own tent within the forest garden glades, which is included in the price of admission.

2/ We have two yurts available, each with two beds. These beds can be hired for £50 per bed per night. Or you can hire the whole Yurt for £100 a night, in which case you can have as many people stay in the yurt as you wish – we provide two beds with bedding that can be made up as a double. Use the Add-On links to reserve these.

3/ You can find your own accommodation off site.

4/ You can stay in your own live-in vehicle for £10 a night (see the Add-On links).

The venue offers a hot solar shower and comfortable compost toilets.

Food:

All meals are included in the price. This will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

These will be delicious, vegetarian, home-made on-site and mostly sourced from the Forest Garden, foraged fresh daily.

Transport:

By Car: we are an 8 minute drive from Collumpton (junction 28 of the M5)

Nearest Train stations are Tiverton Parkway ( 6 Miles) and Fentiton ( 4 miles)

Lovely bicycle routes can be made from both stations

Bus: Falcon Buses stop at Cullompton -An hourly service between Bristol and Plymouth( 4 miles away)

website: https://www.hridayabija.com

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East Devon Forest Garden

The Stables

Kerswell

Collumpton

EX15 2EN

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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