Earth Magic Permaculture is the name of the permaculture demonstration site and learning hub I am creating with my partner, Sean. Our aim is to nurture a living and dynamic example of how to create transformative change wherever you are including if you live, like we do, in the suburbs of a North American City (the belly of the beast?).
Our project involves taking our suburban backyard and making it an example of suburban degrowth based on neighbourhood resilience, social justice, multi species flourishing, and backyard food production.
Workshops, events, and garden tours will be announced on this page, so check back regularly!
Please note, all Earth Magic events are pro-feminist, pro-LGBTQ+, anti-racist, and anti-colonialist.
Workshops for 2020
All workshops include some philosophical discussion as well as hands-on activities. Workshops take place in the west-end of London, ON (on a bus route). The exact address will be sent to registrants. To register send an email to email@example.com with your name, workshop in which you’re registering, and any questions. We will send the workshop payment details.
There is a minimum of 5 registered (and paid) participants per workshop, so please share with your friends! Events without the minimum will be cancelled one week before the course is scheduled to begin (so registering and paying before then is important!).
Vegan snacks are provided at all events as food is so essential to flourishing.
- Urban Permaculture 101
- April 18 & 19, 10 am-5pm.
- Sliding scale: $125- 200
- In this two-day workshop participants will learn the basics of permaculture ethics, principles, and design. We will explore practices that work best in cities and will examine the importance of social justice within permaculture design. There will be the option of a shared, vegan potluck lunch.
- Garden farmer: Small-scale vegetable gardening,
- May 17, 1-5 p.m.
- Sliding scale: $35-75
- Learn how to plant a productive vegetable garden in small spaces. This workshop will explore garden design and planning, seed selection and sowing, ethical ways to deal with “pests”, soil health, and composting.
- Grow your medicine! growing and using medicinal herbs,
- June 13, 1-5 p.m.
- Sliding scale: $35-75
- This workshop will explore the basics of growing and nurturing a medicinal plant garden with a focus on six easy-to-grow herbs. We will also create some medicinal remedies using spring herbs.
- Degrowth in Suburbia,
- August 8, 1-5 p.m.
- Sliding scale: $35-75
- It has been proposed that economic growth in wealthy countries is not compatible with the the flourishing of people or the Earth. In this hands-on workshop we will explore how people can pursue low-carbon lives that are privately frugal yet publicly abundant by making changes to their homes, gardens, and lifestyles and supporting changes within their neighbourhood. This workshop is mostly practical, for more degrowth theory, check out the Possibilities for Post-capitalism study group!
- Gardens of delight: native plant gardening for pollinators –
- August 22, 1-4 p.m.
- Sliding scale: $25-50
- In this workshop we will explore a native pollinator garden that is buzzing with life. While surrounded by butterflies, bees, and other insects, we will discuss how to source native plants and nurture a pollinator garden. There will be an examination of some of the main pollinators that visit urban pollinator gardens.
Early Bird Specials (until March 1)
Urban Permaculture weekend: $110
4 workshop bundle (not including Urban Permaculture): $120
ALL workshops bundle: $225
A small handful of work trades are available! I calculate a “wage” of $20/hour for work traders and deduct this amount from the lowest sliding scale fee. Please email me for more details.
Study groups are a chance to dig into and collectively discuss a topic or theme. They are facilitated and curated by me but are completely open in terms of the direction in which they go. I facilitate study groups with a clear beginning and end but, of course, the group can continue to meet beyond the planned end date. Study groups are free.
Summer 2020 Study group: Possibilities for post-capitalism
6 weeks on Tuesday evenings, starting July 7th
In this study group we will imagine the possibilities of a post-capitalist world. What needs to happen in order for another, better world to be created? Are there things we can start doing right now to bring about such a world? What are the limitations of individual lifestyle changes? How can we nurture collective organizing and action?
Please register in advance at earth firstname.lastname@example.org. A reading list and schedule will be provided by June 1.