Permakultur

Permaculture

Permaculture

Probably when you hear „Permaculture“ the first thing that comes to your head is some form of sustainable Agriculture. Sure this is an essential part of this philosophy just as eating is for us to stay alive. But overall the aim is a permanent culture with all its aspects from food production, via building up to ways of living together. This sounds like a really wide topic and we are just beginners as well. But we are convinced that the ideas of permaculture are in accordance with our philosophy and will help us to realize our projects in Mozambique.
Also here at Aicando we are passionate about living naturally and creating a like-minded community focused on a sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture is about rediscovering the traditional value of doing things ourselves, sticking to the natural, and enjoying the benefits. Come with us and share the knowledge!

Probably when you hear „Permaculture“ the first thing that comes to your head is some form of sustainable Agriculture. Sure is an essential part of this philosophy just as eating is for us to stay alive. But overall the aim is a permanent culture with all its aspects from food production, via building up to ways of living together. This sounds like a really wide topic and we are just beginners as well. But we are convinced that the ideas of permaculture are in accordance with our philosophy and will help us to realize our projects in Mozambique in the future.
Also here at Aicando we are passionate about living naturally and creating a like-minded community focused on a sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture is about rediscovering the traditional value of doing things ourselves, sticking to the natural, and enjoying the benefits. Come with us and share the knowledge!



After Hudie visited a course about sustainable Agriculture at the Bolivarian University in Caracas, where Hanaffan joined her as well on his visits, we also found our friends in Bilibiza starting to use more sustainable ways of cultivating their land. At the same time we saw how water problems in Mozambique became worth and worth and also the effects of global warming became more and more obvious all around the globe. So permaculture seemed to us a worthwhile attempt which hopefully enables us to promote a way of living which will make this planet also a home to our children.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Therefore at the end of 2015 we decided to take some of our savings to do a PDC in Thailand. We decided for Rak Tamachat, as here we were able to not only do a PDC, which taught us about agriculture, water harvesting, animal husbandry and many other things, that were connected to the land. But we also were able to do a one week course on natural building. It was a really intensive course but still would not make us professionals in Permaculture. It was just the beginning and the basis for our own projects in which we will have to progress, learning by doing.
This PDC gave us a more detailed idea of what will be necessary to achieve our dream in Mozambique though.

Impressions

For sure this course made us much more conscious about everything connected to permacultre. Our eyes are open now for new inputs that can improve our way of living. Therefore here we will share everything that crosses our paths and is in some way can help us to build up a permanent culture.
There are more things than you might imagine out there. And even though you might find yourself living in a city, there is a lot of things we can do to help developing a permanent culture. It might only be small things, such as saving water, but the more people participate the bigger the result.

Do It Yourself

Having done a PDC and getting inspired by what we see around us it is up to us to get our hands on it and start integrating things into our life. Therefore we want to invite you to come and learn with us together. Step by step we will improve our gardening skills and see how we can reduce the production of waste in our daily lives. On the way of achieving a sustainable way of life some of you might find us ahead, others might have made much more progress already. But in general we hope to be able to motivate all of you to keep going, step by step.
Hardly anybody changes his/her lifestyle in a day. But if you stay consistent and keep on changing by little steps, you might be able to achieve a big change even if society around you does not approve of what you are doing. A lot of habits and customs build barriers in peoples heads and close their minds for alternative ways of doing things. One got to be consistent to convince people some day. Don’t give up!

After Hudie visited a course about sustainable Agriculture at the Bolivarian University in Caracas, where Hanaffan joined her as well on his visits, we also found our friends in Bilibiza starting to use more sustainable ways of cultivating their land. At the same time we saw how water problems in Mozambique became worth and worth and also the effects of global warming became more and more obvious all around the globe. So permaculture seemed to us a worthwhile attempt which hopefully enables us to promote a way of living which will make this planet also a home to our children.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Therefore at the end of 2015 we decided to take some of our savings to do a PDC in Thailand. We decided for Rak Tamachat, as here we were able to not only do a PDC, which taught us about agriculture, water harvesting, animal husbandry and many other things, that were connected to the land. But we also were able to do a one week course on natural building. It was a really intensive course but still would not make us professionals in Permaculture. It was just the beginning and the basis for our own projects in which we will have to progress, learning by doing.
This PDC gave us a more detailed idea of what will be necessary to achieve our dream in Mozambique though.

Impressions

For sure this course made us much more conscious about everything connected to permacultre. Our eyes are open now for new inputs that can improve our way of living. Therefore here we will share everything that crosses our paths and is in some way can help us to build up a permanent culture.

There are more things than you might imagine out there. And even though you might find yourself living in a city, there is a lot of things we can do to help developing a permanent culture. It might only be small things, such as saving water, but the more people participate the bigger the result.

Do It Yourself

Having done a PDC and getting inspired by what we see around us it is up to us to get our hands on it and start integrating things into our life. Therefore we want to invite you to come and learn with us together. Step by step we will improve our gardening skills and see how we can reduce the production of waste in our daily lives. On the way of achieving a sustainable way of life some of you might find us ahead others might have made much more progress already. But in general we hope to be able to motivate all of you to keep going, step by step.
Hardly anybody changes his/her lifestyle in a day. But if you stay consistent and keep on changing by little steps, you might be able to achieve a big change even if society around you does not approve of what you are doing. A lot of habits and customs build barriers in peoples heads and close their minds for alternative ways of doing things. One got to be consistent to convince people some day. Don’t give up!



Natural Cosmetic and Remedies

Besides agriculture and building, there are also a lot of other aspects in our daily life where we all can try to become a little bit more sustainable. And maybe this is the most difficult part when trying to live green. Many of us grew up in a society where it is normal for women to use make up, where we use soap and shampoo and detergents to clean our house and our cloth. It is so normal, that even our bodies got used to it. Try not using shampoo for two month and you will see what we mean.

As all these chemicals do a lot of harm to our environment, it would be nice to restrain completely from using them. But still we like to have some social life and do not want to cut ourselves completely off society. Therefore we want to find ways to keep our hygiene and beauty standards but with self-made, and much less toxic substances. The aim is to use as little chemicals in our lives as possible, so by the time we start realizing our dream in Mozambique we can feel confident that we will not cause harm to our environment.
Also we will show you some natural remedies here that hopefully can help you to take less pharmaceuticals. Maybe natural remedies are not as strong as modern antibiotics to fight bad illnesses, but they can help you to prevent, so you might not need these strong medical treatments.
So over all, this chapter should help us all to restrain from all these chemicals that form such a normal part of our lives.

Community Life

This is an other important aspect of a permanent culture, because by sharing we can reduce our material needs and energy consumption. But again many of us grew up in an individualistic society where the „I“ is center of our lives. A communal way of living can cause us a lot of problems. Even though there exist some romantic dreams of well working hippie communities in the late 60’s and 70’s, the reality of living in a community hardly ever reaches this idealized picture. Even when you are only living with people who have similar interests.
Therefore in this chapter we want to collect everything that will be helpful for establishing a healthy community. How much communal and how much private life is a community supposed to give its members? How to share responsibilities?
Hopefully we will be able to offer an attractive way of a communal way of living.

Natural Cosmetic and Remedies

Besides agriculture and building, there are also a lot of other aspects in our daily life where we all can try to become a little bit more sustainable. And maybe this is the most difficult part when trying to live green. Many of us grew up in a society where it is normal for women to use make up, where we use soap and shampoo and detergents to clean our house and our cloth. It is so normal, that even our bodies got used to it. Try not using shampoo for two month and you will see what we mean.

As all these chemicals do a lot of harm to our environment, it would be nice to restrain completely from using them. But still like to have some social life and do not want to cut ourselves completely off society. Therefore we want to find ways to keep our hygiene and beauty standards but with self-made, and much less toxic substances. The aim is to use as little chemicals in our lives as possible, so by the time we start realizing our dream in Mozambique we can feel confident that we will not cause harm to our environment.
Also we will show you some natural remedies here that hopefully can help you to take less pharmaceuticals. Maybe natural remedies are not as strong as modern antibiotics to fight bad illnesses, but they can help you to prevent, so you might not need these strong medical treatments.
So over all, this chapter should help us all to restrain from all these chemicals that form such a normal part of our lives.

Community Life

This is an other important aspect of a permanent culture, because by sharing we can reduce our material needs and energy consumption. But again many of us grew up in an individualistic society where the „I“ center of our lives. A communal way of living can cause us a lot of problems. Even though there exist some romantic dreams of well working hippie communities in the late 60’s and 70’s, the reality of living in a community hardly ever reaches this idealized picture. Even when you are only living with people who have similar interests.
Therefore in this chapter we want to collect everything that will be helpful for establishing a healthy community. How much communal and how much private life is a community supposed to give its members? How to share responsibilities?
Hopefully we will be able to offer an attractive way of a communal way of living.