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Approaches to lessening tsunami damage. By Douglas Barnes Special thanks to Steve Cran The earthquake and devastating tsunami of March 11, 2011 shocked the world with images of widespread destruction. All during my13 years in Japan, I lived under the constant threat of “The Big One.” It never came read more...
We're excited to announce that the Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario, in collaboration with Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE), will host an introductory course and an 84-hour "Permaculture Design Course" in Ottawa in 2011. Applying the permaculture ethic of people care, we're doing our read more...
As I was reviewing reference tables on edible plants in the wee hours of the morning, I started thinking that my relationship with permaculture has been like a love affair.  (I've been reading "Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator" by Spring Gillard, and in one chapter, the author writes about art read more...
In April, 2009, shortly before embarking on a month-long permaculture aid project in India, I designed a passive solar residence to serve as my home base. This first step on the road to true sustainability was just the start of a journey that has continued with the help of sheer stubbornness. When read more...
Our team of teachers - Sebastien Bacharach, Douglas Barnes, Bonita Ford and Trent Rhode - brings a diversity of experience and background to the institute.  Collectively, we have studied with Geoff Lawton, Bill Mollison, Dave Jacke, Brock Dolman, Kat Steele, Christopher Shein, Michael Kramer, read more...
My first trip to Haiti last May was a journey of stark contrasts; the best I could do was breathe deeply, and bring my heart and mind fully to the work at hand. I am noticing the contrasts again today. We've raised over $8300 for my volunteer projects in Haiti (as of January 28).  I am in awe that read more...
We've raised over $4000 - getting close to the goal of $5300!  I'm so grateful for all the support :)  (A number of donations came by cheque and Interac, and unfortunately, they don't show up in the red box.) DONATIONS & TAX RECEIPTS If you would like to make a donation, any amount is read more...
WHAT I PLAN TO DO IN HAITI I plan on going back to Haiti for 5 weeks in January and volunteering with two organisations, AMURT in Port-au-Prince and Noramise in the North; I am fundraising to make this work possible.  At the heart of this, is my desire to support the rebuilding of Haiti, based on a read more...
After watching the film "For the Next 7 Generations" about the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and following a few recent conversations, I'd like to share more here about my spiritual perspective. I am so grateful that my journey of personal growth and spiritual development have read more...
So here we are! We moved into our new house a couple of days ago. As we are unpacking, I find myself looking by the windows, taking walks in the backyard and imagining, dreaming, designing... I've been wanting to have my own place for about ten years now, so this is a real dream come true. I am read more...

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