Adventures in Permaculture: Day 3

blog-day3-squareWell, I feel a lot better this morning than I thought I would.  Not sure how that happened.

It’s freezing here, so I joined the group of folks in the kitchen this morning waiting for hot water for tea.  I had a few cups throughout the morning.

Breakfast was hot oatmeal with apples, raisins, brown sugar and then rice cakes and peanut butter.  I’m definitely not going to starve here… all the meals are hot and plentiful.

Because it’s sunny today, we circled up outside in the small grassy area.  We got to sit in comfy camp chairs today, which is not as hard on my tailbone as sitting on the floor.

Urine collection bucket

We did a lot of movement and interaction exercises again today.  I’m not totally comfortable with all that stuff, but I did enjoy it.  It’s a pretty intense group of folks in this course.  Some great energy, and some really thoughtful people.

I am learning what I already know – many people have a very difficult time relating to other people on a personal level.  There are many reasons for this, one of which is definitely the Internet.

Outhouse structure

Another hearty lunch – I notice I have a lot of gas from the beans.  I wonder if I can harness that for clean energy.

Did more exercises after lunch – this is social permaculture, apparently.  It all made me realize how far I’ve come emotionally.  Honestly, I have my moments, but I feel relatively “together.”

Took my first shower.  It was a bit chilly as the facility is outside with no insulation.  It took a while for the water to get hot (solar with gas backup), but once it was, the shower felt nice.

I am really getting to know my fellow students.  Some amazingly cool people.

Permaculture design course students

More beans for dinner!  When we assemble for each meal, we hook elbows and one of the members of the team who prepared the meal “introduces” it by telling us all what we are about to eat.  Then one of the group directors says a short blessing of sorts to help us all think about where exactly the food came from.  The former marine likes to point out that from whence the food came (the ground) thus shall it return through our poop.  He doesn’t even crack a smile.  It kills me!

I am opting out of tonight’s session to do some work for clients.

Until tomorrow…

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