Ego / Eco
A course on social permaculture
february 3-9, 2019
We're thrilled to once again team up with Isabelle Fortier and offer this one-week course on Social Permaculture! Inspired by the Joanna Macy and The Work That Reconnects, the Ego/Eco Social Permaculture Course will delve into the second ethic of Permaculture: People Care. Through art, nature, personal reflection, group work, and bodywork, participants are guided to reconnect with their deepest truths and individual inspirations and use these insights to connect on a deeper level with their families, friends, and communities.
Join us for this unique opportunity to explore Permaculture on a whole new level!
February 3-9, 2019
This week-long course dives deep into the second principle of Permaculture, People Care, and explores the ways in which we can build more productive and harmonious relationships within the human realm.
about Ego / Eco
This is your invitation to unite, enter into yourself and meet the other. Ego/Eco is an opportunity to re-imagine the world and be a part of the solution. Permaculture is an amazing tool for transition towards a fair, sustainable world, but even after we put it into practice we may feel unsatisfied. Social Permaculture allows us to turn the lens back on ourselves and our own inner lives, learning about ourselves and becoming better able to relate to others to build satisfying, meaningful connections.
In this course you will reflect on your own life and recognize what is holding you back as you move towards full coherence with your deepest values. We will take the time to see how, with our own unique gifts, we can each contribute to this great moment and cultural/consciousness shift.
Through initiatory tales, reflections on the stories we've been told by society, qi gong and meditation, we will gain heightened self-awareness. Once connected to ourselves, we will learn to connect better with others and nature. This course will also remind us that we belong to something much bigger than ourselves, so that we may align our actions to serve the greater good. Drawing from different fields of study including non-violent communication, psycho-corporal therapy, and Joanna Macy's pioneering work, we will learn what it means to bring Permaculture into the human realm and create regenerative, sustainable social practices.
Lodging and accommodations:
Course participants will stay at the Bambu Guest House, a stunning naturally-built center for Permaculture and regenerative living on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Boasting bathrooms and balconies in each room, comfy beds, wifi, solar heated hot water, and amazing views of Lake Atitlan, the Bambu Guest House is proof that natural building can be luxurious!
Participants will receive three delicious meals a day plus snacks, coffee, tea, and dessert from the Bambu's farm-to-table restaurant, which is run by three talented local young chefs. Just down the road from Atitlan Organics, the Bambu is a wonderful home-away-from-home and will provide a supportive environment for your personal growth and transformation!
3 meals a day plus snacks, coffee and tea at the Bambu's amazing farm-to-table restaurant. It's seriously plate-licking good!
Facilitation, field trip and excursions, course material, note packs, and other electronic information.
ALL THIS FOR JUST $575!
We value Permaculture knowledge and truly believe that it can help create a better world and future for us all, therefore we have decided to keep our courses affordably priced. In addition, we have a few partial scholarships available; contact us for more info on them.
pictures from past courses:
Social Entrepreneur, Social Artist, Body and Psycho-Therapist
Isabelle brings decades of experience into this retreat. For nearly 20 years she has worked in social permaculture, and previous to that she facilitated and led spiritual life and community involvement in a school where she offered training programs related to relationship counseling, stress management, conflict management, bereavement and intercultural relations. She created several social art projects including an intercultural theater education program that has been presented in various conferences in Quebec and France.
Hoping to evolve her approach towards a deeper connection with Nature, and also attaching great importance to artistic exploration as a tool for personal and social progress, she founded Égo / Éco as a social enterprise that unites self-transformation and collective uprising.
Her approach is influenced by her Bachelor's degree in Intervention Theater and her studies in education, international cooperation, psycho-physical therapy and permaculture. She draws on Joanna Macy's work on social permaculture, Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, and her 20 years of improvised dance practice. Meditation, Qi Gong and authentic movement bring a quality of presence to her approach.
travel and logistics
The workshop always starts on Sunday afternoon. Participants are expected to arrive by 4pm, but are welcome to come and check in at the Bambu Guest House any time throughout the day.
Once the course starts, all food, lodging, training, and travel is covered and included in the cost of the workshop. We often travel on local pickups, which makes all excursions fun and exciting. Adventure travel!
The intensive course ends Saturday at noon, following a big brunch, student presentations, and goodbyes. We can help arrange shuttles to and from the airport, Antigua, or anywhere else. Just let us know if you need this service.
Upon writing us to express interest, we will send an FAQ and a food allergy questionnaire. We can accommodate almost all requests including vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian diets, etc.