Community Values

If you want to spark curiosity and cultivate community, tell a compelling story. It is through stories that natural relationships are revealed and shared. It is through stories that inspiration grows.

permaculture_flowerThe story or myths we choose to believe, live and tell today communicate the ethics, values and beliefs that will transform the future. What is our story?

Education is about reciprocity in relationships. Everything we do is about being a “thought partner” to help us remember what we all know, but may have forgotten — the ethical know how to use educational know how to cultivate relationships that help us bring our gifts into this world in ways that nourish life and help us know how to live together and in balance with our sacred Earth.

Whole systems thinking tools and ethics are the foundation for more than just “my story” or “your story.” Although each story is unique, we have a common thread that unites us within our story in learning and life.

Our story emerges in relation to our shared covenant that brings our community together. We chose to co-create a shared story through a covenant ethics and thinking tools that help us go beyond scientific observations of the patterns of nature and connect us with the ancient wisdom and sacredness of all.


Freya and the RaddishAll in Relation: Valuing natural resources is not enough. We must use whole systems thinking which honors natural relationships. We live in a world where the possibilities are only limited by our imagination and willingness to take action to transform the future.

Earth Care: The story is not one of learning to manage natural resources, but embracing and enriching natural relationships. Deeply loving Earth inspires us to take our place as responsible caretakers that honor our ancestors as well as our children’s children.

People Care: To move from the “me” to the “we,” children must first learn to love and honor their authentic self and find their bliss. That is what they then bring to enrich the relationship of “we” in this world.

Thinking ToolsObserving and Interacting with the Tadpoles in the Swale - June 2014

Pc-Icons-Principle-1Observe and Interact

Catch and Store Energy

Pc-Icons-Principle-3Obtain a Yield

Pc-Icons-Principle-4Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

Pc-Icons-Principle-5Use and Value Resources

Pc-Icons-Principle-6Produce No Waste

Pc-Icons-Principle-7Design from Patterns to Details

Pc-Icons-Principle-8Integrate Rather Than Segregate

Pc-Icons-Principle-9Small and Slow Solutions

Pc-Icons-Principle-10Use and Value Diversity

Use Edges and Value the Marginal

Pc-Icons-Principle-12__1_Use Creativity and Adapt to Change

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cropped-mark_vector_1400x1400.pngThese are the core tenants put into action that spring from the ethics, which inform beliefs and values and provide children with an unwavering foundation with which to approach learning and life. Becoming a PERMIE KID is about learning, connecting, and understanding how one learns and how to use that knowledge to care for people and the earth, irrespective of what is learned.

The core characteristics of a PERMIE KID that comprise the acronym include:

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Thank you Scott436 for the featured image titled Light and Texture (CC-BY 2.0) and much gratitude to Richard Telford from Permaculture Principles for allowing PERMIE KIDs to display the thinking tool icons featured above.

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