Programme & workshops

Nordisk Permakulturfestival 2019


(Workshop programme below)

As a general rule, the workshops are held in Danish except for the workshops marked with ENGLISH. The teacher will decide if translation is necessary.


We have planned some activities for the kids at the festival together with John Martin Palsbøll.

Friday and Saturday from 9-12, we have adventurous trips into the forest where the key words will be "land art" and "creativity". 
Furthermore, we have a kids area in front of Gammelgaard with face painting, drawing, trampoline and more.

John Martin and another adult will be around the kids area from 14:30-17:30 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
Last but not least, you are welcome to use the playground at Himmelbjerggaarden.

Explore a future Permaculture School

This workshop is for anyone interested in the future of teaching and pedagogy. The regular school systems in the Nordic countries are quite similar. They are in many ways producing a destructive culture, and disconnected young individuals. In this workshop I'll give you an example of how a Permaculture School can function today. I'll also merge Permaculture and Sociocratic tools to facilitate a group process aimed at exploring how a future Permaculture School could function. Maybe we can even find a few first collaborative steps in reaching the aim, together, in the Nordic countries?

Zone 00 - Social Permaculture

Permaculture principles and design frameworks can be used to design all aspects of our lives and projects. 

In this workshop you'll be introduced to designing people-based systems. You will get an introduction to Looby Macnamaras Design Web framework, and we will explore how permaculture principles can be used in people-based design. Maybe you want to design your life path, your health and well-being, or create a design for living a more sustainable life - here you will gain some tools to get you started... 

Teaching Permaculture Creatively

Learners are all different - and we can cater to their differences by diversifying our teaching methods and  by being a little creative! In this workshop you can learn about the different learning styles and some of the ways  we as educators can meet these needs. This workshop is based on my experiences as a teaching apprenctice on Aranya and Caroline Aitken's PDC course in England in 2018. I hope to pass on some of these experiences so that it can benefit the wider permaculture teaching network. This is a workshop that can be enjoyed by experienced teachers wanting a little inspiration - or those of you who are just getting started (or even just thinking of getting started!) 

Hands-On: Moss Gardening

Here we will use some common mosses and work with some simple practical tecnics of how to grow the mosses. 

 - If you want to prepare read the book: The Magical World of Moss Gardening by Annie Martin.


More Moss – into the world of moss

1 - Mental moss - what moss can do to us and how we relate

2 - Moss and evolution – or how moss can help us explain permaculture

3 – Uses of mosses – a short walk through mosses “cultural” life

In the end, we will sum up how to take this home and make moss a bigger part of our permaculture development. 

Living Water Systems (IN ENGLISH)

Sagar is going to inspire with creative solutions, showing practical examples and theory, of how to design living water systems, bringing beauty for your life through gardens, homes, offices, schools and communities. "I seek the admiration I have for the element Water, the strength to motivate and instruct more people to care about the subject and to change their attitudes, contributing to the maintenance of the quality of our waters, like rivers, seas, lakes or groundwater. Healthy water is fascinating, a source of joy, of contemplation, produces food and kills the thirst of the population! Although we are in a Dynamic World connected to the internet and a lot of information, we are in the Inertia, of much seeing and little doing. I hope like Water, this workshop is going to be a flow that moves people with positive attitudes to build our legacy, leaving a better world for our children and future generations!"

Mushroom Cultivation (IN ENGLISH)

Unlike plants which have been cultivated for the past 10 000 years, mushrooms have only been domesticated for less than 2000 years. The fungal kingdom reserves many secrets that can help us go through the ecological crisis we currently face. Their multiple roles in nature, from decomposers to ecosystem regulators, can serve as models for building sustainable systems in both social and agricultural contexts. This workshop will be a basic introduction to how we can work with fungi in different contexts for food production, medicine, mycore mediation, and much more. The focus will be on small-scale and low-cost techniques that can be easily reproduced at home or on a small farm.


Would you like to be part of an organisation,

1.where leadership are distributed to all levels of the organisation?

2.where decisions include all perspectives and yet is made better and faster?

3.which is alert and can adjust intelligently to challenges?

4.with a structure that prevents conflicts and where tensions between group members is used constructively?

5.where initiative and creativity is given as much room as needed?

Then you’ll be interested in learning more about sociocracy. Sociocracy is a method to organize decision making in small groups and even build a (large) organization of smaller, partially self-organizing groups with full openness and influence throughout. The system is tested in Dutch companies, public organizations, voluntary associations and is now spreading internationally, also in the eco-movement. Sociocracy is based on three values: transparency, equal access to influence and efficiency. The system supports creative development of proposals that are adopted by consent in groups up to a certain size. 


Design a life on your own terms

  • Do you dream about a career on your own terms?
  • Do you dream about getting out of the hamster wheel (8-4 job)?
  • Do you struggle with completion of projects?
  • Do you dream about a life with economical freedom, so you can do what you love to do?

In the first part of this workshop, you’ll be guided to design a career (or project) on your own terms. What’s needed for you to get out of the hamster wheel? What makes you feel happy and fulfilled? What would your life look like, if you dared to go for your dream? How can you make money doing what you love to do? You’ll learn how to check that your career/project is sustainable from all basic perspectives.

In the second part of the workshop the psychological processes behind completing projects – which by the way are the same obstacles you’ll meet, when you try to get out of the hamster wheel and realise your new career – will be explained shortly and then you’ll learn a method to remove the obstacles. Will it be confronting? Sometimes! Will it be liberating? Definitely! Will it be fun? If you are not taking yourself too seriously, you may get some very good laughs! Will it free up your creative energy? Yes!

Introduction to forest gardens

The introduction will try to answer following questions in depth:

What is a forest garden?

How does a forest garden function compared to other growing systems?

How to plan and design a forest garden?

What to consider while establishing a forest garden?

How exactly, do you create a small forest garden bed

Tour to LAND Centre Permakulturhaven Myrrhis

Thursday July 25th from 13-16. Meeting point: Ravnen 4, Feldballe-8410 Rønde

Visit LAND Centre Permakulturhaven Myrrhis - a full integrated home based on permaculture ethics & principles with forest garden, rooftop garden, kitchen garden, water garden, green house, nursery, market garden, agroforestry, animals and finally our off-grid house with conservatory, cold room, housing, workshop and so on. During the tour, Tycho and Karoline will share their thoughts about the building process, creating the garden, perennials, the functions of the forest garden, and the newly established agroforestry (1 ha), where animals, trees and vegetables are fully integrated. More info:

       * You will receive an email with the link to sign up for the tour *

Permaculture on smallholder-scale

About our off-grid house and garden, building, self-sufficiency, no-dig, and the forest garden. 

Agroforestry Myrrhis

Setting up the project, the design, market garden, succession, yield, animal management, carbon storage.

School gardening project

Naturskyddsföreningen i Nora has a 'Naturskola' group, and one major activity is a joint project with Gyttorpskolan, a local primary school with about 110 pupils, where we are converting the somewhat dull playground into an edible playground, with a herb garden, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and a substantial forest garden. The project is now into its fourth year, but there is still much to do. In the beginning we agreed with the school that the children would be engaged with the project at every stage, and that organic gardening would gradually be built into the school curriculum. The response from the children has been fantastic. They participate enthusiastically in every aspect of developing the gardens. We have continually taken photographs, so everything is well documented. What I can present in Denmark is an extensive 'bildspel' which illustrates very well what

has been achieved so far. And of course I would talk about our motivation for engaging in such a project, as well as giving an overview of what is happening with school gardening elsewhere in the world.

Introduction to permaculture: "Choosing permaculture"

A dialogue between Cathrine and the audience on why one would choose permaculture.

What permaculture ethics mean in our daily lives and how important it is to choose the green values together. Cathrine will take you on a journey to Nepal, Vietnam and many other places.

Presentation of the LAND Network

The LAND Network as it is commonly called, was established to give people the opportunity to see, feel and get a taste of permaculture together with real, living permaculturists and to get their hands dirty during a course or a tour. 14 LAND centers and 6 years later: what have we accomplished  and where must we go?

Handling of waste water

In this workshop René tells about waste water and constructed wetlands, which in view of the permaculture's principles become valuable recycling of nutrients, synergy between micro-organisms and plants, role of the system in the ‘bigger water-loop’, etc.

Practical examples are included from the handling of waste water in various permaculture projects, and results from studies Kilian Water has done in collaboration with both Aarhus University and the Danish Technological Institute.

Wild foraging and fermentation

Learn about the wild and naturally occurring plant species that can be used in both herbal medicine and fermented foods. On a walk through the grounds of Jutland, we will identify and pick useful plants.

On our return to the common grounds we will learn how to use these plants in fermentation, pickeling and preparation of healing balms.


It is going to be a huge task for all human population to solve the climate problems.

Luckily, a lot of people has community, self sufficiency and ecology uppermost on their wish list.

As a result, more and more people move in together in ecovillages, something we in 

Landsforeningen for Økosamfund clearly notice. People wish to realise their dreams in the 

country side and add a concrete dimension to the climate targets. The ecovillages provide a 

simple and concrete solution to the climate crisis, an easy-to-understand solution.

Nevertheless, it is a tremendous task to build up an ecovillage from scratch. In this workshop we

will discuss how well-established and new-established ecovillages can create a productive

cooperation. The well-established ecovillages have experience in democratic processes, meeting

culture and social skills, all which are an important piece in creating new ecovillages.

 Presentation: Wild bees

As many other flower loving insects, wild bees suffer from difficult conditions from the lack of flowers in our landscape. According to scientists, this is the biggest reason for the loss of bees and insects but also other threats are present. The presentation is about what those threats consist of and what each one of us can do to help the bees.

Hands-on: Build a bee house

We are going to build houses for solitary bees.

Land and nature stewardship - Design should respect and care for the community of life

Permaculture is an applied science building on a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature by observing natural systems as a means of learning how to live in ways that imitate the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. Climate change and massive loss of biodiversity and natural habitats mean that we urgently need to develop new regenerative design models that focus on regenerating natural habitats and ecosystems where ever possible. The workshop will focus on how we must move from minimizing our negative impact to maximizing our positive impact and how we by observing and learning from nature can develop integrated and innovative approaches where agriculture and nature conservation are not seen as conflicting positions, but seen as interrelated parts of the same ecosystem, creating integrated agro-ecological landscapes and sustainable food systems that are both sustained by nature and sustainable in their nature.

Transition in Bhutan - Supporting Bhutans vision of going 100% organic

Bhutan has decided as a country to go 100% organic “as the finest recourse to alleviate rural poverty” as the former Minister of Agriculture has put it. Environmental conservation is recognized as one of the four pillars of the Gross National Happiness, the guiding development philosophy of the country.The Constitution of the country mandates to maintain minimum of 60% of the total land area under forest cover for all times, and recognizes that a sustainable  economic development depends inevitably of the regenerative capacity of the ecosystems. The workshop will describe how we by joining the expertise of Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) in natural systems ecology, conservation of nature and biodiversity with Organic Denmark’s (OD) experiences in participatory organic farming systems methods is supporting this transition with the objective to support the development of food security and the development of climate resilient, sustainable livelihood strategies.

Empathy and honesty create sustainable, long-lasting solutions

We often believe that we have reached a win-win solution, and then it turns out later that it is in fact a compromise where neither party is satisfied to such an extent that the solution lasts for a longer time. With empathy and honesty, two of the main ingredients of Nonviolent Communication - NVC - Girafsprog, we can create such  a degree of contact that new creative solutions arise. Solutions that are fully satisfactory for both parties. So not a compromise, but a new third way, which neither party could find alone, but which arises in the empathic connection. Thus, solutions become more sustainable and long lasting. How do you actually create such a degree of contact? In the joint project, in the community, at work, in private life? At the workshop we will play with the key that can open locked positions.

The surprising purpose of anger

Anger can be used as a constructive force that can change the world for the better and help you succeed in your projects. You can see anger as a passion about something that touches us deeply. Anger as a positive force of change. But anger that we use against other people, puts us to a standstill, closes doors and pushes others away. And often we even end up in resignation, apathy and depression. We give up because we are unable to direct our anger in a constructive way. It is often people who are close to us who become targets for our anger and often we end up scolding ourselves when we have scolded those we are close to. This workshop will show you how to use the energy in a positive way.

Urkraft Singing - Sound & Vibration (IN ENGLISH)

Set your earthly temple in motion and balance thru this soul gathering, where we sing uplifting songs and mantras from near and far corners of space and time – hereby connecting with each other and our inner selves – with our roots and the grand cosmos. Together we raise the vibration and create a space, that invites and inspires to liberate the voice in a safe and loving atmosphere. Anyone can sing – each voice is unique, it is important and deserves to be struck and swung.

Svanholm Permaculture Agriculture

With permaculture, a CO2 neutral lifestyle can be achieved within a relatively short time-frame and in addition, we can achieve a lifestyle which directly counteract climate changes by storing carbon in cultivated soil, trees, buildings, etc. But how does permaculture work in practise? With their many years of experience in permaculture, Mira Illeris & Esben Schultz will present their grass root political and practical work with Svanholm Permaculture Agriculture at the workshop.

Tour in Ry forest garden, common garden and shelter

The past six years groups of people from Transition Ry have worked on creating a forest garden, a common garden and school gardens and a shelter. Visit the gardens and hear the story of how we borrowed the land, found the money and got it all organized.

*The gardens are located 8 km from the festival*

The transition movement and Transition Ry

Get a brief introduction of how to start a transition initiative and have the story of how we did and do in Ry. and 

How to build with less more efficiently - Waste stream construction and lean building methodologies (IN ENGLISH)

Part 1 - Planning. An overview of how far into the design of your project you need to be, before you can begin acquiring material.

Part 2 - Sourcing. Identifying local and practical resources for building material.

Part 3 - Cost to benefit analysis. Is there a more efficient material I can use instead.

Part 4 - Lean construction. Planning management and a practical exercise explaining the basics of lean.

The political structure of community, beginning with the family (IN ENGLISH)

Part 1 - A brief overview of historic functional models.

Part 2 -The shape of these communities and the common structural values.

Part 3 - What does a coherent system of governance look like.

Part 4 - Rebuilding community lost and honouring human nature.

Visioning a permaculture society (IN ENGLISH)

The workshop will be centred around envisioning a permacultural utopia and how we can work towards it. In the first half of this workshop we will start off with envisioning a permacultural utopia and exploring together what a permacultural society might look like. We will then consider the ways in which this is different from our current society, and some of the challenges to getting from here to there. In the second half of the session we will work to try and develop practical ideas for how we can overcome these challenges together.

The activities will involve imagination exercises, role play, and group work. 

Permaculture in Kenya: Vijana Wetu builds permaculture demonstration project in a village in West Kenya 

Tove Bang presents a unique cooperation between the Youth Group Vijana Wetu, the Women Group Earthquake and the Danish association Vijana Wetu. Together, they create permaculture in a poor region, where food suply and opportunities for income is a daily struggle.

Erasmus+ programme

The workshop is for you who wants to know more about your opportunity to travel in Europe and get practical experience by living in an ecovillage or a permaculture project. I want to present Erasmus+ mobility for a short period of time (2 weeks) and for a longer period of time (until 12 months). Are you thinking about volunteering, then come by and have a chat with me.

Permaculture in Somalia 

Some ideas change how we see the world and than we change the world! This was the case for me when I first heard about permaculture. This workshop will take you through my journey from inspiration to initial steps of a project in the near future.


  1. Brief introduction of Somalia
  2. Environmental and biodiversity degradation in Somalia
  3. How and why is permaculture the solution in the context of Somali communities?
  4. Presentation of my early steps of a permaculture project in Somalia


Hvor er festivalen i 2019?


Himmelbjergvej 11

8680 Ry - Danmark