To work with the water, in permacultural way ( not destroying but coexisting ) of non-destruction, we first need to understand the water, its flow and its characteristics. Using the full power of water and its flow is best seen in making swales.
There are practical courses in which you can learn all this in first hand, just look for Vladislav Davidzon online, he organizes some pretty awesome courses. There are five practical steps in using and conserving water, but I want to focus on only one of them, soil contouring. But having other 4 in mind is also an important thing, while working with water. Water is life, and it must be your aim to bring water to your permaculture system. You can chose your own permaculture design. Best way of doing that is by making swales, and that I will go through in this article.
Remove vegetation from the future swale location. Digging your future swale while tripping on vegetation can only slow your work progress and it can lead to injuries. So before starting anything clear all vegetation from that spot. But don’t remove vegetation any further it will help prevent erosion of land around your swale.
Level the ground as much as possible to prevent water from going where it wants. You can use mechanical help for this if you want, for it will be more precise. But you can do it by yourself with a help from some make-do tools like piece of string and so on.
Dig the ditches on edges of your swale. This should be first step in actual swale digging. Make sure they all have same or similar depth. Earth you dig out this way should be used in making of the berm. All rocks you find while digging should be put to side because they will help later. Make sure all sides of ditches are smooth to prevent erosion.
Drainage should be lower than the swale in order to care excess water away. If you don’t have drainage system it can cause destruction of berm and with that whole swale. If you plan on having few swales then drainage from one can fill other and so on.
Use rocks you dug out to prevent erosion. This can be done by putting rocks on the entrance of the swale in order to break the flow of water better and prevent erosion. This can be done on all places where you reroute the water flow.
Secure the berm by patting down any earth you place there. Level the berm with sides of the swale. This can be done by walking on the berm while it is made and patting earth down with your weight.
Tree planting can be done on the berm to increase its strength and integrity. Trees should be fruit ones so you have something from that planting, and you can plant berry plants with strong roots too.
Test the swale by filling it up. This test should mimic the actual water flow. By doing this you will test your swale and find about mistakes before actual water comes down in it.
Observe changes swale does to the land around. It will be a beautiful thing to watch, a work of your hands changing the landscape and nature towards better future.Read More
In the late 1970s and after the hippy movement a strong feel towards nature and everything that would stop green gas emission was being popular, and a system that an Australian professor created in that time was no exception. Bill Mollison, together with his graduate student David Holmgren, coined the term “permaculture” and the elaborate system that they established was accepted all over the world, since it praised nature and all of the designs and patterns that exist in our environment. There are 12 permaculture design principles today that they abide by.
Vladislav Davidzon, one of Mollison’s students, had a deep understanding for these issues and in 2004 he started his own design school – Regenerative Leadership Institute. As he already was one of the leading figures in the field on environment protection, Davidzon was also a respectable entrepreneur with highly successful projects and profitable international companies. His earlier projects also had strong mark of being eco-friendly, for example: ThinkHost – the first web hosting company that was powered exclusively on renewable energy sources (wind and solar energy) and Common Circle Expeditions (Sustainable Energy in Motion) – bike rides in Oregon and Hawaii with stops to visit organic food farms and locations with permaculture design.
Regenerative Leadership Institute was also started on the foundations of permaculture and sustainable living, but it’s CEO and the brains behind the whole project, Vladislav Davidzon, had some unconventional ideas of how to organize and run permaculture courses. He included a pragmatic approach into the teachings on this subject, and insisted heavily on immersion in nature, so majority of the Regenerative Leadership Institute’s programs are held in parks, woods and usually always in tents and with the rest of the camping gear. However, they have accepted modern technology in the sense that courses from this design school can be freely accessed on their website, and this online revolution happened in 2013 when they crowd-founded enough money to upload all of the content.
Nowadays, this company is spread in over 195 countries and boasts over 250,000 people who attended the program. Regenerative Leadership Institute offers great possibility for a life changing experience for people of any race, religious or age group, and in their Retreat they accept everybody who is willing to make a change in the world and live in accordance with nature and its ultimate laws. Some of the topics that high-quality instructors teach in this school are connected with protection and preservation of soil, usage of renewable energy, recycling of waste, social interactions and integration, and many, many more.