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Posted by Ole Deschout over 12 years ago
In society we get mostly judged or given opportunities by your diploma or education. And ofcourse next to being conditionated you learn a lot of other interesting stuff that is handy to be used if doing business, research, ... But once I was granted the opportunity to learn and work in natural waterpurification systems by not having any degree. After high school I didn't do any more studies because I didn't believe in that system anymore. I knew there was a teacher in me but going to college to eventually end up in a classroom always giving the same boring stuff that is like it almost seems made to change children into grownup sheep that follow free market and democracy as their cheppard. It seemed to me anything I would do wouldn't give me the feeling I was doing something useful to the world we live on and our humanity that is living of that world. So I decided not the do any university and search my own way by self study.
So a few years later I found my way with Raf Seghers who gave me a chance of learning about natural waterpurification. There I also learned about Viktor Schauberger and Sepp Holzer( Viktor was known in Europe as the Waterwizzard and Sepp is known for his krameterhof in upper Austria). Soon I learned about permaculture and saw the video of greening the dessert. That is when i fully understand the importance of permaculture by only seeing this 5minute movie about changing a dessert into an oasis again by such simple ideas and techniques. Why is there still any hunger in the world when we can do this. As a kid you learn to be a good person who cares about the world and other people. When you are a teenager you soon learn(most without even knowing) that this is false.
By not being educated in a formal way I noticed it is something very difficult to be taken serious about matters you talk about. Matters like permaculture. Not easy to convince a highly educated engineer that plants can purify heavy metals out of water. Defenetely not if you don't have the big words. So it makes it difficult not to be hard on yourself for the fact you didn't study. But then people like Raf Seghers and Geoff Lawton come into your life and give you the opportunity and trust that you don't HAVE to be educated to be saying something important. It is not about big words, it is about following our hart and passion. When I was doing my PDC with Geoff he let me do a presentation about natural waterpurification and it was my first time i tried doing so. First time and in Englisch. I was nervous like mad but I got threw it and got positive feedback from Geoff. I still thank him for that because now almost three years later It maybe would be possible for me to speak on the jordan conference this year about this theme and I would be very honoured in doing so if this would come true. I promise to all that I will do my very best preparing this lecture and make it flawless. At the moment I probably make a lot of mistakes writing englisch but this is on thing i will defenetely work on if I get the speak on this level. Once I know more about me doing this lecture I will give full update so that people can give me tips and feedback which will openly be received.
Thanks to all permaculture people in the world for believing in ourselfes..It is so important!!!
Ohm mani padme hum.....
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|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Teacher: Geoff Lawton|
|Location: PRI The Channon Australia|
|Date: May 2008|
|Design and drawing skills of permaculture|
|Type: Teacher Training|
|Teacher: Robyn Francis|
|Location: Nimbin Australia|
|Date: Jul 2008|