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3.4.12 Waning Moon Study Group Notes

Published on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

3.4.12 Waning Moon Study Group Notes

3.4.13 Waning Moon Spokane Permaculture Study Group Notes


20 Folks interested in learning more about permaculture and what we do at the study group showed.


David Trumain, Sean and Shannon Seimen, Ana Jennings, Kathleen, Kate, Ian, Adam, Chrys, Wakan Burrows, Andrea Johns, Jeremy and Charity Weeks, Thom and Torrie Foote, Phillip Small, Jahna Brown, Jeff Hedge, Laurie Fleming, Rachael Fairbanks.




Presentation by: Jeff Hedges on Ecopsychology (Ecology x Psychology)


We can use natural systems(trees, creeks, plants, etc...)to help in the healing process, and to be healthy.

Many of us are affected by Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) as we find ourselves surrounded by technology, checking our phone, on a computer, and watching the TV...

Nature is the physician of disease.

Healing garden in Sandpoint, Idaho. More info @


~ E.O. Wilson – coined the word biophilia (Biophilia hypothesis, the suggestion that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems)


~ Gaia Hypothesis

The study of planetary habitability is partly based upon extrapolation from knowledge of the Earth's conditions, as the Earth is the only planet currently known to harbour life

The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating,complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere and other environmental variables that affect thehabitability of Earth.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


Olmstead – desighned central park

Organic Architecture

Coined by Theodore Roszak

Richard Louv

So Human and Animal – book

Restorative Environment

increase voluntary attention

being away from familiar settings

chance to exp benefits of solitude


Nature exposure -


Your Brain on Nature, Highly recommended book. By Selhub and Logan


Studies have shown that a view of nature heals a little faster, and there's little less recovery time, while in a hospital.


Potted plants are healthy for us to be around too...


Shinrin Yoku – Forest Bathing ~ translation

Forest therapy Trails - in Japan


pet owners live longer healthier lives....perhaps.


peak experience


our technology has exceeded our humanity


“extinction of experience”


Facebook creates a bit of narcissism for some.


Ad Abby – kill your tv


Be mindful of devices and how they intrude.


Take a Technological Sabbatical. In other words, shut off all devices, tv, computer, etc... and take a break for a week, a day, an hour... and go for a walk.


Practicing Ecophsycology


*** Sense of place – learn about stuff in your area, plants, geology, history,


****Focusing inward(meditation) and focus outward(walk in nature, sit spot)


Jeff asks a question to the audience- How can people reconnect to nature?

*spend 10 to 40 minutes a day looking at nature, don't think, just watch and be silent, maybe write about it later, just observe, don't process

Get hands and feet on the ground

lay on the grass and stargaze

Read clounds on a sunny day

pick a boquette and put it on the table

go for a walk

decorate your house with things of nature

Invite a friend who knows about plants and go for a walk

volunteer on a farm

Plant a front yard garden, get rid of your grass

support your farmers market

Provide a public place to be naked in the sunshine

sit close eyed facing the sun for about 10 minutes.

Vegging in vegetation


Final Words from Jeff : Pay Attention and Talk a Walk in the Woods


Read more of Mary Oliver


Is it the technology or way more people?


How is technology affecting children??? Increasing levels of adhd, texting, TV and video games are desensitizing, Kids are getting deep into the world of technology.


Technology may separate us from our intuitive sense.


Introducing Permaculture to newbies - have a 30 second Elevator Speech

a story might be best to keep people's attention

Audience is something to consider.




Call for presenters for next Study Group on March 18th


Presentation - Ed Bryant – Local Permaculturalist who composts.....everything!

Species Report - Ponderosa Pine – Jeremy Weaks




Community Idea's


*** Volunteers are needed for mixing soil, washing pots, and transplanting for the June 1st Plant Sale. Contact Janelle King soon for more info at or 509 747 4882


Could Someone please put a redirect on and redirect it to


Any interest organizing a “practising permaculture” open house tour day (June 22nd at the Pine Meadow Farm Center)


crowdfunding for program


indie gogo





Community Events


**** Pine Meadow Farm Center Fundraiser – Friday at 6 30 to 10


*** Gloria Flora Free public lecture march 22 5:30 at Gonzaga University contact Greg Gordon at 509 313 5725


Seed Ball Making Workshop at the Foote farm??? Organize it and they will come...


WSU plant sale at SCC


** Tree and Shrub sale April 5th and 6th




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