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posted : 2006.Aug.23 @ 11.35am

Jumping from the
bucket into the world —
frog in the well

- kodojin

permaculture at the party

This summer, with the visionary support and holonomic direction of Naasko and Diogo, a pod outreach unit including Xavi and Delvin
travelled to Portugal to rock the tech at a 20,000 person trance festival called The Boom.
This 7 day festival took place in a beautiful rolling countryside next to Lake Idanha-a-Nova in the central interior
of the new Portugal.

With the dedicated wisdom of permaculture designer Jenny Pell directing the gardenic whole system, the plant work of Lev from Israel
and the healing intuition of Rosa from Portugal, along with Naasko and the rest of our crew we put together a 5 dimensional permaculture demonstration garden.

Our boom team also included the flowing intelligence of our canadian crew on design techness Sijay and Adham
as well as open american visionaries on artness Xavi and Carey.

We also had a few helpful volunteers like Mark, Khalid and Squishelle

Together we hosted a huge balinese bamboo temple with workshops from over 16 different countries during the daytime,
major presentations in the evening, and a psy-cinema all night. Check the tech on our whole system map:

Many of the Temple Garden plants were generously loaned from the local municipality of Idanha-a-Nova. Some of the
plants bought by Boom were donated to this local township in appreciation.

This process intends to communicate ideas about applying permaculture in alternative settings and helping to make large
festivals more sustainable and eco-conscious. This is also a part of my Masters Project in Permaculture Education and
intends to communicate permaculture principles and techniques as well as showing examples of permaculture in action.

Pod Permaculture is about evolving relationships, the means your relationship to yourself and your world including all
people and places, plants and animals, experiences and developments, dreams and visions, workings and playtimes,
loves and artistic creations, hearts, spirits and souls.

this will be a ritual post
evolving with new pictures
as more come in from other sources

posted : 2006.Aug.23 @ 12.17pm
First Shap : Landing the Fleet

foundations for the future

Xavi and i arrived in the 40 degree heat to meet up with Naasko who had already been on site for a week.
It was a beautiful grassy countryside covered with native Cork and Olive trees. The area was empty except for a whole
that had been dug for the pond. We had a big open space to work and intentions to set up a liminal garden space linking
the temple omniplex with the solar matrix healing zone and the inner visions gallery. To the right you can see the
beginning of the healing area which would give integrated healings from many different modalities like Tai Massage, Reiki,
Swedish Massage, Shamanic Massage and beyond.

A team of Balinese architects and master musicians had already spent two months building a large bamboo temple which
we called 'The Omniplex'. The walls were made of grass thatch and also some recycled plastic mats made by villagers of
desimated Indonesian Tsunami areas. The money went to helping them to rebuild.

Here is the view from the floor facing up

Xavi created a set of lycra symbols for each corner

Looking in the four corners you would see

Naasko, Sijay, Xavi, Carey and Lev all tagged to help set up the superscreen for the cinema and presentation visuals. Xavi also crafted a central glyph above it.

Here is a slice of the temple before we put in the carpets

Check out the intricate knotwork holding it all together

We put a crystal antenna on the temple top which connected with a crystal grid linking the temple, healing area, gallery
and gardens with intentions of energetik connection, grounding, clarity and unified foundations.

Here we see the temple with the antenna in place.

The Nectar Temple brought many large crystals which
you will see throughout the space and a huge statue of Garuda as the temple guardian.

They also brought some truly amazing rugs that were made by Carey

Here is a view during the festival

posted : 2006.Aug.24 @ 11.00am
Second Shap : The Pondiks

Water Feature Creation Bay

The permaculture design was a collaborative effort directed by Jenny Pell, but for the first couple weeks it was just Naasko, Xavi and I on site.
When the pod crew arrived there was already a hole dug for the pond.

We put down a couple layers of thick plastic sheeting weighed down by large rocks and began to line the circle around the
pond with crystal river rocks found in the local area.

We had a bunch of bamboo left over from the temple construction.

Using the bamboo shards to line the inner edge of the pond we made a four directional medicine wheel bed that took shape
with dirt from the hole.

Here is the backside of my Pod Dew uniform

We collected many many rocks on the surrouding hillside which you will see throughout the design.

The rocks were used to line the outside of the bed

We filled the pond with water, and put thatch grass around the top of the plastic sheet.

Next we a copper pyramid mounted with an apophalite crystal for the grid.

Using polyfunctional perrenials, we planted the beds with the plants still in the pots. The weather was 40 - 45 degrees
celsius and we were using crunky soil so we thought the shock of being transplanted in such conditions would not keep
the plants alive and well. Using local pine mulch we covered the soil to keep the roots cooler and to hold water in this
intense heat.

We got some water plants from the local munipality of Idanha-a-Nova. You can see the tall papyrus plants which used to
be used for making paper. Papyrus helps to purify the water and collects nutrients.

The other plant here is considered a plague by the locals because of its ability to rapidly reproduce, covering lakes and
rivers with its verdant growth. We learned that this is a wonderful bioaccumulator and nitrogen fixing plant which can be
used as a supermulch or high nutrient compost charger.

So that people did not hang out on the crystal river rock surrounding the pond Xavi tagged a four set of podular glyphology.

You may have noticed in previous pictures the presence of a small solar fountain in the center of the pond. This amazing
device helped to bring moisture into the air and create a moist microenvironment which attracted dragonflies and other
beneficial insects. The fountain had no battery so it only worked when it had direct sunlight on it, people had fun turning
the foundation on and off with their shadows throughout the festival.

Here we see the almost finished pond area with the healing zone in the background which is also getting dialed.

Because of the crystal river rocks that lined the bottom of the pond and the circle around it, along with the crystal in the
copper pyramid and one we put in the center of the pond we called it the 'Crystal Pond' and Xavi rocked a podular display

The tree next to the pond provided habitat for a bunch of different ant cities nestled around the trunk.

We used leftover cardboard to mulch the ground and protect the ants.

Then put a pile of loose pine bark around the tree to cool the tree roots, provide additional protection for the ants
and help hold moisture. Here you can see Jenny Pell and Lev, the deep garden crew.

The final 'Crystal Pond' area looked like this...

You can notice some multicolored signs posted here. This is a second level of the signage developed to give more
information on permaculture. The green sign is Portuguese, the white Spanish and the yellow English.

Here is the pond permaculture info sign in portuguese

In english

In spanish

During the festival we had some of the recycled plastic mats on the ground and a little zen garden in the copper pyramid.

posted : 2006.Aug.25 @ 9.51am
Third Shap : Herbal Wisdom

Food and Medicine SuperSpiral

This Temple Gardens drops is the second in a series of pod permaculture education drops, the first of which is about the
Heart Gardens
in Roberts Creek, a small village in the Elphinstone Rainforest.

The third level of our application was building a Herb Spiral. Based on Sacred Geometry and a providing practical height
for easy harvest of all the plants within it, the herb spiral plays many roles and has many functions. It illustrates the
benefit of edges and diversity. Water lands on the top of the spiral and flows down to the base so that plants at the top
need less water and those at the bottom of the spiral have more water needs. The spiral is tall enough also to cast
seasonal shade patterns, so plants requiring more light are at the top and sun-side of the spiral and shade loving plants
are more at the bottom of the shade-side of the spiral.

First we put down a bunch of cardboard for ground mulch.

This was covered with dirt, surrounded by rocks and supported using some of the left over bamboo shards. The spiral
design was measured out with sticks using a compas.

The bamboo spikes were hammered into the soil for support.

We did this until the whole spiral was formed.

Now we placed all the herbs on top of the garden bed. You might spot the lavendar at the top, then bunches of rosemary,
lemon balm, thyme, oregano, mint, purple basil, curry plant amidst the 16 different herbs in our herb spiral.

Putting the plants in pots into the ground, we finished it with some of the local pine bark mulch.

Xavi rocked the podular signage:

Here is what the spiral looked like with all signs in place. Notice the small white signs next to each plant identifying it.

posted : 2006.Aug.26 @ 3.02pm
Fourth Shap : Exploring Edges

Accessing the Key Whole

The fourth level of our community demonstration permaculture garden site at the Boom festival was the creation of a classic key hole bed.

First we put down a bunch of dirt right next to the temple omniplex entrance to help direct the energy flow and protect
the temple entryway from being filled with onlookers.

We used a bunch of plants here including roses, rosemary, junipers, hostas and Portuguese native plants. You can also
see the palm trees that frame the entrance.

The plants were set into the soil and the surface covered with pine mulch.

Here Jenny Pell displays our beautiful Xavi sign

Here you can see evidence of our two other sign sets. The small white signs label the individual plants, and the
multicolored signs give permaculture information in three languages, portuguese, spanish and english.

Here you can see the sign a little closer up:

In english the sign says:

Permaculture integrates ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agro-forestry in creating a rich and
sustainable way of living. It uses appropriate technology giving high yields for low energy inputs, achieving a resource of
great diversity and stability. The design principles are equally applicable to both urban and rural dwellers.
- Bill Mollison

Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and
resilience of natural ecosystems resulting in the harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that
the land grows in richness & aesthetic beauty.
- Scott Pittman and Patricia DuBose Michael

Now check the temple with the Xavular Totems aligning the entranceway.

Next to the Key Whole:

Next to the Herb Spiral

What the $#(@P$#@)(!!!!!!!

posted : 2006.Aug.27 @ 11.53am
Fifth Shap : Zen and the Art

Taoist Mountain Xeriscape

We wanted to create some mythic support systems for the 'Temple Gardens' design concept. So we began exploring how
we could integrate concepts of zen gardening and taoist practice into the spaces surrouding and within our octagonal art
gallery. The gallery had 8 tents all arranged so that the front two corners of the tents were touching.

Xeriscaping is a form of 'drought resistant gardening'. It involves using mulches, rocks and other structures that hold
water, prevent evaporation, and create microclimates that are freindlier than in the spaces around the design area. It also
focuses on native plants as well as plants that tolerate conditions where there is very little water.

We started by clearing and levelling the land. We chose three triangle areas on the outside of the gallery to start.

Using sand, rocks and leftover bamboo shards we build some open templates.

After we put up bamboo against the white canvas tent sides we began to integrate the plants that had
been donated, the plants we had brought for the project and the remaining random elements that we had
for potential use.

The first third was a reflection of Lev and Jenny's visions and included Agave and Aloe Vera.

This included another of the Xavi signs

The second third was developed out of Xavi's vision to include rocks, wood, bamboo, dead palm fronds and other found materials.

The third shap was designed by Crystal and Spore as an interactive ritual shamans and allies gaming board.
During the following game different narratives emerged along the Taoist pathways of this ritual training ground.
Here is the set up with a few of the initial peaces, this was the first move in the game that ensued.

Before the player character peaces began to show up, here is what the gameboard had evolved into by the 13th move.
Sticker art was used from Higher Glyphiks which were developed by Xavi
and there were also Stickers from ElfTrance which were developed by Matt.

Things seemed to begin at an industrialized, material civilization garbage world.

Some of the protagonists followed the crystal path away from the ravaged world.

The path crossed an elvish bridge of destiny.

Eventually the crystal path lead to a new kingdom of free spirits.

The peak of the gaming board was a fabled San Pedro landscape mountain temple.

posted : 2006.Aug.28 @ 8.53am
Sixth Shap : Hugelkultur

earth temple mound gardens

We now decided to build some small hugelkultur beds using all sorts of leftover wood, dirt, rocks, and biodegradable garbage.
Nestled around the water tap these gardens harvested water runoff on the ground and moisture through the air. The gardens
included Datura, a Pine Nut tree, a Peach Tree, and some drought resistant natives.

Here is the rightside of the gardens.

Here we put a few more of Xavi's signs, these were moved to another location once the festival began.

A closer look

posted : 2006.Aug.28 @ 7.07pm
Seventh Shap : Plant Attunement

Verticle Garden Bamboo Trellis

Using peaces of bamboo, Lev created a beautiful trellis to hold the grapes we had brought that were covered in huge bunches of fruit.

In this bed also was some Pine Nut trees.

posted : 2006.Aug.31 @ 5.22am
Eighth Shap : Shaping the Pathways

Land Art Installations

We were now running short on plants but still had many of our supplies and random leftover materials. Our intention was to make an
integrated pathway that supported the free flow of energy between the different areas of the liminal village.

Here is the premeta

Now you can see Jenny and Rosa beginning to craft the land art that would help shape the pathways.

Using bamboo, sand, stone and mulch a creation began...

We included one of the copper pyramids and a large quartz crystal.

Carey and Xavi came and raised the level with intricate design paths.

Here is another peace of work visioned by Sijay and Xavi.

This is a remix of the pathways icon used in the zine that was developed for free distribution at the festival.

Here is some loving land art work visioned by Rosa.

She incorporated an astrological symbol.

Here is the completion

Here are crew shots from up high, illustrating the top down view of the land art installations.

posted : 2006.Sep.02 @ 1.01pm
Eighth Shap : Sign Language

Polymedium Education

As you have seen, in order to communicate about what the gardens were and what they were intended to teach we used a series of 4
different sign layers. Main garden signs, garden symbols, permaculture information and plant identification. Here are a few more of the
signs that were located around the space.

Check out our recycling station

Here is the english on the sign that accompanies.

Here is a sign on diversity

One on development and balance

A sign about Networks

It reads

All members of an ecological community are interconnected in a vast and intricate network of relationships, the web of life.
They derive their essential properties and, in fact, their very existence from these relationships.

Nested Systems
Throughout nature we find multi-leveled structures of systems nesting within systems. Each of these forms an integrated whole
within a boundary while at the same time being part of a larger whole.

One about seeding the future

Here is the garden map which identified 40 of the different plants in the garden.

Here are some of Xavi's unmitigated symbol signs

Here is the main liminal village sign on which schedules were posted

posted : 2006.Sep.02 @ 1.18pm
Ninth Shap : Inner Visions

Art Culture Visualization
The Inner Visions gallery had 8 tents placed together in an octagon featuring art from

Xavi Carey Thompson
Vibrata Chromodoris
Tina Zimmerman

As well as pieces by;

Aaron Rix
Sijay James
Guy Aitchison
Luke Brown
Victor Olenev
Air and Phong
Tina Zimmerman
Marcelo Jaz
Simon Haiduk

Here is the Xavi sign

Carey and Ben set up the Dimethl Temple as the gallery entrance which had some small zen gardens with cacti and palm trees.

In the center was an installation Carey set up which also had small zen gardens set into it.

posted : 2006.Sep.02 @ 2.03pm
Tenth Shap : Applied Communication

Experiential Learning
Over the course of the conference there were two workshops on permaculture, one at the beginning and one at the end.
One night was dedicated to a multimedia explorations of permaculture as well.

Jenny Pell directed a well attended workshop on the first day
of the festival. Here are the details.

Permaculture Paths – Build a living wall of food
Hosted by: Jenny Pell and Delvin (US & Canada)

In this introductory 2-hour workshop you will learn how to build a beautiful, delicious wall of food! Drawing from permaculture principles
and strategies we will demonstrate simple and elegant solutions to maximizing food production in a small area, taking advantage of
vertical space.

During this workshop we will explore how to have more creative, enduring, and sustainable relationships with people, plants and planet.
Permaculture promotes energy cycling, composting, bioremediation, intentional development, whole earth citizenship and conscious
living. Learning how to survive and thrive as a human family includes realizing that every choice we make manifests a particular future.
Small-scale engagement with our community and local ecosystems translates directly into a large-scale global movement; caring for
ourselves in a Permaculture way is direct action in caring for Gaia.

We began in the temple.

Then we all went out side and built a wall of food

Here is the view showingi the wall in relation to the xeriscape garden and the main temple gardens sign.

The english part of the permaculture info sign posted is here

The main Temple Gardens sign also went in this area.

On the fifth day of the festival, I stewarded a workshop along with Jenny. Here is the description.

Permaculture Paths
Hosted by: Delvin and Jenny Pell (Canada/US)

Permaculture is a polyplatform toolset of techniques and strategies emerging as an active dialogue surrounding the current planetary
crisis. Exploring how we can have more sustainable relationships with people, plants and planet, permaculture promotes energy cycling,
composting, co-stewardship, bioremediation, recycling, intentional development, whole earth citizenship and conscious living. This
introductory level workshop will talk about permaculturing the planet and how this may help us to evolve ourselves, each other and the
emerging visionary culture. It will include a guided tour of the Liminal Village permaculture demonstration gardens.

We started the discussion inside the temple omniplex

Then we went out to do a tour of the gardens

We came back into the temple for a integrated discussion and Q & A session which Jenny handled amazingly.
By interacting with the crowd I found out that we had well over 100 people at the workshop from 31 different countries. These countries
were : france, portugal, england, australia, holland, canada, usa, spain, argentina, japan, mexico, brasil, israel, norway, sweden,
germany, switzerland, peru, morocco, new zealand, scotland, belgium, finland, slovenia, ireland, cyprus, austria, serbia, poland, estonia
and hungary.

Sijay, Naasko, Adham and I did mini Crystal and Spore multimedia presentations before each of the main presenters.

Here is the me rocking part of the C&S permaculture drop before Jenny comes on.

Here is what i said amidst the downtempo soundtrack and dappled media projection streams.

Sometimes i feel like i live in a world of confusion, a world struggling to integrate unthinkable karma borne of war, of ignorance
and of struggles for power. Sometimes i feel the intensity of trying to acknowledge the reality of the world into which i have been borne,
of trying to understand what part i can possibly play in addressing the overwhelming issues thatplague the present moment.
Hoping to be of service to the suffering of this massive ecological crisis, hoping to help heal divide that seperates
who we are from who we might become.

Permaculture is a collection of perspectives evolving what it means to be human in a more than human world.
It’s a polyplatform toolset of solutions and strategies emerging as an active dialogue about the current planetary crisis.
Utilizing integrated curriculums, permaculture incorporates experiential learning about ecology and earth stewardship into the
mainstream education system. Developing living classrooms as well as setting up lineage gardens in schools, clearcuts and
urban centers, these plant paradigms are spreading healing and positive change across the globe. Here in the liminal village
we have 'the temple gardens', an integrated demonstration site illustrating many practical permaculture principles.

Permaculture consciousness recognizes that the greatest biodiversity happens at the edges, connecting different systems together,
it is a liminal meeting ground for all manner of lifeforms and elements. Flourishing at the cusp of the current culture, these pathways
can help humans overgrow the modern industrial paradigm raping resources and spilling toxic bi-products into the biosphere.
Whole earth citizenship means applying the three jewels : observing what is happening in the world around us and integrating that
information into an applied design strategy for healing our home. Permaculture permeates the possibilities of our collective destiny,
supporting the sustainable growth of a viable planetary culture.

Jenny followed with an energized presentation on permaculture that had people cheering throughout. The description of her workshop is:

Permaculture — permanent agriculture, leading to permanent culture — in its simplest form, is a design methodology which seeks to
realize more fruitful and sustainable human communities. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that
the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty.

We published a small zine called 'pathways' at boom festival of which 5000 were given away for free. Here is the article i wrote about permaculture.

you can peek at this magazine with a permaculture article about the temple gardens
as well as the second edition of the magazine with an article based on this drop at in the liminal hub area

I wanted to offer the Deepest of the Deep thanks to
Naasko, Diogo, Eduardo, Nena, Carolina, Francois, Valentina, Carlos, Nando, Artur, Paulo, Gi, Miguel, Andre, Alfredo, Isabel, Joao,
the Ricardos, Jigar, August and the Bali crew, Clare, Ben and everyone else who linked in along the way for helping to create a truly evolutionary festival.

posted : 2006.Sep.08 @ 5.18pm
I am soooo inspired by all your work and inovations, and everything this represented! Thank you all.
Thank you Delvin for sharing with us that were not there to see it in person, It gives me great hope and more inspiration to see this happening.

I look forward to the day when I participate directly with an event like this, hopefully in our zone next time!

My being radiates with gratitude and love for the tribe I know and the amzaingness with wich we can manifest.

So Much Respect!
Also big thanks to thoes people holding space for the Visionary Art Gallery, and representing for us who couldn't be there!
Naasko, Adam, Delvin, and the rest of the crew.

>>Question: What happend to all the creations, and buildings (materials), when the event was done?

-Simon H.


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