Lack of Knowledge

Here’s a truthbomb for you:

Humans, although unusual within the natural world, are subject to the same scientific and energy laws that govern the material universe, including the evolution of life.

Trained as an engineer, I was always taught to take a laser-focused approach to problems within complex human-made systems and look for or develop targeted technological solutions for our social and environmental challenges.

But my ecology and permaculture training has now taught me that those limited solutions won’t even begin to touch the full range of issues we face…and in fact may even make them worse.

Why? Here’s it is: The planet isn’t a machine…it’s a complex web of interdependent, living systems, and far more than the sum of its parts.

To solve the problems at their root, you need to:

  • understand the basic principles of ecosystems, natural patterns and processes…
  • understand how systems works as a whole.

Basically we need to start working with nature, rather than against her. We need to start looking at things holistically, rather than compartmentalized.

But for most of us, we need to first fill a knowledge gap – and that is a basic understanding of how ecosystems (and the planet) works.  It’s only when armed with this knowledge can we start to understand how we must fit in. Instead of paddling upstream (and creating waste and pollution in doing so), we’ll be able to start “flowing along with the river”.

Our Permaculture Design Course Notepack (our gift to you) is designed to provide you with these fundamentals. This Notepack, along with the accompanying video e-course are prequels to our signature Live Permaculture Design Courses.


It’s time to get informed. Here are some suggestions:

  • Read Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of the the Permaculture Primer Notepack (Basic Understandings, Ecosystem Dynamics Part 1, Ecosystem Dynamics Part 2).
  • Read the Story of Soil, (a very popular blog on our website)!
  • Start growing something! Plant a backyard garden, plant a fruit tree, engage with nature and learn about biology, soil and ecosystems through direct action.
  • Spend more time in nature observing ecosystems. Take a walk through a forest and observe the processes and the patterns going on such as nutrient cycling, photosynthesis, and water retention – trust me, you’ll learn alot!

In the next email we’ll finally start talking about how to put all of this into action, through design. I’ll talk about what it means to design something and give you five simple words that you can start to use immediately when trying to plan, design or build more sustainability or resilience into any aspect of your life.

The very fastest way to exponentially increase your knowledge in the realm of ecosystem processes and whole systems thinking is to join us for 12 days in the classroom . Let us help you to super-speed your knowledge gain in our Permaculture Design Course.

Past Students Say…

  • Verge gave me all the information about permaculture that I was looking for, but more importantly they gave me the confidence and permission to explore and carry out solutions towards achieving abundance in my life.

    Amos Bradley
    Amos Bradley Sound Engineer/Musician/Entrepreneur
  • I found the course to be more than just intensive permaculture design information but really a plan for living a meaningful life with ethics and meaning.

    Darwin Wiggett
    Darwin Wiggett Photographer
  • Verge Permaculture provides a learning experience that will both greatly inform & inspire. Rob delivers well founded information taught with an excellent blend of engineered expertise & the wonder of Mother Nature..!

    Gabe King
    Gabe King Carpenter
  • Taking the Verge Permaculture courses helped give me the knowledge, connections, and confidence to make real changes in my life.  I was able to start my own business, change my lifestyle, and meet an amazing group of people that helped me every step of the way.

    Jullilynn Gillies
    Jullilynn Gillies Rancho Relaxo

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