Social Permaculture: Integral Tools for Awakening

IEC Conference: 2023-pending

Permaculture is commonly known as integrated gardening/farming, as it has traditionally focused on “Earth Care.” Despite that focus on the “exterior,” permaculture was always meant to be a whole systems approach to sustainable living. In recent years “Social Permaculture” has been emerging, building on the social changes initiated in the 60s, and going beyond the “Green Meme” values and into the 2nd Tier of Spiral Dynamics. Jillian Hovey has been ahead of the curve and a leader in Social Permaculture for most of her career, and is now an Elder in the global permaculture community, helping permaculture to become more Integral. Centered around the fundamentals of mutually supportive Needs & Yields in permaculture design applied to Self, Other, and the Collective, this workshop will give a foundation of permaculture, offering opportunity to do some Upper Left work, which will build a Lower Left culture, which honours and supports the complex evolutionary dance that we are in at this time.

HOVEY, Jillian


Jillian is a leading edge practitioner of regenerative systems design who works creatively and collaboratively with individuals and groups on a wide range of projects.  She has taught and consulted in Permaculture and eco community projects in over 30 countries across North & Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand.  Jillian has a strong background in traditional biophysical aspects of the permaculture and has a deep history of connection with land and nature. She has also seen over 25+ years of practice, that where we need to develop the most skill is in the “Human Landscapes” and that we need to develop literacy and skills in “Human Ecologies.” Through her facilitation, teaching, coaching & mentorship, she supports others to connect with the matrix of our human and biological existence, and to bring our whole selves to permaculture practice.