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Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | September 25, 2013

This article by Karryn Olson-Ramanujan was published in the “Permaculture Activist” magazine in August of 2013. This version is edited slightly, with longer captions, more pictures, and hyperlinks. Click here for a pdf version of the article. Also, you can listen to an interview about this topic on the Permaculture Podcast–look for the April 23,…

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Best Practices to Support Women in Permaculture

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | October 9, 2015

In my article “A Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture”, published in the Permaculture Activist in August 2013, each pattern identified a core solution to a problem that undermines women’s full involvement and leadership in permaculture. Since then, I’ve been collecting “best practices” that support women’s participation in the permaculture community, so that we can…

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When To Invest In Your Right Livelihood

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | March 23, 2016

Women in permaculture often tell me they feel like they have to know EVERYTHING related to permaculture, and they struggle with knowing which skills they need to have, and which courses to take. Today, I’ll share with you some “business savvy” approaches to making that important decision.  At the beginning of my permaculture path, I…

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I’m keynoting for the Women, Food and Agriculture Network!

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | March 23, 2016

The mission of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity. WFAN’s three programming areas are: A mentorship program for new and aspiring women farmers. Outreach to women landowners to provide education and resources about…

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Women Rocking Permaculture

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | September 27, 2016

On the front page of the May 31 Seattle Times Sunday Edition, Jessi Bloom was named “a rock star in the ecological gardening movement.” I did a victory dance in my office when I saw the online version of this article—because permaculture was in the headlines, and the feature included eye-popping photos and text capable…

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Solstice: Earth as Mirror in our Lives and Livelihoods

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | December 22, 2016

The Solstices are a beautiful time of duality—Winter Solstice is at once the darkest day of the year, and also the return of the light; and the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, a time of abundance, and also a shift towards shortening days. As such, the Solstices are liminal space—a threshold…

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Planning the Next Year in Our Regenerative Livelihoods

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | December 29, 2016

In my last blog, I shared one of my practices for the Solstice—the Threshold Walk. The second, and equally important part of my Solstice practice, is Reflective Planning. In this blog post, I’ll share my process for planning the upcoming year of my life and regenerative livelihood. By the way, these practices can be adopted for…

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Giving Thanks for Herstory

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | December 2, 2017

In 2017, like many years, I feel deep cognitive dissonance about the standard American holidays. So this year, I’m aiming to more powerfully cultivate my practice of gratitude. Since my work has focused on women in permaculture for so many years, I wanted to share some inspiring updates with you. One of my sheroes, Vandana…

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Pandora Thomas

By Karryn Olson-Ramanujan | February 15, 2018

In her interview, Pandora shared her insights on many compelling topics, including: Standing in the value of your cutting-edge perspectives and skill-sets in this time of ferment The vital importance of building skills in social permaculture Building capacity and supporting the leadership of diverse communities Cultural competence and building transformative relationships in permaculture Cultivating resilience and…

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