What a surprise! The opening evening saw Robin and 13 others acknowledged and honoured as Elders of the Permaculture Community. It was explained that you had to be over 55, contributed substantially over many years to Permaculture and be present at the Convergence. Robin accepted the plaque with tears in her eyes and a joyous heart.
Robin was one of four key note presenters at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in March. She presented directly after David Holmgren on the first day and led the 200 attendees in an interactive greeting, icebreaking, networking and theme building session entitled ‘Social design and the culturing of Permaculture.’ It was obviously enjoyed and appreciated by all with everyone feeding back their theme groups suggestions with enthusiasm and team support. A lot was achieved in the one hour session and the energy of it carried out into the rest of the convergence.
Robin’s workshop the next day ‘Expanding the Edge of Teaching Permaculture Creatively’ drew a full to bursting room. In the midst of the workshop several of the people attending, having previously been to one of Robin’s ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ courses, were invited to jump in to present a snippet of one or two of the processes that they’d gleaned or evolved from doing the course. They were on the spot, facilitating the group and showing how they were using and expanding ‘Dynamic Groups’ tools and processes. Lots of fun, activity and colour kept everyone awake in the after lunch session.
The closing afternoon saw Robin lead all the completion activities, including the now traditional ‘Jumping’. Many of the attendees stood up on stage, spoke a strong intention they were taking on to action over the next period of time, handed Robin the microphone and jumped off the stage. Some jumped in pairs, teams or regional groups to the applause and joy of the audience. Robin also led a healing ceremony in honour of the co-originator of Permaculture Bill Mollison with everyone feeling love and care in their hearts and sending that out to him via a specially made plaque. The final closing ceremony was a beautiful spiral dance which Robin lead to the wonderful funky music track by Deva Presence entitled ‘Source of Life: Permaculture’. Here’s a link to check out his album ‘in Abundance’.