Maiden phase – days 7-13
Design tools that are active, physical and creative
The PLAN stage of my design comes in on days 7-13 of my cycle. This is the point in the month where I have lots of energy, drive and enthusiasm. It’s a great time for putting plans into action, engaging in physical work and being actively creative.
Permaculture tools that suit this stage include; input/output analysis, wild design, zone and sectors, paste, designing and putting ideas into action.
The tools that I’ve used in this stage clarified for me that I needed to maximise what worked and what I enjoyed and minimise what I didn’t. Running my own business gives me the autonomy to do this, which is a really valuable point that I needed to exploit. I did some further thinking around this as detailed in the photos above and came up with various possible solutions.
|Spend more time outdoors in the woods and on the allotment.||Run more sessions
Arrive early for a leisurely set up and breakfast alone outdoors
Stay late and enjoy the outdoors after each session.
|Work with women||Run more retreat days
Mother and daughter days
Set up a red tent or moon circle group
|Forging and cooking in the woodland||Make this a regular part of my sessions
Set up foraging and feasting days
Do specific campfire cooking skills days
Attend some further training in these areas
Make my final Permaculture design on this subject?
|Make more of the season celebrations in my work||Read more about Pagan festivals
Schedule in sessions marking the major festivals
Start using the moon phases in my work
|Natural crafting||Attend more day courses and learn new skills to pass on
Have a natural craft at every session for people to do
Lead some adult crafting sessions
|Chasing payments||Set up a PayPal option on the website to take payments?
Pay for an online booking system?
|Time in front of the computer and admin time||Set up effective admin systems in Jan and fib so that admin and computer time is minimized once sessions start running.
Consider paying someone to help me with admin? Maybe as a one-off to help me find more efficient systems or on going as an admin worker.
|Kit moving and managing||Minimise the kit I take to each session
Always run double sessions so that each day I work is a full day and I am only setting up once for two sessions.
|Time spent on marketing||Have longer blocks that people book for
Give a financial incentive for booking multiple blocks in one go so that marketing and admin time is minimised.
Consider what marketing is more effective and only do those.
Take some marketing advise
Pay someone to help me set up a marketing strategy
Do I need more marketing? Can I fill all my sessions anyway from my mailing list and great word of mouth?