8. Wild Roots retreat day

I decided to train as a Forest School leader in late 2015. I’ve since gained the qualification and now run Forest school activity every week. This design details how I developed my business using Permaculture tools. It starts with an overview and then focusses in on one event I ran in the summer of 2017, a women’s retreat day in the forest. This event was something totally new for me and a new venture for Muddy Boots, stretching the edges of my comfort zone and opening up new areas for my business to explore.

This design uses Looby’s design web and is a non-land based design.

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Using Permaculture design tools in my Forest school leader training

Wild Roots retreat

Design summary and reflection

DESIGN Developing Muddy Boots Forest school and planning the ‘Wild Roots’ women’s retreat day.
SUMMARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to train as a Forest School leader in late 2015. I’ve since gained the qualification and now run Forest school activity every week. This design details how I developed my business using Permaculture tools. It starts with an overview and then focuses in on one event I ran in the summer of 2017, a women’s retreat day in the forest. This event was something totally new for a new venture and me for Muddy Boots, stretching the edges of my comfort zone and opening up new areas for my business to explore.

 

WHAT DID I LEARN ABOUT PERMACULUTRE FROM DOING THIS DESIGN? This design uses Looby’s design web and is a non-land based design. It was the third time that I’d used the design web for a design and helped me to really get to grips with another way of using the web. Rather than working around the web in a circular motion, for this design I used a web-like motion and dotted about as I saw fit. I found this a more liberating way of using this design process.
WHAT DID I LEARN ABOUT MYSELF FROM DOING THIS DESIGN? I learn that I had been using lots of Permaculture in my planning on an unconscious level. For the year that I was involved in studying to become a FS leader, I had put my permaculture diploma to one side. I hadn’t really thought I’d been working on my diploma at all during that year. However, when I came back to review work done that could be included in this design, I discovered lots of permaculture tools had actually been used in my FS leader planning process.
HOW HAS THIS DESIGN HELPED ME? ·      It helped me identify effective planning tools and use them in diverse ways.

·      It helped me create a really well received event

·      It helped me to diversify my FS business into adult events

·      It helped me to grow my edges and improve my confidence

·      It helped me with partnership working

WHAT WENT WELL WITH THIS DESIGN? The event I created was excellent

I enjoyed the write up

WHAT DID I FIND DIFFICULT WITH THIS DESIGN? It was hard to know how to write it up, I debated over how to link it back to the design web and settled on writing up in a stage-by-stage process rather than a chronological patters. I think this makes it a little tricky to read.

I found doing something new in my business rather challenging and stressful while I was deep in the planning and anticipation of the event, but ultimately really positive

WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS FOR THIS DESIGN?

 

I will be returning to this design and re-using many elements of it for my next retreat day which is planned for 30th June 2018
WHAT ARE MY LONG TERM GOALS AND VISIONS FOR THIS DESIGN? To repeat women’s retreat days at least once per year

To possibly use my skills in this area to begin facilitating moon circles, red tent meet ups, regular women’s circles or mother and daughter circles.

 

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