Hello everybody, My name is Naveen, I'm from India and I'm planning to visit Europe for 3 months and sharing what is important in life for me. I left my family when i was 14 years old, and since this time i've been on the road of my country, travelling, meeting people from everywhere in the world and their culture. Slowly, I find myself and what I feel is important in this life. I start to be close to the nature and specially to the food. So, i've been cooking now since 14 years and I become a chef. I learnt at the beginning from indigenous people, who knew how to choose and to cook fresh food in a natural way. Also, since 4 years now, I learnt a lot about permaculture. The farmers I met during my travels teached me how to be close to, and take care of our soil, and of our body. Tribal people know better than anyone else the knowledge of our ancestors, and so the base of our humanity. I bring different tastes coming from all around the world into the food I previously cook. I would like to bring and to show the ancestor knowledge all around the world for giving us a better future in this life and for the world. Because I think, we have forgotten about real food, where we are coming from, and about our roots. I plan during my travel in Europe and specially in France to do it some workshop for sharing what I learnt during all this years. I think, sharing the knowledge is important for the world. I would like to teach you my way of cooking, how to use indigenous plants, spices and other natural resources to create authentic and inspired dishes. I feel this mission deeply inside me. I hope that you will like my project and give me the possibility to realise my dream.
It brings such joy to witness the permaculture movement becoming more and more popular, with new projects emerging all over the globe.
Many, including myself, got to know this science from the desire to find a way to return to a natural and holistic lifestyle, integrating self-sustaining organic food production and natural building – which of course makes sense as Permaculture is, in essence, a design science supporting us to live and interact with nature and our communities in harmonious and lasting ways.
However, through my personal journey to embody a sustainable lifestyle, the teachings of Permaculture have been the gateway unlocking a profound transformational journey. One of the discoveries I have made on that journey is that a truly sustainable relationship with the world has a lot more to do with being rather than doing.
I came to Permaculture during a time in my life when I was feeling disempowered and, essentially, stuck in a victim mentality. Permaculture offered powerful and practical principles, tools, and design approaches to take responsibility for my life and my relationship with the Earth.
Permaculture helped me to start looking more deeply at nature, in terms of interdependent relationship, and how can I engage with a world full of “problems” from a positive, proactive, and optimistic perspective, focusing on solutions instead of the problems.
However, focusing on solutions also left me with a dilemma. I was choosing a more empowered and harmonious worldview, while at the same time it was yet another way to do, do, do and fix, fix, fix.
Now, I knew a “better way” to work with natural systems in a sustainable manner, but I felt that there were more levels of responsibility I could, personally, take for my life. What about my inner landscape? And how does this inner landscape interact with the outer landscape?
Peru and Tibet
This inquiry led me deeper on my spiritual quest into the shamanic traditions of Peru, as well as the Buddhist traditions of Tibet.
Through the support of these ancestral lineages, something very deep inside of me began to click, and I began to understand and embody the teaching of Permaculture in an entirely different way.
The ancient wisdom lineages have supported me in unraveling a path, which illuminated a deeper understanding of one of the core permaculture teachings, and the first step in any permaculture project is TO OBSERVE.
Before I started to fully acknowledge my inner landscapes, I was relating to this act of observation in terms of doing. What I failed to recognize is that I was observing with an agenda.
I was observing in order to figure out something so that I could then accomplish. It turns out that this is not true observation.
True observation actually requires cultivating full presence with ourselves, our environment, and how these two are in relationship without any agenda.
There is nothing I need to know and nothing that I need to accomplish. How much time do we actually spend just being with ourselves and in relationship with life without judgements or agendas? I have found, on my own journey, this is a very challenging state of being to embody, and I can honestly say that I have only had momentary glimpses.
This is not to say that we should never try to accomplish something. After all, we are human, and we have needs for which we must take responsibility, such as eating healthy food, drinking pure water, and composting our waste.
The distinction is in the intention that we are evolving our conditioned relationship with ourselves and, thus, with all life.
In my work at the Paititi Institute, Shamanic Permaculture, in essence, is this intention to unravel what it truly means to be a human, in service for the benefit of all life, and the path to this service is through knowing one’s own true nature and self.
Shamanic Lineages Today
Today, you can find many different lineages that consider themselves shamanic. There are countless techniques, rituals, and ceremonies available.
However, Shamanism, as I have learned it, is neither about a fancy or exotic ritual, nor a religious following. Shamanism is a profound exploration of the true meaning of relationship and interdependence with self, with others, the Earth, and the Cosmos.
Ritual and ceremony can be a powerful tool to bring deeper realization of the interconnected and interdependent nature of all life, and thus, support us in bringing deeper meaning in our perspectives, and greater mindfulness in all that we do.
Therefore, the essence of Permaculture, to me, is about the same principles that ancient tribal societies embodied in their life, which involved individual and communal evolution, in harmony with surrounding systems and landscapes in a way that could allow for sustainable and regenerative development of multifaceted resources.
In fact, Permaculture has come about through the exploration of aboriginal and other ancestral ways of life, in combinati