" Inner Landscaping opened my eyes to the start of a new understanding of the world inside me and outside of me." Sanne Van Oorte
For anyone out there thinking they might like to study permaculture, Inner Landscaping is the place to start. By applying the permaculture principles to your own inner landscape, you can then really understand how to apply them to your land." Pauline O'Brien
About the process
Inner Landscaping is a playful, structured small group process that guides and supports you in exploring and developing your creativity. The process fosters an increased awareness of your connection to your best self, your connection to nature, and your connection to community.
Inner Landscaping uses permaculture principles as a framework to explore recurring patterns in nature, and how they are relevant to our own inner landscapes. The observable natural patterns that inspired the permaculture principles are deeply familiar to us because they are part of both our own personal subconscious as well as our shared cultural consciousness.
IL is a process that raises our consciousness regarding naturally recurring patterns, using the permaculture principles framework to connect participants more deeply to nature and to their creativity. IL is like a rich tapestry that weaves many elements together, such as narrative story telling, play, art, systems thinking, world view and personal/cultural change.
Inner Landscaping is inspired by Julia Cameron's 'The Artist's Way' and re-imagined & informed by my Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing, and further post-graduate studies in Permaculture Design, as well as 25 years of curiosity and exploration of creativity and the power of the imagination.
What is the experience of Inner Landscaping? This structured group process applies permaculture principles to our inner landscapes. Permaculture was derived from observing natural systems and indigenous cultures, by applying these observable principles to any landscape, including balcony pots, community gardens, small & large farms and even national agricultural systems.
At the heart of Inner Landscaping is the belief that we are deeply connected to all of life, and that we are therefore a part nature. Through the interplay of permaculture principles, story telling and the exploration of creativity Inner Landscaping connects participants to their true nature, their community and their creativity.
The process is a wonderful, enchanting and much loved experience. In the groups we are so much more than the sum of our parts, and the emergent quality that arises from the group seems to shine a light on the best in all of us. Its as if the alchemy of the group process turns us all into gold!
What are the benefits of Inner Landscaping? The process helps you to re-imagine the life you truly desire and articulate your personal vision and purpose. Participants often say that the process helped them to 'remember' who they are, and to feel more 'awake'. You’ll also learn to practise new skills and habits to: nourish your creativity; revitalise your ideas about what life can offer; work with your true nature, rather than against it; connect to your community and be your own guru!
Inner Landscaping synthesises recent research and ideas about mind body/health with design process and creativity in a group process that includes readings, games, exercises, workshops, discussions - weaving it all together with a familiar thread of age old wisdom. It is a tried and true framework, described by many past participants as joyful, transformative and even life changing!
Whilst a beautiful and strong connection is forged within the group, this is not group therapy, and whilst it is great fun, it is not a 'party' (i.e. no alcohol - at least until wrap up session!) Inner Landscaping does not follow any one particular creed or doctrine.
"What is Inner Landscaping? Think: 'The Artist's Way' meets Permaculture, meets Joseph Campbell, meets systems thinking."
12 Days of Inner Landscaping
Groups meet for 3 hours each day for 12 days. This is an intensive course, and is a prerequisite for Facilitator Training.
12 Weeks of Inner Landscaping
Groups meet for 3 hours, once a week, for 12 weeks. This is the core process, and is a prerequisite of the 12 months process.
12 Months of Inner Landscaping
Groups meet from 10-4pm for one day every month. This process is available to those who have completed the 12 Week experience.
Groups are limited to 8 people, including women's groups, men's groups and mixed groups.