PERMIND at a Glance

According to Wikipedia, permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centred on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

But PERMIND is more than this. PERMIND is an opportunity for adults with psychic discomfort to learn from nature, to increase their autonomy, to know new people, to break the digital gap, to be respectful with the environment… very ambitious? YES! But realistic.

PERMIND is an eLearning platform – – that professionals working with people with severe and prolonged mental illness can use to learn how to create therapeutic gardens based on the principles of permaculture. Here are training sessions, tips, pieces of advice on how to establish a cooperative, and good examples. Everything related to PERMIND is made available through the digital learning platform.

A mobile app will be developed to allow the students to interact and to be an active part of their own learning process. They will upload photos, videos, interviews, etc. aiming to be the students’ book of the 21st century.

Five pilot experiences involving around 50 people will be organized in Spain, Slovenia, Greece and Sweden next year during twelve months, thus having the opportunity to learn how to work the land in the four sessions of the year.

The idea of the PERMIND training course is not only to teach a sustainable way to work the land, but also to train transversal competencies useful for social and labour integration of people with psychic discomfort, as for instance team working, commitment, resilience, organizational skills, communication, problems solving, etc.

Integration is a two-ways work, we can prepare vulnerable groups to enter/re-enter the society but a great effort must be done to make general society aware of the mental illness to normalize the situation. The mobile app will be also a useful tool to achieve that: the students will use it to interact with the nearest community by collecting organic wastes and selling the green vegetables. Thus, permaculture and mental illness, two concepts that can be totally unknown to the society will be friendlier and, even, a new part of their life.

PERMIND is a unique opportunity to change, to re-think about our environment, about the people around us, about our own competencies. PERMIND opens a door to new relationships and perspectives in a constructive, sustainable and creative way, please come in!

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