All that is and ever was…
All things that exist are made of the same basic patterns, and we can use those patterns to understand, interact with, and mimic nature, so that our homes, gardens, and lifestyles are more sustainable.
The goal of this article is to help you become acquainted with the core set of patterns that make up all matter, on every scale of the known universe, and to explore ways we can mimic, understand, and adapt to those patterns on every scale of our permaculture design project.
Making use of available resources…
There are so many wonderful videos about this topic online already, so rather than make something repetitive, we’ve picked a few of our favorites to share.
In this sweet, simple overview, Amy Lamb shows the common recurring patterns in nature that make up all things.
Alan Turing was less famous than Einstein or Tesla but his study of patterns changed the way humans see, study, and interact with nature.
In a permaculture context, we study biomimicry to help understand how we can apply natural patterns to our whole systems design. Here’s an excellent short article to introduce the concept of biomimicry.
Here’s a fun animation about biomimicry, from the folks at Sustainability Illustrated
Try this patterns in nature treasure hunt!
This time, we’re hunting for patterns in nature!
Go out for a walk in nature and see how many of these patterns you can find.
Take pictures and create your own collage, then share it!
Part two: personal patterns
Spend a week keeping track of your daily habits.
- What do you eat?
- Where do you go?
- Who do you see?
- What do you buy?
- What do you waste?
- What do you create?
- Are you taking more than you give, from an ecological standpoint?
- Can you strike a better balance?
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Relevant Links and Resources
Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden, a Guide to Home-scale Permaculture, often discussed how patterns in nature can be applied to every aspect of our lives. Read an article and watch Toby here.
Two articles by illustrator, permaculture teacher, and disability advocate, Kt Shepherd: