This Year's Hui at Waihi Beach
What a great Hui! I could only be there for the first half as I was going off to teach a PDC, and it was hard to leave! As an early adopter of permaculture in the early 1980s, I've been to many Hui, in fact most of the ones we've had in Aotearoa. And I've always enjoyed being with like-minded people, sharing, connecting, networking, learning. It's nurturing being with people who want to make the world a better place. I've even hosted a Hui in Matakana years ago, together with Grifen Hope who is now a permaculture practitioner and teacher in Chile. And I've been on the PINZ Council about 3 times over the years.
But this hui was different. It was the energy. There was a buzz, a vibe. It had the feeling of a festival. It was brilliant to see so many young people there, taking leadership roles, stepping up, doing things differently, putting their stamp on things, challenging, making permaculture fun. And what a great mix of presentations we had - from early morning Agni Hotra rituals with Sarah to Julia's weeds. And so many more that I couldn't get to. Char and her team did an awesome job with the food, and the venue, opposite the beach, was perfect.
I left feeling that permaculture is in good hands.