Boom Festival


1.0 Pod Outreach Education : World Culture Creation Strategy

art by Andrew Jones, live during naasko‘s dj set at the boom festival

First blooming in the Western Paradise, The lotus has delighted us for ages. Its white petals are covered with dew, its jade green leaves spread out over the pond, And its pure fragrance perfumes the wind. Cool and majestic, it raises from the murky water. The sun sets behind the mountains 

– Ryokan 

pod party preproduction

Uprooted from our homes, a pod outreach unit from the West Coast joins forces with crew from South America and Europe to do outreach at a 30,000 person planetary culture festival known simply as ‘Boom’. In the heat of central Portugal people from over 80 countries gather every two years to celebrate life, evolve and create an alternative reality with its own media, music, lifestyle and culture. Born from the visionary imagination and whole system direction of Naasko and Diogo, our pod outreach unit arrives 6 weeks early in the splendored hillsides next to the Naiad filled Lake Idanha-a- Nova. Our journey here involves the creation of a full 7 day conference including 12 hrs of programing each day with presenters and workshops from 20 countries, a film festival, art gallery featuring artists from 5 continents and the activated multi-language permaculture education site featured in this photo commentary. This post is part of a masters degree in permaculture education, a living blog recording our experience setting up a pod planetary permaculture education site and whole system learning environment. There was a full pod post in Boom 2006 Permaculturing the Festival and  Pod Life Here is the view from photos  Sijay took atop the scaffolding of this years main conference area ‘the Arc’. It is essentially the 360 degree birds eye view from above the liminal village almost a month before the festival happens.


2.0 Building Foundations : Up from the Dust

Almost two weeks later here is another whole system birds eye view sijay took from on top 13 meter high scaffold

Another week passes and the site continues to evolve and wumper captures the movement.

3.0 Chapter One : Pod Permaculture 

Again we found ourselves in 40 degree heat amidst olive trees, lavendar and pennyroyal in the dusty heat of central Portugal. As the climax of my masters project in permaculture education, supported by a team of designers and consultants and with a few garden helpers I was to design and develop a planetary permaculture education site for the 30,000 festival participants from 80 countries. This learning environment and demonstration garden was to illustrate principles and techniques. Supported by a site map, plant book, bilingual magazine, sign sets in seven languages, newspaper and program, this living classroom hosting workshops and tours on permaculture and related topics for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

A lot of planning went into the temple gardens. For up to a year before hand plants suitable to the climate were raised in pots by Rosa, one of the main members of the garden team. I decided to bring in no dirt and use only the sandy dirt already on site. We did bring in pine bark mulch, river rock and sand from the local area. We focused on reusing as much stuff as possible from the junkyard of materials left over from the past year, particularly bamboo left over from the main temple. As the climax of my masters project, I intended to create a multi- funcational learning environment using different kinds of media and signs to create an accessible and self guided educational experience for people of all different ages, cultures and education levels.

4.0 Bamboo Temple : Cloud Pagoda

Originally visioned as a shade structure to protect plants against the hot sun, this temple was built spontaneously around a garden site designed as a four way compass pointing in the four directions. Carey masterminded this temple with support from Dan and the rest of the crew. The extra dry grass panels were added when it was discovered that the temple did not provide enough shade. Within the gardens we grouped families of plants together. We built these gardens using dirt dug from the pond then topped them with bark mulch.

Celestial Prelim. Blueprint Map Tech.

Holes dug and poles in play.

Now that Carey’s here it comes up quick with some help from our German friend Dan.

Full pyramid tech

And now the roof and shade structures begin.

Almost done.

Gardens begin.

Here you can see the gardens our permaculture team built underneath this art style shade meditation structure.

Here are three temple shots from zariat taken during the festival.

5.0 Native Plant Gardening :  Medicina

Alot of the liminal village was cleared since it was covered in long grasses and prickley, spiked plants as well as stones home to scorpions and large spiders. Rosa helped inspire a decision to protect a circle of the natural vegitation full of medicinal plants. We watered it twice a day to bring it to full life and demonstrate the natural vegitation of the area. Designed in a circle like the sun, this suntrap came to bloom after two weeks of watering and love.

With an edge. Soon to be shaped like a sun.

Nightly waterings and it begins to green up.


6.0 Pond Life : Working with Water 

The pond was designed as three connected circles with three different depths to give it the maximum amount of edge. We filled it a couple weeks before the festival to allow it to develop a more stable ecology which ended up including small fish and a frog. Water lilies and water hyacinths were put in the pond along with three solar globes that absorb light during the day and give off a soft glow at night. The pond also hosted a solar fountain that only worked when there was direct sunlight on it. The pond was surrounded by three beds shaped like crescent moons and filled with plants that can handle full sun and appreciate the moist air of the pond.

A tough dig.



We lined the pond with astroturf we salvaged in the junk yard zone!

Instead of pond liner we used thin black tarp plastic.

Then to make sure not to attract to much heat we lined it with some white tarp too!

Filled with water the pond held up great!

We then set up 3 garden beds using dry earth dug up from the pond hole

Then we lined the pond with some grass thatch.

Some leftover bamboo make a nice finish for the gardens.

River rock edge the pond and you can see our solar fountain in there too.

Some plants and mulch and we are getting there.

The local municipality also let us collect some native water plants.

7.0 Organic Food Production : Herb Spiral 

After leveling the ground in our main ‘Arc’ structure we  made a huge pile of rocks and dirt. We had to move the whole pile a few feet over to make sure we were in the shade of the wild pear tree and then shaped it into an herb spiral. This illustrates a dynamic plant guild of food and medicine plants with different habitat needs for sun, shade and water. The spiral was topped with corn. We used bamboo left over from the previous year to hold the garden in place.

Here is the final result.

8.0 Dry Land Gardening : Zen Xeriscape

Last to construct was the zen xeriscape (dry land) garden using left over materials from other projects. The beds were aligned with the four directions and designed as a star compass to give people their bearing. The design also fit with the lunar design of the pond and solar design of the natural ‘medicina’ garden completing the celestial triad of sun-moon-star. Here we planted cactus, aloes and other desert plants. An artist included an art installation in the sand garden and the cactus were organized in a crop circle pattern. This garden was located furthest from the main entries and from the hose and required the least amount of care and attention. 

Here is one of zariat’s pictures of the finished xeriscape based on a star design.

9.0 Main Superstructure : The Arc

Our main structure to host conference and film festival. Just the poles and main ceiling frame.

Now with a whole lotta straps

The bottom part of the arc roof is up after an all nighter from the crew.

10.0 Our Camp : Maloca 

Early camp with proto-shade cloth. The outer wall is made from straw bales then sprayed with a coating of adobe mud to reduce fire hazard.

Here is it much more dialed with full spread shade cloth and bamboo fencing. Home indeed.

Water Tech Here is the rockery mix

Sijay mixes it up in the wheelbarrow.

Then uses it with flat rocks to make a 12 directional compas.

11.0 Land Art : Guilds and Gateways

Carey Thompson is an incredible master!!!

Carey has created some beautiful gateways of bamboo with some help from Dan.

Carey is incredible (so is zariat who snapped this shot)

Here is his painting of the dj table with xavi stencils and some creative work with palm fronds.

Luke Brown is here too making a stand for his sculpture which should arrive soon by mail

12.0 Grounding Foundations : The Crystal Grid

Here is a rough premap of the site

We also placed a double terminated quartz at the center of 4 of the major zones and did a 12 pointed crystal grid around the whole area.

This dodecahedron was located 40 meters out from the liminal center at 30 degree intervals. Here is a rough sketch.

13.0 Liminal Media Development : Permaculture Press

Here is an example of work from the Daily Dragon newspaper, designed and distributed on site during the festival.

14.0 Creating New Pathways : Festival Magazine Creation

To accompany our experiential curriculum we put together a 64 page magazine. 5000 were printed on recycled paper and given away freely at the festival. I also took a bunch home and did an international mailout sending them to all different continents of the world. One of my submissions in the magazine was an article about permaculture and its role in helping to establish planetary culture. Also included was a version of the vermiculture how-to, using 5 languages to describe how to build and maintain a worm compost. This media is important as it will go far beyond the festival and serve as a lasting reflection of important ideas we wanted to convey long after the festival is over.

(art by Andy Thomas design by Sijay of Onbeyond Metamedia ) The first of our garden signs are completed thanks to Sijay and a host of Translators.

The magazine included incredible submissions from NaaskoSijayErik DavisMarc Pesce, Artur Soares da Silva, and Lucy Legan. Also art from Pablo AmaringoLuke BrownAndy ThomasRoberto VenosaMartina HoffmannSatoshi SakamotoXaviPhongAndrew Jones, and Carey Thompson.

15.0 Worm Composting : Vermiculture Installation

Using old garbaged materials found in the junkyard on site we built a raised worm farm sink system.

A sign was put next to the installation which described the process of building it in seven languages. This simple technology enables people to create organic fertilizer wherever they live. A worksheet describing bioaccumulators and biodynamic compost plants accompanied this. A version of the sign was also published in the Pathways magazine.

Here is one of zariats incredible pictures.

16.0 Whole System Schedule : Celestial Tourist Map

The whole system schedule for our conference, film festival and gallery is a large tourist sized map. Included on the map is a description of the Temple Gardens, their intentions, functions and the different learning installations within them. The map was printed on recycled paper and put up across the site as posters as well as given out to presenters and facilitators of the liminal village. 



17.0 Permaculture Sign Set : Transparent Learning

Throughout the temple gardens I developed a set of signs in six languages that were designed, as all the other material, by Sijay of Onbeyond Metamedia. These signs outline different permaculture principles and key concepts. Serving as learning installations they were scattered throughout the gardens to provide signposts along a self-guided garden tour people could take themselves on.

 18.0 Site Map and Plant Book : Educational Media Development

Right before the festival started and after the gardens had been completed, live onsite two signs were developed. One was a site map showing the location of different structures and gardens in the liminal village. This was complimented by a detailed map of the individual gardens and a listing of all the plants and their locations in the gardens. A 200 page book was set up here as well where I had printed out 2-3 pages of information on each plant in the garden using databases like ‘Plants for a Future’. Using the site map and plant book one can locate, identify and learn about the many plants in the gardens. 

There was a plant book with listings of all the plants in the garden located next to the above sign so people can locate, identify and learn about all the plants in the garden.

19.0 Latin Garden Signs : Universal Language for Plants

Using bamboo scraps I labeled many of the signs with their english common name and latin name. In this process i realized deeper how latin is the universal language of plants that enables all different languages groups to clearly categorize and identify individual plants.

20.0 Permaculture Class : Touring Permaculture

On the first day of the festival I hosted a permaculture workshop and garden tour. A young permaculturalist who was a great help building the temple gardens had never taught before so I invited him to join me and co- facilitate. He was from Brazil so spoke Portuguese and presented his part of the workshop in his native language making it a bilingual presentation. Instead of simply having him translate my words I encouraged him to say similar things in his own words. As one of the first workshops on the first day of the festival I expected it not to be well attended and was happy when 60 people showed up from 24 countries on 5 continents : India, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Porto Rico, South Africa, Wales, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Spain, USA, Chekoslovakia, UK, Canada, Brasil, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, France and Austria.

We started with an introduction of ourselves, permaculture and the main intentions of the temple gardens. It worked effortlessly, I spoke for 2-3 minutes about a topic then turned the mic over to Julio who spoke for about the same amount of time and the workshop stayed pretty dynamic in this way. I noticed about half the people only payed attention when Julio was speaking and the other half when I was talking. We led people on a tour of the temple gardens talking about the process of building each garden, what permacuture techniques and principles it was illustrating and something about the plants found within. Afterwards we went back into the main conference area and our attendees had now grown to over 100. Here we talked at length about plant guilds and my recipe for the ultimate biodynamic fertilizer tea. We finished the workshop by handing out worksheets and collecting email addresses. We got great feedback and made some wonderful global contacts. It was an exciting and affirming way to teach permaculture and a pinnacle teaching experience for me.

21.0 Eco-Centro Workshop : Retooling Permaculture 

Eco-Centro is a Brazilian permaculture organization that arrived on the Boom site four months before the festival. They did whole systems consulting on things like showers, compost toilets, grey water systems, and building countless installations. They also created a cob eco-center hosting many workshops.

The eco-centro space was made of haybales and sprayed with a mixture of red clay and sand. 13 people showed up for the workshop for 7 countries, mostly Portuguese people who did not have a good grasp of english. After a circle of introductions I spread out the permaculture principles toolset as well as the permaculture mapping toolset to draw attention. The permaculture principles toolset involved 36 hexagonal cards, one side featured a permaculture principle and a short writeup about it and the other a logo illustrating the principle. I developed the text while one of the students doing the PDC with me, Lunaya did the design and developed the icons. This was one of the final projects for the PDC i am taking Lunaya through. The other toolset used is a prototype for a larger set of mapping and consutling tools featuring small hexagonal elements of things found on a permaculture property. Together we organized the element tools into a rough property design. Using leading questions we reorganized the elements on the design according to permaculture principles. To further illustrate each principle I used the permaculture principles card deck, pulling out the relevant card as we cycled through each principle. I then talked about the heart gardens map as a tool template for using local media to initiate relationships, dialogues and build community. It was a very casual, easy and fun workshop which i did quite spontaneously without too much reference to notes. It showed me again how helpful teaching tools can be in creating a dynamic and interactive learning experience. Deepest of thanks to Lucy Legan for stewarding and hosting this incredible learning zone. 

22.0 The Liminal Crew : Community Co- Creation

Here is the crew

Fabled whole systems meta manager Naasko from British Columbias Kootenay Mountains of Canada

Design magi and whole systems support Sijay from elvish Canadia in the mythic elphinstone rainforest

Pure magic facilitator and whole system aid Marta from Lisbon the glowing capital of Portugal

Plant Healer, Feng Shui Architect, Camp Mom and land steward Rosa from Viln do Conde in Northern Portugal

Permaculturalist, land designer and incredibly hard worker Julio from Brasilia in Brasil

Meta tech, dj, vj and holistic operations manager Pedro Gomide from Brasil

Visionary extraordinaire, whole system decor and temple gateway installation architect Carey Thompson from USA

Artist supreme and galactic ambassador doing installations and gallery set up is Luke Brown currently residing in Bali

We are lucky to have deep help on all fronts from Khalid from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal

Also we unexpectedly found a perfect fit with Dan from the UK who is helping carey with bamboo installations

and yours truly Delvin from the Elvish Nation of British Columbias West Coast

All is well as we completed another podular education flow.


Long Live Boom.

Long Live Pod.

Here are a few more, less garden and permaculture related pics and more focussed on art. Unless noted all pictures are from Zariat to give you a flavor for the flow.

I mc’ed many workshops. Here is Jon Hanna and Slyvia Thyssen giving an Erowid workshop.


I hosted a podular art panel i will be posting on pod collective soon (video feed) featuring Pod’s own Carey Thompson (, Luke Brown (, Andrew Jones (, along with Leo Plaw (, Zariat (, and Laurence Caruana (  These pictures are from Pedro since Zari was in the flow.

 Here is the Liminal Elfintome.

 The gallery was a great success.

Visionary Art family.

Galactik Trading Card Microgallery.

Here is the Liminal Media developed for the Daily Dragon.


Here are some liminal innerviews I did with presenters from our curriculum.



Here are some plants I identified with the help of Frank from Plants for a Future.

And sunmoon metapoetiks with Sijay and Onbeyond Metamedia.


Jumping from the
bucket into the world
frog in the well

– kodojin

permaculture at the party 2006

This summer, with the visionary support and holonomic direction of Naasko and Diogo, a pod outreach unit including Xavi and Delvin travelled to Portugal to rock the tech at a 20,000 person trance festival called The Boom. This 7 day festival took place in a beautiful rolling countryside next to Lake Idanha-a-Nova in the central interior of the new Portugal.

With the dedicated wisdom of permaculture designer Jenny Pell directing the gardenic whole system, the plant work of Lev from Israel and the healing intuition of Rosa from Portugal, along with Naasko and the rest of our crew we put together a 5 dimensional permaculture demonstration garden.

Our boom team also included the flowing intelligence of our canadian crew on design techness Sijay and  Adham as well as open american visionaries on artness Xavi and Carey.

We also had a few helpful volunteers like Mark,  Khalid and Squishelle

Together we hosted a huge balinese bamboo temple with workshops from over 16 different countries during the daytime, major presentations in the evening, and a psy-cinema all night. Check the tech on our whole system map:

Many of the Temple Garden plants were generously loaned from the local municipality of Idanha-a-Nova. Some of the plants bought by Boom were donated to this local township in appreciation.

This process intends to communicate ideas about applying permaculture in alternative settings and helping to make large festivals more sustainable and eco-conscious. This is also a part of my Masters Project in Permaculture Education and intends to communicate permaculture principles and techniques as well as showing examples of permaculture in action.

Pod Permaculture is about evolving relationships, the means your relationship to yourself and your world including all people and places, plants and animals, experiences and developments, dreams and visions, workings and playtimes, loves and artistic creations, hearts, spirits and souls.

this will be a ritual post
evolving with new pictures
as more come in from other sources

First Shap : Landing the Fleet

foundations for the future

Xavi and i arrived in the 40 degree heat to meet up with Naasko who had already been on site for a week. It was a beautiful grassy countryside covered with native Cork and Olive trees. The area was empty except for a whole that had been dug for the pond. We had a big open space to work and intentions to set up a liminal garden space linking the temple omniplex with the solar matrix healing zone and the inner visions gallery. To the right you can see the beginning of the healing area which would give integrated healings from many different modalities like Tai Massage, Reiki, Swedish Massage, Shamanic Massage and beyond.

A team of Balinese architects and master musicians had already spent two months building a large bamboo temple which we called ‘The Omniplex’. The walls were made of grass thatch and also some recycled plastic mats made by villagers of desimated Indonesian Tsunami areas. The money went to helping them to rebuild.

Here is the view from the flHere is the view from the floor facing up

Xavi created a set of lycraXavi created a set of lycra symbols for each corner

Looking in the four corLooking in the four corners you would see

.Naasko, Sijay, Xavi, Carey and Lev all tagged to help set up the superscreen for the cinema and presentation visuals. Xavi also crafted a central glyph above it.

Here is a slice of the temple before we put in the carpets

Check out the intricate knotwork holding it all together

We put a crystal antenna on the temple top which connected with a crystal grid linking the temple, healing area, gallery and gardens with intentions of energetik connection, grounding, clarity and unified foundations.

Here we see the temple with the antenna in place.

The Nectar Temple brought many large crystals which
you will see throughout the space and a huge statue of Garuda as the temple guardian.

They also brought some truly amazing rugs that were made by Carey

Here is a view during the festivalHere is a view during the festival

Second Shap : The Pondiks

Water Feature Creation Bay

The permaculture design was a collaborative effort directed by Jenny Pell, but for the first couple weeks it was just Naasko, Xavi and I on site.
When the pod crew arrived there was already a hole dug for the pond.

We put down a couple layers of thick plastic sheeting weighed down by large rocks and began to line the circle around the pond with crystal river rocks found in the local area.

We had a bunch of bamboo left over from the temple construction.

Using the bamboo shards to line the inner edge of the pond we made a four directional medicine wheel bed that took shape with dirt from the hole.

Here is the backside of my Pod Dew uniform

We collected many many rocks on the surrouding hillside which you will see throughout the design.

The rocks were used to line the outside of the bed

We filled the pond with water, and put thatch grass around the top of the plastic sheet.

Next we a copper pyramid mounted with an apophalite crystal for the grid.

Using polyfunctional perrenials, we planted the beds with the plants still in the pots. The weather was 40 – 45 degrees celsius and we were using crunky soil so we thought the shock of being transplanted in such conditions would not keep the plants alive and well. Using local pine mulch we covered the soil to keep the roots cooler and to hold water in this 
intense heat.

We got some water plants from the local munipality of Idanha-a-Nova. You can see the tall papyrus plants which used to be used for making paper. Papyrus helps to purify the water and collects nutrients.

The other plant here is considered a plague by the locals because of its ability to rapidly reproduce, covering lakes and rivers with its verdant growth. We learned that this is a wonderful bioaccumulator and nitrogen fixing plant which can be used as a supermulch or high nutrient compost charger.

So that people did not hang out on the crystal river rock surrounding the pond Xavi tagged a four set of podular glyphology.

You may have noticed in previous pictures the presence of a small solar fountain in the center of the pond. This amazing device helped to bring moisture into the air and create a moist microenvironment which attracted dragonflies and other beneficial insects. The fountain had no battery so it only worked when it had direct sunlight on it, people had fun turning the foundation on and off with their shadows throughout the festival.

Here we see the almost finished pond area with the healing zone in the background which is also getting dialed.

Because of the crystal river rocks that lined the bottom of the pond and the circle around it, along with the crystal in the copper pyramid and one we put in the center of the pond we called it the ‘Crystal Pond’ and Xavi rocked a popular display sign:

The tree next to the pond provided habitat for a bunch of different ant cities nestled around the trunk.

We used leftover cardboard to mulch the ground and protect the ants.

Then put a pile of loose pine bark around the tree to cool the tree roots, provide additional protection for the ants and help hold moisture. Here you can see Jenny Pell and Lev, the deep garden crew.

The final ‘Crystal Pond’ area looked like this…

You can notice some multicolored signs posted here. This is a second level of the signage developed to give more information on permaculture. The green sign is Portuguese, the white Spanish and the yellow English.

Here is the pond permaculture info sign in portuguese

In english

In spanish

During the festival we had some of the recycled plastic mats on the ground and a little zen garden in the copper pyramid.

 Third Shap : Herbal Wisdom

Food and Medicine SuperSpiralThis Temple Gardens drops is the second in a series of pod permaculture education drops, the first of which is about the Heart Gardens in Roberts Creek, a small village in the Elphinstone Rainforest.The third level of our application was building a Herb Spiral. Based on Sacred Geometry and a providing practical height for easy harvest of all the plants within it, the herb spiral plays many roles and has many functions. It illustrates the benefit of edges and diversity. Water lands on the top of the spiral and flows down to the base so that plants at the top need less water and those at the bottom of the spiral have more water needs. The spiral is tall enough also to cast seasonal shade patterns, so plants requiring more light are at the top and sun-side of the spiral and shade loving plants are more at the bottom of the shade-side of the spiral.First we put down a bunch of cardboard for ground mulch.

This was covered with dirt, surrounded by rocks and supported using some of the left over bamboo shards. The spiral design was measured out with sticks using a compass.

The bamboo spikes were hammered into the soil for support.

We did this until the whole spiral was formed.

Now we placed all the herbs on top of the garden bed. You might spot the lavendar at the top, then bunches of rosemary, lemon balm, thyme, oregano, mint, purple basil, curry plant amidst the 16 different herbs in our herb spiral.

Putting the plants in pots into the ground, we finished it with some of the local pine bark mulch.

Xavi rocked the podular signage:

Here is what the spiral looked like with all signs in place. Notice the small white signs next to each plant identifying it.

Fourth Shap : Exploring Edges

Accessing the Key Whole

The fourth level of our community demonstration permaculture garden site at the Boom festival was the creation of a classic key hole bed.

First we put down a bunch of dirt right next to the temple omniplex entrance to help direct the energy flow and protect the temple entryway from being filled with onlookers.

We used a bunch of plants here including roses, rosemary, junipers, hostas and Portuguese native plants. You can also see the palm trees that frame the entrance.

The plants were set into the soil and the surface covered with pine mulch.

Here Jenny Pell displays our beautiful Xavi sign

Here you can see evidence of our two other sign sets. The small white signs label the individual plants, and the multicolored signs give permaculture information in three languages, portuguese, spanish and english.

Here you can see the sign a little closer up:

In english the sign says:

Permaculture integrates ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agro-forestry in creating a rich and sustainable way of living. It uses appropriate technology giving high yields for low energy inputs, achieving a resource of great diversity and stability. The design principles are equally applicable to both urban and rural dwellers.
– Bill Mollison

Permaculture is the harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness & aesthetic beauty.
– Patricia DuBose Michael

Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability & resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape, people & appropriate technologies, providing good, shelter, energy & other needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture is a philosophy and an approach to land use which works with natural rhythms & patterns, weaving together the elements of microclimate, annual & perennial plants, animals, water & soil management, & human needs into intricately connected & productive communities.

– Scott Pittman and Bill Mollison

Now check the temple with the Xavular Totems aligning the entranceway.

Next to the Key Whole:

Next to the Herb Spiral

What the $#(@P$#@)(!!!!!!!

Fifth Shap : Zen and the Art

Taoist Mountain Xeriscape

We wanted to create some mythic support systems for the ‘Temple Gardens’ design concept. So we began exploring how we could integrate concepts of zen gardening and taoist practice into the spaces surrouding and within our octagonal art gallery. The gallery had 8 tents all arranged so that the front two corners of the tents were touching.

Xeriscaping is a form of  ‘drought resistant gardening’. It involves using mulches, rocks and other structures that hold water, prevent evaporation, and create microclimates that are freindlier than in the spaces around the design area. It also focuses on native plants as well as plants that tolerate conditions where there is very little water.

We started by clearing and levelling the land. We chose three triangle areas on the outside of the gallery to start.

Using sand, rocks and leftover bamboo shards we build some open templates.

After we put up bamboo against the white canvas tent sides we began to integrate the plants that had
been donated, the plants we had brought for the project and the remaining random elements that we had for potential use.

The first third was a reflection of Lev and Jenny’s visions and included Agave and Aloe Vera.

This included another of the Xavi signs

The second third was developed out of Xavi’s vision to include rocks, wood, bamboo, dead palm fronds and other found materials.

The third shap was designed by Crystal and Spore as an interactive ritual shamans and allies gaming board. During the following game different narratives emerged along the Taoist pathways of this ritual training ground. Here is the set up with a few of the initial peaces, this was the first move in the game that ensued.

Before the player character peaces began to show up, here is what the gameboard had evolved into by the 13th move.
Sticker art was used from Higher Glyphiks which were developed by Xavi
and there were also Stickers from ElfTrance which were developed by Matt.

Things seemed to begin at an industrialized, material civilization garbage world.

Some of the protagonists followed the crystal path away from the ravaged world.

The path crossed an elvish bridge of destiny.

Eventually the crystal path lead to a new kingdom of free spirits.

The peak of the gaming board was a fabled San Pedro landscape mountain temple.


Sixth Shap : Hugelkultur

earth temple mound gardens

We now decided to build some small hugelkultur beds using all sorts of leftover wood, dirt, rocks, and biodegradable garbage. Nestled around the water tap these gardens harvested water runoff on the ground and moisture through the air. The gardens included Datura, a Pine Nut tree, a Peach Tree, and some drought resistant natives.

Here is the rightside of the gardens.

Here we put a few more of Xavi’s signs, these were moved to another location once the festival began.

A closer look

Seventh Shap : Plant Attunement

Verticle Garden Bamboo Trellis

Using peaces of bamboo, Lev created a beautiful trellis to hold the grapes we had brought that were covered in huge bunches of fruit.

In this bed also was some Pine Nut trees.

Eighth Shap : Shaping the Pathways

Land Art Installations

We were now running short on plants but still had many of our supplies and random leftover materials. Our intention was to make an
integrated pathway that supported the free flow of energy between the different areas of the liminal village.

Here is the premeta

Now you can see Jenny and Rosa beginning to craft the land art that would help shape the pathways.

Using bamboo, sand, stone and mulch a creation began…

We included one of the copper pyramids and a large quartz crystal.

Carey and Xavi came and raised the level with intricate design paths.

Here is another peace of work visioned by Sijay and Xavi.

This is a remix of the pathways icon used in the zine that was developed for free distribution at the festival.

Here is some loving land art work visioned by Rosa.

She incorporated an astrological symbol.

Here is the completion

Here are crew shots from up high, illustrating the top down view of the land art installations.

Eighth Shap : Sign Language

Polymedium Education

As you have seen, in order to communicate about what the gardens were and what they were intended to teach we used a series of 4 different sign layers. Main garden signs, garden symbols, permaculture information and plant identification. Here are a few more of the signs that were located around the space.

Check out our recycling station

Here is the english on the sign that accompanies.

Here is a sign on diversity

One on development and balance

A sign about Networks

It reads

All members of an ecological community are interconnected in a vast and intricate network of relationships, the web of life. They derive their essential properties and, in fact, their very existence from these relationships.

Nested Systems
Throughout nature we find multi-leveled structures of systems nesting within systems. Each of these forms an integrated whole within a boundary while at the same time being part of a larger whole.

One about seeding the future

Here is the garden map which identified 40 of the different plants in the garden.

Here are some of Xavi’s unmitigated symbol signs

Here is the main liminal village sign on which schedules were posted

Ninth Shap : Inner Visions

Art Culture Visualization
The Inner Visions gallery had 8 tents placed together in an octagon featuring art from

Xavi Carey Thompson
Vibrata Chromodoris
Tina Zimmerman

As well as pieces by;

Aaron Rix
Sijay James
Guy Aitchison
Luke Brown
Victor Olenev
Air and Phong
Tina Zimmerman
Marcelo Jaz
Simon Haiduk

Here is the Xavi sign

Carey and Ben set up the Dimethl Temple as the gallery entrance which had some small zen gardens with cacti and palm trees.

In the center was an installation Carey set up which also had small zen gardens set into it.

Tenth Shap : Applied Communication

Experiential Learning
Over the course of the conference there were two workshops on permaculture, one at the beginning and one at the end. One night was dedicated to a multimedia explorations of permaculture as well.

Jenny Pell directed a well attended workshop on the first day
of the festival. Here are the details.

Permaculture Paths – Build a living wall of food
Hosted by: Jenny Pell and Delvin (US & Canada)

In this introductory 2-hour workshop you will learn how to build a beautiful, delicious wall of food! Drawing from permaculture principles and strategies we will demonstrate simple and elegant solutions to maximizing food production in a small area, taking advantage of vertical space.

During this workshop we will explore how to have more creative, enduring, and sustainable relationships with people, plants and planet. Permaculture promotes energy cycling, composting, bioremediation, intentional development, whole earth citizenship and conscious living. Learning how to survive and thrive as a human family includes realizing that every choice we make manifests a particular future. Small-scale engagement with our community and local ecosystems translates directly into a large-scale global movement; caring for ourselves in a Permaculture way is direct action in caring for Gaia.

We began in the temple.

Then we all went out side and built a wall of food

Here is the view showingi the wall in relation to the xeriscape garden and the main temple gardens sign.

The english part of the permaculture info sign posted is here

The main Temple Gardens sign also went in this area.

On the fifth day of the festival, I stewarded a workshop along with Jenny. Here is the description.

Permaculture Paths
Hosted by: Delvin and Jenny Pell (Canada/US)

Permaculture is a polyplatform toolset of techniques and strategies emerging as an active dialogue surrounding the current planetary crisis. Exploring how we can have more sustainable relationships with people, plants and planet, permaculture promotes energy cycling, composting, co-stewardship, bioremediation, recycling, intentional development, whole earth citizenship and conscious living. This introductory level workshop will talk about permaculturing the planet and how this may help us to evolve ourselves, each other and the emerging visionary culture. It will include a guided tour of the Liminal Village permaculture demonstration gardens.

We started the discussion inside the temple omniplex

Then we went out to do a tour of the gardens

We came back into the temple for a integrated discussion and Q & A session which Jenny handled amazingly. By interacting with the crowd I found out that we had well over 100 people at the workshop from 31 different countries. These countries were : france, portugal, england, australia, holland, canada, usa, spain, argentina, japan, mexico, brasil, israel, norway, sweden,
germany, switzerland, peru, morocco, new zealand, scotland, belgium, finland, slovenia, ireland, cyprus, austria, serbia, poland, estonia and hungary.

Sijay, Naasko, Adham and I did mini Crystal and Spore multimedia presentations before each of the main presenters.

Here is the me rocking part of the C&S permaculture drop before Jenny comes on.

Here is what i said amidst the downtempo soundtrack and dappled media projection streams.

Sometimes i feel like i live in a world of confusion, a world struggling to integrate unthinkable karma borne of war, of ignorance and of struggles for power. Sometimes i feel the intensity of trying to acknowledge the reality of the world into which i have been borne, of trying to understand what part i can possibly play in addressing the overwhelming issues thatplague the present moment.
Hoping to be of service to the suffering of this massive ecological crisis, hoping to help heal divide that separates who we are from who we might become.

Permaculture is a collection of perspectives evolving what it means to be human in a more than human world. It’s a polyplatform toolset of solutions and strategies emerging as an active dialogue about the current planetary crisis. Utilizing integrated curriculums, permaculture incorporates experiential learning about ecology and earth stewardship into the mainstream education system. Developing living classrooms as well as setting up lineage gardens in schools, clearcuts and
urban centers, these plant paradigms are spreading healing and positive change across the globe. Here in the liminal village we have ‘the temple gardens’, an integrated demonstration site illustrating many practical permaculture principles.

Permaculture consciousness recognizes that the greatest biodiversity happens at the edges, connecting different systems together, it is a liminal meeting ground for all manner of lifeforms and elements. Flourishing at the cusp of the current culture, these pathways can help humans overgrow the modern industrial paradigm raping resources and spilling toxic bi-products into the biosphere.
Whole earth citizenship means applying the three jewels : observing what is happening in the world around us and integrating that information into an applied design strategy for healing our home. Permaculture permeates the possibilities of our collective destiny, supporting the sustainable growth of a viable planetary culture.

Jenny followed with an energized presentation on permaculture that had people cheering throughout. The description of her workshop is:

Permaculture — permanent agriculture, leading to permanent culture — in its simplest form, is a design methodology which seeks to realize more fruitful and sustainable human communities. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty.

We published a small zine called ‘pathways’ at boom festival of which 5000 were given away for free. Here is the article i wrote about permaculture.

you can peek at this magazine with a permaculture article about the temple gardens
as well as the second edition of the magazine with an article based on this drop at in the liminal hub area

I wanted to offer the Deepest of the Deep thanks to
Naasko, Diogo, Eduardo, Nena, Carolina, Francois, Valentina, Carlos, Nando, Artur, Paulo, Gi, Miguel, Andre, Alfredo, Isabel, Joao,
the Ricardos, Jigar, August and the Bali crew, Clare, Ben and everyone else who linked in along the way for helping to create a truly evolutionary festival.




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