Karryn Olson-Ramanujan is a co-founder and teacher of the Finger Lakes Permaculture InstituteKarryn Olson-Ramanujan began studying permaculture in 1997 and is a lead permaculture teacher and founding board member for the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. She also teaches sustainability-related courses at Ithaca College through Environmental Studies & Sciences program. She also provides permaculture consulting services through SEEDs.

In this week’s blog post, the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute would like to highlight an upcoming event organized by Karryn for anyone interested in the international permaculture movement and offer a recording of her recent interview on The Permaculture Podcast show regarding her work on A Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture.

People, Power, and Permaculture:

Free Online Panel to Discuss the
2013 International Permaculture Conference  in Cuba

Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 1-2:30 pm EST


Since 1984, the international permaculture movement has been gathering to share skills and chart a course for global change. Last fall, permaculture practitioners from all over the world came together in Cuba—where people have first-hand experience of a dramatic transition away from fossil fuels.

Are you a person working so closely with permaculture that you wish you could have attended the IPC? Interested in hearing about the 2013 IPC in Cuba, especially from a social permaculture and social justice lens?

Join us on Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 1-2:30 pm EST (UTC/GMT -4 hours) for a free conference call. Beatriz Arjona, Bonita Ford, Monica Ibacache, Rafter Sass Ferguson and Pandora Thomas will share highlights and reflections from the convergence. Karryn Olson-Ramanujan will moderate, and participants will have a chance to pose questions.

To attend via the web:
(To call in by Skype, follow this link, then click “Listen in” and follow the directions)

To attend by phone:
(If you’re having difficulty connecting by phone, please try the web option, as there are more slots for attending via web.)
Primary dial in number: (425) 440-5100
Secondary dial in number: (315) 401-3279
Guest pin code: 216875#
Full list of dial in numbers (US, Canada, Australia, UK):

If you can’t attend the live event, it will be recorded. To sign up to access to the recording, enter your contact info, and indicate you are interested in social permaculture at the SEEDs contact page.


A “Pattern Language” for Women in Permaculture

Scott Mann of The Permaculture Podcast interviews Karryn about women in permaculture, and how a pattern language emerges to make the community and movement more inclusive and constructive for everyone interested and involved in building a better world.

The starting point for this conversation was Karryn’s article, which also forms the title for this episode, “A ‘Pattern Language’ for Women in Permaculture.” This powerful piece outlines patterns that provide solutions to create an environment for women’s full participation and leadership in the permaculture community.