centre for education, wellness and sustainability

@The Old Cook House, Donaghcloney

Philosophy

The Pod Project’s aim is to is create a community of people who want to act now, share creative solutions, teach each other and live healthier more sustainable lives. We want to join the growing movement of community-based initiatives (CBI’s) working across Europe and the world to help people lead more sustainable lives. CBI’s play a significant part in reducing carbon use but also in the wider context, raising awareness, social cohesion, the creation of local livelihoods and retention of wealth in local economies and the feelings of empowerment that can come through working together to bring about change.

Through research and conversation, we have identified three key areas we want to focus upon. These are education, wellbeing and sustainability in the context of the individual, the community and the environment. It is evident that many people feel isolated and powerless in regard to finding solutions for these issues. It is our aim to deliver a programme of events under these headings. Empowering people to thrive the old saying goes “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

Inviting local residents both those who are self-taught and or formally educated in these subjects and fields to share their wealth of information and knowledge. We will also source guests, educators and experts to make up for any gaps in local knowledge. The aim is to build community by finding solutions together and demystify processes and technology by demonstrating the ease of their practical application.

Much of this is simply a resurgence of human creativity, ingenuity and skills that we all shared in older communities which connected us. These qualities or attributes, whether in rural or urban populations in Northern Ireland transcended all political and religious divisions therefore we would see this as a way to rekindle community and community cohesion in its most authentic state without being defined by ideas of identity, instead being defined by the sharing knowledge, skills, resources and energy reliance and mutual support.

Seven Ways to think differently – Permaculture thinking

  • Abundance thinking – living in gratitude and balance
  • Solutions thinking – believing there are solutions to any problems
  • Systems thinking – Sensing the interconnectedness of all life
  • Thinking like nature – discovering nature around us reflected within us
  • Thinking for the future – considering larger timeframes
  • Co-operative thinking – learning to collaborate with each other
  • From thinking to doing – moving into action and turning our dreams into reality

7 Ways of thinking differently – Looby Macnamara

That is why we are focusing on:
Wellbeing: Yoga, meditation, Art
Retreat Days
Permaculture
Heritage Crafts
Food
Conversations
Community
Localisation