My friend sent me this link with the note: “You should go work here for a little while.”

This looks amazing but one thing I never really got about permaculture courses is that, while it totally appeals to people like me, the idea of flying out city folk to remote and beautiful locations seems too precious and somewhat unconscionable. Isn’t it more sustainable to leave these places alone and stay on working farms instead? I already feel a twinge of guilt when I go backpacking in the wilderness.

But I’m so tempted by this Bush Skills course! I think there are skills in here that would be relevant in my life, like primitive cookery, fire by friction, forest foraging, spear-making for fishing and indigenous root crop planting. Someone needs to create a course for urban survival, for instance, when the Big One hits. No doubt, knowing how to make fire by friction would be advantageous.


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