Course Rationale:It is increasingly clear that the human race is bumping up against the biophysical limits of the planet, an inevitable consequence of attempting unlimited material growth on a finite earth.
The last few centuries—characterized and enabled by exponential growth in energy availability—are coming to an end. What this end “looks” like is the subject of much debate and though the path of transition is uncertain, various forward-looking, creative experiments are already well underway.
These small experiments (De Young, 2014) are manifesting as repair cafés, permaculture projects, co-operatives, local food sheds, homesteads, schools of indigenous craft, farm schools, wilderness awareness schools and maker spaces, among other exemplars. Common themes of such experiments are decentralization, localization, and the regeneration of skills, soils, relationships and community. These experiments are typically place-based, informed by local ecologies and economies, and help us to envision a post-carbon world.
Koviashuvik Local Living School is one such experiment providing a mini-experience of one model that contradicts our current trajectory. Frances Moore Lappé (2013) asserted that a critical component of envisioning a sustainable future is the ability to recognize the limitations of our current mental map, reaching beyond our “thought traps” to create a new cultural story. The bioregional immersion provides the intellect, the body, and the spirit with practical fodder for a new story.
“A sustainable world can never be fully realized until it is widely envisioned.” ~Donella Meadows