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
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.
Full Moon Wumper!