Episode 69 Interview with Amelia Roache
Amelia Roache has made Ocean Beach, San Diego her home for most of 18 years.
She started on a decided path of healing over 20 years ago learning the modalities of Healing Touch and Esoteric Healing. Then came T’ai Chi Chih and her accreditation as an instructor. Nonviolent Communication (Marshall B. Rosenberg) followed and became her primary focus of exploration and teaching. Soon after, she came upon Permaculture Design as happen-stance by glancing through a magazine and has been devoted to the practice ever since. Three times certified and recently teacher certified, she brings Permaculture Design “camps” to youth and families and, as a consultant and designer. She continues on the path of healer and embraces “adventurer shaman” ways in combination with soul communication services. She is excited to approach corporate environments and provide many services, including her unique tool for transformation she calls, “Ambient Movement”. To find out more about Amelia, visit her Website SD Restorative Practices
Permaculture Teacher Training
Marianne and Amelia set out in this interview to explore the importance of Permaculture Teacher Training and to talk about the training Amelia had just completed. This training was taught by such Permaculture Greats as Penny Livingston, Jude Hobbs and Andrew Millison among others. Amelia had given up her job and her home to go to this schooling and it was a profound experience for her. However, very quickly the conversation went to the importance of communication and to the most important aspect: Listening.
Listening to others of course, but almost more importantly, listening to the Self. What is our Inner self telling us. Are we listening? Are we ignoring it and instead follow the “Shoulds” and “Musts” which are so plentiful in all of our lives.
Permaculture Ethics and Principles
As promised in the podcast, here is information about the Permaculture Ethics and Principles. Bill Mollison is the Founder of Permaculture and wrote the book Permaculture A Designer’s Manual. This book is considered the go to reference for the Permaculture Designer. David Holmgren, a student of Bill Mollison’s is considered the co-founder of Permaculture. Two versions of the three ethics are found in different publications. the second set is the most widely used today.
- Care of the Earth
- Care of People
- Setting Limits to Population and Consumption
- Earth Care
- People Care
- Fair Share
Below is a link to an article by David Holmgren explaining the 12 principals.
12 Principles of Permaculture by David Holmgren
Children, Preschools and Schools
The interview took an unexpected turn when children, preschool situations and schools became part of the conversation. It turns out that Amelia is working with children on a part time basis and is shocked and appalled by the amount of violence children are exposed to. That does not necessarily mean physical violence. Yelling and screaming at children and completely ignoring their needs is more what Amelia is referring to. To illustrate, she describes a two year old, happily spinning around, being yelled at to sit down and to sit still – something not in the nature of most children of that age.
To be very clear: There are many wonderful preschools, daycares, schools and teachers and they deserve a big thank you! Raising and educating children is a difficult, exhausting job which does not get a lot of recognition or pay. So, all of you who do work with children and do your best, THANK YOU.
Here is more about Amelia:
Reads: Amelia recommended these books for further reading. If you buy them through the links provided (Amazon), we will receive a small benefit with no extra costs to you. Thank you if you choose to purchase through our links.
Marshall B. Rosenberg Ph.D.
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