If you have followed my blog or read my website so far, you may think I’m all about spiritual and psychological approaches to the converging and unraveling crises. After all, I am a Work that Reconnects facilitator and this website is about my journey towards the Great Turning.
And you are right.
But nobody is uni-dimensional, and those who know me in person, also know I have many odd interests and have trained myself in many different things.
Among my passions since I was very young there are wilderness survival, emergency preparation, disaster planning/design (also from a permaculture perspective), community resilience, primitive skills and food sovereignty.
I have taught and continue teaching some of them and if I had the influence, I would include them in every school curriculum. With the many emerging crises, we currently have and the ones we expect to happen, these skills become even more important every day.
So, my post today is less philosophical, psychological or “deep” and more practical.
Learning these skills is not only necessary, it is a lot of fun!
My recommendations are:
Not all these skills and the recommended steps suit everyone. You don’t need to know or try them all. There’s a role and a place for everyone, but your community should have at least one person (or two) with these skills.
If your age, health, ability or any other factor prevents you from doing any of this, don’t despair: you could still be a very valuable piece in the case of an emergency, a disaster or a long-term breakdown/collapse if you can:
Here are the recommended skills in the above categories:
Climate change preparation and adaptation:
From Climate Science to Action: https://www.coursera.org/learn/climate-science
Act on Climate: steps at the individual, community and political action: https://www.coursera.org/learn/act-on-climate
Emergency preparedness and disaster planning:
Disaster preparedness: https://www.coursera.org/learn/disaster-preparedness
Tsunamis and storms surges: https://www.edx.org/course/tsunamis-and-storm-surges-introduction-to-coastal-disasters-2
Staying safe: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/staying-safe
Online, for a small fee:
Surviving the storm: https://www.ecourseadventures.com/sts/
Psychological First Aid:
Wilderness connection and training (paid and in person, some short courses online:
Free online: https://www.permaculturewomen.com/courses.html
Paid online (and I will be your mentor, ask to be added to Silvia Di Blasio!): https://www.permaculturewomen.com/permaculturedesigncourse.html
Gatherings to stay connected:
In BC, Canada: http://www.wisdomoftheearth.ca/art-of-mentoring/