The Book of KinJan 09, 2021
What legacy will you leave for those who come after you?
I have considered this question a lot throughout my permaculture journey and very much so after holding space for the death of my grandmother and saying goodbye to loved ones in my life.
The legacy that comes easy is the living wealth of edible gardens and food forests I have planted in the various properties I have lived on and those of my clients over the years. I even feel at times that the plants I propagate and sell from my nursery are rooting in the homes of people all around the tropical areas of Australia and that in a way is a legacy.
As I continue to observe, learn and practice this art of design and grow with nature, I have read many books and then wrote my own; the Incredible Edibles Tropical Superfoods Guide which is an intellectual kind of legacy that I hope lives on.
A series of books that first introduced me to the concept of permaculture was the Ringing Cedars of Russia by V.Megre. They have influenced my life in many ways, from the way I garden, to how I eat, consume, educate and raise my children.
Even the way I conceived and home-birthed my daughter was with consideration to some of the teachings shared within the pages.
In particular, one of the nine books that really stood out to me was The Book of Kin.
After spending some time in the Jungles and working with plants on a more spiritual level than my usual gardening and eating, I was reminded of the importance of leaving a legacy...to plan for the next seven generations. Not just my lifetime, not my children and their grandchildren, but seven more lifetimes. In these deep meditations, I receive useful information that I bring back to my daily life and implement. One message or guidance that came through was to teach permaculture to families to create a Book of Kin to document all of the elements of importance and natural wisdom relevant to each family so that the lessons are contained and organised in one place, can be reflected upon and shared onwards in the years to come.
So what is the Book of Kin?
My version is that it is a dedicated book that holds the wisdom of my family and the land in which I live.
Kin means ‘relations’ and includes not just your blood family, but also the animals, plants and other beings.
A family's Book of Kin can include anything they feel relevant to pass down their family line, information that they can learn from and improve their life and household traditions with.
The information that we keep in our Book of Kin includes;
- An observation chart to record the special animals, plants and weather each month.
- Seasonal living resources including edible gardening planting guides.
- A lunar calendar with dates to journal our monthly intentions and do our garden work and planting in tune with the moon phases.
- Our wheel of the year poster cycles with the seasons and notes of how we enjoy the seasonal celebrations bring meaning to the changes in our environment.
- Our totem animals and Plant Allies; the research we do to learn about them and gain insight into their uses, personalities and powers for healing.
- Our favourite recipes for keepsakes and make for special occasions.
- Art, musings, activities - whatever I feel worthy of inclusion.
- All of the how-to resources from each of the 96 Activities & Games to Learn Permaculture Through Nature Play, as we journey through the principles of sustainability and create a resource for our future - together within the Nature Kids Club Permaculture Program.
This is the colouring in the template for the Book of Kin title page, although we have seen some wonderful freestyle creative title pages evolve too!
Are you feeling inspired to begin your own personal or family Book of Kin?
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