As part of the experience of being at Peace Valley several differing schools of thought are used.

Theory U - Otto Scharmer

Permaculture

The principles held by this term are an integral part of Peace Valley Community. The word ‘Permaculture’ was coined by Bill Mollison and has been defined since by many people. For the purposes of this project the following definition will be used:

Otto Scharmer

Otto Scharmer, senior lecturer at MIT has advanced the theory of 'Theory U' which advocates 'leading from the emerging future' and deep listening. It allows us to move from an 'ego to an eco' awareness which he describes as incorporating head, heart and hands in all our actions.

Theory U

Using deep listening and presence Theory U is a framework for accessing a richer understanding of a situation and allows us to bring this awareness to our actions. The process includes: 

Social Presencing Theatre

Social Presencing Theatre (SPT) is a somatic exercise which assists us in bringing embodied awareness into our intellectual consciousness. It's a powerful tool for seeing where we are currently in a given situation and where we are going.

Dragon Dreaming

John Croft

John Croft is an international trainer and consultant, who for 40 years has worked in the field of ecologically sustainable community education and community economic development.

The Process

'Dragon Dreaming is a systemic design process, a philosophy and a methodological framework, for the realisation of collaborative and sustainable projects, organisations and platforms, built upon three principles:

The Work that Reconnects - Joanna Macy

The Spiral of The Work

The spiral of the work that reconnects moves through Gratitude to knowing our pain, seeing with new eyes and going forth. What's special about this body of knowledge is how the need to face and grieve what is happening on our earth is included as we move into active service.

Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy is one of the most inspirational elders of our time. She has been involved in environmental activism for many decades.