Journal of work in Proeftuin Meerhoven in 2021

Posted on za 08 januari 2022 in blog • Tagged with survey, practical, season: spring, season: summer, season: fall, season: winter

Since mid 2017 I have been involved with gardening at the Proeftuin Meerhoven in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This is a community garden maintained by volunteers in the neighborhood adjoining ours. We use the space with approval from the local council. The harvest from this garden has supplemented our lunches and …

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Experiments in 2021

Posted on wo 22 december 2021 in blog • Tagged with experiment

This is a list of experiments Ina and I have been conducting in 2021.

  • gardening
    • Arno taking over full responsibility for the allotment
    • Ina helps with voorcultuur, odd jobs
    • harvesting musterd seeds
    • cleaning musterd seeds
    • harvesting mirabels
    • more hedgelaying at the Proeftuin
    • more planting cuttings
      • raspberry
      • black and red currant …

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Contemplation: Pray and Work

Posted on zo 31 oktober 2021 in contemplation

I recently visited the abby of Val Dieu in Aubel, Belgium. The abby was founded in by Cistercian monks in the beginning of the 13th century. The Cistercian order followed the Rule of Saint Benedict as guidelines for their order. The motto Ora et Labora is associated with these guidelines …

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Making mustard

Posted on ma 13 september 2021 in blog

This month I made mustard from mustard seeds grown in the Proeftuin. The recipe follows further down the page. But first a bit of botany.

Flowers of Sinapis alba (white mustard) being worked by a bee. Lower on the stem you can see the seed pods developing. As the plant …

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Contemplation on wind

Posted on di 03 augustus 2021 in contemplation

Hello, my name is Air Flow. You may also know me as wind, breeze, storm, gale or gust. People also have called me far worse.

I am a child of the heavens and I am powered by the sun. I have two siblings: Water Flow and Lava Flow. There's a …

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Facilitation: Design a Healer's Practice

Posted on di 20 juli 2021 in designs • Tagged with permaculture, life design, social design, design web, facilitation, zettelkasten, dreaming circle, vision, brainstorm, mind map, mental inventory, bullet journaling, year compass, burn rate, 4 questions, Holmgren principles, functions and elements


After the recent completion of his courses in alternative forms of health care, a close friend intends to set up a business offering these types of therapy for clients. I offered my help in creating a design for his practice. I have run my own business for over ten …

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Introductieworkshop Permacultuur

Posted on do 03 juni 2021 in workshop • Tagged with workshop, permaculture

Deze workshop is vol.

Had je mee willen doen? Meld je interesse via de contactpagina, dan houd ik je op de hoogte van nieuwe workshops.

Hallo allemaal,

Ik ben Arno Peters en ik wil jullie graag uitnodigen voor mijn Introductieworkshop Permacultuur. Ik houd deze workshop in Voedselbos Eindhoven op zaterdagmiddag …

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Spring harvest

Posted on wo 21 april 2021 in blog • Tagged with harvest, season: spring

A sample of the species I harvested. From top to bottom and from left to right, starting in the left top corner:

  • leaf of Armoracia rusticana (horseradish / mierik)
  • leaf of Galium aparine (cleavers / kleefkruid)
  • leaf of Achillea millefolium (common yarrow / duizendblad)
  • leaf of Claytonia perfoliata (Indian lettuce / winterpostelein)
  • flower of …

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Ideas for workshops in permaculture

Posted on ma 19 april 2021 in designs • Tagged with permaculture, workshop, survey

I have grouped this information by theme. The subsections detail possible subjects within this theme.

Depending on the subject, these can be taught in workshops and courses ranging from 2 hours to 2x 8 hours.

An appropriate selection of all these workshops can make up a full Permaculture Design Course …

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Ways of observing

Posted on ma 19 april 2021 in tools • Tagged with ways of observing

The Nine Ways of Observing come from The Earth Path, a book by Starhawk.

I have used this tool in all my designs. I find that good, thoughtful, long observation is key to making good, thoughtful and effective designs.

  • I wonder...
  • Observing energy
  • Observing flow
  • Observing communities
  • Observing patterns
  • Observing …

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