Free Lunch*

Saturdays from around lunch time, say: 12:30h, we have warm soup, good company and warm conversation. If you would like you personal invitation (= your ticket), please send us a postcard, with your return address of course, to: HKB, p/a Aalsterweg 287-111, 5644RE Eindhoven.

Please bring your own bowl and spoon.
Bringing something delicious to share is always warmly welcome, but not required.

The number of guest is strictly limited to 12. Registration via postcard is required.

*With: Erling & Leo ๐Ÿ™‚

Bye, bye, biodiversity?

It’s official, yet legally non-binding, now: 70% of the planet is now exclusively zoned as the dominion of humans and their domesticated species.
What could possibly go wrong?

So. Let’s have a really good cry…

… realise our individual power & agency, follow the new generation of change makers and take this future into our own hands. Right now, is a good time.

Stockholm – 50 years on

5 – 16 June 1972: United Nations Conference on the Human Environment

Is there a perverse irony in the top bureaucrats presiding over the global platform for prevarication on planetary survival for 20 of the 50 years since the Stockholm UN Conference on the Human Environment, to call for world leaders to deliver on their climate change promises.

“We need to see leaders delivering on their climate change promises, in the interests of people, prosperity and the planet.”

Christiana Figueres, Yvo de Boer and Michael Zammit Cutajar
The Guardian, Thu 2 Jun 2022 09.00 BST

So say the top bureaucratic leaders that kept the insanity of failure to embrace reality going.
There were 20 years before them and 10 years since them, with identical failure.

The war on nature, the war on reality, is an insane and unwinnable war, with only losers. The only choice in this war is how bad a looser you want to be. Stop gaming nature and be playful & joyful for a change.

“But as three former UN climate chiefs, let us be clear: as the worldโ€™s first major environment summit – the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment – recognised, the crises in security, health, development and the environment are linked. They are loading stress upon stress, especially in the most fragile and conflict-torn parts of the world. The myriad reports of extreme weather we have witnessed in 2022 suggest there is no time to waste.”

Which, as is now the case, turns out to be EVERYWHERE on the planet.

โ€œThe cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: Climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and planetary health,โ€ reads the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. โ€œAny further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.โ€™โ€

Oddly enough, that ship sailed irreversibly, formally and publicly in broad daylight in June 1972 with the UN Conference on the HUMAN Environment, appropriating the subject as a political issue and self-appointed mandate.

What political and corporate agencies should have done, is immediately reinstate individual people’s agency, terminating their holy trinity of violence monopolies, bureaucracies and competitive politics.

We might have had a chance to turn the tide then, 50 years ago (1972). 30 years ago(1992) there was a last call and then all doors and windows collapsed, and the ships sailed, the trains left the station, and Elvis left the building – definitively.

โ€œThe leaders of today โ€“ not 2030, not 2050 โ€“ must make this choice.โ€

Barbados prime minister, Mia Mottleyโ€™s words at Cop26

Each and every one of us makes their own choices.
Choose to follow or choose to live. There are only choices and consequences.

This is the time for empathetic, sensible and compassionate choices.
This is the time to CHANGE YOUR MIND!

Trudo’s Next Step…

So much for Trudo’s mission to support their tenants climbing the social ladder.

Party Party!

On the occasion of the municipal elections (once every four years) a few observations on the political ecosystem of Eindhoven.

When the only political party on the election roll in Eindhoven – and beyond – respecting the privacy and mental health of their prospective and current constituents is The Party Party (De FeestPartij) you know something is up.

In an analysis of the 17 registered parties in the 2022 election for the municipal council of Eindhoven, 16 of them invite you to follow, visit or join them at their ‘social media’ accounts. 15 set/leave cookies on your computer/mobile device, 2 without asking. This sometimes – often actually – in clear violation of their self-professed respect for the privacy and well-being of their audience. Just the fact that they engage with commercial enterprise, mostly based outside the national and international jurisdictions and legal privacy protections they nominally subscribe to, that have been proven to be toxic to both the individual mental health and the collective political process they are supposed to defend, should set off all your alarm bells and disqualify them as a legitimate candidate to represent your interest in the decision making process on the disposition of the annual budget of the Municipality of Eindhoven: โ‚ฌ 1,005,000,000. Not to mention your agency as a free citizen, your mental, social and physical health, well-being and self-determination.

The only one not engaging with these toxic communication platforms & technologies is… De FeestPartij of Johan Vlemmix, a one-man party. A party with a political platform based on personal grudges, frustrations and delusions. At least they are up front with it. Their programme lays bare all that is wrong with competitive politics and the rule of the few over the many. Once you’ve seen it, you cannot unsee it and you recognise it clearly in the programmes and practices of the other parties, nominally representing you. You may well ask if this really is you or just them.

Now you may well wonder whether this is an oversight on the part of De FeestPartij‘s one and only candidate, or whether the other parties willfully and deliberately bought into the business model of their surveillance marketing intelligence suppliers. Most likely they at least bought advertising with micro-targeting from Meta, Google and Twitter. Why don’t you ask them?

Given the steady stream of anecdotes swirling around, the almost weekly breaking news stories about the violations of individual and collective rights to privacy and self-determination in the diverse commercial news media – who are without exception complicit in (if not the root cause of) the surveillance industry game – and the growing body of scientific research publications on the matter since the early dawn of the commercial attention-industry somewhere in the 1800’s ( 3 September 1833, according to some) and especially since the Internet .com boom & bust of the 1980’s, our representatives in government really should know that the use of social media and behaviour tracking is totally unacceptable in responsible political discourse. They aren’t simply aware of this fact. They feel it is opportune, perhaps even unavoidable, to use these tools as a means to achieve the power of governance they crave. Reducing you, the voter, from a person to represent to a brick in the road to their glory.

All, except De FeestPartij.

Go figure ๐Ÿ˜‰ And good luck with that. We will all need it.

Digital Permaculture?

Applying (emergent) permaculture ethics and principles to our life in the digital landscape.

At Het Kloosterbos we are concerned about the lack of critical/sceptical use of digital tools in the permaculture community. As far as permaculture practitioners and organisations choose to be online, they seem to be unaware or uncaring about the impact of commercial ‘platform’ operators and the services they offer. Convenience and popularity seem to be the decisive criteral, followed closely by inertia – sticking with whatever service presented itself first.

Where permaculture designers, teachers and private practitioners are conscientious and deliberate in their care for the earth, people and fair share, they exchange them for digital convenience in blissful ignorance of the consequences.

They wouldn’t want to be caught dead with GMO seeds or glyphosate pesticides in their pocket, but they think nothing of using toxic ‘social media’ platforms or the surveillance capitalist business models of ‘free’ email and cloud data storage providers.

Most disturbingly is that permaculture people are not alone in this. Most government and NGO agencies have embraced the surveillance economy without a second thought, even consider it a marvelous opportunity to finally get a handle on their fickle – and now effectively captive – constituencies.

Where did this come from and how does this work? How can we turn this back into harmony with (our) nature?


Triggered by our sense of curiosity and novelty, people were seduced by the potential and promise of a publicly funded Internet for free, unfiltered and unmediated communications and information sharing. Soon however corporations realized the potential for surveillance capitalist development of the medium and started offering ‘free’ services, like search engines, email and home pages to private consumers and businesses alike.

Then there was a wave of more blatant monetizing of web content and influencing of consumers. And finally the public got wind of the data mining and processing going on in the background feeding the profits of a new breed of surveillance entrepreneurs and shady agencies.

Escaping Surveillance Capitalist Industry

Liberating yourself from the mutual and delusional deathgrip of the commerical communication platforms is a major challenge in itself. But eminently possible with a range of current and emerging Open Source solutions available right now.


  • Encryption and certification with OpenPGP and Let’s Encrypt;
  • Self-hosted home network monitoring and filtering with Pi-hole and PiVPN or RaspAP;
  • Self-hosted cooperative and distributed ‘social media’ like SSB-based Manyverse or Planetary, and Matrix or Mastodon;
  • Self-hosted and cooperative cloud data storage with NextCloud or OwnCloud;
  • Easily accessible (mostly) Open Source hardware and Operating Systems like Raspberry Pi and Beagle Board (Beagle-V).

Of course we won’t mention the underlying industrial complex for the moment ๐Ÿ˜‰


Still missing in the equation is the integration of these tools into convenient packaging that is on equal footing or superior to the commercial platforms. Think: zero-configuration plug-and-play appliances, that at most should require customization to individual taste. Just plug it into your own internet router and communicate with your glocal community in confidence and comfort.

Rethinking the Digital Landscape

On the other hand, a huge remaining issue with the ‘social media’ communication platforms is the the fact that they are much better characterised as sociopathic anti-social media. The way they are designed for maximum engagement means they are intended to create a biophysical dependency and psychological isolation that belies and contradicts its naive and misleading name.

What we really want is tools for free thinking, independent and creative thought and action. Tools to create and develop ad-hoc communities on emerging issues as well as to satisfy the endless curiosity and generosity of people anywhere in the world. Tools to encourage critical and skeptical investigation and exploration as well as developing meaning, cooperation, compassion and living in harmony with nature.

This requires a complete rethink and overhaul of the suite of ubiquitous communication applications we now consider as ‘normal’. We must return to basic questions and needs. How do healthy people in healthy communities communicate with each other? How do they cooperate and coordinate their individual lives so the experience of the whole is much more then the simple sum of the parts? How do we make sense of the world around us? How do we respond with open minds and open hearts to its universal and unconditional hospitality. How do we discover, nurture and leverage our innate diversity to the benefit of the inclusively pan-species commons?

And: how can we be sensitive and vigilant against abuse of such tools, in a non-coercive way?

Tools for Ambulant Lifestyles

What a ubiquitous communications network seem to be eminently suited for is reaching out to distributed communities and staying in touch with your community while traveling anywere in the world.

How much fun would it be to deploy a mobile/ambulant network on your bike or in your backpack, spreading information throughout the world while adventuring into the wild, discovering new places, new people and new communities. Learning first hand what new landscapes lie beyond the horizon, what wisdoms and abundance other people are eager to share? The concept of ‘sneaker net’ comes to mind. As do the internet cafe and media bus.

Not as an occasional luxury tourist holiday but as a fulfilling ambulant lifestyle.

And once that is achieved, so many more urgent and existential issues with our dominance of the planet find an organic and inevitable solution. Well, that is my current working theory anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Path to Explore

Permaculture ethics and design principles could be a fruitful approach to design tools for a new, viable and regenerative digital landscape. We should start somewhere, so why not here?

It all starts with considering the ethics or permaculture design:

  • Earth Care – or: pamper the soil and the planet as a whole;
  • People Care – or: cherish your chosen community (of humans and non-humans);
  • Fair Share – or: share the abundance of the unconditional and universal hospitality of nature, be a respectful and attentive guest and host.

We can all go to bed now and rest in the confidence that all is well on the climate front

You have to admit the genius of the final Glasgow Decision document.

It is one (1) sentence that boils down to this:

“The conference of parties (โ€ฆ) requests that the actions of the secretariat called for in this decision be undertaken subject to the availability of financial resources.”

Which decisions are named?

28: Decides to establish a work programme to urgently scale-up mitigation ambition and implementation during the critical decade of the 2020s;

32: Decides to convene an annual high-level ministerial round table on pre-2030 ambition, beginning at CMA 4 (November 2022);

What does that mean?

  1. this is a REQUEST, not a mandate;
  2. the request is exclusively addressed to the secretariat;
  3. any “actions of the secretariat called for in this decision” is contingent on available funds (of the secretariat);
  4. ambitions and implementations remain largely unspecified and optional;
  5. there is no assessment process;
  6. there is no sanction process;
  7. actioning the request is delegated to the UN secretariat;
  8. it admits defeat: climate change is happening without any attempt to stop it;
  9. it does not specify what is being mitigated, or what its parameters are;
  10. it requests annual talks without any other specified goal then to talk about ambitions.

In other words: BAU, more conferences, more talk, more travel, feeding the delusion, rather then eliminating it.

Remarkably and totally unsurprising there is no mention of the suicidal mental delusion that brought all of this upon us; no mention of humanity and no mention of Nature, our host system we all depend on for our own lives.

A total loss for humanity’s future after 50 years of talking at the highest level of global government.

Patience Young Grasshoppers ๐Ÿ™‚

Het Kloosterbos withdraws from EuPC21 programme

Sanity before celebration? or: Why we decided not to participate after all, and why this may impact you too…

Dear C, friends in permaculture :-)

With this message I'm replying on behalf of the team of Het Kloosterbos (HKB) and Faire Cabane (FC) to all your outstanding messages concerning the EuPC and EuPN/EPT events this October.

For clarity: I'm copying this reply to our local/remote support partners as well as all the presenters and facilitators here at HKB & FC.

Please consider this a constructive and critical response for the evolution of and my contribution to the EuPC/EuPC & EPT online events.

The short version

Het Kloosterbos & Faire Cabane teams have collectively decided not to participate in the European Permaculture Convergence (online) 2021 and will not host a European Permaculture Teachers partnership anniversary at this point.

The main reason for this is that we find the platforms chosen to broadcast the presentations and facilitate the online interactive events are in direct conflict with what we wish to achieve with our respective projects, based on the published privacy policies and terms of use of the corporations providing the online services. We are concerned that the EuPC in particular has chosen to use these platforms, not in the least because these terms and policies also violate the ethics of permaculture design philosophy directly. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that alternatives have been developed over the past years, with the support of European permaculture organisations and EU financial support at CoLab. We would have expected that EuPC21 could have been the perfect opportunity to showcase these alternatives and get the European permaculture movement on board.

Feel free to read on at your convenience :-)

The longer version

In April this year I got the first invitation from S to get involved in the organisation or contribute to the programme of this years first fully online edition of the EuPC.

Since my first EuPC (2010 in Nethen, Belgium) I've been closely involved with co-creating a better online presence of European permaculture and online EuPC/EuPN development in particular. Even so, pioneers like the late Stefania Strega-Scoz (Stella of Finca Luna, La Palma) and others have been active and successful in various degrees in creating online convergence platforms for even longer. Just to indicate that nothing about the issues and solutions of online meetings and communications is particularly new in permaculture circles.

CoLab's digital circle is a good point in case. I was much encouraged by CoLab A's involvement in this EuPC and her enthusiastic offer of support when I contacted her earlier this year. My local partner and friends at MAD emergent art center were also looking forward to make streaming from the wilderness of HKB a successful event.

After the initial meeting in April, I contributed some thoughts and proposals in May and July. Some more preliminary correspondence followed in August and September. On 30 September I received the invitation to register at Comcast as presenter/facilitator. The details of planning arrived with the message below on 2 October, with 6 days to go till the start of the EuPC event. Since then I have consulted the members of our team at HKB & FC.

Checking out the registration page at Crowdcast set of all my alarm bells. That is when I first realised what we were getting into, from a point of view of the protection of our privacy and the agency over our contributions to the EuPC programme. I dove deeper into the terms of use and privacy policies of the other commercial partners that EuPC has chosen. I'm both unpleasantly surprised and shocked to find how participants of the EuPC event are exposed to the surveillance marketing practices of commercial corporations that we, as practitioners of permaculture ethics and principles, would never want to be associated with by choice. Not unlike we choose not to use pesticides, eat farmed meat or drive hummers to the office. You now what I mean ;-)

So, why is this different? It's not like there aren't any viable alternatives available.

In essence the event partners like Google (documents, forms, email. etc), Crowdcast (curated programme), Zoom (Open Space) and KumoSpace (Socializing) all have one goal: gathering as much data from the participants as possible, with the incidental "service" provided totally at the sole discretion of the provider, while taking effective and exclusive ownership of all that data. The privacy policies are only statements of the legal framework and justification for violating your privacy. Even more so since none of the participants are in a position to independently verify whatever happens to their data streaming over the public internet into the private corporate data centres around the world. Which is exactly why it would have been of immense value had CoLab been contracted to provide those platform services.

The activities at both Het Kloosterbos and Faire Cabane are based on trust, on equality, freedom and hospitality.  All of these would be violated by the commercial nature of the platforms chosen for this EuPC. We would be complicit in sabotaging our own work as well as compromising the key ethics and principles of permaculture: planet care, people care and fair share. Not to mention loosing all agency over the content we unintentionally provide to unaccountable and unverifiable commercial parties. We would also be exposing the participants in our events to the data gathering and processing activities of those commercial parties, well beyond the scope of the EuPC event itself.
The other consideration is that with just three more days to go now, the room for negotiating time slots is less then ideal. Three days to do detailed local promotion of our live events is now practically impossible.
But given the fundamental issues of the chosen platforms, this is a very minor issue now.

So: as a unanimous and collective decision, we choose not to participate in EuPC and/or act as presenters or facilitators in this 2021 edition.

What now?

For the future: we are always open to share our work with like minded people, whether online or IRL :-) We will actively work with anyone interested in further developing online channels of communication that respect the principles of trust, equality, freedom and hospitality. There are some great things happening in this field already. We have no ambition to dominate the market in online surveillance, but would love to grow our own secure and trusted network of people and communication tools. Just like you are :-) Let's make it happen. Now is as good a time as any.

Please let's work together on "living in harmony with nature". Fixing our addiction to coercive control mechanisms like the "social media" platforms, monitored "free" information services like cloud data storage, search engines and unencrypted email is the first step in fixing our civilised mind sets that prevent us from transitioning from a world in distress to "living in harmony with nature". Permaculture is a strategic step in the right direction. Let's work from its ethics and principles and follow the path that emerges and evolves from there. AT HKB & FC we have been taking some baby steps already.

Over the coming months we, here in Eindhoven, will be busy with doing our own little bit in this quest. Stay tuned - and get your own account or your nextcloud account at CoLab or set up your own in-house internet communications hub system.

Wishing you an enlightening and satisfying EuPC21 experience!

warm regards and hugs!

kwartiermaker for Het Kloosterbos

On behalf of
AL, AM, F, G & M.


Despite the near total collapse of non-essential economic and social activity of human communities around the world over the whole of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, a new record of 419 ppm of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide was set in May 2021.

The requirement for the biosphere to maintain its diversity and the survival of most of its species is a carbon dioxide concentration of 278 ppm. Unless a radical change emerges now, as in: right now, you & me are the last generation of human folks to make this kind of mistake, ever.

What this metric demonstrates, but is hidden in plain view, is that the fundamental challenge for life on planet Earth is to balance the incoming and outgoing flows of energy, to create a global temperature homeostasis, other then by storing the surplus. The current stored surplus is the ticking time bomb of global extinction that has gone off several times already in the past and is going off again right now. The fuse is lit – and the human civilised mindset hasn’t helped to fix this.

The problem is simple. The sun provides most of the energy for life on our planet. It does so in abundance. Over-abundance in fact. Life created and maintains a thick atmosphere that shields us from many harmful gifts from space. It also prevents most energy from returning to space. Carbon dioxide is one of the gasses that trap this energy. Still there are a few narrow frequency bands that allow energy to pass from the surface of the planet back into space.

The solution is perhaps even simpler. Recent research and development into systems to use those heat windows show that it takes just that: when objects have a specific temperature and direct that energy outward to space, it will pass unhindered though the atmosphere, while cooling down its environment. One such solution is a super white paint, that absorbs very little energy from the sun, but can radiate the ambient energy at just the right temperature. Painted on roofs, the radiated energy disappears directly into space.

Why does it have to be this super white colour? Because otherwise the painted surface would heat up too much and the radiated energy would be stuck in the atmosphere again.

Would it be possible for organic beings to come up with a similar solution? Absorb as little energy as possible from the sun, yet radiate at just the right temperature (between 28 and 38 degrees C), directed at the sky? So far there don’t appear to be any organisms that have come up with this by themselves – or did they? Other strategies may work too.

Yes, they have many solutions to store the excess energy, but this only means that they have pushed the problem of dealing with it into the future.

And the future is now, as it turns out ๐Ÿ˜‰ What are the odds of that?