Tribal Networks News

April 17, 2012

The wisdom of our Elders?

Filed under: Desertification,Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 8:01 pm

Music: Excerpt from Way to the Roots by Haytham Safia Quartet
Photo credits,
Thanks to Miguel Jaramillo for all the great desert photos.
Extreme tree:
Cat: (watch out, loads of popups etc…)

September 13, 2010

Design Course Video now on Youtube

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 4:35 pm

The Permaculture Design Certificate Course was held in Spring 2010 at Ait Attab in Morocco. As far as we know it was the first PDC Course to be done in Morocco.

We’re holding an introductory course in French in October just outside Marrakech, and there will be an inaugural meeting at the same time to set up a network or org for Permaculture in Morocco.

For more on that see

June 24, 2010

Permaculture and Traditional Land Use in Morocco 2010

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 9:43 am

Editor’s Note: Elspeth Brock makes a great post-course update on the Tribal Networks Morocco project experience.

Wheat, almonds and wild flowers

I felt in some way instantly at home in Morocco. Ait Attab in the high Atlas has a similar climate to inland south-eastern Australia, orange-purple soil, masses of erosion, the hot burning sun, and a wide blue sky. Running wild are the ancestors of many plants familiar from English cottage gardens – poppies, gladioli, margarite daisies. We were treated to wonderful hospitality, beautiful gnarled olive trees, orange flat-roofed houses, home made bread – called bat-boot for the sound it makes when being made – and donkeys braying (well maybe not all so much like home).

Continued on

April 4, 2010

Click for Clean Water In Africa!

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 7:11 pm
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where people come to get water

The source is 10km walk from Ait Larbi.

Your clicks can help us publicize our efforts to bring clean drinking water to Ait Larbi and the other villages in the mountains where our project is. Just viewing the videos, commenting on them, clicking the ‘like’ button, subscribing to the youtube channel and adding some videos to your favorites will increase the likelihood of people finding them and wanting to help.

We only need a few thousand euros to get clean drinking water.  Compared to the failed mega-project (see the video) that is small change. It won’t take many people and we have some money already. If  you want to help with that cost, you can send money direct to an account in Morocco. We’re not a big-shot NGO with offices and staff and computers to support, so 100% of it will go directly on the borehole.. By making our videos and website more prominent, you can help with that, without even sending money!

March 21, 2010

Morocco – Ait Attab Water Shortage Video

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 5:47 pm
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Added two-part video to youtube. This is part one, or go to our youtube channel.

and part two:

January 19, 2010

Permaculture Master Plan: Planting up the Global Garden

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 6:09 pm
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“The Permaculture Master Plan – Permaculture Centres Worldwide” is different not just in its broadness of vision and scope, but also, and I believe more crucially, in how it is being implemented. The PRI is making no demands on us as a local organization, they are not trying to take over or control us in any way. This is a common phenomenon among the relatively big organizations; they get bigger by assimilating smaller projects they are supposedly helping out. Everything they do has an underlying urge to make the organization bigger, and aims and intentions become subservient to that imperative. In this way most big organizations, while they may have started out with the best of intentions, end up mirroring the ways of the system that caused the problems in the first place.
More on the Permaculture Research Insttute website.

January 5, 2010

Permaculture Design Course in Morocco

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 8:54 pm

Berber Farm in ait AttabWe are proud to announce a Permaculture Design Certificate course in Ait Attab, in the beautiful Atlas Mountains of Morocco, where our project is. Taking this course in Morocco will subsidize the training of local people, helping to establish permaculture systems to restore this delicate environment. It will run from 17 to 30 April 2010. (more…)

November 9, 2009

Added Video to Youtube

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 12:56 am

An unedited 9 minute clip from our trip to the top of a mountain near Azilal, where we proposed to put the relay for the internet service to the village. Not very informative, but gives a good idea of the countryside n the area, potential for forest growth etc.
View on youtube via this link or a lower bandwidth version here.

August 25, 2009

Community Center Building Starts in March

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 1:44 pm

Building work on the Center will start in March 2010. Plans have been drawn up for a School, Permaculture Center and accommodation to be built on our land at Ikhef Nissiki. The building project will be part of a Permaculture Design Certificate Course run in co-operation with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

The permaculture design outline can be seen on the Tribal Networks Morocco website, along with further details.

August 24, 2009

Clean Water Project to Go Ahead

Filed under: Morocco — Direct Sponsor @ 10:35 pm

Internationally acclaimed geologist and dowser Pal Pauer has kindly agreed to visit Ait Attab in January 2010 to locate places for us to drill boreholes, and to oversee the operation. Having supervised the drilling of over 1,000 wells throughout Africa, Pal is one of the world’s leading authorities on boreholes, hand pumps and rural water supply. (more…)

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