What I meant, writing that Songaia is permaculture, is the way the community responded to a challenge. Disruption was treated not as something to draw a red line against or try to control, but as a source of creative force, a change that can perhaps be captured through careful planning. This is core of the permaculture design principle that doesn’t just apply to plants.
For my whole time at Songaia, I was in awe of how open, how friendly and kind, and how seemingly joyful everyone at Songaia was, how they seem to celebrate more than people other places. And it was directly through kindness and help of people at Songaia that I’m able to look forward to a year of learning in community, in gardening, and in permaculture here in Portland.