Transition Mar Vista/Venice

Transition Mar Vista/Venice
Transition Mar Vista/Venice projects include Little Free Libraries community build days and Good Karma Gardens pay-it-forward edible gardens. Join us for these activities, as well as many others!


HELLO! We invite you to explore the resources and links posted here. For information about Transition Mar Vista/Venice's events, please check (and like!) our Facebook page:


Good Karma Garden Project: Pay-it-forward edible gardens
Email for location information

Westside Produce Exchange: One Saturday per month
To join and find out the date of the next exchange,

Our Time Bank: Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit for details and date of next potluck

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center: Check Sivananda's Web site for class
schedule and special events


The Guerrila Gardener
Our friends at the Argonaut spotlight Sunshine Partnerships
and other urban farmers

Urgent Gardening: A Citizen Yogi's Call to Action
The Argonaut profiles Swami Omkarananda

A New Parkway Vision for Culver City
Transition Culver City members mobilize to produce a compelling film
about sustainable alternatives to wasteful grass parkways

Oneness Media Wins Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award
The New Urban Film Festival recognizes Stephon Litwinczuk's documentary
about TMV/V



Permaculture and Social Justice

EVENT: Saturday, June 30 at 7:00pm

Come hear the story of how an ecological initiative in a small village in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe grew into a community model of sustainable living. Along the way they have become masters of conflict resolution. The project has been about health, conflict resolution, and social improvement—as well as food.

Julious Piti 
Julious Piti has more than 20 years experience in Permaculture, he is the co-founder of one of the most interesting Permaculture Projects in Zimbabwe (CELUCT in Chikukwa - Zimbabwe).
Watch video (6 minutes)

Mr Piti will speak about his Permaculture projects and how they have helped transform his local area. He will explain the "Three Circles of Knowledge"—how he works within the area where indigenous, spiritual and analytical knowledge overlap.

Community Permaculture 
Chikukwa Ecological Land Trust (CELUCT) is a unique community permaculture organisation in the Chimanimani district of Zimbabwe. Set in the highlands bordering Mozambique, the region is heavily populated and has suffered from deforestation, serious erosion and soil degradation since the area was named a Tribal Trust Land in the colonial era. In this setting, the Chikukwa community has developed a successful permaculture program involving around 8,000 farmers and is one of the largest and relatively unknown permaculture sites in the world.

About PORET 
The PORET Trust works with the community to address hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.  PORET is designed to take the success of CELUCT and spread it further. The aim of PORET is to support the farmers in the low rainfall area of Chaseyama in Zimbabwe in adopting techniques and skills which are essential for them, their families and the whole area to survive and attain a sustainable, productive and healthy life situation. They are currently planning to expand their work since the demand is growing in the face of the climate change problems they are facing today.

About Chikukwa 
Chikukwa is a community nestled high up in the Chimanimani mountains. Because of its location—right on the border with Mozambique, in the gap between two stretches of mountains—Chikukwa was a route for Zimbabwean guerrillas based in Mozambique during the liberation struggle, and Rhodesian soldiers used to come and burn down people's houses.  After Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, the same paths were used by Mozambicans in their bitter civil war. Up until 1990, Chikukwans often slept in the bush to avoid attack by Renamo guerrillas. War—together with Chikukwa's remote situation— limited development in this area.

With the support of the Chikukwa Ecological Land Trust (CELUCT), not only have they managed to stay food secure and peaceful during the last conflict ridden years in Zimbabwe, but they have also managed to retain strong and joyful community relations with plenty of heart-warming laughter, singing, dancing and celebration. At the heart of this lies a powerful commitment amongst community members to cooperate to create a strong and sustainable community through the use of permaculture, conflict resolution and the practice of mindfulness.

Community Hall of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd, Westchester, CA 90045

Cost: Mr Piti will be collecting donations to PORET (Participatory Organic Research Extension and Training)