Permaculture Design Course

17th - 29th April 2021

2nd - 16th July 2021

Alentejo, Portugal

72 hours Permaculture Design Certificate

If COVID-19 restrictions will not allow the course to happen you will receive FULL REFUND!

Course Overview

Building soil – Building community – Building resilience

No previous experience is required! Just openness and willingness to become part fo the regeneration movement!

 

Permaculture is a design method for sustainable human settlements that aims at integrating human activities in fully functioning ecosystems able to self regulate and support Life in all its forms.

Its core ethics are Care for the Earth, Care for the People and Fair Share and its principles allow us to live a regenerative life and can be applied to any environment, from small apartments to big lands to entire countries. Most importantly, Permaculture is a real philosophy of life that can support you as an individual to make conscious choices to reconnect to a true way of living. You are not separate from what is around you and stepping back into the web of life is the best choice we can make!

What is a Permaculture Design Course? 

This is a 72 hours certified course that covers all aspects of Permaculture as detailed by Bill Mollison (co-founder of the movement and author of "Permaculture: a designer's manual"). The course will touch all elements required to design a complete human settlement and will include topics such as food production, resource management, project 

management, soil, agroforestry, animal systems, appropriate technology, people systems and social Permaculture.

The course will include a final design project and the handover of the PDC certificate upon completion and presentation of the final design.

The program

 

During the course, we will explore the following topics:

 

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE

PermacultureEvidence that we need to act - Ethics & Principles

Concepts and themes in designNatural ecosystems - Web of life - Yield and Resource -

Design MethodsObservation - Analysis of elements - Flow analysis - Maps & data overlay - Zones & sectors - Slope & aspect - Guilds - Scale of permanence 

PatternsUnderstanding natural patterns and how to use the in design

 

TREES, WATER, SOIL​ & ENERGY

Climatic factors: Main climatic zones and their characteristics - Climatic factors - Climatic effects Landscape profiles

TreesTrees and their role in the ecosystem

WaterWater cycle - Water in the landscape - Strategies for water management

Soils: Soil composition - Soil management - Compost - Nutrient management and closed loops - Animals in the landscape

EarthworksDesign - Tools - Types of earthworks (swales, dams etc..)

Agroforestry & Food Forests: Natural forests and natural succession - Food forests - Layers - Greening the Desert

Appropriate Technology: Renewable energy - Compost toilets - Eco-buildings - Waste management

 

DESIGN STRATEGIES AND SOCIAL PERMACULTURE

Climates: Strategies for different climates

Social Permaculture: Project management - Group dynamics - Non-violent communication - Local economies - Community living & Ecovillages

 

FINAL PROJECT

All students will do a group project simulating the design for a client. The project will be  presented at the end of the course and will be a great opportunity for the student to metabolise the newly-acquired knowledge and receive feedback from the teacher

The Venue

Pachawa is an ecology centre in the south of Portugal that I have been consulting for to develop the Permaculture Design. It is a great opportunity to spend time on an emerging Permaculture site and experience what it means to design, implement and maintain full Permaculture systems.
The surroundings are just amazing and include a river (walking distance) and stunning beaches and hikes!

Click here to see more about Pachawa!

Cost

Own tent accommodation:

550 euros if booked before the 16th of May 2021

700 euros if booked after

Tourist accommodation:

800 euros if booked before the 16th of May 2021

900 euros if booked after

Prices include:

- Full accommodation

- 3 meals a day

- Access to showers and facilities

- International Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion of the course

- Practical workshops

- Opportunity to spend time on a site that I have personally developed! You will experience what it means to implement a Permaculture project and maintain it!

- Stunning surroundings and beautiful places to visit on your free time

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