This course is relevant to people from all origins and walks of life. It includes an in depth understanding of the different applications of permaculture and provides the relevant knowledge and experience for anyone wanting to start a vocation as a permaculture designer. From the 7th to the 20th of July 2013
This course is relevant to people from all origins and walks of life. It includes an in depth understanding of the different applications of permaculture and provides the relevant knowledge and experience for anyone wanting to start a vocation as a permaculture designer. It is equally appropriate, however, for someone who simply wants to step further into permaculture design in their own lives. No previous experience is required but we recommend if you have had no previous contact with permaculture and simply want to know what it is you may benefit from doing an introductory course first. This course is very intensive and involved and can be challenging if you are totally new to the subject.
We use a wide range of teaching methods to create an engaging environment which includes all participants and their individual learning styles. This includes practical activities, discussion/constructive debate, games, white board sessions, digital presentations, videos, observation exercises, guided walks and working in groups.
We start each morning with a short energiser session, including many different activities and games to wake everyone up, get moving, focus and ready ourselves for a day of learning. Activities include:
• -Yoga/warm-up stretches
• -Different games, to illustrate ideas and to build group cohesion and trust
• -Circus skills
• -Observation/Site walks
• - Meditation/Inward focussing
The course culminates in a two day design workshop and a presentation of the groups’ designs in which participants can illustrate what they have learnt. On completion of the whole course and after this presentation, participants will receive the internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design, accredited by the UK Permaculture association.
The course is based on an international syllabus covering the following:
- Permaculture ethics
- Approaches to design
- Guiding Principles of Permaculture
- Biodiversity - Learning and Study strategies
- Pattern in Design
- Wilderness and wildlife
- Permanent Pasture
- Forest Gardens
- Horticultural techniques
- No-till cultivation
- Biological pest control
- Strategies for different Climates
Buildings and Structures
- Urban Permaculture
- Appropriate technology - Waste reduction
- The home and workplace
- Energy efficient planning
- Waste recycling and disposal
- What is Living Soil?
- Soil regeneration techniques and Soil Conservation
Water in Landscape
- What is Living Water?
- Water conservation, collection and storage
- Wastewater and sewage treatment
Forests and Trees - Energy transactions of trees
- Woodland establishment
- Types of forest
- Woodland management
- Real Wealth
- Land access
- Formal/informal economy
- Community development strategies
- Design process and Presentation Skills
- Maps and Overlays
- Project Planning
As well as this, we include many other relevant subjects and a range of practical exercises which aim to give each student a tool kit of basic skills, making them both competent designers and confident in the implementation process of design.
Tutors: Rosie Stonehill and Josh Gomez began studying Permaculture 7 years ago when they attended an introductory course in Cornwall, UK. In April 2009 they organised and attended the first Permaculture Design Course held at Mount of Oaks in central Portugal with Lesley Martin.
Since then they have been creating designs for many different sites in Portugal and the UK and learning constantly, broadening their knowledge and skills base.
Over the last years, whilst studying for the Permaculture diploma, they have gained diverse experience in facilitating Permaculture courses by working alongside various different teachers and have learnt many different approaches, techniques and exercises. They combine this with their previous experience of working with adults and children in both teaching and care work to make our courses as informative, enriching and supportive as we can. They accredited as diploma holders in 2011 and are now offering introduction and full certified Permaculture design courses. If you would like to see how last summer’s courses went please have a look at their blog www.nurturingournature.blogspot.com
Also on this web site you will see a portfolio with examples of their design work and some information about their home and lands in Foz da Cova, a tiny mountain village in the Serra of central Portugal. When they arrived in November 2011 it was almost totally abandoned and, step by step and with much help and increasing numbers of inhabitants, they are bringing it back to life.
Course in English & Certificate will be provided!
Price: 400 € includes course, meals and camping on site. Other accommodation available (additional cost).