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samantha cohen
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Hello all! I'll be traveling around Central/South America from March to July or August of 2015. I am looking to take a permaculture design course somewhere and was wondering how to find out about which places offer them and how to know if they are of quality.

Thanks so much!
Samantha
 
Jason Nicoll
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Sadly, there isn't a central website for Permaculture sires, organic farmers, volunteers etc. to connect with each other in south America (that I know of). Hopefully, someone will come along and reply to your post with info of any that come up and of course keep checking this forum, as PDCs often get advertised here, especially for Costa Rica (it seems). If your plans take you down to Brazil, I can check out the network here and see if any good ones will be run in your time frame.

If things don't work out and you don't find a PDC you like in the time frame, then you may want to consider using the online resources and even online PDCs (geoff lawton's is amazing) and pick up experience at a Permaculture site that accepts and offers hands-on training to volunteers. After all, the PDC (as envisioned by Bill Mollison) is a 72 class room course that covers the theory. The intent afaik was for students to supplement this knowledge with hands on experience during and afterwards. PDCs run at Permaculture sites tend to either provide additional training beyond the 72 hours needed to cover the full course with the obvious benefit of gaining hands-on experience, or they reduce the theoretical content, thinking that the hands-on experience compensates for not providing the full course. I have seen the results of both as well as online students and imo those that were not given the full theory suffer the most.

Whichever, route you take you can supplement the theory with online material and gain the hands-on experience as a volunteer. The beauty of being a volunteer is you can plot your travel route and when you find a place with good people and good training opportunities, you can slow down and stay awhile.

Good luck
 
samantha cohen
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Thanks Jason for your advice! Ideally I would be working on a permaculture farm for a month or so after I take the course. Not sure where, but I plan to just find somewhere I like and stay a while as you suggested.

I would be interested in hearing about any courses in Brazil if you hear of any!

Thanks so much,
Samantha
 
Scott Gallant
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Hola Samantha,

No sales pitch here, but our annual PDC in Costa Rica (Jason is right, we seem to be pretty active here, ha) is coming up this April 19th at Rancho Mastatal.

Here is the link if you want to check it out.

http://ranchomastatal.com/pages/programs/events2.php?Grouping=TopMenu&PageName=events&startMo=2&startYr=2015#X229X

Sounds like you are doing your research which is great. Find a teacher who's style works for you, connect with past students, find out if the site is practicing what they preach etc.

Happy to answer any questions you have.
Saludos
Scott
 
Gabriel Guhr
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Location: Aiuruoca, Brazil, 1250m
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Im from Brazil,
I know some PDCs here happening in July, still intrested?
 
The permaculture playing cards make great stocking stuffers: http://richsoil.com/cards
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