THE COURSE: Format and Content
The course will be an 80-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course spread out over 14 days. This ample time allows students to digest the material, get hands-on experience and work thoroughly on the final design project and presentation. The course will be certified through TreeYo Permaculture as we are guided by Bill Mollison’s curriculum that comprises the 14 chapters of his book “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual”. Our schedule reflects this commitment and has a strong emphasis on how the design principles and process influence site develop and systems management while always acknowledging the people care side of it all. This course will help you gain confidence in setting up land based designs but also the inextricable link with creative integration of humans.
This will be our tenth course as a collective in Portugal and held at Terra Alta, off the grid educational center and forest garden. It is the next evolution and extension of the Escola da Terra project where first started and gives education to children holistically. It’s located in between Almoçageme and Ulgeria, two quaint villages just above the sea and situated for easy access to the amazing beaches called Praia da Adraga and Ursa. The on-site Terra Alta team is a great addition to this course by ensuring unmatched hospitality and stellar curriculum support. Terra Alta offers a wonderful example of small-scale intensive systems. Because the site has had several years of Permaculture management, it is easy for students to immerse themselves in the principles of design and how sites evolve. The following Permaculture elements and functions are on display amongst others:
++Small-scale Earthworks to capitalize on impervious surface runoff
++Extensive Food Forest of subtropical, temperate, and Mediterranean A summer 2013 Harvest
species corresponding with the earthworks
++Hot & Cold Composting (Vermiculture) systems for boosting soil life, picking up on waste streams, and cycling nutrients
++Food Preservationand supporting local economy of food production
++Small Intentional Community focused on adult education through Permaculture courses but more importantly holistic, Waldorf and Permaculture inspired education for the children of the local area
++Natural Building techniques utilized for dwellings and outdoor cooking and social spaces
++Renewable Energy technology featuring solar panels
lead tutor bio: Doug Crouch, USA With nine courses already under our belt at the outstanding community of Escola da Terra and Terra Alta, TreeYo Permaculture facilitator Doug Crouch will be putting on the annual course for 2015 combined with Pedro Valdiju, his long running teaching partner in Portugal. Doug will continue as the main facilitator of this year’s course. His formal background is in ecology and has been practicing and teaching Permaculture for nearly ten years in different parts of the world covering all climatic zones. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education which demonstrates his commitment to crafting his creative facilitation style. Because Portugal is the longest running host site for TreeYo, the local support team is quite familiar with the TreeYo facilitation style and process. To view some of the presentation you can expect during the course via PowerPoint, please visit Doug’s slideshare account at the following: www.slideshare.net/DougeCrouch
Official Bio:Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug has extensive knowledge surrounding landscape planning and food production systems. This regenerative design and implementation work spans the globe ranging in contexts and climates including tropical agro-forestry, Mediterranean organic gardening, and temperate suburban edible landscaping. To facilitate this work he founded TreeYo Permaculture thus building off his other formal training in small business management. Incorporating this knowledge and experience into sustainability educational programming has now become Doug’s main focus as he continues his ecological design and holistic development in various ecosystems.