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Aug. 24- Sept. 6, 14 day PDC in Slovakia with TreeYo Permaculture

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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 Permacultureas 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.

Field trips to see the beautiful countryside!
On the Saturday of the first week: Banska Stiavnica is a completely preserved medieval gold mining town, UNESCO world heritage site, in the middle of an immense caldera created by the collapse of an ancient
volcano. The collapsed mines are now filled with crystal clear drinking water that you may swim in! This one is just 10 minutes of walk away from the old town square and the pizzeria

The Host Site: Sekier is a 18ha meadow above Zaježová, at 800 m above sea level, right under the ridge with its back towards the northern cold winds coming from the Tatra mountain ranges, formed like bowl catching the southern sun, overlooking a peaceful valley, receiving glimpses of warm breezes from the hungarian prairies.
Some sixty years ago, the entire meadow was arable land, divided into small strips of rye fields, surrounded by hand-mounted stone walls. The nowadays oak, beech, pine and spruce forests around Sekier then were pastures with solitary trees.
Sekier now is in transition from a classical „cultural landscape“ (meaning that subsidies pay for a tractor to mow it once a year and dump the hay in the forest) to a biodiverse, edible and functional landscape with orchards, grazing sheep and horses, food forests, ponds and biotopes.The Host Site

The following Permaculture elements and functions are on display amongst others:
 Small-scale animal husbandry with sheep, goats, geese and free ranging chicken
Earthworks to capitalize on surface runoff
 species corresponding with the earthworks
 Organic gardens to supply the Sekier farm house
Food Preservation and supporting local economy of food production
 Small Community of volunteers, focused on adult education through traditional craft workshopsand hosting visitors who want to experience sustainable life without prior experience
 Traditional crafts and Natural Building techniques utilized for dwellings and social spaces
 Beautiful scythes and good scything instructors. Or no, actually – the other way around

Doug Crouch: Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug has extensivedoug bio pic 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.
He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education which demonstrates his commitment to crafting his creative facilitation style.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
and his online Permaculture Handbook, a work in progress but a useful aid to students before and after the course:
TreeYo EDU: https://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com
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