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Nicaragua Permaculture Design Course: Project Bonafide, Isla Ometepe

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Permaculture Design Course: Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua
January 31 - February 13, 2011

Come join us! This course takes place from January 31 - February 13 at Project Bonafide (www.projectbonafide.com). Project Bonafide is a 43-acre permaculture site that has been in development for nearly a decade. It has become an important center for education and community development. Infrastructure includes: natural buildings, terraced and medicinal plant gardens, an extensive nursery, fruit and nut orchards, food forests, native timber forestry, timber bamboo plantings, drip-irrigation and ferrocement technologies, renewable energy systems, and composting toilets. Outreach includes social programs that provide educational opportunities based in ecological agriculture, community reforestation efforts, local seed and plant exchanges, a children's nutritional kitchen, and a new community center and library that allows Bonafide to be an area for cultural exchange on the island and beyond.

Course Description:
In this hands-on, intensive course, participants will use the 43-acre permaculture site of Project Bonafide as a living classroom to explore the principles and ethics of permaculture. Specific topics include:
-site analysis and design from the tropics to temperate regions
-landscape master planning and microclimate design
-pattern recognition and reading the landscape
-design for climate change
-regenerative land management
-water catchment, storage, filtration, and distribution
-biologically based treatment of grey and black water
-natural building techniques
-plant propagation and organic horticulture
-soil rehabilitation and fertility strategies
-orchard design and maintenance
-renewable energy
-local and regenerative economics
…and much, much more!

Instructors: Chris Shanks (USA), Kristofer Fallas (Costa Rica), Nevis Ortiz Mairena (Nicaragua), Maria Eugenia Hernandez (Nicaragua)
Course Fee: $1250, includes housing and delicious meals

Contact: Jackie Pitts at 772.263.0316 or by email at jackie.pitts13@gmail.com
Website: www.projectbonafide.com
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