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Join internationally-renowned permaculture designer and teacher, Rosemary Morrow on the beautiful Island of Lefkas, Greece, for an internationally recognised permaculture design course. Over 15 days you will learn the basic theory of permaculture ethics, principles, design processes and implementation techniques.

Rosemary Morrow is an internationally recognised permaculture educator, development worker and home gardener. Based in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, Rosemary has worked in Cambodia and Vietnam and has traveled widely in Australia as an educator in permaculture analysis and design systems which lead to abundant and resilient land- and town-scapes. She is the author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture as well as a teacher trainer’s manual.

Course Content

In this 15-day course you will learn:

- Permaculture ethics, theory and principles
- eco-friendly house placement and design
- energy conservation techniques for hot and cold climates
- recycling and waste management
- organic food production in rural areas, cities, gardens and fields
- drought-proofing, water harvesting and management
- ecological pest control
- soil rehabilitation and erosion control
- livestock management and aquaculture
- catastrophe preparedness, prevention and avoidance
- windbreaks and fire control
- general natural health and wellness principles
- ethical investment and bioregions
- permaculture design for communities, suburbs and cities

At the end of this course you will have skills to:

- Analyse a rural or city landscape for food and water autonomy - and - redesign it
- Prepare a whole site design for food, water, energy and abundance
- Analyse climate and microclimates to use their elements effectively in a resilient design
- Practice and design ethical local financial systems
- Design a site to concept standard and prepare an implementation plan

Course Location

The island of Lefkas is located in the Ionian Sea on the west side of Hellas (Greece) and is one of the seven Ionian islands. According to Aristotle, the Leleges were its first inhabitants in the 4th millennium BC. Lefkas has been a province under the influence of numerous Hellenic states, namely those of Corinth, Kephallonia, Epirus, Macedonia, Sparta and Athens until it passed under Roman command in the 2nd century BC. Lefkas has been successively occupied by Franks, Venetians, Turks, French, Russians and the English, until 1864, when the island became part of the mainland again.

Traditionally, the people in mountainous Lefkas sustained themselves through an agricultural economy by cultivating cereals, grapes, olives, nuts and maintaining small goat herds, whilst fishermen and trading communities flourished on the coastal areas. Nowadays, its economy is predominately based on tourism.

Nevertheless, there is a still a considerable production of olive oil and currants which, introduced around 1859, has become one of the island’s main cash crops. Cotton, flax, tobacco, and lentils are some of the other main products, as is red wine, which is produced and exported on a relatively large scale.

Lefkas, also known as Lefkada, is 35 km long and 15 km wide. It has every kind of landscape - large sand beaches, small and secluded inlets, tall cliffs, an inland plateau with mountains over 100 m and waterfalls.

Although an island, Lefkas can be reached by car thanks to a long causeway and floating bridge that connects it with the mainland. There is no airport on the island, but you can fly to Aktion (26 km), Ioannina (127 km) or Athens (385 km) and then take a bus to Lefkas. The nearest airport to the island is Aktion, located near Preveza in the mainland. Aktion can be reached with domestic flights from Athens, and it serves some international charter flights in the summer. The drive from Aktion to Lefkada is about 30 minutes and there are taxis outside the airport which can drive you to the island.

Important information about this course
The PDC course will be taught on the site of a project which is being designed as a permaculture demonstration and education centre. The students will therefore have the opportunity to see a design implementation in progress and be able to provide input as part of their final design project. The lessons will be taught in English, but there will be native speakers on hand to help with explanations if required after the lessons. There will be one rest day in the middle of the course (Saturday, August 27).

Tuition fees for this course include camping accommodation at the picturesque village of Kariotes, which is walking distance from the classroom (only 3 km from Lefkada town and only 300 metres from the beach!), as well as daily breakfast, lunch and refreshments during the days when lessons are taking place. Dinner is self-catered. Students can arrange their own accommodation if they would prefer not to camp, but this will be an added cost.

The camping site offers:

- Electricity
- hot water
- Telephone
- Swimming pool and pool bar
- Restaurant
- Mini market
- Common use fridge, and cooker
- Showers and toilets
- Facilities to wash your dishes or clothes

By attending this course as an international student you will help to subsidise the participation of local people on the course. This is a time of severe economic crisis in Greece and your participation will be greatly valued.

Daily temperatures on Lefkas are generally 35 to around 38 degrees C. Temperatures at night range from 25 to 30 degrees C. Lefkas is a richly vegetated island, abundant in water resources and the climate is a humid variation of the Mediterranean. Be prepared for sudden showers and cool and humid nights.

This 15-day course runs from Friday, August 19 through Friday, September 2, 2011. Students are encouraged to arrive on the island by August 19.

Airport pickup from Aktion will be provided and arranged as the course draws nearer.
Things students should bring

– tent
- rain tarp
- rope to secure tents in windy conditions
- secure containers for snack storage at campground
- plate
- bowl
- utensils
- coffee cup
- water bottle
- sunscreen
- mosquito repellent
- trainers - sandals
- appropriate clothing for hot weather
- snacks
- notebook
- sense of humor

A list of further supplies helpful for the course may be provided in the future. There is no required textbook, but review of the following materials is suggested:

- Earth Users Guide to Permaculture, Rosemary Morrow
- Permaculture: A Designers' Manual, Bill Mollison
- "Introduction to Permaculture Design" DVD, geoff lawton
- "Establishing a Food Forest" DVD, Geoff Lawton
- "Harvesting Water the Permaculture Way" DVD, Geoff Lawton

This class is limited, so please register early to secure your spot.


For further information for this course please contact permaculturehellas@gmail.com.

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