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November 15th- December 1st, 2011[/center]

TreeYo Permaculture is excited to offer a 16-day permaculture design course (PDC) in conjunction with Estancia Ranquilco in the mountains of Patagonia, Argentina.  The 100,000-acre working cattle ranch doubles as an eco-tourism destination that utilizes Permaculture Design to continually progress the onsite systems towards overall community self-reliance.    This new 16-day format is an expression of TreeYo’s commitment to providing the best educational programs possible.  This extended course structure will accommodate more hands-on experiences to learn through the body, more interactive exercises to enrich the learning process, and a more in depth final design project to reinforce the classroom learning.  This will lead us beyond the traditional 2-week intensive originally laid out by Bill Mollison that has one day off and a total of 72 hours of instruction. 

This 16-day PDC will be an engaging combination of interactive educational opportunities for numerous learning styles including hands-on activities. This extended format allows students to delve deep into the theory of the design principles, directly experience the design process, and learn from past design and implementation work of others while actively progressing the Estancia’s sustainability objectives and enhancing the “eco” in its eco-tourism infrastructure. To learn more about our specific facilitation style and view the highlights of TreeYo’s past courses, please explore the following page: www.treeyopermaculture.wordpress.com�

This 16-day PDC will be held at Estancia Ranquilco, which is a broad-acre ranching farm supported by the local Gaucho tradition of shepherding.  Additionally, the Estancia blends Permaculture Design and Holistic Management strategies together into its overall site development and decision-making.  Below is a description of the Estancia Ranquilco and its surrounding territory.  It was written by the Carrither’s family who has owned the land for several generations. 

“Ranquilco is uniquely situated and orientated to serve as a venue for these courses as well as inner journeys of personal growth.  Many who have dedicated sufficient time to be on our vast lands, high and deep, in the cordillera of the Argentine Patagonia Andes, have experienced the magic, which seems to roam over the mountains, down the valleys, and through the crystalline river waters. Thus it seems to be an Earth power point, somewhat disguised as a traditional working cattle ranch, replete with hundreds of livestock and horses, gauchos, and high mountain landscape replete with stunning natural beauty. We have long striven for the benefits and blessings of self-sufficiency and have achieved notable progress in such fields as dairy, organic meats, bee keeping, electricity production, draft animal husbandry, leather working and more to come.”

This 16-day PDC includes the 14 chapters of Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual by Bill Mollison. Some of the topics included are as follows:
- Ethics, Principles, and Methods of Design
- Pattern Understanding: Interpretation and Application
- Water harvesting, conservation, purification, and revitalization 

- Tree Crops, reforestation, and nutrient recycling
- Soil classification, biological interaction, and re-mineralization
- Tropical, Dryland, and Temperate influences on vegetation, housing, and earthworks
- Nutrition, fermentation, and local food systems 

- Transition Towns – emerging and evolving approach to community level sustainability

Facilitators: Doug Crouch, Sara Wuerstle,and Eva Wimmer
Language used: English (with some help to translate unknown words when necessary) 

BASE FEE for the Course = $700 per person* (This Base Fee includes instruction and food only.  Housing pricing is separate.  See below for details.)
*Available “Early Bird” discounted Base Fees are:
• If registered before September 15th the Base Fee is $500 per person
• If registered before October 15th the Base Fee is $600 per person
Please choose from the housing options below (prices are per person):
1. BYOT (Bring-Your-Own-Tent) Camping with outdoor hot showers & outhouses plus indoor kitchens…….$400
2. Rustic Stream House (15mins walk off site) with indoor shared shower & toilet plus a wood stove kitchen (double occupancy)…….$500
3. Indoor housing with outdoor toilet & hot shower (double occupancy)…….$600
4. Indoor housing with outdoor toilet & hot shower (single occupancy)…….$750
Host Site: Estancia Ranquilco, Patagonia, Argentina  www.ranquilco.com
Ashley Carrithers: ashleykentc@hotmail.com (ranch and registration)
Doug Crouch :treeyopermaculture@gmail.com (course material)

Our aim as Permaculture trainers is to creatively facilitate a learning process that empowers people in Permaculture design through experiential learning and hands-on training. Each student completes the course with a site design and presentation based on the skills and knowledge accumulated throughout the 16 days. This reinforces the material presented and allows students to gain the confidence required to begin implementing sustainability initiatives into ones own growing space and community.

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