PDC: 500 Euro PIP 4 week Internship & PDC : 1600 Euro 4 week Internship only: 1250 Euro Includes camping and all food
This in total 23 day long course (PDC or Advanced Course can be taken separate) consists of a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on the planet, at the same time catering to specific needs of the participating students.
The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. Based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers Manual, it provides skills and solid knowledge in permaculture design as a science that can create abundant ecosystems sustainably in the backyard, a small farm or on a larger broad acre landscape.
The PDC course curriculum is constantly evolving as we are always receiving feedback creatively respond to change. Our goal is to keep up to date with the latest developments in all aspects of Permaculture Design and Regenerative Agriculture methods.
Prepares Participants to create positive changes for local communities and ecosystems.
TOPICS WILL INCLUDE : ‣ History and definition of Permaculture ‣ Ethics and principle of Permaculture ‣ Design process and its ecological design application ‣ Patterns in nature ‣ Climatic Factors and microclimate enhancement ‣ Hydrological Cycle ‣ Land restoration techniques ‣ Composting ‣ Soil food web and its repair ‣ Water harvesting techniques ‣ Tree crops and food forests ‣ Regenerative earthworks ‣ Climatic specific building and cultivated ecology techniques ‣ Natural building strategies ‣ Animals management in Permaculture ‣ Social and financial Permaculture ‣ Local food systems ‣ And many more fun and dynamic activities
The course is adapted to a wide variety of learning styles and is presented via lecture, images, video, group discussion, individual and group exercise, and hands-on design projects. Class usually lasts from 9AM to 5PM
Rico Zook (USA)
PDC Core Curriculum & Earthworks and Water Stream For the past 20 years, Rico has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator. He has worked with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, northern New Mexico, the middle-east and other parts of the world. His work focuses on assisting all levels of the global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative. He has also worked with local and indigenous cultures to help preserve traditional knowledge and technologies while adapting to, and becoming active members of, our rapidly globalizing world. With work in different climates and cultures, Rico has established himself as one of the new leaders and innovators in permaculture worldwide. This is further supported by his work with global permaculture organizations organizing the International Permaculture Convergence.
RomanEisenkolbl Roman has been studying and living in Permaculture Projects and Communities since 7 years which brought him to a diverse range of Projects, Countries, Climates, Cultures and People all over the planet.
He has lived, worked and learned in places like East Africa, India, Nepal, Thailand, the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain. He was part so far of 14 PDC Courses (Organization & co-Facilitation) and several short courses. He learned from Experts & Pioneers through participating in workshops of David Holmgren, Rosemary Morrow, Robyn Francis, Martin Crowford, Alex Kruger (Berg en Dal Ecovillage.), Sepp Holzer and many others His work in the last few years involved a global re-skilling journey, involvement in several projects in Europe and Asia and organizing workshops with Rico Zook (i-permaculture), Govinda Sharma (organichasera – Nepal), Doug Crouch (Tree Yo Permaculture), Jude Hobbs (Cascadia Permaculture), Ernst Gotsch (Syntropic Agroforestry) , Larry Korn (Natural Farming Pioneer), Bernard Alonso in various different countries. He also was involved with organizing the Pre-IPC India Teacher Training the first of its kind in India which adds to his experience on an international scale.
Roman is the founder of the Soil-Sun-Soul Project and Blog.The last 2 years he was living,working and learning in India,Auroville and South East Asia afterwards in Australia at the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda,Sunshine Coast,to deepen his studies.There he was involved in managing all tasks of the daily running of a Permaculture Research Institute Demonstration site. Now back in Spain most parts of the year to start a regenerative local Enterprise, establish a Permaculture Demonstration Site and Learning Centre on a wild and marginal piece of land in the Spanish Pre-Pyrenees and learn more about eco-social design on the way.
He is part of the Permaculture Association UK and at the moment doing his Applied Permaculture Diploma with them. https://www.soilsunsoul.net
Sleeping During the courses students get a chance to experience aour land and permaculture site more intimately by camping on the land. In a semi-wild area, we have several level terraces among the trees and stones for people to pitch their tents in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by mountains and forest.. There is also the possibility for some students with their own bus/camper-van to stay on the land, although space is limited; so if you are interested in bringing a bus, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to accommodate everyone!
FOOD: We will provide 3 meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the cost of the course (except days off when the students are free to cater for themselves) Prepared with love, the food is mainly organic, diverse, fresh, healthy, homemade and vegetarian.
The host site Can Lliure: Can Lliure as a place for mindful Human-Nature Relationships. With our aim of creating a Living ,Learning & Research Centre to develop once capacities and to realize inherent potentialities with natures guidance and support.
We see Can Lliure as a important,vital place and seeding ground for ourselves and the wider global community to adapt to their surrounding environments once again and enjoy their bounties in a sustainable manner.
Can Lliure is based in the wonderful and magical Alta Garrotxa area close to the Spanish Pyrenees. The land we are in Stewardship of is 100ha and is mainly covered in wild Oak forest with lots of wild goats,wild boars and limestone cliffs. There are 3,5 ha of cleared terraces with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We recently started to regenerate these terraces which in the future will become a diverse Agroforestry systems and organic vegetable gardens. We also started our first steps on Mushroom Production and we host a ecological Bee Sanctuary on site. We are very blessed and very grateful to have a clean,natural freshwater spring on our land from which we drink. We also have a few simple structures like outdoor showers,compost toilets, geodesic dome and bell tent to accommodate and host people to enjoy this wild and natural place.
For the healing of the earth and our species. Against all the odds, let us rise to thetrouble , working collectively to effect systems transformation – aparadigm shift.
THE SOIL SUN SOUL PDC EXPERIENCE MIND MAP:
Group Photo from PDC Course in Spain:
In the last few years some important insights were gained in regards to sustainability education. The Burns Model of Sustainability pedagogy (Burns, 2009)in particular offers create insights in the future of sustainability education: Teacher-centered and transmissive models of education are not sufficient for teaching sustainability issues because of their complexity and deeply challenging nature (Sterling, 2002).
Sustainability education that aims to be transformative requires a shift toward reflective-learning, problem-based learning and collaborative group work because these pedagogues focus on learning through inquiry, experience and reflection (Moore, 2005).
from teacher-centered transmissive education towards participatory transformative education!
* diverse alternative Perspectives : provide learners with opportunities to think critically about dominant paradigms, practices and power relationships and consider complex ecological and social issues from diverse perspectives
* participative transformational learning Process : enhance learners’ civic responsibility and intentions to work toward sustainability through active participation and experience
* rooted in local context within a global network: increase learners’ understanding of and connection with the geographical place and the community in which they live. Gaining a sense of place and insights into their sphere of influence and impact
* holistic ecological Design process & method: The holistic ecological design process has the potential to create learning experiences that are transformative and lead to systemic sustainable change.It fosters the re-connection to the landscape too.