PDC in Iceland

9-20 september in Ísafjörður, Northwest Iceland.

Take this opportunity to enjoy Iceland and take an international PDC with teachers Tycho Holcomb, Cathrine Dolleris and Hildur Dagbjört Arnardóttir.

ÍSAFJÖRÐUR
The course will be held in Ísafjörður in a very special building. A geodesic dome designed by Einar Þorsteinsson architect that was specialized in geometric forms, including geodesic domes and the glass patterns in Harpan music hall. Half of the building is a greenhouse and the other half a spacious living space. The facilitation will take place inside the building, in the greenhouse and in the areas around, including Gróandi’s vegetable garden. Gróandi is the first community supported agriculture in Iceland, growing vegetables for 50 families in area.

MATERIAL
You will learn to use permaculture principles and relevant technical solutions, learn about microclimate, plants, animals, microbes, water, soil structure, organic buildings and social connections. This theory can be used to create maintenance-free and highly efficient systems that have the variety, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. These methods can be used in any type of project, whether it be a cultivation area, running a business, education, livelihood, finance or personal health. Permaculture is a method to find good solutions and making informed decisions.

With permaculture methods we can fulfill the needs of humans without any harm to the nature, in fact the aim is always to do better and leave a positive footprint.
Conventional systems Sustainability Permaculture
Permaculture uses the nature as a model when finding the right solutions, since nature has always found solutions that work perfectly. In this way we can take responsibility for our own lives, our way of living and design our way out of old habits and bad conscience.

TEACHERS
Two of the teachers live in Danmark and will join us here in Iceland for this two week course, while one of the teachers lives in Ísafjörður. They all have long experience in permaculture and are leading in the permaculture field in their country.

Cathrine Dolleris

Cat has renovated her house using natural building methods, including a build in flex oven and rebuilding walls. She grows her own food and is largely self sustainable regarding vegetables, fruit, berries, nuts and eggs from her forest garden. Cat manages projects within the permaculture association in Denmark as well as teaching many PDC courses each year. She holds both a masters degree in geography and a diploma in permaculture.

Details:
– Has been teaching permaculture since 2011, numerous PDC courses as well as “intro to permaculture” courses, Permaculture Teacher Training and courses about food forests.
– Masters degree in Geography, where she specializes in resource management in undeveloped countries
– Runs the business GeoLiv and LAND center Kattekærhus
– Diploma tutor both in the Nordic- and British system
– Funder and manager of the LAND network in Danmark (permaculture demonstration sites) and manages the LAND centers in Danmark.
– Editor of the European Permaculture Network Newsletter
– Has training in journalism, communication, management and project management
– Member of the board of the Danish permaculture association
– Founder of Orø Transition and Orø Forest Gardens

Tycho Holcomb
Tycho is originally from California and has a lifelong interest in edible plants, gardening, and integrated edible and useful landscapes. He now lives in Denmark with his wife in the ecovillage Friland, where they designed and built a strawbale house, forest garden and homestead from scratch. He runs a small agroforestry farm with vegetable csa, fruit and nut trees, berries and perennial vegetables, integrated with chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, and sheep.

– Wrote the book “Permakulturhaven” and the cardgame “flerårige grøntsager” with his partner
– Lives in the eco village Friland, with 44 other houses as well as a community house, restaurant, workshops and other workplaces.
– Built a house and a permaculture garden from scratch where there was only a field before.
– The house and the garden are designed and implemented with permaculture and natural methods
– Grows vegetables, fruit, berries and nuts in a food forest
– Ducks keep the snails away from his vegetable garden
– Teaches in PDC courses as well as special courses in making bows, tanning skins, growing for sustainability with no dig methods, food forests and perennial vegetables
– Holds diploma in permaculture
– Does permaculture designs for others
– Runs a plant nursery
– Runs a community supported agriculture
– Farms rabbits and geese for sale

Hildur Dagbjört Arnardóttir

Hildur works full time in permaculture, in a engineering company as a landscape architect, runs and grows vegetables in the CSA Gróandi and teaches permaculture. She has truly used permaculture on all aspects of her life and is constantly making drastic changes to her own and her family’s lifestyle. Her four kids are raised in honesty about the state of the world and what we can do to counter that development. Eco-friendly mentality and lifestyle are a constant theme in the family life.

– Has been teaching permaculture for a few years
– Is taking a permaculture diploma in the British system
– Holds regular presentations about permaculture in icelandic
– Works on making icelandic teaching material about permaculture
– Has particular interest in good communication tecniques and behavioral changes.
– Grows vegetables for 50 families in the community supported agriculture Gróandi
– Holds a masters degree in landscape architechture, specialiced in designing ecovillages, natural methods to clean sewage and natural toilet solutions
– Member of the board of the Icelandic permaculture association.
– Member of the Green Team for Environmentally Certified Westfjords
– Assessor for Green Steps in institutions in the Westfjords

PRACTICAL

COSTS: 185.000 KR
ALL MEALS INCLUDED. VEGETARIAN / VEGAN
POSSIBILITY FOR CHEAP ACCOMODATION IN THE GEODESIC DOME
IT IS POSSIBLE TO APPLY FOR REDUCTION OF FEES.  http://www.permavillage.net/namsgjold-pdc-2020
DATES: 9 – 20 SEPTEMBER

LOCATION

Seljalandsvegur 100
Ísafjörður

Signup:
www.permavillage.net/sign-up-2020

Alfred Decker Courses 2020

Due to the pandemic, all of my courses for 2020 have so far been postponed or cancelled. However, there are three teacher trainings which still may take place this year depending on what happens with Covid-19, and some courses which may be rescheduled for 2021.

Please contact info [at] 12pdesign [dot] net for more information: 

  • Teacher Training in Portugal: October 18 – 24, 2020
  • Teacher Training in France: October 31 – November 7, 2020
  • Teacher Training in Norway: 1st half of December, 2020

2020 Courses That May Be Rescheduled to 2021: 

  • Earth Activist Training (full PDC) with Starhawk in Sweden
  • Social Permaculture in Fribourg, Switzerland
  • PDC at Refugee Camp in Lesvos, Greece
  • Social Permaculture in Porto, Portugal
  • Social Permaculture in Sweden

Possible Courses in 2021: 

  • Teacher Training in Spain (La Bolina)
  • Social Permaculture in Spain (La Bolina) 

National Permaculture Convergence (Britain)

September 11-13, Oxfordshire, England.
Bringing about positive change can be hard work. It’s important to make strong, lasting connections with people who share our hopes and concerns for the future. 
The convergence is about encouraging people from all across Britain to come together as a community of designers, educators, learners and activists putting permaculture at the heart of a network of thriving communities.

So if you’re looking for some positive energy for recharging your soil, soul and society, then look no further!

Full weekend adult tickets for members are available from £105. Non-member prices are 20% higher. Subsidised places are available for those on lower incomes.

https://events.permaculture.org.uk/convergence-2020

Spanish Convergence in July

23d until the 26th of July

This year, the yearly Spanish Permaculture Convergence will be held in a special place, the eco-village Lakabe. Lakabe can be found in the North of Spain, in Navarra. 40 years ago, on the 21st of March 1980, it was an abandoned settlement which was foundagain by a group of people with a Vision. Today, they are living that Vision and about 40 people live in this regenerated, self-contained community. 

Permacultura Íbera, the organizing body of the “CEP” (Convergencia Estatal de Permacultura), the Spanish yearly Permaculture Convergence, is grateful for the opportunity to be able to offer the national Permaculture Designers to spend time in this inspiring place, and looks forward to celebrating their 40 years of existence with Lakabe’s residents. 40 years of voluntary frugality, of setting an example, 40 years of working wíth nature, nót against it. See you in Lakabe from the 23d until the 26th of July! 

Lakabe, medieval Spanish ghost town becomes self-sufficient ecovillage (YouTube)

http://www.permaculturaibera.org/convergencia-estatal-permacultura/cep-2020/

A celebration of rewilding the world – Feral Dutch Design 2020

During Dutch Design Week, 16 to 25 October 2020, De Kloosterbostuin in Eindhoven The Netherlands is organising the first edition of the annual Feral Dutch Design* show at Landgoed Eikenburg.

Dutch Design Week is an established international design show that attracts over 350,000 visitors to Eindhoven each year in the last full week of October. It showcases the harvest of innovative, creative and esthetic design by young and established designers. DDW is known for radical, challenging and controversial work. The past few years have seen a surge in “green” and “sustainable” design. Still even this innovative work seems stuck in greenwashing the urban mindset and industrially manufactured world. Due to the triple bottom line of biodiversity, climate (energy) and material resource emergencies, new windows are opening. There is a renewed interest in rewilding not just nature but also our own human societies and individual lives.

From the DDW.nl web site: “Dutch design DDW does not just see Dutch design as a label for a certain group of designers or design aesthetic, but as a permanent reflection of a culture and attitude that is characteristic of the Netherlands and of Dutch people. We identify with a solution-oriented approach, functionality, humanism, free thinkers, brutality, humour, ability to put things into perspective, single-mindedness, not hindered by thinking in terms of hierarchical barriers, the unconventional. But also the readiness for taking stakeholders seriously and involving them in the solution, in the creative process. Dutch design is an attitude and does not by definition refer to a nationality.”

“In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 350,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than 110 locations across the city, DDW organizes and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities.

Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.

DDW concentrates on the design of the future and the future of design. It is our objective to show how designers from around the world shape a positive future and to strengthen the position and meaning of Dutch designers.”

Feral Dutch Design aims to show design from the perspective of the free and wild world of unconditional hospitality of nature. An exploration of a new relationship between mobile human communities of permanauts (enduring sailors) and a replenished biosphere. The show celebrates the remaining wilderness and recapturing the wildness of free people like you and I. Come join us for a week of co-creation and inspiration of life beyond urban permaculture. Exhibition, demonstrations, courses, workshops, fashion show, music, food tastings, Open Space and networking opportunities.Register your interest by email to info [at] dekloosterbostuin [dot] nl. Please include your name and address so we can get back to you.

De Kloosterbostuin is the first emerging iLAND centre in The Netherlands.

*Feral Dutch Design is a working title.

Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture courses

In this two day course for parents, teachers and other educators to learn how to engage children in permaculture, participants will learn how the permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to education; discover some great benefits of outdoor learning; learn how to create child-led sessions which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hands and head; and much more!  

28&29 Sep @ Landmatters, Devon, England

5&6 Oct @ the Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, England

5&6 Oct @ LearningInNature, Espoo, Finland

9&10 Nov @ Montrose, Angus, Scotland

and more… watch this space:

More info: http://childreninpermaculture.com/events/  

Contact us:  cip.info.training [at] gmail [dot] com