An all round unique volunteering opportunity in the heart of Bulgaria

June 1st –   November 30th, 2021

Would you like to take part in a community building project with a focus on growing food while enhancing biodiversity?

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is the new European Union initiative that offers opportunities for young people to volunteer in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. Green School Village (GSV) is excited to be offering people the opportunity to volunteer at the Balkan Ecology Project (BalkEP) under this initiative. This 6 month project is open to enthusiastic young people aged between 18 – 30 who are interested in developing food growing systems that enhance biodiversity, and want to take an active part in community building.

What will you be doing?

  • Learning from hands on experience how to plan, sow, plant, maintain and harvest produce from a vegetable garden. Experience different methods of processing the harvest using local methods and building simple dehydrators
  • Learning how to identify local herbs and their medicinal uses and experiment with making some homemade herbal remedies
  • Helping to support the local community by designing and creating a community garden and maintaining valuable infrastructure such as a shared garden irrigation system and local mountain trails. Engaging with the youth to help create a social sports club
  • Keeping a creative journal and blogging about your progress, tracking your experiences to share
  • Immersing yourself into local culture. Activities take place Monday – Friday for 6 hours a day, leaving plenty of free time. Included in the experience is Bulgarian language lessons

  Why should you take part?

  • You will gain valuable insight into what it takes to actually run food producing systems and how you can enhance biodiversity within them
  • This opportunity will give you hands-on experience and transferable skills that encourage entrepreneurship or enhance your employability
  • The ESC initiative covers your food, accommodation, travelling, language lessons, pocket money, mentorship and insurance costs
  • If you live in a rural area/outskirts of a city or you are unemployed/on low wage, you will get a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course from GSV throughout the whole ESC project

Interested? Then we look forward to hearing from you!

Please register here!

For more information (PDF)

Misha at esc [at] greenschoolvillage [dot] org or Sophie at balkanecologyproject [at] gmail [dot] com

Deadline for applications 30/04/21

The Diploma Process (Nordic)

In this video, we explore how one can develop their Permaculture Design skills by working towards a diploma for Applied Permaculture Design. Featured is Catrine Dolleris, who is a Diploma Tutor in the UK and Nordic Systems as well as the LAND coordinator for the Nordic countries, and is also showing parts of her diploma and her LAND centre in Denmark.

You can learn more about the process and how to register for diploma for Applied Permaculture Design in the Nordic countries on these websites:……

If you want to get acquainted with the diploma and the LAND centre of Cathrine Dolleris, please check the following links:……

To learn more about starting a diploma for Applied Permaculture Design in the Balkan region, follow the webiste of the Permaculture Association of Bulgaria (currently under construction):

The movie is created as part of Green School Village’s project “Capacity Building of Permaculture in Bulgaria” and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Producer: Mihaela Tsarchinska Narrator: Mihail Kossev Interviewer: Mihaela Tsarchinska Camera: Philip Varionov Editing: Mihail Kossev Script: Mihail Kossev and Mihaela Tsarchinska Subtitles: Mihail Kossev Music:, и други * We do not own the music, it is royalty-free for non-commercial use * Special thanks to Bogdan Boev and his invaluable advises regarding photo and video equipment! Twitter @Bogdan_Boev….

14 IPC (International Permaculture Convergence) Argentina – postponed to November-December 2022

Dear friends of the Permaculture World, Children and Youth Groups, Indigenous- and Rural- and all Communities Everywhere!

The IPC14 Argentina team together with the IPC Council, in the constant effort of adaptation to the world-wide pandemic and its consequences, have decided to delay the next International Permaculture Convergence that was to take place in 2021. The current date for the 14th IPC is November-December 2022.

The event will be hosted at “Madre Selva”, the physical base of the Ná Lu’um Permaculture Institute in Argentina, with the option of online participation in the so-called Blended style (physical event plus real-time coordinated online presence). If the world-wide situation requires continuation of travel restrictions and social distancing, the event may be completely online. Only 2022 will allow for that decision to be made.

Further plans are being made for the 15th IPC to be hosted in Taiwan between October and December 2024, most probably as well via the Blended style. Earth Passengers is the host of the 15th IPC: / Contact – Hui-i Chiang (twoisone1206 [at] gmail [dot] com)

All updates regarding these events will continue to be shared on the 14IPC Facebook page and the IPCC webpage.

Sending you light, blessings and warm regards from the place each one of us is located now.

  • 14th IPC Argentina Organizing Committee
  • International Permaculture Convergence Council
  • Friends of IPC


A Blended event is an in-person event that includes participants who cannot travel or choose not to travel. It’s a standard meeting, workshop or conference with participants on site and others who join remotely using fully interactive 2-way audio and video communication, from the beginning to the end of the event – during plenaries, breakout sessions, and sometimes even during social breaks, meals and fringe encounters.

In Blended events online participants have priority! It is very easy to ignore online participants. For that reason everyone in the room is invited to direct some personal care into including them. Event organisers must make them visible in the room at all times and whenever there is activity facilitators must invite them to speak first. During breakout sessions, small groups and outdoor activities, everyone is invited to use their own device in order to include remote participants.

Read more about Blended events here:

Organization in Argentina: Instituto de Permacultura Ná Lu‘um
Contact person: Tierra Martínez, ipc14argentina [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone number: +39 3896514679


IPCC – International Permaculture Convergence Council
Margarethe Holzer and John Nzira (Coordinators)
Mail: council [at] internationalpermacultureconvergence [dot] org
Phone: +43 6502851185

New Online Learning Platform

An exciting new online learning platform launched by the Permaculture Association in October has been a great success. Featuring a range of courses, including a six-module Foundations of Permaculture course, several short courses, and teacher led versions of these, there is something for everyone. The platform enables people to start learning instantly- in their own time and from their own homes. The response has been outstanding with hundreds of learners from around the world signing up to learn permaculture, with the courses and platform receiving excellent reviews. For a free sample lesson, and to browse all the courses currently on offer, visit

Some free places are available for black, Asian or minority ethnic people on upcoming teacher-led online courses. For full info:

Czech news

After some discussion about our yearly nationwide permaculture conference being move to online format, we have decided to simply postpone it for the next year, as the main objective for people to attend is always an in-person contact (which was made impossible by the pandemic). So the conference theme, “Appropriate technologies” is being saved for 2021 (hopefully).

With everything moving online, we are developing lots of content for our newish Permakultura CS youtube channel. We have put some effort towards translation of subtitles for Happen Films’ insiring permaculture videos, so non-english-speaking Czechs can enjoy them too. And there are 13 original videos in Czech too.

Our team has been busy with book translations too. 2 czech translations of books with forest garden themes have been published with some crowdfunding help, How to Make a Forest Garden by Patrick Whitefield and Forest gardening in practice by Tomas Remiarz. In connection with there was a succesful crowdfunding campaign to make a documentary about Czech forest gardens, so it’s coming out in spring 2021. 

PDC Portugal

The New Discoveries Project and Quinta Vale da Lama open registration for:

Modular Permaculture Design Course 

REGISTRATIONS HEREINSCRIÇÕES AQUI(Help us to share this information)

(Course in english com tradução para Português)

Join us for an in-depth Permaculture Design Course, structured over weekends from 28th November to 21st February, 2020. Or, join us for just one or two weekends to deepen your knowledge of specific topics.


–      Non-formal  2-day education experience facilitated by our local teaching team

–      Access to our Permaculture Library and Digital Resources

–      Opportunity to participate in weekly practical activities, including gardening, orchard care, bioconstruction, and more…


–      6 weekend modules covering the 72 hour Permaculture Design Course Curriculum facilitated by our local teaching team

–      Weekly Practical Experiences at Vale da Lama Farm or Projecto Novas Descobertas space in the farm

–      Individual Mentoring Calls with Course Tutors between each module to support you in applying new knowledge at home

–      Reading / Video assigned between modules to deepen learning (Optional)

–      In-depth, 80-day design process: allowing a more realistic and in-depth experience of how Permaculture design happens

–      Membership in Projecto Novas Descobertas Association (Discounted access to our advanced courses, such as Teacher Training…)

6 modules on weekends November 28th- February 21st (Maximum of 20 students):

November 28-29 – Introduction to Permaculture Design: Tools for Creating Sustainable Systems Using Nature’s Design Toolkit

December 12-13 – Healthy Water & Soils: Managing Essential Resources for Personal & Global Health & Abundance

January 9-10 – Garden, Farm, & Forest: Meeting Our Needs with Diverse Living Systems

January 23-24 – Systems for Human Settlements: Designing Resilient Systems for Energy, Economy, Technology and Construction

February 13-14 – Design Studio Weekend: Within a learning community approach, improve designs with peer & mentor feedback.

February 21st – Design Presentations & PDC Certificates Ceremony

*Individual Mentoring between sessions (30 minutes per student between modules)

Prices or other INFO go to THIS PAGE


Atenciosamente,Projecto Novas Descobertas

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