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) 

Czech Permaculture

Czech Permaculture had cancelled several courses and stands on various fairs in spring, but it seems that from June, things start to work normally again. For example Denisa Tomášková  organized a 5-days course of advanced permaculture design  in the mountains of Eastern Bohemia, focused on a budding international community of artists who are also interested in sustainable production of food.

So far, all courses in Czech Republic are held only in Czech language.

New Online learning platform

By Jemma Findley

The Permaculture Association Britain has started discussions around commoning its online learning platform. Testing of its first ‘Foundations of permaculture – Design for Resilience’ online course is already underway but planning how the platform and its future resources will be collectively managed by permaculture educators has just begun. The platform will launch before September this year and many educators worldwide are coming together through the permaculture associations global educators membership and its highly experienced voluntary Education Working Group to collaborate – utilising an experienced online-course / blended learning design team, our Certified Teachers Register and 30+ years of quality teaching experience. If you would like to join in with these discussions, join the global educators membership now and benefit from the twice monthly calls about all things permaculture education. They are also a great opportunity to connect with your peers during isolation. Last month we had calls in from all over the UK and France, Italy, Germany and Australia. Educators chose the topics in the NOG meetings – On the 11th we meet about ‘Maintaining teaching standards whilst teaching remotely.’ 

News from the Czech permaculture

by Maya DiGaia

Many permaculture events have been canceled due to the pandemic restrictions, but people in Permakultura CS have been busy anyway.

The PDC by Akademie permakultury has been moved online.

The big launch of the Czech translation of Patrick Whitefield’s How to make a forest garden has at least a facebook video, the book is now available in Permakultura CS online store. https://www.facebook.com/katka.mrkev.horackova/videos/10158188545848588/

The plan for the summer is to visit new places aspiring to become Permaculture Demonstration Sites and be placed on our map. https://www.permakulturacs.cz/#mapanchor
There is also one advanced permaculture course planned for June, held in Czech.