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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
– 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 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
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