Permaculture Design Course

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Date(s) - 05/06/2018 - 14/06/2018
All Day

Damarco Alloggio Turistico e Bistro


What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. It has many branches that include, but are not limited to, ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction. Permaculture also includes integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, and regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modelled from natural ecosystems.

How long is the course?

The 10-day intensive course (8 hours/day) will be directed by a group of international teachers with permaculture design diplomas. At the end of the course the students will receive a PDC certificate.

Who are the participants?

Local and international people who want to acquire profound knowledge of permaculture. The course will be held in English language.

When and where does it take place?

The course will take place from 5. to 14. June 2018 at Damarco, Cerbaro 1, 36015 Schio (VI), Italy.

The students should arrive on June 4th so that the first lesson can start in the morning of Tuesday, 5th of June.

How big will be the group?

The minimum number of participants is 12. The maximum is 22.

Who are the teachers?

Smilja Ignjatovic has been on the Permaculture journey for 7 years. She got her official PDC diploma in 2013 and The Diploma of Permaculture Design in 2017. Smilja has been organizing PDC courses since 2013 and lecturing since 2014. Other workshops and courses she was involved in (as organizer or lecturer) are for example the Designing a Food Forest Course and workshops on Wet Zones. Smilja is a co-founder of the NGO “Earthship Serbia” and a co-developer of porcelain urine separators for composting toilets. Mainly working as a natural builder she has three permaculture site development projects in her portfolio.

Cvijeta Biščević is a permaculture designer, educator and researcher with an MA in architecture and a background in land-use planning. Attending a Permaculture Design Course in 2011 impelled her to search for practical regenerative solutions to lifestyle challenges in both urban and rural landscapes. She has since been involved in several initiatives for promoting urban food production and establishing urban gardens in Croatia. This has led her to further develop a special interest in soils and composting, and to actively promote agricultural systems which regenerate biodiversity, whilst strengthening social cohesion.

What are the costs?

Between 650 and 750 euros including tuition, food and accommodation (the cost varies depending on the type of accommodation chosen). The course rate will include 11 nights in Damarco-lodge with three vegetarian meals per day. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the bar of Damarco. People from the area can also book only the course without accommodation.

Contact us  and we will send you more information about costs and availabilities.

What is the content of the course?

The course will comprise the following subjects:

  • introduction to permaculture and the state of the world 
  • introduction to permaculture design: 5 element analysis, permaculture principles, tool for designing (zones, sectors)
  • reading the landscape (possible with practical workshop)
  • water in the landscape (possible with practical workshop)
  • water in permaculture systems 
  • soil
  • food productions in zones 1 + 2 (possible with practical workshop)
  • food production in zones 3 + 4
  • forests and succession
  • perennial plants and forest gardens 
  • energy in permaculture
  • natural building (possible with practical workshop)
  • 5th element: community & organization (e.g. participative decision making, collaborative groups, alternative economy) (possible with practical workshop)
  • minimum of 2 practicals depending on the weather 
  • facilitating the design process + presentations of projects 

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