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 http://learn.permaculture.org.uk
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.
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(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.
EACH MODULE INCLUDES
– 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…
IN ADDITION, THE FULL MODULAR PDC INCLUDES:
– 6 weekend modules covering the 72 hour Permaculture Design Course Curriculum facilitated by our local teaching team
The 72 – hour – Permaculture Design Course (PDC) over 3 extended weekends from July to August this year was organized by Soned e. V. (Southern Networks for Environment and Development), an organization based in Berlin, which focuses on promoting permaculture and networking between initiatives applying permaculture all around the world.
Each of the three courses took place at a different location (two in Berlin, the third in Werder/Havel) and was taught by a different teacher. We were a diverse and interesting group of 15 people, who fit together very well. While, in the first days, we got a theoretic overview about approaches to permaculture, the second and third part went deeper into the principles and concentrated on examples.
In the first course, we had the opportunity to get to know the community garden »Frieda Süd« at the Friedrichstraße. This environment was very helpful to get a first understanding of the wide social, ecological, economical and interdisciplinary context of permaculture.
The community garden is run by people from the neighbourhood, for the neighbourhood. Staying on the site from morning to evening, we could observe first hand, how well it was functioning. Many diverse groups of people use this space. Elderly people and tourists in the morning, around midday mothers with children and people who volunteer to support migrants by helping with their paperwork, later, fathers meeting for their after – work beer and in between neighbours showing up to take care of their vegetable gardens. There was even a group with instruments for a jam session in the evening. All this happened, while we where sharing this vibrant space in a silent corner of Frieda Süd listening to Rike Oemisch, an experienced PC Designer, who introduced us into the topic. We learned that the term permaculture consists of the words permanent and agriculture and refers to the sincere approach to give the most valuable ingredients we can contribute: permanent time, dedication, ideas, social interaction, attention and endurance to a special field of interest, a piece of land or a group of people, animals, or plants, in order to create self-sustaining eco systems.
There are certain design principles and methods to reach this goal. The circumstances can be as wide as the range of colours of the rainbow and the solutions are not predictable beforehand. However, following the principles, totally new approaches to face individual problems and discover unusual solutions are possible. It became very clear to us that we should make use of this knowledge right now. Overconsumption, exploitation of animals, nature and soil, deforestation and unsustainable systems of food growth are important topics and can be addressed with the help of permaculture. The permaculture flower represents by its design its principles and ethics. We finished the days baking pizza in a clay oven and experimenting with planned and unplanned recipes.
The second course focussed on the social aspects of permaculture. The chosen environment was again very much in line with the content of the course. It took place at “Kreutziger 19” a former squatted building with a beautiful backyard. The cooperative consisting of six houses provides an affordable and agreeable living space and also hosts the Soned e. V. office. The experienced permaculture designer Sonita Mbah from Cameroon introduced us further into the social aspect of the subject.
Most of us were surprised by the fairly broad questions about how to organize society on the base of equality, freedom and peace. This was not only a philosophical exercise, but also we where thrown into practice, by doing several organizational processes within the group. We learned to use the method »dragon dreaming«, a planning tool for groups. We dreamt about the upcoming »Weltfest«, which is organized by Soned e. V. every two years on a public square in the district and in our imagination, it became a new and colourful reality. We learned to see ourselves as dreamers, planners, doers or celebrators representing the different stages of a design process. At first, everybody was joking about celebrating as the last stage of the process, but reflecting on it, we found that in our society we are not much used to celebrate our completed tasks and projects. Very special to us was the evening talk of Rose Mutua, presenting a permaculture project in Kenya, which showed that there is more to permaculture than gardening and that permaculture is already being practiced around the world. Talking about the different realities, made it clear that we can and need to learn from each other. The solidarity cocktails after the presentation were great and showed little side effects the next morning.
For the 3d course, we met outside of Berlin at “Dicke Eiche” in the Werder / Havel Area, a beautiful house in the countryside and close to a lake. Again this was an example of a house and wide green space organised and run by a community of people, practicing alternative ways of living in tune with nature. It felt very familiar to meet the others in beautiful and interesting new surroundings again. The group vibe, developed over the last courses, was strong and laughing was as important as providing time and space to every individual.
Robert Strauch the teacher of this last course introduced us still deeper into the topic by looking into specific possibilities permaculture offers. For example, we were taught how to read topographic maps in order to analyse a certain piece of land and be able to zone it for living, growing and saving water. Or we learned about detailed life cycles of forests and their methods of air and water processing. We also learned how farmers could answer the rise of temperature, by farming differently and using the right trees in order to protect their land from dryness. Robert´s class gave us a more hopeful view into the future we are facing regarding the impact of climate change as he offered many ideas on how to react to it. As this was also the last part of our course, it made sense that we used part of it to work on planning exciting sites, to put our newly acquired knowledge into practise. We formed groups and each one worked on a different site. The result of the group proposals was presented on the last day. This experience was challenging because of the diversity of opinions in the group and additionally, the limited time put pressure on us. However, reflecting on our outcome afterwards, we all agreed that it is an integral element of planning to discuss and exchange different opinions. Methods like the “talking stick”, “dragon dreaming” and many more are tools that can truly help us out here. We are strong in groups but we also have a huge need to have our individual ideas to be heard and respected. So, in order to form “one common shared goal” we have to open up to the process and rethink and evaluate it all the time. Like nature, processes are not static and we have to respect this constant change in order to be able to work with instead of against it.
Text by: Sherin Abu Chouka, Rose Mutua, Lena Hirche
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.
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
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