10 Week Residential Program - Vale da Lama, Portugal

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The Vale da Lama Internship Course is a 10-week residential program that picks up where the popular PDC (Permaculture Design Course) leaves off, providing skills, hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge for continuing permaculture work in your own projects.

Throughout the program the learning consists of a combination of in-depth theoretical information on the subjects, hands on activities and practical design work.

The course subjects include:

Design skills and techniques

Water Conservation

Soils and Food Production

Food forest maintenance

Holistic Management & grazing planning


Eco-construction (light)

Urban Permaculture

Community and Transition

Teacher training

with specific topics like aquaponics, animal husbandry, home gardening, rainwater harvesting, mushroom cultivation, etc.


The course contains a design challenge continuing throughout the course and one day per week of work on the farm projects and maintenance jobs.

The main tutor, Lesley Martin, one of Portugal's most experienced permaculture teachers, has been teaching permaculture courses in Britain and Portugal for more than 14 years.

Specific topics will be lead by other local teachers and specialists in their fields, including Nuno Mamede, Pedro Prata, Sergio and Carmen Maraschin, Maria Rute, Helder Valente and others..

Venue information:

Permaculture Institute of Vale da Lama is located in the South West coast of the Algarve in Portugal. The farm has 42 ha of formerly intensively farmed land with gardens, orchards, food forests and pasture, now being healed and tended to by practicing permaculture and regenerative agriculture.

Dates: 
23 August 2012 to 31 October 2012
Teachers
Lesley Martin
Telephone number: 
(+351) 282 697 610

INTEGRAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE

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This course introduces the concept of Integral Permaculture Design based upon Chris's own interpretation and practice of permaculture design over the last 22 years. This Integral Permaculture Design course shows an holistic framework for integrating the three primary perspectives of the environment, the community and the self. It will include some of the valuable work carried out by the Spanish Integral Permaculture Design group, NodEspiral, and introduce the integral mapping and thinking of Ken Wilbur.

Integral Permaculture Design includes all interpretations of permaculture we see now and integrates them together with the latest emergent collective thinking on the subject of how all things come together.

This is essentially a practical course, intended to provide maps and models for our thinking to allow us to generate and refine integrated solutions to the major challenges we face today. It is an Advanced Permaculture Design course and requires a good understanding of the ethics, principles and design tools of Permaculture Design. It is particularly suited to teachers of Permaculture Design and apprentices of the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design but is open to all.

Early booking is highly recommended as places are limited.

Dates: 
27 July 2012 to 29 July 2012
Teachers
Chris Dixon
Cost: 
£150-£250
Address: 
Five Acres, Downe, Kent BR6 7HL
Contact name: 
Nicci del Rio
Telephone number: 
01689 854196

Design your vision - from personal to broadscale

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Directly after the British Convergence in August Designed Visions will be hosting a design immersion week exploring the edges of people based and broadscale design. This will be an opportunity for you to capture your inspiration and work with others in a guided permaculture design process. A time to celebrate and share the written wisdom of Aranya & Looby in their books ‘Permaculture Design’ and ‘People and Permaculture’ both released into the wild this year. Spend some quality time with leading permaculturalists, as they celebrate nearly a century of permaculture design between them, and the 8 year anniversary of Designed Visions. There will be support and guidance on how to design your permaculture pathway.

Dates: 
27 August 2012 to 2 September 2012
More dates and times information: 
We will be starting on monday evening and departures on sunday morning
Teachers
Aranya, Looby Macnamara, Chris Evans, Hannah Thorogood, Peter Cow, and Jillian Hovey
Apprentice Teachers
yes
Cost: 
TBC
Contact Details: 
Telephone number: 
01326 251302

Advanced design course

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During this week we will creating a design for an area of the National Botanic Garden of Wales which has recently received funding. This is an exciting course because the design will be carried forward and implemented immediately. Some of this work could be used as part of people's diplomas.

Dates: 
13 August 2012 to 19 August 2012
More dates and times information: 
Starting at 9am on monday, so campers can arrive on sunday afternoon. We will finish on sunday 19th afternoon.
Teachers
Looby Macnamara and Chris Evans
Apprentice Teachers
yes
Cost: 
This course will be subsidised. final costs tbc
Contact name: 
Kay Bailey
Telephone number: 
01558 667150

Regenerative Agriculture Advanced Permaculture Design Course

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This is a rare visit to Britain by one of the World's most in-demand permaculture & keyline design consultants. It's an opportunity to learn from a master how to take our skills into the broadscale (farming) community & to begin to make a significant difference to the rural landscape.

This course is most suitable for:

* Permaculture teachers & trainee teachers.
* Permaculture Diploma apprentices.
* LAND network stewards.
* Anyone establishing a permaculture-based business.
* Permaculture Design Course graduates keen to work on broadscale projects.

Dates: 
24 October 2011 to 30 October 2011
Teachers
Darren Doherty - Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), Approved Keyline Designer, & Accredited Permaculture Training Trainer
Cost: 
£690 residential / £550 non-residential
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How Would Nature Do That? Bio-Inspired Design

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Participants on this dynamic course will be presented with a fresh design lens by looking at the natural world. They will be offered dynamic examples of successful applications of biomimetic innovation from a surprising range of professions, including: architecture, product design and medicine. Participants will practice techniques for discovery, analysis, ideation and implementation of creative solutions using experimental, problem solving and team based learning.
From a new generation of solar cells based on Oriental Hornets, to how ant colonies can teach businesses about efficiency; Tom McKeag, lecturer at University of California, will help participants to learn how nature has already found sustainable and efficient answers to many of the big problems we face today.

To find out more about this course
Email: admin@schumachercollege.org.uk
Visit
http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/how-would-nature-do-that-bio...

Tel:+44 (0)1803 865934

Dates: 
13 June 2011 to 17 June 2011
Teachers
Tom McKeag
Apprentice Teachers
no
Address: 
Schumacher College The Old Postern Dartington Totnes Devon TQ9 6EA
Contact name: 
Schumacher College
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1803 865934

Biomimicry and Buildings: Innovation and Sustainability in Architecture

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What should our built environment be like if it is to be genuinely sustainable?

Taking our inspiration from nature to address this question points us towards all that can be learned from the amazing innovations and creative coping strategies that organisms have developed to minimise their use of resources – the world of biomimicry. But looking to nature can also remind us of the value of using local resources that require minimal amounts of processing and energy inputs. Both approaches can have a role in creating healthy, beautiful, and resource-efficient living or working spaces.
This course invites participants to find out more about exciting new and traditional approaches to building and to reflect on their own understanding of what makes for sustainable architecture.

http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/biomimicry-and-buildings-inn...

Tel: +44 (0)1803 865934
Email: admin@schumachercollege.org.uk

Dates: 
20 June 2011 to 24 June 2011
Teachers
Michael Pawlyn, Robert Somerville
Apprentice Teachers
no
Address: 
Schumacher College The Old Postern Dartington Totnes Devon TQ9 6EA
Contact name: 
Schumacher College
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1803 865934

One Year Practical Sustainability Course

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In two and a half days a week for 40 weeks the course covers modules on Permaculture Design, Organic Horticulture, Green Building, Woodland Management, Soil and Ecology, Energy, Group Dynamics, Creating Change and Community Engagement.

A far reaching and holistic exploration of the practicalities of creating a resilient, productive, community-led future. The curriculum is taught with a dynamic mix of practical hands on sessions, classroom workshops, lectures and discussions, field trips with each term culminating in a group design project. This pioneering one year course brings together some of the most experienced and knowledgeable practitioners and tutors in the SW and beyond.

Tutors include Patrick Whitefield, Ben Law, Tim Foster, Mike Feingold, Tony Wrench, Sarah Pugh, Matt Dunwell, Glennie Kindred, Dr Chris Johnstone, Justin Smith, Jeannie Thompson, Mike Gardener, Trevor Haughton, Nick Osborne, Alice Cutler, Jackson Moulding, Max Drake, Jay Abrahams and many others.

Places are limited so if you'd like to spend a year exploring and expanding into sustainability book early to confirm your place.

Dates: 
6 September 2011 to 26 July 2012
More dates and times information: 
Tues and Wed 9am to 5pm and Thurs 9am till 1pm for 40 weeks following school term times.
Teachers
Sarah Pugh, Patrick Whitefield, Ben Law, Nick Osborne, Tim Foster, Mike Gardner, Trevor Houghton, Mike Feingold,Tony Wrench and more
Apprentice Teachers
no
Cost: 
£1950
Address: 
St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Rd, Bristol BS2 9TJ
Contact name: 
Sarah Pugh
Telephone number: 
07765 604571

Permaculture Skills: the design process, Lancaster

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For people who have completed their permaculture 72-hour design course and are thinking of going on to the diploma or just want to know more. This course will go through the whole design process, from the offer of design services through to the design proposal, developing the brief (including use of PAS sheets, base mapping, and consultation), the concept report, and the full design including quantities and costings. Proposals for implementation will be covered for those wanting to offer a full service.

Dates: 
16 April 2011 to 17 April 2011
More dates and times information: 
Start saturday 16th of April 10am - or you can arrive friday evening if you like. Ends 5pm on sunday afternoon 17th April
Teachers
Mark Fisher
Cost: 
£80
Address: 
Middlewood Trust, Backsbottom Farm, Wray, Nr Lancaster, LA2 9LL
Contact name: 
Steven Beesley
Telephone number: 
07824 619450

Practical Sustainability Course (One Year)

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Curriculum covers Permaculture Design, Soil and Ecology,Organic Horticulture, Woodland Management, Green Buildings, Relocalisation, Energy, Group Dynamics, Community Engagement and Creating Change. Looking at all aspects of sustainability from a hands-on and solutions based perspective. Option of work experience in addition to course hours.

Dates: 
7 September 2010 to 28 July 2011
More dates and times information: 
Two and a half days a week (all day tues/wed/half thurs). Held at St Werburghs Community Centre and other sites around Bristol.
Teachers
Sarah Pugh, Patrick Whitefield, Ben Law, Mike Feingold, Chris Johnstone, Glennie Kindred, Andy Hamilton and many more
Cost: 
£1,800