Build Your Own Lithium Power Bank

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From small mobile battery packs to household battery banks to electric vehicles to grid scale storage, we are relying more and more on batteries as a crucial party of our energy system. And with distributed renewable energy becoming more common, there's never been a greater emphasis on the importance of storing electricity.
This half day workshop will take a look at some of the everyday applications for lithium batteries, how they work, what differences there are between different types of lithium cells, what the risks and dangers are, and how the way they are used is changing. We will show how to recover lithium cells from old laptop batteries to build your own power bank, and explain how you might use them in your own DIY energy projects.
You will:

  • Learn what energy is - how it works today, and what’s in store for the future
  • Understand the electrical basics: current, voltage, resistance, power, series and parallel circuits
  • Build your own USB power bank!
  • Understand how to recover and test lithium battery cells
  • Dig deeper into the energy dilemma - and possible solutions

 
No prior knowledge required!
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All profits reinvested into our social objectives.
Demand Energy Equality is a not-for-profit dedicated to increasing energy literacy, reducing energy demand and working with others to ensure equality of energy access.

Dates: 
18 August 2019
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11am - 3.30pm
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Ian Westmoreland
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Cost: 
£40 (concessions available)
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Unit C, 59 Ladywell Road, Lewisham, London, SE13 7UT
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Ian Westmoreland
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10 day Permaculture in Practice Internship in Spain

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This an opportunity to have a deep, comprehensive and hands-on learning experience that provides the foundational learning in permaculture and regenerative design as well as advanced skills, during a Internship Program with lots of hands-on permaculture application, with additional hours for advanced design practice and learning.
During the Internship Program you will get a chance to:
• Receive a toolkit of comprehensive course materials covering all the different areas of permaculture design (printed playbook and digital files)
• Gain an understanding of the principles of permaculture design, an in-depth introduction into water management and earthworks with hands-on projects specific to the site needs
• Get Practical hands-on experience of implementing a Permaculture Design
• Work together in a small group on a design project that you will present at the end of the course, with opportunities to do other individual system designs
• Interact and network with participants and experienced instructors
• Experience rural and farm living
• Experience community with a shared vision and goal
• Experience living & learning on a Permaculture site in its pioneer phase with lots of learning opportunities
• Upon completion of the course curriculum and the group design work receive an Internship Certificate.
• All Rates Includes Camping or shared dormitory and all Food, Plus over 15gb of Data
• Class usually lasts from approximately 9:00 to 17:00, though we often go on until later as everyone is enjoying the work and wants to get the needfuls done.
• The course will be conducted in English. All participants need a functional level of English in order to follow and contribute to classes, clarify doubts, collaborate in groups and present their individual design projects.

Dates: 
3 September 2019
13 September 2019
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450 Euro
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Permaculture Internship - on Paradies Island Palawan

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Palawan Island – Tierra Libre Ecotopia Internship Program
1 or 3 or 6 Month Permaculture Internships for only 150 Dollar monthly cost

PERMACULTURE IN PRACTICE (PIP) Internship
This is an in depth opportunity to live and work on a developing permaculture farm in the beautiful Island of Palawan. The Tierra Libre Ecotopia Project is in its pioneer phase and this gives us the incredible experience of real life hands-on practical Permaculture Learning in the field, mentored and guided by professionals.
POSSIBLE PROJECTS INCLUDE
Number of participants and the interests of the group will influence projects done.
• Siting and Hand building small swales, boomerangs, and other small harvesting structures
• Planting Guilds
• Working to establish a Forest Garden
• Annual and Perennial Garden Design and Implementation
• Designing and Creating a Nursery
• Drip irrigation design and installation
• Chicken and Duck coops and system
• IMO’s, Vermicompost, and Compost tea
• Pond siting and design
• Forest Management
• Tierra Libre Ecotopia Permaculture Farm Infrastructure development
• Bee forage area design and implementation
• Silvopasture System for Pigs and Chicken Design and start of Implementation
• Design and Establishment of Multi functional Hedgerows and Living Fences
• Establishment of Agroforestry Systems
• Pizza Oven and Outdoor Kitchen Construction
• Local Native Bee Hives
• Help organize and facilitated Introduction Courses
• Build simple Bamboo Infrastructure like small huts for eco tourism accommodation
• Compost Toilet and Outdoor shower establishment
• and much much more!
The minimum commitment is 1month. 6 days a week 6 hours a day course activities. Starting from end of November 2019 onwards !

Dates: 
29 November 2019
31 December 2019
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150 Dollar per Month
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Children in Permaculture Course

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A weekend permaculture course for parents, teachers and other educators to engage children in all aspects of permaculture. Composed of both indoor and outdoor sessions we will learn how to spend times with children which are child-centred and/or child-led.

We will:
- find out how permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to education, in how we speak, the activities we engage in and in the spaces we design.
- discover some great benefits of outdoor learning, including relevant research, and learn how to create session plans which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hands and head, through active participation in a session learning about soil.
- look at different garden designs both in school and home gardens and get involved in practical activity.
- learn about the different activities that we can do with children and, more importantly, think about how the way we approach the child can enable us to think of infinite possible activities.

This two day training course is a product of the three year European ‘Children in Permaculture’ project in which best practice has been shared across the continent from Finland to Italy, Scotland to Romania:

​“The future of our planet depends on a change of consciousness, in which the people and the resources of the natural world are no longer taken for granted and exploited without considering long term impacts. Supporting children from early childhood to develop a sensitive, compassionate and cooperative relationship with each other and the natural world is a crucial step in generating this new consciousness” (p. 1, The Children in Permaculture Manual; Alderslowe, Amus & Deshaies, 2018).

Dates: 
28 September 2019
29 September 2019
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9.30am-4.30pm on Sat 28th Sept & Sun 29th Sep
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Unwaged £60, Low waged £140, Waged £195, Good waged £245
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Lusi Alderslowe

PEC Permaculture Earthworks Course in Portugal With Doc Spice and Helder Valente

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In the face of drought and desertification, well-designed water harvesting earthworks such as swales, ponds, and dams are the most effective way to channel water into productive use. The result can be increased food production, higher groundwater levels, reduced irrigation needs, reforestation and enhanced ecosystem resilience. Yet due to a lack of knowledge, designers, and landowners often build earthworks that are costly, inappropriately sized and sited, or even dangerous. This course will give you the knowledge and confidence to get your earthworks right, first time around. Our mission is to teach you the techniques to construct multi-functional ecologically diverse landscapes, aiding in the regeneration of the biosphere.

Earthworks construction can be a rewarding investment in your property. Enhancing the aesthetic appeal, functionality and value of your landscape are all realistic potential outcomes.This earthworks course is a hands-on course that will help you design and implement water harvesting strategies on your property. You will learn the theory and practice of Permaculture Earthworks – learning site design skills, surveying and directing earthmoving machines to establish dams, swales, terraces, access roads and more.

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20 September 2019 to 22 September 2019
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100
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Helder Valente

Roundhouse Building Workshop

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We are building a beautiful events space! Join us to build a 5m roundwood frame with a reciprocal turfed roof and cordwood walls

Week one – 14th – 20th July

Foundation, frame and rafters.

Week two – 18th – 24th August

Reciprocal roof, floor and cordwood walls.

These workshops are part grant funded, so available at the bargain price of £100 per week! This covers all meals, tuition and on site camping. For more information and to book contact Michelle on scythecymru@yahoo.co.uk, 07813 464990/ 01559 371485

Dates: 
14 July 2019 to 20 July 2019
18 August 2019 to 24 August 2019
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Richard Sylvan
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Wind Turbine Building Workshop

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Learn how to build a small wind turbine, HAND MADE from simple materials. Gain a wide range of WORKSHOP SKILLS and knowledge about DIY WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS
We are really excited to be offering a 5 day Wind Turbine Building Workshop this Autumn, led by Jonathan Schreiber from PureSelfMade.
What we will be doing.
We will be building a 3m diameter “Hugh Piggott” wind turbine. It will form part of the off-grid electricity system of Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust. The wind turbine is sized to fit within Welsh permitted development rights for micro-electricty production.
Our aim is to complete the turbine during the week, install it on a pre-prepared tower, and get it generating electricity before everyone goes home! There is lots of information about what to expect from the workshop on Jonathan’s website – www.pureselfmade.com
Who is the workshop for?
Any one who is interested! Maybe you want to learn the skills to build your own turbine? Or you are curious about how the process works? Or you would like to learn practical skills that can be transferred to other projects? Or you think you will enjoy spending a week working with other people to create something practical!
Course Details and Booking
The course runs from Wednesday October 2nd – Sunday October 6th, with arrivals on Tuesday Oct. 1st ready for an introductory presentation in the evening.
EARLY BIRD RATE £425 (if booked by 30th June)
STANDARD £475
The cost covers 5 days of tuition, lunch and tea breaks and 6 nights camping. To book please email scythecymru@yahoo.co.uk or call 01559 371485 / 07813 464990

Dates: 
2 October 2019 to 6 October 2019
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Timber frame barn building course

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Join us on an inspirational and empowering timber framing journey. Over a fortnight we will be constructing a multi-functional timber framed ‘solar barn’, mainly focusing on creating a strong, traditional and beautiful roof with a twist that is it optimised for a 12kW solar array.

During this course students will have the opportunity to learn the time-honoured craft of the heavy carpenter. We'll be discussing the tools and techniques of the trade as well as history and design, to include some field trips. The bulk of the course however will be hands on joinery work, with an aim to see the barn from pile of timber to raised structure. The timber frame being built will focus on the most critical aspect of any building – the roof.

Following the course there would be an option to stay on and see through the installation of the final roof, finishing details and a 12kW grid tied solar system.

The course runs from June 24th to July 5th 2019 and will be taught on a rolling basis. Ideally most students would book for the entire 2 weeks of the course, and as such go with a strong and empowered understanding. We could also accommodate those who make the whole fortnight.

Course fees are £50 per day and include free camping and food from the farm.

Maf Dwyloycoed has been a timber frame builder and sawyer for 10 years; he part owns Arfon Timber who have a sawmill and busy timber building workshop at Peblig Mill in Caernarfon. Maf has a broad experience of the timber industry being a forester, timber grader, frame designer and having studied Agroforestry at Bangor University.

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24 June 2019 to 5 July 2019
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Henbant, is a small permaculture inspired farm that sits between mountain and sea on the North East corner of the Llyn Peninsula. The farm has stunning views, wildflower meadows, lakes, woodland and a range of traditional and low impact buildings. We produce veg, eggs, milk and meat all in a sustainable way and at a human scale. 

Cost: 
£500 for full two weeks course or £60/day for shorter
Address: 
Henbant Bach Farm, Clynnogfawr
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Matt Swarbrick
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01286660761
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Landscape Photography Talk and "Have a Go" Workshop

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This short one-day workshop has been designed as an introduction to the fascinating art of landscape photography.

We will look at the subject’s history and theory but focus on how techniques derived from this study can be used to improve your own landscape photography.

You will receive an overview exploring different photographic methods, equipment and ways of editing landscape photography. Finally, there will be an opportunity to put your new skills into practice in the afternoon with an outdoor workshop set in the beautiful landscape of Denmark Farm.

Dates: 
11 August 2019
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Course commences at 11am and finishes at 3.30pm
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Simon Tune
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Cost: 
£35 per person (fee includes coffee/tea throughout)
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Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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Discovering Mosses and Lichens

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Explore the fascinating world of the mosses and lichens. These are two important groups of living organisms, often a neglected component of many habitats. There are approximately 760 species of moss and 300 species of liverwort in the UK.

Lichens, with over 1000 species are an association of a fungus and an algae (a dual organism). Just like a marriage they generally get along together! They are particularly abundant in the clean and moist air of west Wales but visible all year round, in every habitat.

During the short course we will examine a range of mosses and lichens both indoors and around Denmark farm enabling you to develop basic identification skills. Identification usually requires a hand lens and a microscope is sometimes required. It will be easy to keep a small collection of samples or photographs for future reference. If the weather is poor a range of material can be collected to ID inside and the tutor will bring lots of additional samples.
A fascinating and valuable skill for professional ecologists and anyone who likes a challenge!
Please bring warm and waterproof clothing, boots and a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.

Reference books, guides and keys for identification will be available to use on the day. The Field Studies Council pull-out identification guide ‘Key to ‘Lichens on Twigs’ is useful and will be on sale in the Denmark Farm Shop for £3.30. Also useful to have on the day would be a notebook, hand lens and some old envelopes to keep a small collection of common species.

Dates: 
4 October 2019
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Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 4.00pm
Teachers
Margaret Howells
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Cost: 
£38
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Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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