Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Details
2 weeks 22 July - 4 August 2017
||Design time (includes practical)
||Site visits (includes practical) minimum two 'work projects' that may not be full sessions
|| Games, reflection and group sharing time
"The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children." Bill Mollison
- What is Permaculture?
- The Ethics: People Care, Fair Share, Earth Care
- The Principles: Attitudinal and Ecological
- The Design Process: Skills, tools and methods
- Design Practice: Groups work on design projects to develop design skills
- Design Presentation: Demonstrating/evaluating course work
Key Themes covered:
- Soil: food web, macro/micro organisms, mulching, composting, tilling.
- Water: rainwater harvesting, natural wastewater systems, retention in the landscape, aquaculture.
- Plants/Trees: Energy transactions of trees, Forest gardening, windbreaks and shelterbelts, indicator plants, orchards, guilds.
- Built Environment: Buildings and home, transport, domestic renewable energy, energy efficient planning in urban context
- Social Systems/Contexts: personal and community resilience, communication skills, finance and economics, land tenure, community governance
- Next Steps and Further Information
Additional Themes unique to the location
Time planning for the two weeks
- Community building: attunement, trust building games and dances
- Community service: joining forces and helping the everyday running of the community gardens, kitchens, maintenance etc
- Group and inner observation and celebration
- An invitation to join in on meditation and singing in the mornings before the session begins
- Special site visits
- Start on Saturday 22th at 3pm and end on Friday 3rd at 7pm
- Free day on Saturday 16th
- Every day (except Sunday) starts at 9am with a 2 hour lunch and dinner break, ending the day at 9.30pm on three days a week
- Free evening every Wednesday and Friday ( & and Saturday and first Monday )