Permaculture Design Course, Serra da Estrella, Portugal
The site: Quinta dos Covões
The dates: June 11-25, 2017
The teachers: George Christofis, Wallace Toughill
Cost: €600 including camping accomodation and all (vegetarian) meals.
Or, you can opt for the following:
Twin / Double room with en-suite shower room: +€140 (10 euros per person per night)
Twin / Double room with shared shower room: +€105 (7.50 euros per person per night)
Double room with shared shower room: +€105 (7.50 euros per person per night)
Bell Tent (single, double or twin): +75 euros
Come join us for an amazing Permaculture Design Certificate course in the mountains on a lovely smallholding committed to sustainability
Quinta dos Covões is a 3 hectare smallholding bordering the Rio Mondego. 2/3 of the quinta is mimosa woodland, and 1/3 is terraced land with garden / leisure areas, ground for cultivation and keeping animals, and a small vineyard. The quinta, purchased recently, is in a fairly suburban setting and is being developed to host courses and events - one of the main aims being to showcase sustainable and permaculture design. The vines and olive trees are being brought back into production, fruit and nut trees planted, the septic tank has been replaced with a vermicomposting system, different designs of compost toilets are being built for campers' use, a kitchen garden is in experimental phase, chickens and pigs are being integrated, a barn is being converted to an 'earthship' and the old chicken shed will provide a kitchen and dining space. Students on the PDC here will have a chance to observe and participate in an early-stage project, and have an influence on how it's developed.
The 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course follows the curriculum as laid out in Bill Mollison's Permaculture - A Designer's Manual. It covers subjects ranging from ethics and principles of permaculture, natural systems, aquaculture, sustainable design methods, patterns in nature, land restoration, water harvesting, grey water recycling, natural building, food forests and guilds, energy conservation, appropriate technology, renewable energy, urban permaculture and invisible structures.
The course teaches how to develop sustainable human settlements, and how to extend and preserve natural systems. The content will be covered between theoretical lectures and practical applications. The courses aim to utilize the collective intelligence of the group with engaging participatory classes.
You can view a sample schedule of the course here. The schedule gives a general idea of what to expect, but a summary of the daily schedule will be given every morning of the course.
The site offers WC/shower and access to electricity. There are various sleeping options available.
What to bring?
- comfortable clothes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
- note taking (blank pages recommended) and drawing materials
- ecological body care products
- sturdy shoes
- a swimming suit
- musical instruments!
To sign-up for this course, Please fill in the registration form below and pay the small €50 deposit through paypal.
Click here for the registration form