PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE, Samten Monastery, Rimbik, Darjeeling, India, October, 2015
Samten Monastery, in the mountains near Darjeeling, bordering Sikkim, the organic state of India. A beautiful opportunity in a unique location to study permaculture. Rimbik is situated alongside the Singalila forest, and close to Ramman river. Participants will sleep in the temple and take classes in and around the local area, encountering delightful walking trails and small traditional villages en route.
On site, the monastery boasts a large multimedia room for classes and movie screenings (though we all prefer to be outside most of the time).
Dates: October, 2015. You would have to arrive on the .... in order to start the course early the next day.
€500 including basic accommodation inside the monastery, food and all tuition
The 72 hour PDC at Samtem Monastery 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 design course teaches how to develop sustainable human settlements, and how to extend and preserve natural systems. The content will be covered alternating between theoretical lectures and practical applications. The teaching style aims to run immersion courses that utilise the collective intelligence of the group with engaging participatory classes.
Teachers: George Christofis, Kunnsang Pasang
The temple. Alternatively, if you require something more comfortable, we can organise a guest stay in a bungalow a short walk from the temple at an extra charge. You may also camp.
What to bring?
- comfortable clothes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
- note taking (blank pages recommended) and drawing materials
- a tent and whatever makes you comfortable for a good sleep (for campers)
- flashlight/ torch
- ecological body care products
- sturdy shoes
- hiking shoes
- musical instruments, if you have!
How to get to Samten Monastery?
Samten Monastery is a four hour ride in a shared jeep from Darjeeling.