Permaculture Design Course
With Sílvia Floresta, Orlando Pereira and Tiago Silva


Date: October, 10 to 23, 2019
Location: Aldeia do Vale agroecological project | Portugal, Sintra

Investment: € 697
- Over 100 hours of training / 40% of classes are practical
- Hot Shower
-Wifi access
- Vegetarian meals
- Possibility of walking on the trail to the waterfall where we can dive and swim, stroll in the cliff of Lexim or Granja dos Serrões
- Lush Landscapes of the West
- Family friendly atmosphere
- Circles in the fire, music, joy and love
- Stay in camping
- Solidarity Market

There is the possibility of bringing your products to sell as long as they respect the principles; ecological, artisanal, natural, integral, organic, etc.
15% of the sales value is directed to the Aldeia do Vale project.

The Permaculture Design Course - PDC is an intensive immersion in the Permaculture universe.
This course is designed to support students to develop an ecological language, an understanding of the basic principles of ecological and regenerative design, and the application of this knowledge to redesign communities and settlements according to the rules of nature.

The main purpose of this design course is to develop effective design capabilities through the practical application of knowledge and tools. This is the opportunity to learn through participation in a true community design process.

The course will take place in the Aldeia do Vale project, between Sintra and MAfra, and it will fulfill the traditional 2 week (intensive) format with a free day (over 100 hours) created by Bill Mollison, combining practical classes (40%), field trips, interactive games, dynamic activities, sharing of experiences, community experience and much more. This format allows you to immerse yourself in Permaculture design principles, which will be applied and presented by students in the final design works.
To qualify for the certificate, participants must attend 80% of the course.

This course is based on the 14 chapters of; Permaculture Designers Manual by Bill Mollison.
Some of the topics to be covered in this course:

- Principles and ethics of Permaculture;
- Read the landscape. Observation of patterns and cycles of nature;
- Principles of ecosystems, climate and biogeography applied in Permaculture;
- Principles of Design: Process of analysis, zones, efficient energy plan, etc .;
- Identification of resources. Water in the surrounding environment, collecting and conservation of water, solar energy, etc .;
- Building healthy soil: base of soil structure, texture, etc. Strategies for soil improvement using green manures, compost, mulch, erosion control;
- Establishing gardening in Permaculture, food forests - how to select and maintain these systems. "How to produce more food in little space" (bio-intensive method);
- Collecting and conservation of seeds;
- Design of barriers against winds / fires;
- Healthy shelters / shelters: selecting place for the house. Non-toxic materials. Natural building systems;
- Appropriate technologies: compost toilets, solar dehydrators, clay ovens and stoves (Cob), alternative energies, materials recycling;
- Introduction to the design of sustainable communities and eco-villages. Systems of group organization.
Alternative economics, strategies for a global nation.

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