Subjects, Visits & Design Project

Subjects will include:

Permaculture Ethics and Principles

Observation

Pattern Literacy and Application (physical and invisible)

Energy and Flows

Site Assessment and Sector Analysis

Zonation Maps and Map making

Energy Storage and Resources

Water: Harvesting, Holding, and Cycling Grey and Blackwater

Humanure

Soil Health and Building: Compost piles, tea, soup and stew

Micro‐Organisms and their uses

Plants and Cropping Patterns: Guilds to Forest Gardens Annual Vegetable production Cold Weather Food production

Animal Systems Aquaculture and Ponds, including Pond construction

Integrated Pest Management

Buildings: Siting and Integration with Environment Natural Building and Green Architecture Microclimates

Appropriate Technology Design: Methodologies and Process Designing for Catastrophe

Urban Permaculture and Community Scale Design

Toxins and Bio‐remediation Invisible Structures

Alternative Economics Peak and Post Petroleum

Permaculture in the Majority World

Permaculture and Organizations

Right Livelihood

Watch video of Rico Zook, the Permaculture Design course leader

Hands‐on projects may include: Greywater system construction, sheet mulching, compost pile building, spiral garden construction, solar hot water construction, seed ball making, harvesting Indigenous Micro‐organisms (IMOs), i.e. local EMs, making bio‐preparations, natural organic pesticides and fertilizers, building a worm box, building a floating garden, roof top garden, building hanging planters with bamboo or plastic pipes, A‐frame construction, swale and/or terrace design and site mapping.

Design project:

During the latter part of the course design teams will be formed and given real life design assignments that are relevant to the site of the workshop. The course will culminate with each team giving presentations of their designs to the class and interested local people and groups. These designs will be left with site to become valuable resources for them.

Elements and whole sections of past student designs have been incorporated by many sites where this course has been hosted. This workshop will contribute to the enrichment of its site and each of its participants. This will not only be an opportunity to learn about Permaculture, it will also offer an opportunity to understand that we can create a regenerative, sustainable world together. The persons attending the Permaculture Design Course will not only gain theoretical and practical knowledge on Permaculture, they will be awarded a basic Permaculture Design Certificate. This certificate will enable the participant to be a certified Permaculture Practitioner.

Site Visits will include:

  • A 750 Sq Meter permaculture designed homestead Garden
  • A commercially viable organic market garden with permaculture design influence
  • A broad Scale  Established Permaculture Farm Project

All taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Goa, India.

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