The "Introduction to Permaculture" course at CanNova offers a comprehensive overview of how to apply sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment—whether you live in an apartment, house, or a rural location.
Over the course of four days and four nights, we will cover the foundations of permaculture design theory and practice. The application of permaculture principles empowers people involved in gardening, farming, architecture, construction, community work, and activism for people and the planet.
Permaculture principles can be applied to any region, any place, any landscape, any city. Permaculture uses whole system thinking to consciously create productive environments that mimic the diversity, stability and resilience of natural systems. No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species and solutions to our problems: environmental, economic and social.
On this four day course, the course curriculum includes:
• The ethics and principles of permaculture.
• Useful design methods.
• Observation skills.
• Recognizing and utilizing inter-relationships between elements in a system.
• Practical examples of permaculture in practice.
• Organic agriculture for both urban and rural environments.
• Retrofitting techniques for existing houses and apartments that lower energy costs and create healthier places to live and work.
• Forest gardens ("Bosques comestibles").
• Composting and vermiculture (composting with worms).
• Perennial food systems.
• Urban permaculture.
• Techniques to improve water and soil quality.
• A practical design exercise.
Utilizing presentations, group discussion, exercises, hand-on projects, videos, and slideshows, our teaching style is engaging and participatory, utilizing. Participants will leave this course energized and inspired to become involved in permaculture projects and continue with further research and learning in ecological design.
What to bring:
• Paper and coloured pens/pencils and a map or floor plan of your home if you have it.
• Sleeping bag - towel - ...
• Suncap - suncreem
Masía Torreblanca @ Vacarisses, half an hour from Barcelona. The staying and price for the 5 days incudes lodging - food - course - transport to/from Barcelona. The masía is located 35km away from Barcelona, in the eastern mountains "Sant Lorenç de Munt".
» Alfred Decker has combined permaculture with social and ecological activism for the last 15 years throughout Europe and the Americas. He currently lives in Barcelona, and is in the process of developing a local permaculture group in the city center. He brings a wide range of life experience and enthusiasm to the course.
» Kirsty Heron has been practising permaculture since 2005 firstly in urban Manchester, UK, and currently rural south Spain, learning along the way that permaculture can be applied to a variety of places on different scales with all sorts of people. Soil and land regeneration via permaculture growing, and community regeneration via networks, cooperatives, communication and exchange are my passions. I love to share visions for the future with people and work together on the ideas and
skills to get us there.
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