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Posted: Mar 11 2012, 03:58 PM
Member No.: 323
Joined: 11-March 12
What will be taught? We are offering a 72-hour permaculture design certificate course in a two-week intensive format. The curriculum covers the chapters in Bill Mollison’s (the founder of permaculture) “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual”. Topics revolve around sustainable practices and take them a step further to explore regenerative practices.
Why should I be interested?In today’s world, with all of the economic and environmental challenges we face, alternative strategies are a necessity. The permaculture principles can guide us to make decisions that will sustain and regenerate our communities.
Who are the instructors?
Douwe Wielstra, head instructor, is from Holland where he studied at the International Agricultural College Larenstein, Velp. He is a Tropical Forestry Engineer and has studied Agro-forestry in Kenya and Honduras. Eight years ago he moved to Costa Rica where he has been practicing Permaculture at farms around the country. He now lives at Finca Verdenergia where he manages and designs gardens, teaches permaculture and celebrates life.
Sara Czarniecki, assistant instructor, was led to the world of permaculture through the pursuit of social and environmental justice issues at the University of Michigan where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and Urban Studies. She has been organic farming and natural building with Verdenergia since 2010. She also practices permaculture techniques in an urban setting in the Detroit area.
Casper van der Stelt, assistant instructor, left engineering school in pursuit of a more general understanding of the world. This quest has taken him though Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Central America. Having settled at Verdenergia in 2010, he has been practicing organic farming, permaculture design, natural building and carpentry full-time ever since.
Joshua Hughes, guest lecturer, has been involved in the recycling industry since he was a child, spending time in his family’s wrecking yard. As an adult he led co-op biodiesel projects and managed a recycling facility in Portland, Oregon. Those experiences caused a shift toward activism, which led him down the permaculture pathway and prompted him to move to Costa Rica. There, since 2006, he has managed Verdenergia, an intentional permaculture community.
When is the course? The two-week PDC course will begin Monday, May 28th and last through Friday, June 8th. Participants should plan to arrive by Sunday, May 27th. The earliest possible departure date is Saturday, June 9th. If you would like to arrive earlier or stay later please inquire about availability.
Cost: $700 will cover the cost of room and board as well as course instruction from Sunday afternoon (5/27) until Saturday morning (6/9). An addition two week practicum is available for $100, extending your permaculture experience at Verdenergia to a month.
Where is the course? The course will take you on a jungle permaculture adventure at Verdenergia, an intentional permaculture community, in Lanas de Puriscal, Costa Rica. For the past 6 years a team of inspired people have been working there to facilitate the restoration of degraded cattle grazing land to a sustainable farm and eco-village. This is being achieved, in part, through the planting of jatropha, a plant which is also utilized in biofuel production. Verdenergia vision of sustainability doesn’t end at the property line but extends throughout the entire valley. More information about our community and efforts can be found at www.verdenergia.org.
Transportation: While transportation is not included in the course cost, we would like to coordinate arrivals and departures in order to make the most efficient, cost-effective and stress-free arrangements for everyone. Both public and private transportation options are available at varying prices.
How can I ask questions/register? Send an email to Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org with “pdc” in the subject box with questions or requests to register for the course.