- Date: 20 – 27 September 2020
- Location: Terra Alta Permaculture Education Centre, Portugal
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Our one-of-a-kind hybrid Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) is tailored to those who want to design their land, homestead, or project and wish to know more about advanced land design techniques that will create self-sufficient and independent systems. It is also designed to accommodate those who cannot commit to two weeks away from their homes and are looking for a shortened duration of on-location stay while still wanting to have a tactile experience on a Permaculture site.
As “hybrid” implies, there are two parts to this unique PDC. The first is what we call the “residency”. This is when students will, physically, spend one week with us at Terra Alta in which time they will:
– Engage in the garden in one daily hands-on session
– Provide us with the details of their project
– Learn about the core curriculum (Ethics, Principles, and What is Permaculture?)
– Learn about the Permaculture land design method called “SADIM” (see description below)
– Learn about designing self-sufficient homesteads
– And more topics as listed below
Please note that as we will be harvesting information from students during the first week to ensure a tailored experience, we will only inform you of the detailed protocol of the second, remote part of our course, at the end of the first week.
The second part takes place online over the course of three months when students are back home. Here they will start to design their own project based on what they have learned in the first week. This entire process will be guided using one-to-one mentoring and data exchange. Think of it as a “remote mentorship”.
During this time, students will:
Be granted (lifetime) access to our Slab online knowledge base (see description below)
Have two private consultations with a lead facilitator on their project via video conference
Exchange information about their design with the lead facilitator of the course via email and data sharing
It will be self-paced, meaning you get to schedule your private mentoring sessions within a three month period after the first part of the course has ended.
The difference from regular PDC
Our new hybrid PDC differs from our regular one in format and focus. In this new course, students design their own projects individually. In our regular PDC students work on case studies and submit final designs as a group. While the core remains the same, certain topics that are covered in the regular PDC are not. They are both certificate courses.
Permaculture Land and Homestead Design
Students will be introduced to a Permaculture land design method called “SADIM” which stands for Survey, Analysis, Design, Implement, and Maintain. We use our land-based project to illustrate this methodology. See our land plan below. Read more about our land features and history of project developments in each area.
For more about our Land Design, visit our courses’ page on our website here.
This includes food and camping. Upon registering you will be asked for your details and a registration fee of 200 euros to secure your spot. This is a deposit and part of the course fee. You just pay the balance when you arrive. We have a refund policy.
Please note that we require a minimum of 8 participants signed up to run a course. As such, please book your modes of transportation over with cancellation insurance (rest assured you’ll receive your full deposit back should we cancel – which is usually never the case).
Camping with your own tent – free
1-2 person size tent is 35 euros*
Bell tent is 150 euros* (per availability, we only have 4)
* Total cost for renting for 1 week
For regular tents, it is an additional 25 euros for mats and sleeping bags.
For large tents, included in the cost are mattresses and bedding (including blanket and pillow).
The campsite is a semi-wild area where we have created level terraces among the trees, mushrooms, and stones for people to pitch their tents out of view from the rest of the garden.
We serve three vegetarian meals per day with ingredients sourced from our gardens. Students are part of the preparation of lunch and cleaning (karma yoga) as this experience is a component of the course. The crew prepares breakfast and dinner.
For more about our location, learning environment, guest teachers and facilitators, and student testimonials visit our courses’ page on our website here.
To register directly, click here.
Contact us at [email protected]