PDC Dates: Jan 27-Feb 8, 2018; Sun the 4th day of rest
Pachamama is calling!
Now is the time to step into the world we collectively long for. This course is for people who want to learn to design for sustainability, and create integrated holistic designs that produce on-going high yields. Yes! For your garden or farm, but also for your non-profit organization, business or social group.
Vilcabamba, Ecuador is a Permaculture haven, with world citizens from over 30 countries, this small pueblo is known to inspire actualizing the Permaculture ethics of:
Care for the Earth, Care for the people and Share the abundance.
The primary theme in this PDC is building muscle in system-oriented thinking and Permaculture design skills. Theory and practice of integrated design are applied to several different sites.
You start design work on Day 1 !
After introducing the Permaculture design principles, small groups will apply them to: a small property, a large property, an urban site, and a community project. The designs are presented to the large group for feedback. The opportunity to discuss and compare your ideas with a wide range of perspectives is priceless.
These themes in sustainability of the international curriculum of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course are the building blocks of the design exercises. For this locale, special attention is given to these topics:
– Bio-construction: Earthbag/Super-adobe, bareque, ladrillos de adobe, cob, bamboo, techo de paja.
– Water management: water retention landscaping, keyline design, ferrous cement storage tanks, fish culture
– Alternative energy: solar, biogas, etc.
– Ancestral knowledge from the rich indigenous agricultural heritage of the Andes
– Seed saving and Hub strategies for multiplying seed saving initiatives.
– Community building
Zia Parker, with 25 years of PC experience ranging from Equatorial Guinea (W. Africa) to the Navajo and Arapaho peoples of North America’s plains and desert, and beyond, is the team coordinator and primary teacher. Together with her husband, Roshni McEldowney, both with their twin careers in sustainable agriculture and human movement expression, will guide us to connect with our senses to the world around us, amplifying our observation skills exponentially.
The teaching team is diverse. Each year the team is different, and includes presenters such as Ecuadorean ecologists, indigenous teachers as well as deeply experienced teachers from the US, Canada and Switzerland.
Bilingual: Spanish/English. Simultaneous translation with headphones will be provided.
Sliding scale fees: We have a sliding scale fee structure because such a wide range of income levels exist within those interested in the course. We ask you to be honorable in considering for yourself, what is appropriate for you to pay. If you have questions, let’s discuss it. Give us a call (Skype below). Typical cost for this course in the U.S. is $1,400 – $1,700.
To determine the appropriate fee for you, consider:
1) Your Average Annual Income AND
2) Your Average Annual Expenditures
Standard fee –>Annual income /or Annual Expenditure over US$20,000 –> Course fee: US$1,200
Annual income /or Annual Expenditure between US$7,000 – US$20,000 –> Course fee: $600
Annual income from US$7,000 or less –> Course fee: $300
The course fee will include three meals each day and facilities for camping. Or, if you prefer to pay the additional costs, there are many delightful and reasonable options for lodging and meals in Vilcabamba, a 10 minute drive away.
We have limited positions open for partial work-trade, barter and scholarship options, please ask, if needed, and we will send you an application for these positions.
You may register with a 30% deposit of the course fee. This deposit is 100% refundable up until the start date. No refunds after the start date. The full course fee is due one week before the start date, thus, January 22.
Contact: Zia Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecuador cell: 098 988 7085