Practical PERMACULTURE CourseS
We offer this intensive practical week to enable people to develop their skills and gain hands on experience. These fun-filled and educational trainings are a quick way to download many of the methods and techniques used in permaculture, so you can go out and do it yourself with confidence!
Instead of just reading it in a book, you will have the opportunity to practice and learn with experienced teachers. There will be short daily theory sessions to set the stage and a range of practical activities each day. This type of immersive learning will inspire you and allow you to apply your knowledge to your own projects with ease. You will also have plenty of opportunities to engage and have fun with others and experience all the things that form part of life on a permaculture farm.
We recommend that participants complete a PDC beforehand, as this provides the background knowledge to understand the practicals and a great way to get straight into action! Although these short courses are also good for those who are interested in Permaculture and would like to get a taste of it.
some of the activities we offer:
- Implementing food production systems: vegetable garden design: planning and layout, creating raised beds, mulching, companion planting, irrigation, windbreaks, support species
- Soil Fertility: compost methods, worm farms, liquid manures, cultivating indigenous micro-organisms (imo's), soil types and tests
- Water systems: rainwater harvesting, grey-water, earthworks and swales, constructed wetland systems
- Basic horticulture and nursery skills: plant propagation, making cuttings, identifying plant species (intuitive botany), soil mediums
- Seed Saving: collecting and storing seeds, growing plants for seed collection, conserving species, creating a seed business
- Food forests: plant selection, implementing a food forest, pruning, grafting, Syntropic Agroforestry
- Natural building: how to use earth and natural materials for building
- Animal systems: working productively with chickens and giving them optimum health
- Basic farm skills: carpentry, building things,
- Food preservation and natural medicine: fermenting, sun-drying, canning, nutrition, making tinctures and medicinal oils etc
- Creating a Permaculture project
- Nature Awareness: learning how to tune into the natural world, developing observation skills, awakening your senses
- Social permaculture and cultural emergence: learning more about how to apply these skills in the wider culture
We tailor the activities to the group's interests so you can choose which areas you would like to focus on.
Participants will enjoy delicious organic meals provided during your stay and experience the benefits of healthy eating (which are just as important as growing food) and supporting sustainable food producers - creating food security and promoting human health.