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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
Permaculture Design Course - Rediscovering Nature's Patterns of Biodiversity, Water, Energy & Food Security for Resilient Communities and Comfortable Lifestyles
TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING :
A GRUNDTVIG GRANT (ADULT EDUCATION)

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING:
COURSE
(training not resulting from an llp or previous socrates project)
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN OTHER FIELDS
Other Permaculture Education & Design
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
OTHER LANGUAGE/S USED DURING THE TRAINING:
Dutch
Spanish
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English
ADULT EDUCATION
Adult education provider
Second chance or remedial education
Higher education institution offering outreach courses for adults
Organisations working with migrant groups/ethnic minorities
Centres for guidance, councelling or accreditation
Other sectors of adult education
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Teacher trainers
Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors
Inspectors
Headteachers/principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult education
Other (Paid or voluntary) management staff in the institution/organisation
Non-teaching administrative staff
Members of students/teachers councils in adult education
Other, namely: freelance or independent education professionals
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
Leo Bakx Aardwerk
Prinsenbosch 36B
5126 ND - 5611BE
GILZE
Netherlands
http://aardwerk.org
 
Leo Bakx
+316 4284 4081
leo@aardwerk.org
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
Visit http://aardwerk.org for latest information.

Suggested reading material:
Holzer, S. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide for Farmers, Smallholders and Gardeners. Permanent Publications, 2011
Mollison, B. Permaculture: A Designers' Manual. Tagari Publications, 1988

Participants will receive further suggestions, documents and questionnaires via email during the run-up to the course.
Benefits for participants

Permaculture will provide you with skills to develop solutions that are appropriate for your own neighbourhood -your own ecosystem. E.g.:

greater food sovereignty
food and drinking water security & quality assurance
more efficient use of natural resources
energy security
more sustainable an resilient community life
practical community development & social cohesion
teaching traditional culture, knowledge & skills
more autonomy and security in essential services, products and materials
ways of social organisation that suit your own community’s needs and abilities

The course will not provide you with any ready-made solutions. Instead you will rediscover your personal strengths and skills in solving the challenges you face every day. You will also learn to appreciate the collective intelligence of your group and the genius of Nature – who’s been doing this kind of thing for billions of years. You will develop your skills in creating solutions for the long run as well as immediate improvements to your personal and community’s life.

You will experience the relief and delight of letting go of the struggle against Nature. Following the patterns of Nature, letting Nature do the work is so much more satisfying and rewarding than e.g. switching Nature off and taking on the burdens of providing ecosystem services.

WARNING: This PDC will change your life and the way you experience the world. Instead of problems you will see opportunities. Recognising and acknowledging the limits of the Real World you will see infinite possibilities for wealth, health & happiness everywhere and an irresistible urge to share this with your family, friends, neighbours and wider community.
Action learning, fieldwork, practical design & teaching exercises, excursions to example projects, group and individual assignments, lectures & films, creative & physical activities stimulating left-brain & right-brain integration, activities that address different learning styles and intelligences.

All participants are expected to actively contribute to the learning experience by sharing interests, skills, ideas, views and experiences. Each will deliver a brief presentation or activity to the group about a subject related to the course content.
Graduates of the PDC course are invited to participate in the Aardwerk.org online community of certificate holders.

They will receive a DVD containing in-depth follow-up articles, a collection of photographs taken during the course, a full list of contact details of the participants (with their permission) to facilitate further communication and co-operation between participants.

Aardwerk will provide an online platform for graduate portfolio's and a listing of graduates' web sites for those that already have an online presence.

Aardwerk offers opportunities for internships and volunteer work.

Graduates are invited to participate in advanced Aardwerk permaculture workshops, as online events, real-world events or a combination of both.

Graduates qualify to participate in European and worldwide permaculture training and conferences like the bi-annual European Permaculture Convergence and International Permaculture Convergence or the (proposed) European Permaculture Learning Partnership.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
Daily schedule:
Breakfast: 6:00 - 6:30
Morning session (including tea break): 7:00 - 10:30 : Field work & Excursions
Lunch: 12:00 - 13:00
Afternoon: free time from 13:00 - 16:00
Evening session (including tea break): 16:00 - 19:30 : Theory, Design Exercises
Dinner: 20:00 - 21:00
Late session: 21:00-23:00 : Films, Lectures, Games

Program
Arrival on Tuesday afternoon: transfer to camp site, set up tent or install at B&B/hotel (for those who choose optional accommodation)
Program may be subject to changes due to needs and opportunities arising.

day 1 Wednesday: Introductions - Permaculture Ethics & Principles - Healthy Living
day 2 Thursday: Biology & Systems Ecology
day 3 Friday: Nature: Going With the Flow - Patterns of Success, Biomimicry
day 4 Saturday: Excursion (Historical tour) - Observation & Site Analysis
day 5 Sunday: Harvesting & Storing Energy
day 6 Monday: Material Cycles & Energy Flows
day 7 Tuesday: free time
day 8 Wednesday: Design Principles, Methodology, Strategy & Solutions
day 9 Thursday: Harvesting & Store Water
day 10 Friday: Useful Microbes, Plants & Animals - Establishment & Management Strategies
day 11 Saturday: Excursion (Marine tour) - Patterns in Nature & Culture - Self-assembly & Succession
day 12 Sunday: Enabling Life: Soil Building
day 13 Monday:Agroforestry & Tree crops
day 14 Tuesday: free time
day 15 Wednesday: Appropriate Technology & Infrastructure
day 16 Thursday: Local Economy & Resilient Community Design
day 17 Friday: Right Livelihood & Empowerment
day 18 Saturday: Excursion (Terrestrial tour) - 1% Permaculture - Co-operative Conflict Resolution
day 19 Sunday: Permaculture Education - Action Learning
day 20 Monday: Evaluation & Awarding of certificates - Closing event

Departure on Tuesday: strike camp, transfer to airport.

More info on http://aardwerk.org.
 
TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Internationally recognised by all permaculture institutes.
 
Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Internationally recognised by all permaculture institutes.
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