Designing 'Closed loop' systems to produce no waste'
Introduction to Permaculture - Weekend Workshop
August 27th & 28th
In this Introduction to Permaculture weekend workshop we will focus on how to design, set up and maintain home and small-holding scale systems which productively cycle energy around a site, be it home, garden, community or farm-scale.
We will consider Water, Fertility, Sun, Wind, Human and Animal energy all from the perspective of there being 'No such thing as waste' (-'It's just stuff in the wrong place!' – formidable vegetable sound system)
So let's get our stuff in the right place! & arrange our spaces to encourage energy to flow through the land/home/people-scapes efficiently, effectively and productively, maximising production & minimising environmental pollution.
Integrating: Land, Animals, People, Water Harvesting & use, Food production, Structures & Shelter, Woodlands, Renewable power & more...
Using: Permaculture ethics and design principle's and a simple design process.
At: Lackan cottage farm, A practical, lived-in permaculture small holding and demonstration site.
This course is based around enabling you to use Permaculture in your own situations as well as being an introduction to the theory and ideas that re 'Permaculture'. So it is suitable for those currently working on or planning a project, as well as those with an interest in finding out more about what this 'Permaculture' thing is all about!
So, What will you learn?
*To use Permaculture design principles to maximise the energy flows & resource use in your own site making it more productive & less energy intensive; 'minimum effort for maximum effect'
* How to work a site, or a project in co-operation with natural ecological processes 'work with nature rather than against'
* Observation skills & patterns, what and how to see what's already hapenning on a site. Observing our surroundings is the first step to working with what we've got; 'Observe and Interact'
* To observe and apply replicable patterns which can applied to the planning of any site to maximise energy efficiency. ' working from pattern, to detail'
* How to analyse elements to best set up productive nutrient flows around a site; 'integrate rather than segregate'
* To use some key design tools which you can use in your own setting and in relation to your needs, be it home, garden, community or farm-scale.
* A simple step by step design process to enable you move in the right direction & to know where to start with it all!
* Hands-on practical skills based around the applications of Permaculture at Lackan cottage.
* Heaps of practical details about how things work at Lackan Cottage farm; food production, forest gardening, animals in a permaculture system, woodlands, eco-renovation, natural building, renewable power systems, water harvesting and use, composting....
No prior permaculture experience is necessary to join the workshop.
Learning is interactive, hands, heart & heads on! In the strawbale classroom and on & in the farm so bring your wellies, and an open mind..
For booking & payment info please see http://lackancottage.co.uk/permaculture-weekend-workshop/
Permaculture consists of design tools, principles & guiding ethics -Care for the earth and people and fairshares, which when applied to any context can create cyclical 'closed loop' systems where the 'waste' of one element becomes a resource for another. In other words -everything is useful and 'the problem becomes the solution'... Working with the resources around us, in sync with how things want to unfold for ease of management, and abundance.
It is an effective, solutions based response to our wide-spread linear, waste-full, and polluting consumer culture; Small solutions for big problems 'Think Global, Act Local'
Tutor: Hannah Mole, Permaculture teacher, designer, food grower, farmer, community organiser, agitator, explorer.
I'm based in Roscommon in the mid-West of Ireland where I'm exploring and applying Permaculture to farming, building, growing, designing, organizing, living. I live and work on and from our family farm with multi-functional woodlands, permaculture-designed food production systems, various animals, my tiny home and lots more...
Hannah has a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and carries with her a diversity of teaching experience across Ireland. Check out her website to get a better feel for her work... www.hannahmole.com