I'm co-teaching on it, along with Suzie Cahn of Carraig Dulra and a host of experienced guest tutors. It's a two week immersion and (potentially life changing!) adventure in to using Permaculture in community, nature and design in all contexts. Highly recommended as an invaluable experience for anyone working towards a sustainable land or community based project in town or country! Please have a look at the website for more details about what's involved in the course and how to book places and I'd also appreciate if you would share the poster and link in any other similar interest groups -Thankyou!
I'm just back from the U.K having attended some training* to be able to (officially) offer Permaculture Diploma support to anyone in Ireland who would like to continue their Permaculture learning journey by doing a 2-or-more year Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.
This diploma is organised and certified by the well established Permaculture association in the U.K, and it is the path that I took myself.
While I had the online support of a very experienced tutor in the U.K, being based in Ireland meant that I missed the face to face contact and network participation that I believe helps to accelerate learning and the effectiveness of applying permaculture design together with others.
So that's what I'd like to begin to provide for any of you here in Ireland who are interested in following further study in Permaculture.
Following on from a 72 hour Permaculture design course, which in all reality can only ever be an introduction to the many faces of Permaculture and the design processes involved, the diploma gives you the opportunity to explore further those fields which interest you most and design some real changes in your environment and in our world.
What are the benefits of doing this diploma?
Well, it's unusual in the sense that it's 'self directed learning', meaning that you can design yours to suit your circumstances, and what you want and need to get out of it. So every diploma journey is unique.
You'll start to think about what you'd like to achieve and then form steps, which must include doing ten Permaculture designs, to bring you there. Maybe you want to focus on alternative farming solutions, or design yourself an ethical livelihood, bring permaculture to the school curriculum or your workplace, retrofit your home to be more energy efficient, design co-operative food or financial systems...etc etc,
Sharing news of the first ****12 day**** Full PDC at Carraig Dulra, Co. Wicklow this summer!
Observation skills... Landscape water harvesting... Permaculture Ethics & Principles... Food Production... Community economics.... Trees & Woodlands... Communication Skills... Natural Building... Urban Design... Forest Gardening.... Patterns in Nature... Design Methods & Planning tools... Wild plant identification.... Food foraging.... Soil analysis & fertility... Site surveying.... Edible landscaping.... Personal Resilience... & much more!
Join this strong team of expert teachers for 12 days of intensive heads, hearts & hands-on permaculture learning at the beautiful 'Carraig Dúlra' in the South East of Ireland.
This 8 year old permaculture smallholding site lends us the fantastic opportunity to explore practical elements of land-based permaculture interconnected with community engagement initiatives & permaculture based livelihoods. Earth care, People care & Fairshares in action!
The diverse teaching team offers a high standard of engaging teaching methods; practical, theoretical & experience based learning in a collaborative, productive & fun learning environment.
There will be a practical element to each & every day! Forest Gardening, Landscape water harvesting systems, Natural building, Woodland skills, & Foraging weave through the course and we will also get off-site to visit other nearby projects.
Participants will gain a grounding in Permaculture design methodology, Essential knowledge of natural systems, Practical skills to begin implementing their designs & an inspiration to adventure further with Permaculture!
This course is fully accredited by the Permaculture Association Britain, which means that on successful completion of the course participants will be awarded an internationally recognised Permaculture Design Certificate.
Do join us for this exciting adventure, We would love to have you on board!
The collaborative nature of this course extends to the food arrangements, abundance mainly local food will be supplied & we will cook & eat together. The course cost covers all meals, There are various accommodation options on-site.............
For more Information, Fee options & Booking please see the Carraig Dulra website
I'll be leading a one day introduction to Permaculture design, mainly focussing on Gardening, in the Organic Centre, County Leitrim, on Saturday June 8th.
We will be covering topics such as:
Observation skills -microclimates, natural patterns & how to work with, rather than against them,
Efficient garden design & layout -small space, least effort, maximum production,
Perrenial planting possibilities - Vegetables, Herbs & Fruits,
Forest gardens -exploring the centre's mature demonstration forest garden
Other essentials -integrating water, nutrients, compost, leisure, access, etc
The day will be a relaxed, informative, participatory Introduction to how using permaculture in our gardens.
You are welcome & encouraged to bring along maps, photos & sketches of your own garden for us to consider.
This course can only be booked through the Organic Centre website
Whahey! a new & much smarter Rocket stove! We're boiling water & cooking porridge in record time, recycling someone else's rubbish to make the stove & running on scraps of wood from the floor of the shed & windfall twigs from the hedges.
It's a more efficient but still simple design thanks to a really helpful online manual around the basic principles of rocket stove design which can be found here.
And has tidier craftsmanship seeing as Danny built it, & not me this time, & it's even properly insulated thanks to a sack of vermiculite.
It really is a great feeling to have hot water at our fingertips, -for free!! & without using quantities of firewood or turf.
In fact, we have been cutting & bundling all of the small twigs & 'brash' from this years coppicing, which I have been trying to find a use for for ages, it will be nice & dry by the warmer months (!!) when we'll be using the rocket stove for most of our cooking outside. Meanwhile, the bigger logs from the coppicing will be drying out ready for keeping us warm next winter.
One central aim of Permaculture design is to have the minimum intervention on the landscape, to minimize our footprint & leave more space for 'zone 5' that untouched wilderness.
In many urban areas, like the tiny & inspirational community garden at Blarney Park, Dublin city, space efficient design is a core principle.
Community gardens in the city are fantastic little oasis' of calm! And concentrations of ideas, food production, learning, sharing knowledge & skills, socialising, celebration, connecting together & much more besides.
I spent Saturday onsite with the Blarney park crew for a permaculture design workshop. Our basis was that the design would be limited only by the imagination of the designers...ourselves! So with some simple Permaculture patterns & design tools, & a group of focussed & creative individuals, we clarified the group vision for the project, observed micro climates & resources on site (delightful south facing walls!), brainstormed heaps of ideas suggested by some key permaculture themes, & sketched up a draft plan for the first phase of the site works.
Some Key themes we explored were....
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