Permaculture Design Course – learn sustainability & actively change the future: 12th – 24th May 2014

Please note: unfortunately the course is cancelled for this year. In case of interest to participate in spring 2015 please send an email to permakultur@amma.de so that we can inform you about the next planned date. Thank you for your understanding.

International 72 h Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

with Warren Brush, one of the top 10 in permaculture

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12th – 24th May 2014
M.A. Center Germany – Seminarzentrum Hof Herrenberg e.V., Hof Herrenberg 1, 64753 Brombachtal (near Frankfurt)

13-day Permaculture training course with internationally recognised certificate of the Permaculture Research Institute Australia taught by Warren Brush, co-founder of Quail Spring Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, founder of True Nature Design, a Permaculture Design Company, that is working extensively in North America, Africa and other countries worldwide (further information see below).

Course fee:
550 € for students (only if having a valid student card)
900 € early bird offer (when registering and paying  2 month before the course)
990 € regular (education grant is possible)
respectively plus accommodation and food

Education grant:
Employees with less than 20.000 € taxable yearly income can apply for an education grant of up to half of the course fee. Hotline for information regarding the education grant: 0049 (0)800 2623 000. Further information at www.bildungspraemie.de (only in German)

Registration:
Click here for your (binding) registration: www.hof-herrenberg.de/kurse-seminare/anmeldung/
Term of registration: 14th April 2014

Condition of registration:
Half of the course fee to be paid at registration, the rest until 14th April 2014
Account: M.A. Center Germany – Seminarzentrum Hof Herrenberg e.V.,
IBAN: DE07 50863513 0003897443, BIC: GENODE 51 MIC, Volksbank Odenwald

Contact and information:
Email: permakultur@amma.de or zentrum@amma.de
Phone: +49 (0)30/86398947 or +49 (0)6063/579933

Host:
M.A. Center Germany – Seminarzentrum Hof Herrenberg e.V.

The course includes a wide variety of topics:

  • Introduction to the principles of permaculture
  • Using alternative energy sources
  • Building with natural materials
  • Landscape design
  • City gardens
  • Composting
  • Biological pest control
  • Rain water use
  • Greywater use
  • Alternative economy
  • Sustainable social structures

Through project work on site, certain topics will be practised and more thoroughly covered by the course participants.

At the end of the course, you will receive an internationally recognised certificate for your participation.

The course is designed for those who wish to implement a sustainable lifestyle and  perform actions in harmony with nature, be it in business, organisations, in the family, or in their own private life. Permaculture can be used in almost all areas of life and can make a huge contribution to the holistic and environmental consciousness of the world.

A special invitation is offered to all people that support Amma´s environmental movement “GreenFriends”. No previous knowledge is necessary, as hands-on experience is included, but surely contributes to a deeper learning experience.

Come on an adventure with a multi-cultural group of people, who want to change the world for the better in their own life and community.

Course language is English with German translation.

“It is the duty of human beings to serve and take care of nature. In return, nature will return all the good.” Amma

The Teacher: Warren Brush

Warren Brush is a certified permaculture designer, teacher and consultant, as well as a storyteller. For over 25 years, he has been inspiring people of all ages to discover, develop, and express their inner potential while living a sustainable lifestyle. He is a co-founder of the Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, the organisations Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Regenerative Earth Farm, and his permaculture design company, True Nature Design.
He works intensively in permaculture education and sustainable design in North America, Africa, and other countries worldwide. Amongs others, he was the consultant for the orphanage ‘Amrita Wototo Boma’ founded by Amma in Kenya. For many years, he has proposed sustainable and positive lifestyles for children and teens through  nature experience projects. Warren has worked with former children soldiers, orphans, and teenagers with difficult family situations as well as from privileged backgrounds. He gives courses in: Permaculture Design Certification, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Ferro-Cement Tank Building, Compost Toilet Systems, Greywater Solutions, ‘Water for Every Farm’, Drought Proofing, Cultural Mentoring, Food Forestry other offerings.

The certified permaculture design course at the M.A. Center Germany is now the third course to be held in Europe by Warren Brush, one of the leading experts in permaculture worldwide.

Here are a few links about Warren Brush and his work:

Course Contents: further Details

1. Introduction
The course commences with an introduction to system thinking and patterns in nature to provide a context for introducing permaculture, its influences, history, principles and ethics, and issues of energy and sustainability. Participants are introduced to some of the concepts of creative problem solving as a learning process. Different approaches to problem solving and individual learning styles and how to use these tools effectively in teamwork are dealt with.

2. Ecoliteracy for Sustainability – Patterns & Processes in Nature
This section of the course introduces the basic underlying earth sciences and ecological processes required for sustainable design and earth stewardship. Building on the introduction to patterns in nature, this section comprises detailed sessions on the patterning of ecological processes & their role and function in the design of sustainable systems.

3. Sustainable Design and Production Ecology – Patterns in Design
This section begins with the design process and various concepts of patterning in design (zones, sectors, spirals, flow, etc), permaculture design methodologies and site analysis. This provides the framework for a more detailed exploration of the following design systems in permaculture:

ZONE I

  • Appropriate technologies, energy & resource efficient house design, selecting a house site etc.
  • Home garden design: edible landscapes for urban and rural situations, small scale intensive vegetable production and functional design for home gardens.

ZONE II

  • Small livestock and poultry systems: small & large scale free-range chicken forage systems, chook tractors, chicken house design. Also for ducks, geese, quail, rabbits, guinea pigs.
  • Orchard and food forest systems for temperate, subtropic and tropical environments, low maintenance strategies, diverse multi-story plant selection, site selection and preparation, implementation, planning for year-round production.
  • Appropriate use of animals in integrated fruit production systems.
  • Honey bees: husbandry needs and forage systems.

ZONE III

  • Windbreaks: location, design, function, yield, species selection, implementation.
  • Main crops: growing staple foods and major income generating crops.
  • Animal systems for Zones III and IV: characteristics, husbandry needs, forage systems, yields and functions of cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs and other common domestic farm animals.

ZONE IV

  • Tree crops: design and management systems for low maintenance structural forests for fuel, timber and other yields, agroforestry, coppice woods and integrated sustainable broadacre farming strategies.

ZONE V

  • Conservation of forests for watershed management, native flora and fauna, refuges, reforestation, wildlife management, wildlife corridors, bushfoods and restoration ecology.

THEMES
This section concludes with design strategies for various relevant themes

  • Utilities: roads, access ways and fences.
  • Aquaculture: low maintenance freshwater aquaculture systems for ponds & farm dams, edible water plants, biological water purification and treatment systems.
  • Fire and other natural desasters (floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, Tsunami and climate changes), effects of climate change on increasing frequency and violence of natural desasters.
  • Integrated pest management and weed control in permaculture systems.

4. Invisible Structures
Bioregionalism and transition planning sets the tone for this section followed by community economics and ethical investment, legal structures, land access, land ownership, settlement structures and characteristics of eco-villages. This section opens social factors, strategies for planning and implementation of waste recycling and urban waste water treatment as well as strategies for city centers, suburbs, towns, forest ecology, community gardens, municipal farms and other municipality-funded farming systems.

5. Conclusion – Permaculture at Work
This introduces local, national and global permaculture networks and organisations, work opportunities and fields of operation, pathways to achieve skills and knowledge for different kinds of permaculture applications, further training options.

Further information on permaculture e.g. on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture (external link)

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