Permaculture Design Certification Course 2014

Permaculture Design Certification 11-29th October 2014

This Autumn our passions for Permaculture and Ecological Community Design will be blooming thanks to a series of interconnected courses, free talks and voluntary actions based around permacultrue with an emphasis on low impact living, community living and self sufficiency.

Imbedded in all this activity and inspiration is the opportunity to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate. The syllabus and format offered is internationally recognized and will stretch over 90 hours. Participants that attend 90% of the classes running from 11th-29thth Oct (Sat-Wed) and complete the final design project will receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design. There will also be a short course in Ecological Community Design (ECD) running from 4th-8th Oct. To allow for people who are working to also take advantage of this great learning opportunity weekends will be based around distinct topics and are open to everyone regardless of whether you attend the PDC classes during the week. There is a charge for the PDC and ECD courses but the talks, and site visits will be run on a donation basis. Weekend classes during the PDC have a separate charge if you are not already signed up to the PDC course (check below for costs).

Lead Instructor
Rakesh Rootsman Rak – An experienced Permacultre designer teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher and homeopath. Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture to individuals and communities for the past 5 years as well as designing a forest garden on part of a 30-hectare ecovillage in Croatia that he co-owns. Rakesh is also passionate about sharing his journey of self empowerment (learning how to make all the things you need for yourself rather than relying on the system to provide for you), this includes eco architecture (low impact housing); capturing and storing energy (electricity, heat, lighting, etc); fuel efficient heating systems (rocket heaters and stoves); water capture, purification and recycling systems, natural bee keeping and so on. So be prepared to go off on inspirational tangents occasionally.

Guest Instructor
Nicolas Netien -An environmental engineer specializing in waste management and sustainable community development. Nicolas obtained his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2007 in New Zealand with Grifen Hope, Darren Doherty and Joe Polaischer as well as an internship with internationally renowned permaculture teacher and designer Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm, Australia where he completed his teacher training course. After extensive consulting work, Nicolas now lives in Cyprus and is the manager of the organically certified Atsas Farm – a dry-land agro ecology integrated system and a demonstration site.

We are excited by the fact more and more people on the island are considering starting ecological communities but may lack the funds and knowledge to match their passions. Introduction to Eco village design: fundamentals of creating intentional communities and eco village design. This introduction to eco village design will walk you through the basics of what you need to do to create a successful eco community. We will look at some of the most common mistakes that communities make which invariably lead to failure, and then look at what communities do that invariably give them the best opportunity of success. We will look at tools for creating a common vision. We will introduce you to some useful permaculture tools that will help you to design houses, food growing systems, community cohesion, livelihoods, etc. The course will be a mix of lectures, discussions and practicals on using the tools. The course will also look at different types of eco communities from co housing to land owning, and go through the pro's and cons of the different ownership structures.

Mondays and Tuesdays will be part of the full time accredited permaculture design course (at the end of which you will receive your certificate in Permaculture Design). Anyone who wants to get the permaculture design certificate, must attend 90% of the weekend courses plus these midweek sessions (Mon, Tue and Wed). Wednesdays will be a site visit, where we visit one or more existing projects. This is also open to the public. Some visits will be a tour or if appropriate we can do some voluntary work at the site putting what has been learned into practice. This is not part of the accredited course, but will be great fun and is where we can see some of the principles and ideas come to life.

What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more. The word 'permaculture' historically comes from 'permanent agriculture' and has evolved into 'permanent culture' - it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can live in harmony with nature while sustaining human activities for many generations to come. Permaculture is a rigorous and systematic set of tools, ecological principles and methodologies, underpinned by ethics, which help us to design and create this culture of permanence. A culture that allows us to design how we cater for all our needs and the needs of the planet and all its creatures, without exploiting or depriving others of their needs. The ultimate goal is to create systems that create abundance for all humans, creatures and mother earth. With permaculture insight we can design our inner tranquility, it can be applied to creating integrated and supportive communities, building or retrofitting houses to be more energy efficient, creating ethical businesses and livelihoods, as well as creating rich abundant low maintenance food growing spaces.

PDC Course Syllabus:
The course is mainly theoretical and will give you an overview of the permaculture ethics, principles and approach to challenges. We will do practicals and hands-on work, but emphasis is on learning the patterns and concepts that are applied in permaculture. We will also visit nearby intentional communities and sites that integrate permaculture in their design.

Principles of Natural Systems
Sustainable Design Methodologies
Patterns in Nature, Culture and Society
Reading the Land & Understanding Natural Processes
Large Scale Land Restoration Techniques
Water Harvesting Techniques
Design Principles of Sustainable Human Settlements
Grey Water Recycling
Natural Building Strategies
Cultivated & Productive Ecologies
Food Forests, Plant Guilds, Gardens for Self-Sufficiency
Energy Conservation Technologies
Appropriate Technologies and Renewable Energies
Urban Environment Permaculture
Wildlife Management and Biological Pest Control
Community Activism
Invisible Structures: People, Community, Economics, EcoVillages
Community Supported Agriculture
Strategies for an Alternative Nation
At the end of the class, students engage in a group design project.

Week 1 Nicosia Eco Community Design
3rd Friday 8-10pm Free Talk
4th Sat & 5th Sun 9.30am-6pm Introduction
to community projects and
eco village design
6th Mon – 8th Wed 9.30am-6pm Intermediate
course on creating successful
community projects

Week 2 Larnaca -Paralimni - Xilofagou
10th Fri 8-10pm Free Talk
11th Sa t&12th Sun 9.30am-6pm Introduction
to permaculture
13th Mon &14th Tue 9.30am-6pm PDC
part1 Permiculture
basics and tools
15th Wed Site visit

Week 3 Limassol - near Fasoula village
17th Fri 8-10pm Free Talk
18th Sat 9.30am-6pm Soil improvement
19th Sun 9.30am-6pm Dryland strategies
20th Mon & 21st Tue 9.30am-6pm PDC part 2
22nd Wed Site visit (Implementing
dryland strategies)

Week 4 Paphos – Anasa Community Wellness

24th Fri 8-10pm Free Talk
25th Sat 9.30am-6pm Forest gardening
26th Sun 9.30am-6pm Community
27th Mon&28th Tue 9.30am-6pm PDC part 3
29th Wed Site visit (Practical work at Anasa Community Wellness Centre)

Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos Max 20 people.
You can benefit from a significant early bird discount if you book and pay before the 1st of June the entire 3 week course is only Euro 250
If you pay by 1st Aug its 300 Euro
If you pay after 1st Aug its 400 Euro
Food and Accommodation Camping (Sat-Tue night) Breakfast (Sun-Wed) and dinner Sat-Tue)
40 per wk /10 Euros a day
Daily Lunch (or Dinner for drop in people)
Euro 5
If you are not happy to camp/ sleep on the floor you are welcome to get in contact and we can advise on alternative accommodation in the area.

Nicosia - you can either sign up for the full 5 day course or just the 2 day weekend introduction
You can benefit from a significant early bird discount if you book and pay before the 1st of June the 2 day course is 60 and the 5 day course is 100 Euro
If you pay by 1st Aug the 2 day is 80 and the 5day is 130
If you pay after 1st Aug the 2 day is 100 and the 5day is 160
Please bring your own food
Venue to be confirmed
Get in contact if you also require accommodation

Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos
You can either come for one or both of the days
Early bird discount if you book and pay before the 1st of June its 15 Euro per day
If you pay by 1st Aug its 20 Euro per day
If you pay after 1st Aug its 25 Euro per day
You can bring your own food or we can also provide you with a delicious meal (lunch 5 Euro Dinner 6Euro)

Throughout the organizing process we have been very conscious of keeping costs low and the courses open to as many people as possible.
Early Bird Discount : Get in early and save money
Paying by installments: If you prefer to pay by installments (PDC course 50 Euros a month or ECD course 20Euros May-Sept) please make your first payment (using any of the above methods) before 1st June and you are also entitled to the early bird discount.
Group discounts: We are excited by the fact more and more people on the island are considering starting eco communities but may lack the funds and knowledge to match their passions. If you are part of such a group or emerging community please get in contact and we will do our best to accommodate as many of you as possible at a discounted rate.
Translator: There are significant discounts available if you are willing to translate for any of our courses or talks so please get in contact

By offering a number of options and possible discounts we hope to make payment as painless as possible.
Pay pal : account:
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Bank transfer: Name: K. Constantinou
Bank: Hellenic Bank
IBAN: CY44 0050 0241 0002 4110 1606 4101
Account No: 241-10-160641-01
Cash: We can also accept payments in cash if this is easier for you.
Larnaca area contact Phil 97648179, for
Paphos contact Annelie on 99714325 and for
Limassol contact Katerina 99414463

LANGUAGE: We will have a translator for the free talks but at this point all courses and classes will be in English however If there are a number of people who require a translator for either of the courses please let us know and we will work to accommodate this. In light of this there is the possibility for you to volunteer as a translator in exchange for free course attendance - if you are experienced in translating and would be interested in this please get in touch.

For the ECD course in Nicosia you are expected to provide your own food. For the rest of the time we are happy to announce food will be provided by
Kayes Karma Kitchen (All Soy, Gluten and nut free (except breads) at an additional cost stated above, or you are also welcome to bring your own.

If you have any queries about anything please contact Katerina email:
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Phone: 99414463
fb: Kat Contrahueves

Antinou 18, Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus