Permaculture Design Course 2020
18 September – 2 October (14 days certificate)
Led by Peter Cow
We are excited to announce the fifth extended PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC) that will be hosted in Tinos Eco-lodge welcoming for the second time Peter Cow from England and assistant teacher Bram van Overbeeke from Holland and Nicolas Bedau from Greece. Peter, Bram and Nico will combine their skills from both Northern and Southern ecosystems and climatic conditions and will put emphasis on Social permaculture as well as regenerative agriculture, with lots of hands on and practicals during the course. (read course outline here)
This PDC is fully certified by the Permaculture Association (Britain). The course will be taught in English.
The Permaculture Design Certificate
The Permaculture Design Certificate is an 80 hour theoretical course based on Bill Mollison’s Designers Manual, and the 35 years of creativity, research and development in the worldwide Permaculture movement since. It explores how we can use today’s tools and technology to create a more sustainable world. Permaculture is not only about growing vegetables and animals, it is a whole sustainable lifestyle such as creating community, developing efficient and beautiful homes and growing healthy, happy people. Permaculture ethics are Earth Care, People Care and Return of Surplus and this is taught by showing students to focus on local resources and their local community, and to have well thought out design practices to create abundance sustainably.
In this course we added 2 extra days two have more time for practicals and hands on experience. Peter and Bram will share their wide knowledge and experience as well as their creative teaching techniques to guide us through the principles of permaculture, gaining a thorough understanding of how we can use our natural resources for our own sustenance while restoring and taking care of the earth. Theory, group exercises and hands on projects are well combined through this 14 days course. In the end personal projects of the participants or of the site are put into the final designs and are worked out thoroughly by the groups formed.
Nikos from Tinos Ecolodge will share his hands-on experience of building the ecolodge and designing the energy, water, plant and waste systems. We will have the rare opportunity to discuss and elaborate on Nikos’ and Marilia’s choices on different aspects of their project, reflect on the challenges, opportunities and limitations.
A well run PDC can be a life changing experience. For many people it can be the most intense learning experience of their lives, and great fun to boot. Surrounded by like-minded people, you will learn the framework to thrive in a rapidly changing world. You will also develop the skills to heal damaged landscapes while providing for your own needs.
Be prepared to have a full day course, starting at 9am and finishing at 7pm with lunch break and coffee breaks, with some presentations and films in the evenings as well. There is no need of previous knowledge of the subject. For detail information about the course and what will be covered please go to the following link: Read more about the COURSE OUTLINE
Peter Cow Dip. Perm. Des.
Peter took his PDC in 1998, and gained his Permaculture Diploma in 2007, apprenticing with the wonderful Aranya Gardens and started running his own PDCs in 2012. He has led Permaculture courses in Greece, Sweden, UK, Portugal, Jamaica, Cyprus, Finland and Denmark. Alongside land based design, he has been very involved with People Permaculture: exploring ways to expand the use of Permaculture, using its principles and design to support our relationships, groups, families, organisations and personal growth. He has worked with Looby MacNamara, author of ‘People and Permaculture’ since 2013, leading Facilitator Trainings and Design courses. He co-creates immersive and empowering learning experiences that connect people more deeply to nature, themselves and their community. Peter also works with Jon Young and the ‘8 Shields’ movement internationally, running events and supporting organisations to share nature connection and cultural healing practices and principles to enrich our lives and communities.
Bram van Overbeeke
Bram is a Permaculture designer and has been involved in environmental activism and permaculture for over ten years and is a life-long student of his biggest teacher, nature. He did his PDC in 2011 and since then has been involved in designing and implementing a variety of projects; ranging from garden designs to water filtration systems, building a strawbale tiny home to off-grid energy systems. Having gained his experience in the field, he now puts his actions into words and aims to teach what he has learned. In the past year he has become involved in the Nature Awareness movement and has studied Eco-psychology, working to translate his experience into a compassionate, culture building story for the future. He was Peters assistant teacher in last year’s PDC at the Ecolodge. He lives near Marathon, Greece and has just become a father!
Tinos Ecolodge was designed from the start based on sustainable use of resources which are also permaculture principles as well. At the Tinos Ecolodge you will have the opportunity to see stone built houses with local materials, an off-grid system for energy production for the whole lodge which is powered by solar panels, a collection of rain water system, a reedbed filtration sewage system, indoor compost toilets with the Aquatron separation system, outdoor compost toilets, outdoor kitchen and shower filtration systems, an organic vegetable garden, hugelculture beds and a lot more to be built and learned during the seminar. Location info
Accommodation and food
Tinos Ecolodge is situated in a beautiful island setting with great sea views and sunrise from the sea, traditional terraced landscape, with a nearby fresh water stream and lots of old oak trees to camp under. There is also limited space in the 3 lodges which can host up to 12 people. There are outdoor showers and compost toilets for those who camp. There will be a communal outdoor kitchen were we will eat all together 3 meals per day, prepared by our local cook an expert on delicious Greek vegetarian recipes. Max number of participants is 20 people.
Cost: early bird prices 520euro/tents and 680euro/houses if booked until the 30th of May, after that 620euro/tents and 780euro/houses.There is a special price for Greek participants due to economic crisis for camping at 430euro early bird and 530euro after the 30th of May.
The price includes
- 14 days course
- Certified Permaculture Design Certificate from the UK Association
- 3 Vegetarian meals per day by our local cook from Tinos
- Herbal teas, coffee & Fruits
- A day long field trip including 3 site visits, beach and ending up to a Greek taverna (cost is extra)
Please note that the price is kept intentionally low to make it affordable for all.
For booking a place a deposit of €100 must be paid on application, full balance to be paid upon arrival. Please note that in case of cancellation the deposit is not refundable because of very low cost seminar and limited places. Please download the application form below and send it to Marilia or email her if you need any further information and details about the course.
Download the application-form-pdc-2020
Marilia Kalouli, firstname.lastname@example.org
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