Permaculture Design Course in Ambeli, 14th-17th November

Vēja elektrostacijaWe believe that the permaculture education can address today’s most pressing challanges and change the world, so we are glad to invite you to the comprehensive Permaculture Design Course which will take place in Ambeli, Daugavpils parish from 14th till 17th November (first half). The first half of the course (32 hours) will be held in November 2013, and the second half (32 hours) in the spring of 2014 (exact dates to be set). Between the two parts of the course participants will be expected to complete at least 8 hours work on their personal design projects. This fulfils the criteria of 72 hours for the internationally certified Permaculture Design Course (PDC).

The course tutor, Jan Martin Bang, has a Diploma from the Nordic Permaculture Institute and will give certificates to candidates successfully completing the course, (attending at least 75% of the sessions, and presenting a personal Design project to the rest of the participants.

Take your chance and join the amazing permaculture community now!

The course will be held in English language!
Participants can choose to attend just one part of the course, but both parts (in November and spring) must be attended in order to get the certificate!

Course programm (first half):

Thursday 14th November

11:00 to 20:00 with a one hour break for meals

  • Introductions
  • Programme and logistics
  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Principles, Patterns in Nature
  • Deep Ecology, Ethics and principles
  • Resources
  • What are ecosystems, and how can I use them?
  • How do natural cycles function?

Friday 15th November

09:00 to 19:00 with a one hour break for meals

Morning session:

  • Design exercises, creativity and group dynamics
  • Design hands-on, the design process step by step
  • Site assessment,
  • Personal design exercise
  • Report writing, graphics and project presentation
  • Maps – reading the landscape like a book. Geology, flora and fauna

Afternoon session:

  • Social organisation
  • Decision making and the Coordinating Leader. The Money Game.
  • Environmental Footprint Analysis
  • Conflict resolution, Non Violent communication

kSaturday 16th November

09:00 to 19:00 with a one hour break for meals

Morning session:

  • Transition towns
  • Ecovillages
  • Global Ecovillage Network

Afternoon session:

  • Economics, capital resources and money systems
  • Indicators of sustainable economic welfare
  • Alternative economics
  • LETS and self generated systems

Sunday 17th November 

09:00 to 16:00 with a one hour break for meals

Morning session:

  • Bioregions and transport
  • Energy sources and alternative technology
  • Falling water, wind generators, solar power
  • Bio energy, unconventional sources

Afternoon session:

  • Recapitulation and evaluation of the course
  • Commitment to personal design exercises

Course programm (second half):

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Day 1

Morning session:

  • Welcome back, introduction round
  • Structure and behaviour of soil, mulch gardening, compost
  • Biodynamic/Organic/Chemical farming
  • Garden plan and schedule

Afternoon session:

  •  Community food production
  • Community supported agriculture
  • Practical gardening work?

Day 2

Morning session:

  • Water in the landscape
  • Water catchment and supply
  • Waste water treatment

Afternoon session:

  • Biological sewage systems
  • Living Machines and Flow Forms
  • Earthworks
  • Windbreaks

Day 3

Morning session:

  • House design and building techniques
  • Design tools, siting & zoning, use of materials
  • Water, energy and heating, social and spiritual aspects

Afternoon session:

  • Strawbale house building
  • Healthy urban house and garden
  • Practical building work?

Day 4

  • Morning session:
  • Personal design presentations
  • Afternoon session:
  • Personal design presentations

Day 5

  • Morning session:
  • Certificates
  • Visions and commitments
  • Evaluation

We try to make things practical and visible – herb spiral from the practical part of permaculture workshop 2011.Jan Martin Bang is a qualified Permaculture Designer and teacher. He was born in Oslo, Norway and grew up in England where he studied archaeology, geography, philosophy, education and agriculture. He was active in the English Cooperative and Trade Union Movements in the 1970’s. He moved to Israel in 1984 and was a kibbutz member for 16 years. Since 1993 he worked on environmental projects within the Kibbutz Movement. He represented the “Global Ecovillage Network” in Israel, and helped build up the Israel Permaculture Group, teaching the first Permaculture Design Courses in Hebrew. His work took him on extensive travels within the region, visiting ecovillages and teaching courses in Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus and the Palestinian areas.

He was a co-worker at Camphill Solborg in Norway for 7 years, where he had domestic and administrative responsibilities. He has been co-editor of “Landsbyliv” (Village Life), the Norwegian Camphill magazine, for the last seven years. He was secretary of the Norwegian Permaculture Association, is still an active member of the board, and has been active within the Norwegian Ecovillage Trust. He is currently chairman of the Norwegian Ecovillage Association. He received the Permaculture Diploma in the fields of Education and Community Development from the Nordic Permaculture Institute in 2006.

He has written a book on Permaculture Ecovillage Design published by Floris Books in 2005, called “Ecovillages – a practical guide to sustainable communities”. A second book, “Growing Eco Communities – practical ways to create sustainability” was published by Floris Books in 2007. “Sakhnin – a portrait of an environmental peace project in Israel” and “The Hidden Seed – the story of the Camphill Bible Evening” were both published in 2009. He edited “A Portrait of Camphill” to be published in 2011 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Camphill. He is currently working on several books about community and environment.

He has been connected to the International Communal Studies Association since its founding conference in 1985, and in 2010 was elected President of the Association.

How to apply?

1) You have to fill the enrolment questionnaire here!
2) Wait for the reply that we have received your application and that there is a place for you.
3) Make the payment.

The course fee for the first half is 25 LVL (36 EUR).
The course fee for the second half will be not more than 80 LVL (115 EUR) depending on co-funding which is not known yet.

The course fee must be transfered to:

Organisation name: Biedriba “Kulturys studeja Speiga”
Address: Ganeni, Putani, Ambelu pagasts, Daugavpils novads, LV 5438
Registration No.: 40008117951
Name of bank: AS SEB Banka
IBAN: LV92UNLA0050016993692

Transportation and accomodation  have to be organised and paid by each participant himself. Organisers will be happy to assist participants on arranging transportation.
It is possible to order vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the time of the course – 20 LVL (29 EUR) per 4 days.

Have any questions about the course? Don`t hesitate to ask:

The course is organised and partly funded by:
“Kulturys studeja Speiga”, Latvian Permaculture Association


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