Ten-week Internship Program, Permaculture Research Institute, Zaytuna Farm, NSW
Starts Jan 21, 2013 and runs for 50 day(s).
The Permaculture Research Institute, led by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, now offer a ten-week curriculum-based internship program, aimed at fast-tracking the development of permaculture-based knowledge in a wide range of specific subjects. This is an ideal way to fast-track your ability to establish and maintain your own permaculture project and/or get started on a career as a permaculture consultant and/or educator.
Geoff Lawton designed the curriculum and supervises a line-up of Zaytuna Farm staff in its implementation.
During the program, your studies will cover:
Permaculture earthworks will take place during the internship weather permitting. You will hear lectures on the theory and practice of this integral permaculture design component including site design skills, surveying and directing earth-moving machines to establish dams, swales, terraces, access roads and more.
Permaculture project establishment - permaculture aid in action: lectures on permaculture project establishment - covering the theory and practice of permaculture project establishment specifically designed to give a reference and realistic expectation of the requirements to establish a permaculture project potentially anywhere worldwide, and to give an initial preparation for the same.
Teaching permaculture creatively You will learn to present and teach basic permaculture as a fascinating and interesting subject that will be of interest to a wide range of people, professions and age groups from school children to retirees.
Urban permaculture design lectures will cover the fundamentals of permaculture design in urban and small spaces. Learn to produce concepts and plans including appropriate selection of plants, implementation and execution in real life environments.
Sustainable soils management where soil microbiology and plant nutrition are demystified to bring you a cutting edge system of sustainable soil management. Learn how to combine methods to improve soil fertility, reduce input costs and improve production from the backyard garden through to broad acre farms.
Practical permaculture experience is gained through participation and contribution to the daily running of Zaytuna Farm where interns take on responsibility of maintaining established systems and contributing to development of new systems.
Note: The 10-week Internship is best suited for self-motivated people who already possess some life experience. As an intern you will be exposed to a great many opportunities to learn. Making the most of these opportunities is critical to your learning success. Getting up early each day and getting involved in farm life alongside Geoff and others, rather than being just passive listeners in class, will help ensure you come away with the confidence to subsequently design and implement your own permaculture solutions. It represents a wonderful opportunity for students who are prepared to accept the challenge. Please also note that until the new building development is completed, accommodation is camping in the great Aussie outdoors.
Duration: Ten weeks (fifty days of instructional time including one pack up day, or 75 days including weekends), to begin following PDC courses.
Internship Farm Hours: 11+ hours minimum a day available 7am or earlier to 6pm or later, including meals and breaks: breakfast 8:30am to 9:00am, morning tea break 10:30am to 11am, lunch 12:30pm to 1:30pm, afternoon tea break 3pm to 3:30pm, dinner 5pm to 6pm, 55+ hours a week, 5 days a week Monday to Friday. Total 550+ hours.
Cost: $7,700 including GST (equates to $770 per week)
Cost includes: The Ten Week Internship Program includes the following subject-specific lecture series: Permaculture Earthworks, Permaculture Project Establishment, Teaching Permaculture Creatively, Urban Permaculture Design systems and Sustainable Soils Management systems.
Accommodation: Campground facilities with 10 raised roofed platforms for tent sites, flat grassed camping area for large tents, and camper vans. Modern compost toilet and shower with good hot water supplied by a rocket stove mass heater.
Requirements: Student must have completed a PDC and provide a certificate as proof.
Practical work experience: During the 10 weeks of the internship, urban garden, diverse kitchen garden, main crop garden, food forests, nursery, seed saving and propagation, small animal systems, cell grazing, dairy, farm forestry, bamboo, natural soil fertility systems, aquaculture, biological waste systems, farm utilities, renewable energy system, permaculture earthworks direction and recovery planting.
The Internship Curriculum will cover:
- Design and Consultancy
- Earth Works
- Project Establishment
- Farm Forestry
- Nursery Systems
- Animal Systems, small to large
- Fencing systems
- Main Crops
- Food Forests
- Fuel Wood Production
- Diverse Kitchen Gardens
- Urban Gardens
- Garden Agriculture
- Renewable Energy Systems
- Bamboo Production
- Seed Saving and Propagation
- Waste Systems
- Animal slaughter and butchering
- Composting systems
- Natural soil fertility maintenance
- Food storage and processing
- Natural building techniques
- General farm maintenance
- Farm tools and equipment use
- Communal living
Zaytuna Farm is an operational permaculture farm, education centre amd demonstration site that has an ongoing development program. With the farm under constant development, and seasonal variation, projects vary and change throughout the year.
A stay at Zaytuna Farm gives a practical permaculture experience which builds on your initial Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course foundation. All students are fully included in everything that takes place using a rotating roster system to allocate the sharing of daily jobs. Projects around the farm are progressive, working with both the development of the students as well as the property as a whole. Overall, the experience of working at Zaytuna Farm makes for a sound introduction to working on other permaculture projects including international work.
Interns will be fully engaged with the running of Zaytuna Farm - taking responsibility of all the systematic running of the farm as a real permaculture project development.
The day to day running of the farm will be the responsibility of the interns as is the development of new systems as part of their course project presentations at the end of the internship. Teaching staff will mentor the interns through this process so that they gain complete confidence in running and developing a diverse permaculture project site. These daily tasks will involve: large and small animal systems, small to large garden crop systems, food forests, water systems, waste systems, nursery systems, energy systems and the people systems of the farm.
This is a pro-active specialised team building exercise where we all work together - staff and the students as project management and development - so the people systems are something that can take on a new direction and develop towards an improved system that is continuously evolving.
The Permaculture Research Institute caters to people from many cultures and as such, to help maintain a comfortable stay for all, students are asked to follow a code of conduct during their visit to Zaytuna.
Important information about this course
All prices are in Australian dollars. The fee for the course is $7,700 - including GST. A non-refundable $770 deposit is required at time of booking. The balance of $6,930 is due at least three weeks prior to the course start date. Note: Late bookings - those made less than three weeks before course commencement - incur a late booking penalty charge of 10%.
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