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Permaculture Design Practicum with Rhamis Kent, Owen Hablutzel and Mustafa F. Bakir

This course is organized by TPAE (Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey).

Date: 31 August – 3 September 2015

Location: Dedetepe Ecological Farm, Çanakkale

Seriously interested in design and consulting? This course is for you! In this 4-day intensive course, PRI’s best three will teach you how to successfully implement your permaculture designs. Having worked as permaculture designers and consultants in various parts of the world, Rhamis, Owen and Mustafa will be sharing their unique experiences and providing you with answers from their respective point of view.

Learn how to start your permaculture design consultancy, confidently deal with clients, present reports and briefs and much more!

This course is for people who have already completed a full Permaculture Design Course (PDC).

Topics include:

• Spectrum of permaculture consultancy work
• Designers tool kit
• Design Process and Methodologies
• Preparing base plans and essential surveying skills
• Drafting and drawing skills: standard symbols, drawing to scale
• Language of design, concepts, details and construction drawings
• Client communications, briefs and contracts
• Effectively working as workgroups and teams

Note: This is the International Permaculture Conference & Convergence year! The IPC is a global event, bringing together permaculture designers, consultants and teachers. The only requirement for attendance is a PDC certificate.

IPC 2015 will be held in London, starting on 8th of September. Details about the conference and convergence programme can be found at this link: https://ipcuk.events/

COURSE INSTRUCTORS

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Rhamis Kent

Rhamis Kent is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. ’95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design (serving as a registered certified Permaculture Design instructor with PRI Australia). He also serves as a co-director of the USA branch of the Permaculture Research Institute. Rhamis has previously worked for the renowned American inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development, with subsequent engineering work ranging from medical device research and development to aerospace oriented mechanical design. After taking an interest in the design science of Permaculture, he sought extended training with permaculture expert and educator Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. This led to his involvement with design work connected to the development of Masdar City in UAE after Mr. Lawton and his consulting company (Permaculture Sustainable Consultancy Pty. Ltd.) were contracted by AECOM/EDAW to identify solutions which fit the challenging zero emissions/carbon neutral design constraint of the project. Most recently, Rhamis collaborated with environmental filmmaker John D. Liu (www.eemp.org, www.whatifwechange.org) after meeting at the Caux Forum for Human Security in the making of a documentary for Dutch production company VPRO called “Green Gold” highlighting the topic of global ecosystem restoration work. In July 2010, Rhamis lectured at Schumacher College (named after the influential economic thinker E.F. Schumacher) in Totnes, Devon UK about the application of permaculture in post-industrial Detroit: www.schumachercollege.org.uk/community/kent

He is presently consulting with a delegation of Somali expatriates initiating ecological restoration and education work throughout Somalia: Rhamis Kent: Permaculture in Somalia (IPC10 Presentation – Video)

Since 2011, Rhamis has taught Permaculture Design (formal Certification and short Intensive courses) in Palestine/Occupied West Bank, Greece, Ethiopia, Yemen, Turkey, Thailand, Italy and The United States (California & Vermont). He has also performed additional consultancy work on projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Western Sahara.

Given the rapidly growing interest in sustainable development, Mr. Kent hopes to bring to the attention of the investment community an aspect of the emerging sustainable economy that has yet to be seriously considered for significant financial support – Earth Repair/Ecosystem Restoration Work (ERW) and regenerative design, as he presented before the investment community during the 2010 TBLI Conference held in London: www.slideshare.net/tbliconference/rhamis-kent

Working extensively within the MENA Region & Muslim World, Rhamis has discussed the importance of establishing the link between the Islamic tradition and environmental stewardship: soundcloud.com/beyond-halal/rhamis-kent-interview

Mr. Kent’s published writings can be found at the PRI Australia website.

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Owen Hablutzel

Owen Hablutzel is an independent consultant, group-facilitator, and educator working internationally with people, organizations, institutions, and communities stewarding broad-acre agro-ecosystems and regional landscapes towards regenerative sustainability. Whether with ranches, classrooms, NGOs, farms, non-profits, universities, agencies/ministries or other land managing-policy-planning groups, the core work collaboratively empowers whole-system transformations towards robust land health, social co-creative capacity, and whole ecosystem stewardship.

Living, working and learning across a multiplicity of cultural-ecological contexts (North America, North and southern Africa, Australia, Near and Middle-East, and Europe) Owen brings a diverse constellation of experiences, enthusiasms, and training to his work, weaving together agro-ecological applications (Permaculture, Keyline Design®, and Holistic Management®) with social technologies (co-creative participatory process facilitation) and with a wider spectrum of practical, flexible, engaged solutions (social-ecological systems science) for enacting transformative re-connection with our earth system source.

A director of the Permaculture Research Institute, USA, and a Certified Educator and Savory Accredited Professional of Holistic Management,® Owen also serves on the Resilience Task Force of the IUCN-CEM (International Union for Conservation of Nature – Committee for Ecosystem Management) and holds a Masters in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College in New Mexico.

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Mustafa Fatih Bakır

Mustafa Fatih Bakir is a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher with a professional background in architecture and landscape architecture.

Mustafa has taken his PPC (Permaculture Practical Certificate) on the Mollisons’ farm in Tasmania in 2007 and his PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) a year later with permaculture pioneers Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Melbourne. He has further worked with and studied under Geoff Lawton as an intern at The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) of Australia in 2009.

Mustafa is the founding director of The Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey and lives an active life in the village of Marmaric, in the mountains of the Eagean.

He has designed and is presently the permaculture consultant for 5 projects in Turkey and a project in Spain

Course Location and Accomodation

The course fee includes meals and accomodation with tent.

(The participants are required to bring their own tents & equipments.)

There are other accomodation options available at Dedetepe. The price is 50 TL per night. These options are NOT included in the course fee and should be booked seperately. Please contact Anday Ataman for further details & booking.

Anday Ataman
anday.ataman (at) gmail.com

Organization

The course is organized by TPAE (Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey).

This course will be held with a certain minimum number of students. PRI Turkey holds the right to cancel the course if mimimum student numbers are not met.

This course is an extension of the PDC course held in Istanbul (August 15-27, 2015). The Practicum course will not be held if the PDC course is cancelled.

To book, please click here.

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

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