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Permaculture Design Course PRI Chile

The Tools in Your Hands

Date: January 4-17

Location: El Manzano, Biobio, Chile

Teachers: Javiera Carrion, Grifen Hope, Carolina Heidke

Info & Registration: + [email protected]

The Permaculture Research Institute of Chile is happy to announce its next 14 day PRI accredited Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with our diverse teaching team from the 4–17 January in El Manzano one of Latin Americas few working permaculture farms.

Innovative Approach

With over 10 years of experience teaching permaculture during more than 40 PDC’s with almost 1000 graduates this course is one of the most innovative and complete anywhere.

“Permaculture is common sense, that is no longer common” (Joe Polaischer)

An internationally-recognized qualification and universal tool for creating resilient futures – by design, we explore the multidimensional facets of Regenerative Design in the context of sustainable development and the application of holistic design principles to resolving real world problems.

The PDC of El Manzano is an experience resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to the art, culture, and science of permaculture design as set out by co-founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, and brought to life by a myriad of permaculture, ecovillage and transition practitioners from around the world over more than 30 years.

The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the applied Diploma, Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Regenerative Design offered by Gaia University in English and Spanish.

The Program

Students learn how to become sustainability designers and change agents taking active roles in transitioning their existing communities, institutions and neighbourhoods, to more sustainable patterns of production and consumption, as well as leading more joyful, meaningful and healthier lives.

Topics Covered

– Systemic crisis and a systemic response.
– New paradigms for a transformative education.
– Ecoliteracy and principles of living systems.
– Ethical and design principles of permaculture.
– Why regenerative is beyond sustainable.
– Participatory planning and project management based on Dragon Dreaming and Holistic Management.
– Regenerative design process, strategies and techniques.
– Reading and application of the patterns of nature.
– Regen10 Platform applied to human settlements and projects.
– Site mapping.
– Group work on a draft conceptual design.
– Keyline design for water harvesting.
– Understanding climatic constraints and strategies to create a myriad of microclimates.
– Regenerating forest systems and biodiversity.
– Bioconstruyendo the built environment.
– Permaculture in the City-Region.
– Bio-intensive crop associations and crop rotation.
– Forest gardens.
– Extensive agriculture.
– Intelligent management of livestock.
– Carbon sequestration in soil.
– Creation of natural fertility, compost, Bokashi and bio-fertilizers.
– Trofobiosis & Microbiology.
– Chromatography analysis of soils.
– Biofilter systems.
– Renewable energy systems.
– Physical and emotional wellbeing.
– Social Ecology, groups and leadership.
– Participatory governance.
– Economic solidarity and the principles of Regenerative Enterprise.

No previous experience is required.

Trans disciplinary team

Our team consists of a continental association working together to design and implement practical solutions to the economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges of living in the 21st century.

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about” – Margaret Wheatley

The facilitators for this event include;

Javiera Carrion

Agronomist and Master in Integrative Eco-Social Design. Javiera currently lives and works with her family and community in El Manzano, Cabrero, Chile, where she is responsible for the educational coordination, networking, design and project management, documentation, advisory, consultancy and teaching of environmental and social regeneration in Ecoescuela El Manzano.

Javiera Carrion is part of a network of women leaders and activists in Chile, working with the Chilean Institute of Permaculture, Ecovillage Network, the national Hub of Transition and applied permaculture professionals to create and manage a community of transformative learning. In Ecoescuela, Javiera participated in the creation of transformative learning experiences that will help in the transition from local to be a more inclusive society.

Grifen Hope

Born in New Zealand in 1976 Grifen grew up in an alternative community seeking to renew the deep links between people and land. Immersed in patterns of sustainability, he developed a repertoire of values, knowledge and skills for simple living and the design and implementation of resiliente systems. In his teens, Grifen discovered permaculture and started exploring regenerative design with an international community of people who shared a vision of a different future.

In 2007 he travelled to Chile with his partner, Javiera Carrion. Together they realized that there was an opportunity to accelerate the Transition Movement in Latin America. While seeking help to develop a regional centre of the Permaculture Master Plan, Gaia University emerged as a viable option to develop literacy skills in Sustainability, get a master’s degree in Integrative Design Ecosocial and help develop the centre they had dreamed of.

Registration & Investment

The price includes all meals, lodging, design studios, practical workshops, seminars and digital material.

This is a very accessible course that has economic, social and ecological returns for life. Learn how to move your money and transform financial capital into living resources. Consider it a wise investment. If you need more information about our payments system please contact us >>>

Sliding Scale

Our international fees are based on a sliding scale.

The Sliding Scale is based on a simple observation that households spend on average about 10% of their annual income on formal and informal education experiences. Rather than investing this in multi-national corporations, we consider it much wiser to invest it in local resilience.

Therefore the minimum price we ask for our PDC is around 10% of the minimum annual wage in Chile. A fair price. We invite you to consider this fact, and pay what you can genuinely afford based on your income level and support us to keep permaculture accessible to all in Latin America.

Reservation / Deposit

To book your space we require that you make a deposit of USD$200 and pay the difference before 4 January 2015 (deposit refundable until 15 December 2015).

For bookings or for more information, please visit Grifen’s Website

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