Basic understanding of permaculture
What you will learn:
You will learn how to see your project from a Permaculture perspective: it means to see and think in patterns; to find the best place for each element in your project with maximum efficiency; to make the most out of natural resources such as water, soil, and trees
Use Permaculture design -a practical approach to creating productive and functional eco-systems for garden, farm,or example how we can create community based living system or just us the principle in every day life
Permaculture ethics, design tools, patterns and principles to help create productive systems that function in harmony with natural patterns and forces.
Social permaculture; connection with each other, and local and global networks, self organising systems.
Collaborative design of a community centre space.
Integrated nature and community needs; designing for regenerative communities.
Thinking like an eco-system; personal, group and community wellbeing
Water and soil systems.
In 1994, a small group of us Mercy Sisters in Clonfert Diocese came together to find new ways of expressing our commitment to the Earth. We were awakening to the vision of Earth as a living organism, a great web of interconnectedness and interdependent life. We shared the desire to rediscover together who we humans are as a strand of this magnificent web. You could say we shared the desire to ‘come home’ to Earth after a long absence. And so An Gáirdín came into being!
At that time the site of the Rural Domestic School here in Portumna, which had taught agriculture and traditional crafts and skills for a hundred years, became available to us. “To make again a garden of this place” (Elisabeth Roberts) became our motto as we set out to learn to live in communion with one another and with the great diversity of life around us.
The garden needed some rest and healing following its years of generous production. It had time to lie fallow and renew itself before we began to do some organic growing. We welcomed back the hens and ducks. Our house was built on the site of the old dairy. We carefully sourced natural, renewable and recycled material. We installed the geo-thermal ground source heating system, a very new technology then.
Currently, our Education Programme and our Organic Growing are facilitated by a team of six people, two of whom are Mercy Sisters. As the need arises we can call on volunteers. A small group of those who share An Gáirdín’s vision meet regularly for support, study and reflection. Our most recent undertaking has been the provision of a building, adequate to meet the needs of our expanding range of courses and events. This has been a work of collaboration and every aspect of the building is a demonstration of sustainable practice.
’ I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive, so yes,it’s seditious, but it’s peacceful sedition.’ Bill Morrison
Permaculture Mainframe Designer, Consultant, Implementer, Teacher West Cork Permaculture & Earth Environmental Education
Local community developer who is working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating Permaculture Waves across the country! He has taken PDC’s and Permaculture workshop internationally learning also from many others who are leading the way in their field, such as: Paul Taylor, Geoff Lawton and Warren Brush. He is a co-founder of Earth Environmental Education, providing easy understanding through the principles of permaculture to help motivate and inspire others to naturally inculde the principles of Permaculture into their lives.