PDC – Hungary – 14-29 July, 2018

Permaculture Design Certificate ~ PDC ~ Course

Where you can design an eco-logical lifestyle

14-29 July, 2018 ~ Pécsely-Oszkó=, Hungary

By Permaculture Resources Ireland, Ancient Permaculture and Gyüttment – a course with a Permaculture Research Institute accreditation

 

PDC ~ Permaculture Design Certificate

The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. Based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers’ Manual, it provides skills and solid knowledge in Permaculture design, as a science, that can create abundant ecosystems sustainability in the garden, on a small farm or on a larger broad acre farm or landscape.

Who takes a PDC?

Soil gourmets, nature lovers, urban and rural nomads, community developers, responsible entrepreneurs, architects, business owners, sustainability enthusiasts, teachers and perhaps You to find nature in yourself trough a collective journey.

What is the course about?

In this course we’ll be exploring a myriad of strategies and techniques that deepen the human connection to the natural world. Designing and implementing resilient food, fuel, shelter and community systems is paramount to the permaculture designer. We’ll cover the tools necessary to investigate and narrate one’s landscape from the point of view of a designer with the goal of creating interdependent human/animal/plant relationships.

Shared Learning

Learning as a social and collective process. Learning is a partnership where both the learner and educator engage in a dialogue and negotiate information to make meaning and develop contextually relevant knowledge.

About Permaculture

Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.

Bill Mollison

Permaculture is a way to reconnect with the natural patterns of Life and apply them in daily existence.

Michelle Huet

Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale to create ecologically sustainable and resilient human habitat.

Ethics

Ethics are culturally evolved mechanisms that regulate self-interest, giving us a better understanding of good and bad outcomes. The greater the power of humans, the more critical ethics become for long-term cultural and biological survival. Permaculture ethics are distilled from research into community ethics, learning from cultures that have existed in relative balance with their environment for much longer than more recent civilisations. This does not mean that we should ignore the great teachings of modern times, but in the transition to a sustainable future, we need to consider values and concepts outside the current social norm. The three ethical principles of Permaculture:

  • Earth Care
  • People Care
  • Fair Share (Limiting consumption and return of surplus to the biosphere and people)
Philosophy

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolution. Permaculture combines both the wisdom and practical, often intuitive knowledge and experience of traditional agriculture with scientific and technical knowledge, within the framework of an ecological philosophy that strives to create an ecologically sound and sustainable system.

Permaculture Design

Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people in a sustainable way. It is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

Accredited PDC Teachers

Adam Afoullouss
Permaculture Consultant – Mainframe Designer – Teacher – Community Developer

Adam grew up in Ireland, but his roots lie also in Morocco, in his early days he completed an apprenticeship as a mechanic but later found his passion for Permaculture. Experiences and courses: organic vegetable and fruit production in Spain; two-year degree in Sustainable Horticulture and Permaculture in Ireland; valuable practical experience in different farming practices in Germany.
Joined the Internship Team member at Permaculture Research Institute under the management of Geoff and Nadia Lawton; gained International Management Certificate, experience at Zaytuna farm and working together with Geoff Lawton on consultancies, designs and implementation projects; Paul Taylor, Graham Bell and David Spicer etc. Adam is now a PRI accredited Consultant, Designer and Teacher.

Márkuly István
Permaculture Mainframe Designer – Consultant – Teacher – Community Developer

As a Local Community Developer working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating Permaculture waves across the country. His experience is expanding and diversifying through international participation and earth work management from wetland to dryland.
Istvân have a certificate of Sustainable Horticulture and Permaculture at Kinsale Collage and also completed completed numerous permaculture training programmes, also learning from those who are leading the way in their field, such as: Warren Brush, Paul Taylor and Geoff Lawton. 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 include the principles of Permaculture into their lives.

Syllabus

Permaculture teaches us how to design natural homes, how to create abundant gardens, plant food forests, how to include backyard animals, how to build biodiversity to protect wildlife, regenerate degraded landscapes and ecosystems, harvest rainwater, develop ethical economies and communities, and much more.

As an ecological design system, permaculture focuses on the interconnections between things more than individual parts. Permaculture relies on ethics, design methodology and numerous design principles.

Permaculture principles

The philosophy and ethics behind permaculture

Concepts and themes in design

Understanding the components – stability, diversity, order, chaos, yields, resources, time sequences – that are the strength of our systems. It will become clear why nature is our model and how the interactions with the natural systems create resilience.

Design methods

You learn to analyse what components should go into a design, how natural systems can and should be included, and where these things are best positioned on the site as a holistically engaged environment.

Understanding patterns

Patterns are recurring forms of events that we can find all around us in nature. Understanding these basic underlying patterns of natural phenomena is a powerful tool for design.

Trees & tree energy transaction

You will learn about the complex interactions between trees and their physical environment.

Water and aquaculture

Water is the one that connects it all, in this section you will learn about specific strategies of water conservation and control under different climatic conditions.

Soil

Soil is a precious resource. We will learn about repairing soils, creating healthy nutrient systems and stimulating soil life and fertility with techniques like compost extract, bio-fertilizers, and chop and drop.

Earthwork

Earthworks set the framework for garden bed or food forest creation and is inextricably tied to harnessing the energetic exchange of water in the landscape.

Social permaculture

Here we will look into the social elements of permaculture and how we can create local communities moving towards a sustainable future and a striving society.

Venue

The Hideghegyi Menedék (Hideghegy Shelter) project was started in 2017 on a three hectare land not far from lake Balaton. The land lies on a once cultivated hill, it consists of a south facing slope and a plateau, and gives space to pasture land and smaller vegetable plots. The area has a rich and diverse ecology.

Currently a couple lives there permanently and other members of the community join them regularly for shorter-longer periods. They are working on the establishment of a self-sustaining permaculture farm, which will also give place to eco-tourism and environmental education programs incorporating arts and the methods of ecopsychology. The farm will also provide a transitional home for those who need a bridge to arrive to a new paradigm and to lead an ecologically sustainable lifestyle.

On the land and in its surroundings you will find

Protected forests,

Pasture land and animals,

Cultivated and abandoned vineyards,

Traditional winery cottages built of stone,

Old orchards,

New rockeries,

Sustainable shelter building,

Solar energy utilization,

Composting toilet

Everything You Get

Access to two weeks (72 hours) of shared education sessions with an open weekend based on the “Permaculture Designers’ Manual” by Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture with Adam Afoullouss, István Márkuly and other experienced people and professionals. The event will be held both in English and Hungarian (with translation).

  • Permaculture Design Certificate
  • Introduction to the Global Permaculture Community Network
  • Permaculture Resources Student Pack (audio-visual and documents) which supports your further education
  • Camping accommodation – private rooms are also available in the area (you should arrange it yourself but we can help with contacts to guest houses)
  • Wholesome meal 3 times a day and all day coffee/tea/biscuits from local ingredients
  • 30% discount for the following three courses of PRI
  • Free access to 3 weekends’ practical workshops
  • Healing ceremonies, morning yoga and evening meditation
  • and much more goodness…

Prices

A PDC course by PRI costs 1200 € in Ireland

Now, in Hungary, thanks to the support of Gyüttment Fesztivál and Permaculture Resources Ireland: 
  350 € – early bird until 16th June
500 € – after 16th June

If you cannot afford these prices but you really want to take this course, fill out this Grant Application form and we will try to find a solution for you. There are three options: full grant, partial grant or paying with produce (food). Please keep yourself to the third ethic of permaculture: Fair Share, and only apply for the minimum financial support you need, thus allowing more people to receive a grant.