What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment.

It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education, background, or previous experience.

Permaculture is NOT just about trees, or just about gardening! You don't need loads of land to practice it and it's a design method that can be applied to all social systems.

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Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)

We’re offering three opportunities to join us for a fully certified Permaculture Design Course in 2017, taught by Rosie Stonehill or Josh Gomez accompanied by Andrea and Jeroen from Casalinho. All PDCs follow the minimum 72 hour curriculum set out by the Permaculture Association, plus much much more. On completion you will receive the Certificate in Permaculture Design, accredited by the UK Permaculture Association. 

* 10 day Permaculture Design Course – Friday 9th June – Sunday 18th June 2017
facilitated by Rosie Stonehill together with your hosts at Casalinho, Andrea and Jeroen.

This is an intensive course, ideal for those who are time short or just prefer a more intense experience. We’ll be immersing ourselves in permaculture for the nine taught days of the course using a variety of classroom based and outdoor activities, and we’ll have a free day mid course to rest and rejuvenate or to explore our beautiful local area.
Minimum donation – 450€ *

* 16 day Permaculture Design Course – Saturday 29th July – Sunday 13th August 2017
facilitated by Rosie Stonehill together with your hosts at Casalinho, Andrea and Jeroen.

This is the longest format Permaculture Design Course we are offering at Casalinho in 2017. A combination of theory and practical sessions, as above, but with the extra days allowing more time for exploration, discussion and optional additional practical activities. And of course, more time to appreciate the beautiful local area Casalinho is situated in!
Minimum donation – 630€ *

* 12 day Permaculture Design Course – Friday 18th August – Tuesday 29th August
facilitated by Josh Gomez together with your hosts at Casalinho, Andrea and Jeroen.

This course will be taught over eleven full days, with a free day mid-point. Offering much more than the standard 72 hour syllabus, you’ll experience a combination of theory and practical sessions with plenty of time for exploration and discussion in a glorious setting.
Minimum donation – 510€ *

* We do appreciate that cost can be a limiting factor for some people. Our summer internships scheme is a lower cost route to accessing a PDC.
We also offer a 20% discount on PDC prices for those who combine with our 4 week Self Reliance Experience.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment. It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Who is the Permaculture Design Course for?      

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education, background, or previous experience.

Permaculture is NOT just about trees, or just about gardening! You don’t need loads of land to practice it and it’s a design method that can be applied to all social systems. Whatever your plans for the future, the Permaculture Design Course will give you the perspective and tools required to find positive solutions towards a sustainable life.

About your teacher, Rosie Stonehill

Rosie Stonehill will be lead teacher on our 10 day and 16 day PDCs this year, and we’re looking forward to welcoming her back. Rosie has been studying permaculture since 2006, was awarded the Diploma in Applied Permaculture in 2011 and began working with us at Casalinho in 2012.

About your teacher, Josh Gomez

Josh Gomez will be teaching our 12 day PDC in 2017. Josh has been studying Permaculture since 2006 when he attended an introductory course in Cornwall, UK. Since then he has been creating designs for many different sites in Portugal and the UK. Whilst studying for the Permaculture diploma, Josh gained diverse experience in facilitating Permaculture courses by working alongside various different teachers and has learned many different approaches, techniques and exercises.  He combines this with previous experience of working with adults and children in both teaching circus skills and care work to make his courses as informative, enriching and supportive as possible. Josh accredited as a Permaculture Diploma holder in 2011, and first taught Permaculture Design Courses at Casalinho in 2012.

About your hosts at Casalinho

Andrea and Jeroen are your hosts here at Casalinho. Andrea’s PDC with Patrick Whitefield in 2011 inspired her so much that she insisted Jeroen also do one. A course was arranged with Lesley Martin later in 2011, and the first PDC taught at Casalinho was born! In 2012 our eldest son also achieved his PDC here, making him one of the youngest graduates at that time. We have now successfully hosted nine PDCs here at Casalinho plus various other related workshops. We’re now working towards the Diploma in Advanced Permaculture Design with Casalinho as our focus. We’re assisted in our projects by the international volunteers that we host, a fabulous opportunity to bring permaculture to a wider audience and expose ourselves to new ideas and inspirations. The rest of this website should give you the flavour of our project.

 About the course syllabus

These Permaculture Design Courses are based on an international syllabus and will  include:

Introductory– Permaculture ethics – Approaches to design – Guiding Principles of Permaculture – Biodiversity – Learning and Study strategies – Pattern in Design – Wilderness and wildlife

Cultivated Ecology – Permanent Pasture – Forest Gardens – Horticultural techniques – No-till cultivation – Biological pest control

Climates – Strategies for different Climates – Micro-climates

Buildings and Structures – Urban Permaculture – Appropriate technology – Waste reduction – The home and workplace – Energy efficient planning – Waste recycling and disposal

Soils – What is Living Soil? – Soil regeneration techniques and Soil Conservation

Water in Landscape – What is Living Water? – Water conservation, collection and storage – Waste water and sewage treatment – Aquaculture

Forests and Trees – Energy transactions of trees – Woodland establishment – Types of forest – Woodland management

Invisible Structures – Real Wealth – Land access – Formal/informal economy – Community development strategies

Design Workshop – Design process and Presentation Skills – Maps and Overlays – Surveying – Project Planning

As well as this, included are many other relevant subjects and a range of practical exercises which aim to give each student a tool kit of basic skills, making them both competent designers and confident in the implementation process of design.

We use a wide range of teaching methods, including:

  • Digital presentations
  • Practical activities
  • Discussion / constructive debate
  • Games
  • White board sessions
  • Observation exercises
  • Videos
  • Guided walks
  • Working in groups

 

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Booking
Included in your course:
  • Permaculture course tuition, practical sessions and certificate.
  • Camping space for your own tent. Caravan or dormitory accommodation is available at an additional cost.
  • Use of compost toilet and solar shower.
  • Vegetarian meals. Additional meals available at a small cost if you wish to extend your stay with us following the course, or are joined by a non-participating guest.

It is assumed that you will arrive the evening before your course begins, and depart the morning after as this is compatible with local public transport.

Places are limited. Contact us via email to reserve your place and we will provide you with bank transfer details. Or telephone us on (00351) 235512171 or 934542254 (mobile).

A minimum deposit of 50% is payable at time of booking for all courses and workshops, with the remaining 50% payable on arrival. When your deposit is received we will acknowledge it by email and confirm your place on the course. Payments cannot be refunded for cancellations by the student less than 10 days before the course commences or once the course has begun. We reserve the right to cancel the course and refund monies paid in the event that insufficient bookings are confirmed or other unforeseen events make it’s running impossible . We cannot be held responsible for other costs.

PDC class with Lesley Martin & Bonita the goat. Participants have joined us from Portugal, UK, Australia, Philippines, China, Norway, Holland, Italy, Spain, Israel, Brazil, Hungary, Denmark and USA.

 

Rosie