Permaculture Design Course – Aljezur Set2010

06/19/2010 at 4:51 pm (PDC - Permaculture Design Course) (, , , , , )

Official Permaculture Design Course From 11 to 19 of September 2010, the official 72 hours Permaculture Design Course will take place in the Várzea da Gonçala, Aljezur, Portugal.

The course follows a 72 hour set syllabus and leads to the internationally recognized Permaculture Certificate.

Tutor: Lesley Martin was an organic grower and farmer in Cornwall for 20 years before taking a Permaculture Design course in 1995. She went on to take the Permaculture Diploma, with a 2 year teaching apprenticeship.

After qualifying as a teacher in Adult Education she delivered Government funded Permaculture Training Courses throughout the South West of England before moving to Portugal in 1999.

The subjects covered include:

Ethics and principles; Learning strategies; Pattern in design; Bio diversity; Water in the landscape; Forests and trees; Soils; Climate; Buildings and structures; Formal/informal economies; Community development;

The course includes a number of practical sessions and culminates in a 2 day design workshop.

The place: Várzea da Gonçala is a smallholding/community located 7km NE from Aljezur, on the west Algarve.

We live in harmony with each other and the surrounding nature and have a few requests for you:

• Please do not bring dogs. We already have one here and there are enough locally as it is.

• We only use bio-degradable cleaning products, so please do not bring shampoos, soap etc, that our grey water treatment system will not enjoy. Suitable products will be available for purchase here.

• To avoid too many cars here, we are able to collect you from Aljezur, should you opt to travel by public transport. For further info, please contact us. • We do have internet access here and mobile signal is not brilliant. We do have the landline phone though, and can take messages for you whilst you are here.

• Whilst we have no objection per se of parents bringing children, we do not have facilities or people to look after them, and hope people respect the fact that this is an adult learning course and children could cause an unwanted distraction for all.

• Please respect our daily doings and do not arrive before the afternoon of 5th March.

• Live-in buses and vans by prior arrangement only. Thanks.

Prices and Payment: Total cost of this course is €300 which includes:

Camping area (bring your own tent).

Use of compost toilet and hot shower. Breakfast, lunch and dinner – meals will be vegetarian and eaten communally. (Meals to include evening meal on 10th September and breakfast on 20th)

Permaculture course tuition and official certificate.

Dormitory accommodation is available for an extra €100.

If a student cancels after 1st of September we cannot refund any payment made.

Places are limited. To reserve a place on the course, contact us either through our email address – – or by landline telephone (00351) 282 995060.

Evenings are best for telephone calls.

After booking, €150 should be transferred to our bank account as a deposit – contact us as above for details, unless you paid via PayPal on the website. The remaining balance will be due on arrival. An acknowledgment will be sent to you, confirming your place on the course and including more information, with a map and directions. In the unlikely event of insufficient numbers enrolling, the course will be cancelled and monies paid will be refunded.

Other Information:

What you will need to bring with you – a large notebook coloured pencils pen a torch sound footwear sunhat

More info available by contacting us at

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to welcoming you onto the course.


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Forest Garden Introduction – 12 Junho2010 – Tabua

05/17/2010 at 11:04 pm (Eventos passados) (, , , , , )


Introduction to Forest gardening – Póvoa de Midões – Tábua

Uma vez por mês, o projeto está aberto para quem quer passar o dia connosco e aprender sobre floresta de alimentos e permacultura.
O dia começará com uma introdução aos princípios da floresta de alimentos, plantas e árvores que nós usamos em nosso projeto e as espécies que podem ser incluídos em outros designs. A seguir haverá uma visita guiada ao projecto para ver e falar sobre o que é na prática.
Congratulamo-nos com perguntas e esperamos que na volta haja discussão e todos fiquem inspirados.
A tarde irá incluir tópicos relacionadas com as preferências do grupo, a época do ano e as actividades em que estamos envolvidos na terra. Podem ser: armazenamento e conservação dos produtos, tinturas naturais, óleo ou creme, alimentos comestíveis silvestres, plantio de árvores, fazer sumo, ou discussões sobre diversos temas de interesse – esteja à vontade para sugerir algum tópico específico em que você está interessado quando você faz uma reserva. Vamos tentar atender as suas necessidades.

Este Dia Aberto começará pelas 10:00 e terminará às 18:00 com um intervalo para o almoço confeccionado principalmente a partir do horto florestal ou do que é localmente produzido. O Almoço é vegetariano.
O custo da inscrição é 15,00 € por pessoa. Inscrições limitadas a 10 pessoas.

Entre em contato connosco através do formulário de contato no site, (link abaixo, clicar “Contact us”)
se você estiver interessado em vir.
Aceitamos reservas até uma semana antes do dia 12 de junho de 2010.

Obrigado e até breve!

Once a month the project is open for people to come and spend the day with us learning about forest gardening and permaculture.
The day will begin with an introduction to the principles of forest gardening,plants and trees that we use in our design and species that can be included in other designs.Following that there will be a guided tour of the project to see and talk about what it looks like in practice.
We welcome questions and hope that the tour will get people talking and inspired.
The afternoon will include options relating to the preferences of the group, time of the year and the activities we are involved in on the land at that time.These may be: storage and preserving of produce, herbal tincture,oil or cream making, edible wild food, tree planting, juice making, discussions on various relevant topics or feel free to suggest any specific topics you are interested in when you make a booking. We will try to meet your needs.

Open days start at 10.00am and will finish at 6.00pm with a break for lunch provided mainly from the forest garden or locally produced.Lunch is vegetarian.
The cost for the day is 15.00 euros per person and groups are limited to 10 people.

Please contact us through the contact form on this site if you are interested in coming.We accept bookings up to one week before the open day.
The next open day will be on Saturday the 12th June 2010.

Thanks and see you soon!

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