Permaculture is the conscious design and development of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.
Permaculture is a practical system of design for sustainable land use and community and economic development. It offers an ethical, creative and inspiring response to today's global challenges [alienation, climate change, peak oil, financial meltdown, to name but four]. It stresses working with nature and with natural systems' patterns/models.
The Permaculture Design Course will help you identify steps for positive change for yourself, your family and your community. The course will introduce you to the ethics and principles that underpin permaculture design. The design process looks at how we can use a range of techniques and tools to rebuild soil, water and biodiversity.
The course offers a fully-participatory approach to learning, with discussions, group work, slide and film presentations, practical session and site visits, alongside regular teaching sessions. There will also be the opportunity for participants to present their own projects or those that are still at the planning stage.
The course will be in English.
This course is for anyone who is interested in permaculture - a sustainable lifestyle, organic gardening, farming and forestry, energy-efficient buildings and technologies - and who believes that we need to find ways to care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth.
The course takes place at the unique heritage farm of Mattila in the national park of Koli. The venue has its own special touch of calm, silence and a timeless atmosphere. “One of the loveliest places I have taught over the last twenty-five years.” (George Sobol)