2013 Permaculture Design Course, The Yoga Forest, Lake Atitlan Guatemala.
An afternoon session on biological resources. The new permies familiarise themselves with the many uses of the landscape, plants and animals.
Audres the Mayan Gardener teaches about paolo di agua a plant a tree that easily roots from cuttings and is used to build living terraces to grow upon and prevent landslides.
Hayley teaching techniques in fermentation, including kombucha and kimchee.
Preparing a worm tea
for the plants, the casting brewed in oxygenated water overnight make a highly nutritious bacterial drink which promotes root growth and boosts plant immunity
A client interview for the final design project with Noe and Petrona
A sheet mulching practical for the new terraced beds using banana leaves and leaf mulch.
Students researching and planning for the final design projects
Field trips up onto the mountain to observe natural systems
Energy cycles class with and co-teacher Jeremy
Plant identification class with Jeremy
Aquaculture theory class with myself
Aquaculture practical; creating more surface area using branches to enhance habitat for organisms which provide food for the fish.
Earth works and water catchment practical using a bunyip to measure gradient.
On our way into the mountains for a field trip to see Shads farm who commercially produces goats cheese, salad and eggs using permaculture techniques.
Students having a go at milking a goat
A natural building practical learning to make bricks from manure, clay, sand, hair and cactus juice.
Getting stuck into making the muddy mix.
The natural building practical continued and the ancient art of barrreki to build a wall.A string making workshop using fibers from the agave plant.
Final Design presentations.