2015, June 13-27 Permaculture Design Course, Portugal



Extended 100 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course with Practical skills
The practical permaculture design course includes the theory but also classes on the practical techniques you need to get kick-started on your path. Come and camp in the hills at the beautiful Mouta Redonda central Portugal.  The area is rich in olive  groves, and orange orchards. And the locals make you feel as warm and welcome as their home made wine.
A budding project hosting its second PDC
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a budding project, you will be interviewing real clients and your ideas and designs may well become a reality.
PDC Course Costs
550 euros
Course costs include three vegetarian meals per day, camping, field trips, materials and certification.


What language will it be taught in?


How do I book the course?

To secure your booking, a non-refundable deposit of 100 euros is required to secure your place. Please contact Andrew at  sigilstep@googlemail.com

Once your deposit has been made, we will email you notification that your place on the course is secure. Full payment must be received for the PDC via bank transfer at least 14 days before the course.

What will I take from the course?

You will be a certified Permaculture designer, a certification that is internationally recognized by the Permaculture community. You will also have the knowledge and practical skills required to immediately begin designing and creating Permaculture projects and sustainable landscapes. You will be provided with links and sources to help you proceed further on your chosen path.

You will be able to form land assessments and designs, you will have skills in soil remediation techniques, livestock management, living willow architecture for shade houses and windbreaks, plant propagation and food preservation.

The course covers the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia’s PDC curriculum, following Bill Mollison’s Designers Manual. 

  • Introduction to Permaculture – Definition, History and Ethics
  • The Permaculture Principles
  • Design Process Theory and Techniques for Sustainable Settlements, Communities, and Gardens
  • Earthworks and Keyline Landscape – Design and Techniques
  • Natural Building with cob
  • Animal Systems – Bee Keeping, Chickens, Rabbits, and Vermiculture
  • Design Strategies for the Tropics – Housing and Landscape Design
  • Temperate Climate Strategies – Housing and Landscape Design
  • Drylands Design Strategies – Housing and Landscape Design
  • Social Permaculture
  • Economics & Financial Permaculture
  • Climate Factors
  • Pattern Understanding – Patterns in Nature Applied to Design
  • Food Fermentation and Preservation
  • Water Design Solutions – Catchment, Conservation, Grey Water Solutions, Swales, and Ponds
  • Soils – Composition, Biology, Food Web, Fertility, and Human Health
  • Aquaculture – Food Webs, Techniques and Fish Production
  • swales
Additional practical’s include
Live willow sculpting for windbreaks, fences and shade houses.
The free way to get trees and plants (plant propagating)
Soil remediation and compost making with animals.
Earthen building techniques
Water catchment techniques
Wild medicine and food.
Food preservation and fermentation
Compost heating systems
We will also be having a good old knees up with a Summer solstice party on the middle weekend.
Field trip!
Project Hostsshaggy and birdAndrew aka Shaggy
goat and asiaAsia and Gog the Pronk (goat)
The History and Dreams of the Mouta Redonda Project
Mouta Redonda is a small hamlet in Central Portugal. Along with most of this area of the country, what was a buzzing and largely self-sustaining community just 60 years ago is now largely abandoned, with houses falling  into ruins, land becoming covered in brambles and trees uncared for.

Shaf & Shakirah bought their house here in 2009, and Asia and I have lived here in their house since 2010, in which time they have since joined us here. Asia and I bought a ruin and land just a few metres down the road and are currently renovating it to live in. Our friend Liam arrived here in 2013 and rents a house at the bottom of the hill, and our friend Rob is in the process of buying another house with land that borders our larger plot.

We are a diverse bunch, with ages ranging from 30s to 50s and we come from a wide range of backgrounds, lifestyles and skillsets held together by some irrational force known as friendship.

When we arrived, neither Asia nor myself had any growing experience beyond the odd house plant but we threw ourselves in headfirst, getting a productive vegetable garden operating and learning from the older people we had as neighbours.  We have spent the last couple of years establishing ourselves in the area, building our house, learning the language and getting to grips with the goats among many of the animals we have come to know and love. And now we are ready to host our first pdc to help inspire us with the design of our project.
The long term goal is to develop a community space here that can facilitate eco-camping, workshops, courses and community events while providing for as many of the needs of those here as possible. We already produce our own olive oil, some vegetables and fruit and we have two goats. But this is just scratching the surface of what can be done here.

For more information and to reserve spaces email sigilstep@googlemail.com
Teacher: Catherine Griggs


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