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Extended 100 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course with Practical skills
11822770_10156782178548125_8877486633462958084_nThe gang
People from all around europe with different skills, backgrounds, hopes and dreams. We co created the teaching experince together, it became a voyage into the human experince, together we learnt about how to form symbiosis with our ecosystem and eachother.
11836641_10156782154098125_8099830174798354181_nMota Redonda is a budding project in a small hamlet in Portugal. Pronk the goat above.
11880537_10156782152053125_3171834846082851549_nlessons in the shade under the fig trees .
11826076_10156782151683125_4688411312082639853_nWe teamed up and a built a Pizza oven construction with earth.
11138676_10153496514019525_7394832471735505618_n11707585_10156782156503125_7068855126883324413_nWe experimented with hugle culture.
11831651_10156782156323125_6356872788074102265_nWe excavated a deep trench and filled it with logs and branches, then burried it. The process acts like a slow release subtaranian compost pile, whilst storing moisture.
11221520_10156782156068125_9038892365219938325_nWe danced a lot in the veg garden
11692571_10153496517404525_7668085193375897972_nWe used bunyips and aframes to map contours for water harvesting with swales
11062072_10156782161503125_2919533113378601206_nWe learnt free ways to get plants and trees with propagation teachniques
1380601_10153496515814525_3160802173843718099_nWe studied the local ecology, landforms, local agriculture, wild food and medicine.
willow fenceWe built fast growing windbreaks with willow.
11221786_10153496521259525_2453303662770599313_nWe enjoyed the natural beauty
1465295_10156782161818125_3807454060995143324_nWe practiced illustration techniques for the designs.
11831644_10156782166473125_796250097475988874_nWe analysed

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We designed

11058819_10156782159883125_7621268709437736585_nThroughout the course we practiced practical techniques, building compost, building compost heated showers and preserving food with fermentation.

11866346_10156782171118125_8306430178629820670_nWe created beautful designs for our hosts
11665598_10155655354980018_524340858982112092_nWe ate pizza
11825184_10156782176823125_2205778876407988498_nThey graduated
11846624_10156782173068125_8618418332114415670_nAnd then we partied.
An amazing course with more beautiful people.
About Mouta Redonda
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Project Foundersshaggy and birdAndrew aka Shaggy
goat and asiaAsia and Gog the Pronk (goat)
The History and Dreams of the Mouta Redonda Project
by Andrew
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.
shaggy on wallHere a picture of my house and I, back then when it was just a shell.

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.
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.

 

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