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- Designing Sustainable Settlements July 4th - 17th, 2010 * Ecovillage of Sieben Linden, Germany A fully featured Permaculture Design Course meeting international standards and with possibility of full funding!
What is a „Permaculture Design Course“?
A Permaculture Design Course offers a broad overview of topics related to the creation of sustainable environments and lifestyles. In addition to this general introduction to Permaculture, participants will get acquainted with a wide range of methods and techniques to work with. This course focuses on the design of sustainable settlements and includes information and practice about how to (re)model existing and newly set up human settlements in a way that they are using less energy and other inputs and produce less waste while offering a greater quality of life to its inhabitants and increasing biodiversity in its surroundings. The venue, the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden, is an internationally recognised intentional community and centre for adult education and will serve as a living example and field of practice.
• • acquiring methods and techniques for sustainable design learning about best practice of appropriate technology, e.g. green building; water purification; solar technology acquiring practical skills and knowledge in group work on small projects improving and practicing group skills in a multicultural environment exchanging experiences between participants from different European countries embracing European diversity
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The course is designed so that all spheres of human beings are satisfied: the mind, the body and the soul. Thus there will be a great diversity of methods, for theoretical inputs as well as for practical work, and forming of a group. Methods and techniques of the theoretical part includes: power point presentations, movies, lectures, small group discussions, action learning processes, self-exploration, scripts, guided tours, and more. The practical consists of both individual and group work on one or several design tasks, where participants practice the various methods that are taught in the theory-sessions. Practical work is also offered as hands-on-experience, where participants implement little projects (like building a composting toilet or setting up a sheet-mulch-bed). The formation of a group is supported by a number of methods that have been tried in social settings, for example dialogues and forum. Methods of participatory processes (e.g. Open Space) are part of this training as well. Participation helps projects to be successful and sustainable due to the recognition and possible inclusion of as many needs of people as possible. The course also includes gaining insights into the overall design and appropriate technologies as well as the organisational structure and educational activities of the hosting Ecovillage of Sieben Linden.
• • • • Introduction to permaculture: Ethics and philosophy, permaculture principles; Patterns, energies, systems in permaculture Introduction to planning concepts; Methods for observation and analysis: Basemap, Sectoring, InputOutput-analysis Planning methods: Data Overlay, Zoning,... Ecosystem criteria and basic terms of ecology; Trees and other plants; Soil and climate; Water Permaculture aspects in the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden Architecture; Ecological infrastructure; Planning an ecological settlement Social permaculture Economy and organisational design Designwork in groups Presentation of designs Next steps
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The training will enable participants to work with permaculture and to integrate it into their projects. The international standards of 72-hour-courses and of the European Permaculture WorkNet are met.
The founders of Permaculture were searching for answers to the pressing issues of our time. They looked at natural ecosystems to find out how self-sustaining systems work and how the underlying principles could be used in agricultural systems and in various other areas of life. A clear ethics, “Earth care, People care, Fair shares”, is the basis of this sustainable concept which empowers people to take responsibility for their lives and their environment and to take care of both in a life-sustaining way.
The German Permaculture Academy:
This course is offered by the German Permaculture Academy, which is the German platform for permaculture issues, networking and training. It offers a professional vocational training to become a Permaculture Designer, for which this course is the foundation. More than 15 teachers are working in different places all over Germany to provide education and information about permaculture. www.permakultur-akademie.net
The Ecovillage of Sieben Linden:
The Ecovillage of Sieben Linden aims to provide a model for a future way of life, where work and leisure, individuality and community come together. Small closed cycles make it possible to live a holistic and ecological life in balance with economic needs. As a seminar centre we welcome people from all over the world, hoping that they become inspired by the ecovillage lifestyle. The village with 120 inhabitants (including 35 children) lies in Saxony-Anhalt (50km north-east of Wolfsburg), Germany. www.siebenlinden.de
Diversity is important to us – applying this permaculture principle in the composition of our team. We decided on several teachers and facilitators to take over different parts of the course content. Here is a little introduction to some of us:
Sandra Campe has been living in the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden for more than six years. Before this, she studied organic agriculture at the oldest faculty for organic farming in Germany. During her studies, she worked for an agriculture without genetic engineering as well as towards a nuclear free future. Permaculture has accompanied her throughout these years as a focus and an aim. In Sieben Linden her focus shifted over the years - from practical gardening to settlement design and participatory processes, for the development of the settlement as well as with young volunteers. With a friend, she started a social structure for
young adults in the Ecovillage and to this day coordinates the volunteer service and helps launch young people's projects, which also feeds her knowledge in social permaculture. In 2008, she graduated as a Permaculture Designer and has been teaching permaculture for several years and is very enthusiastic about it! Sandra is the main organiser of this course.
Beate Walsdorff has been practicing permaculture for the last eight years in as different places as New Zealand, Brazil and Germany. Formally trained in social work, she combined this background with her permaculture activities while working and living in different permaculture and ecovillage projects in South America, e.g. the nomadic ecovillage “La Caravana Arcoìris por la Paz”. With La Caravana she focussed on spreading tools as useful and important as group communication, consens decision making, community gardening, earth building and permaculture design within a variety of brazilian communities and regions. Now, back in Germany, she is especially dedicated to seed saving and regional networking in the Lassaner Winkel, in the very north east of Germany, while working on the creation of a permaculture-wilderniss- learning school.
Ulrike Anna Oemisch has been involved in the international Permaculture movement since 1997. Her professional focus is the combination of Permaculture design in urban settings and has seen her working as a landscaper for 12 years. Living in the community Prinzhoefte, Center for Wholistic Learning and Ecological Solutions, for 4 years has been of great influence and helped her develop her skills in systems thinking and social permaculture design. Her passion for travels and international exchange has taken her to different countries and Permaculture contexts - eg. Israel/ Palestine, South England and Nepal. She is currently living in Kathmandu where the development of an organic marketing system based on the fair trade principles and the development of a Gaia University Regional Center has been her main focus for 2 years. Ulrike graduated in Permaculture in 2004 and has been working internationally as a teacher and tutor for Permaculture since. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Gaia University since 2006 and wishes to further pursue this committment in the future.
Martin Stengel is a graduated engineer for energy technologies with emphasis on alternative energies and sustainable housing. He has been living in community for 17 years. As one of the founders of the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden his main fields of activity were: defining the requirements for the settlement; designing the settlement and its surroundings following permaculture principles and participatory planning methods; designing the infrastructure including local water supply and natural wastewater treatment; designing and building houses using natural and sustainable resources, with a special emphasis on straw bale building. He has been member of the directory board of Sieben Linden for 12 years. He is an experienced "Forum" facilitator, group facilitator and event moderator. He also leads singing in choirs with an emphasis on building community awareness. He is editor and writer for the "eurotopia-directory: Intentional communities and ecovillages in Europe" and speaks English, French and Italian. He has been co-teaching and facilitating the Ecovillage Design Education Courses in Sieben Linden in 2007 and 2009.
general course information
July 4th till 17th, 2010
Ecovillage of Sieben Linden, Saxony-Anhalt, North-east Germany
Total course costs:
1.155,- Euro, including all costs
700,- Euro (Please note „funding“ below)
Accommodation and food:
455,- Euro (accommodation in multiple bedroom; accomodation in tent: 390,- Euro; food is 100% organic and vegetarian / vegan)
Sandra Campe, firstname.lastname@example.org, +49-(0)39000-905923
Registration and Funding:
How to sign up:
Go to www.permakultur-akademie.net, open the page „Aktuelles / Kalender“ and search for the „Permaculture Design Course“ (it will be the only course in english language on that page). Open the course page and click onto the button „anmelden“ / „registration“. This course has been submitted to the conference in the Grundtvig-Comenius course database. Applying for a grant through this, you can receive full funding for the course fee, a lump sum for food and lodging (which should cover the costs) plus your travel expenses. To be eligible for funding, you need to be from an EU member state (other than Germany), Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Turkey. The only other condition is that you are at least 18 years old. 2 people from each organization and a maximum of 5 people of each country can receive a grant. PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR GRUNDTVIG FUNDING
APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 15th, 2010!!!
If you are eligible for this funding and want to apply for it, please use the registration form on the website of the Permaculture Academy (see above) and tick "applying for grundtvig-funding". Please also look up: http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/instructions%20for%20applying-EN.doc You will find this course with the course number: DE-2010-1008-001 in the Grundtvig-Comenius-Database at: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/llp/istcoursedatabase/index.cfm?fuseaction=DisplayCourse&cid=22728
If you are from Germany or other non-eligible countries and still want to participate, do not hesitate to contact me about course costs and possibilities of participation!
Please spread this information in your networks and decide as soon as possible whether you want to participate. We hope you will apply for the grant and come to the course!
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