Just got home from an amazing Permaculture Design Certificate course on la Gomera, canaries islands. A really interesting and educating course with some amazing people set in a magical subtropical paradise!
Tought by Helder Valente with the New School permaculture this gives you a deep dive into the world of permaculture.
But whats "permaculture"?
"Permaculture is a branch of ecological design and engineering that develops sustainable human settlements and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems." said someone but this doesnt really give total justice to the full understanding of "whats it all about".
he core ethics of permaculture are:
Take Care of the Earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first ethic, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
Take Care of the People: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
Share the Surplus: Healthy natural systems use outputs from each element to nourish others. We humans can do the same. By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above ethics.
This together with some basic principles you get a picture of the basic concept.
Here are as follows some pictures from the recent course. ENJOY!
|Design in progress|
|Drawing contour lines at the playa using an A-frame|
|Making a hot compost pile|
|Breaking into the dry toilet|
|Using the sand as a educational tool the beach is a creative and fun place for a classroom|
|Designing a foodforest|
|Making Biochar using recycled materials|
|Cooking on the rocket stove!!!|
|Finding order among chaos in the patterns of nature|