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[permaculture] Re: New Format Permaculture Designers Course
The two-week course is an intense experience, and in one sense it is good to see
the whole process through in one go, but we have observed that the multiplying effect
is small. Making a design is relatively easy. But working with - managing - a
complex system needs a lot more time and follow-up. I have also come to the
conclusion that it is much more effective to work with a smaller number of students,
over a period of time, than to give them the two-week immersion course and "set them
loose on the world". They need feedback and opportunitites to raise questions and
even to see the same material in different contexts. It is a spiral process. Of
course most people don`t do just Permaculture. They do other courses, too, in related
subjects, and it is the sum total of this "baggage" which counts...
> New Format Permaculture Course
> The 72 hour, two-week residential format for the Permaculture Design
> Certificate course developed in Australia under a regime of generous
> social and employment condition contracts. It suited Australian work and
> lifestyle patterns.
> But it does not work well outside those conditions. USA, Germany and
> England have all had to develop different formats. Here in Mexico, we
> are finding the same experience.
> It is very difficult for Mexican people to have two weeks to attend a
> course. Financially and socially difficult.
> To make it easier for people to get their Design Certificate, we are now
> offering a new format.
> The first module is an eight-day (in Mexico a "week" is often spoken of
> as "ocho dias" -eight days) intensive, residential course. During this
> part the basic theory and technologies of Permaculture will be covered,
> using practical and creative teaching methods. The second phase involves
> the students returning home and undertaking the design component of the
> course from their own home base, and for a project that is directly
> relevant to them and their lives. In this time they will be supported
> through correspondence or email with the course teacher/tutor. This
> design work must be submitted for assessment prior to the issuing of the
> This format is more affordable, the design project is more directly
> relevant to the participantsand I believe the standard of work on the
> designs will be higher than normal (it certainly has to be better than
> the "substantial attendance" requirement of Australia that assures only
> that people attended, not that they actually learnt anything!).
> The first course to be offered using this format will be held in the
> tropical coffee lands and jungle of Tlapacoyan, Veracruz, Mexico - from
> April 24 to May 1. If you are interested in attending this unique PCD
> please contact myself directly, or the course convenor Arturo Farias on
> email@example.com for more details.
> Other courses using this format are being scheduled now and will be
> advertised as dates become firm
> NEW FORMAT PCD FOR MEXICO (and USA)
> April 24 to May 1
> Tlapacoyan, Veracruz, Mexico..
> Convenor Arturo Farias, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Teacher Skye, email@example.com
> Authorised by the Instituto de Permacultura de Mexico AC
> Dates April 24 to May 1
> Cost of $650us includes transport from Mexico City, camping
> accommodation (on the bands of the Rio Alseseca), all meals, tuition,
> handout notes, follow-up design support and final assessment of design
> The Venue is a Camp in the Filo-Bobos ecological reserve near the town
> of Tlapacoyan, Veracruz. The surrounding area is subtropical with 1,500
> mm of rain per year. Towards the mountains (1/2 hour away), rainfall
> exceeds 2,000 mm and vegetation is tropical gradually changing to cloud
> forest and then to temperate pine and oak forest. Towards the coast
> there is very little native vegetation, and there are mostly plantations
> of citrus, banana and coffee giving way to cattle ranches in the plains.
> At the beach, there are mangrove swamps. Terrain near the camp includes
> the valley below where two rivers join, steep cliffs and hills. Inland,
> terrain becomes steeper and first increasingly wet, and then drier up to
> the dessert plains towards Perote.
> Agriculture in the area is primarily banana, coffee and citrus, grown in
> a variety of ways. There are examples of polycultures and organic
> agriculture. Nearby we have access to banana-coffee organic
> polycultures, and a another plantation that is not organic but that
> combines fruit trees, coffee, bananas and native plants gradually
> blending into a beautiful secondary tropical forest. And a government
> experimental station 20 minutes from the camp, there are examples of
> legume trees and coffee polycultures, as well as an aquaculture system.
> Skye - Apdo # 391, Patzcuaro, Michoacan, CP. 61600 México.
> fax (52) 01 (434) 24743
> Profesor y diseñador en Permacultura
> Director del Instituto de Permacultura de México A.C.
> Talleres de desarrollo humano, planeación participativa y
> economía comunitaria.
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