Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Permaculture Design Course ~ Essaouira


The 15-Day Permaculture Design Certificate Course runs from the 6th to 20th of October 2014

The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison and serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study.The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes food production, soil regeneration, animal systems, aqua-culture, water harvesting, waste and recycling systems, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, alternative economic structures, legal strategies and more.

This course will be bi-lingual, conducted in English and translated into Arabic.

Darren Doherty has delivered over 180 courses and seminars to more than 12,000 attendees since 2001, including 40 PDC’s (14 solo). Darren has also completed more than 1600 property development plans since 1993 in 47 countries and is widely recognized as a leader and pioneer in the Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture movements. You can read more on him and his ‘Regrarian’ movement here and hear him explain regenerative agriculture here.

Darren did his first PDC in 1993 so there are few teachers out there with more experience. Every day this program will have you doing a practical exercise based around the subject of the day, all building real knowledge and experience.

The course follows a-day-to-a-subject program based around Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual (Mollison) as follows:

Day 1: Introduction
Day 2: Concepts & Themes in Design
Day 3: Methods of Design
Day 4: Pattern Understanding
Day 5: Climatic Factors
Day 6: Trees & Their Energy Transactions
Day 7: Soils
Day 8: No Class (Day Off)
Day 9: Water
Day 10: Earthworks & Earth Resources
Day 11: Aquaculture
Day 12: Strategies for An Alternative Nation
Day 13: Humid Tropics
Day 14: Drylands
Day 15: Cold Humid


When: Monday 6th October – Monday 20th October 2014 (Monday 13th October – day off)

Where: The Fertile Roots Eco-Lodge, Al Fayda Village, near Moulay Bouzergtoun, 30kms (15 as the crow flies) north of Essaouira. The lodge is an ambitious project that started life as a centre for the arts and now also has a bright future as the HQ of the Fertile Roots Foundation and as a Permaculture centre. It’s still under construction and has been built almost entirely by the owners and their fishermen and farmer neighbours, utilizing local stone and lime.

The lodge overlooks a narrow strip of farmland sandwiched between the ocean and the forested hillside. Owned and worked by the two communities of Al Fayda and Azrou Issa, these 100 hectares of wind-battered ground are the subject of the Fertile Roots Foundation’s first project. The two communities have come together to form the Al Fayda Permaculture Cooperative

Price:  This is not a profit making venture; the aim is to spread Permaculture here in Morocco and to cover costs. If a profit is made it will go to the Fertile Roots Foundation. PDCs in Europe or the US average around €1500.

International Participants…………Dirhams (MAD) 6,620.00 (This equates to €590 or £480)
National Participants…………..Dirhams (MAD) 4,368.00 (€390)

Fur info and registration: Contact Mark at Fertile Roots with any questions and to register your interest.

WEB: http://www.facebook.com/fertileroots
Email: markanstice@fertileroots.org
And finally, the organizers accept no responsibility if this event is the catalyst for major changes in your life.

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