Permaculture Design Course             - Designing Sustainable Settlements -      July 4th - 17th, 2010 * Ecovillage of Si...
Methodology:The course is designed so that all spheres of human beings are satisfied: the mind, the body and the soul.Thus...
background information Permaculture:The founders of Permaculture were searching for answers to the pressing issues of our ...
young adults in the Ecovillage and to this day coordinates the volunteer service and helps launch youngpeoples projects, w...
general course information Date:July 4th till 17th, 2010 Venue:Ecovillage of Sieben Linden, Saxony-Anhalt,North-east Germa...
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  1. 1. Permaculture Design Course - 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. this courseSpecific objectives: • 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
  2. 2. Methodology: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 formingof a group.Methods and techniques of the theoretical part includes: power point presentations, movies, lectures, smallgroup 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 tothe 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 theorganisational structure and educational activities of the hosting Ecovillage of Sieben Linden. Course content: • Introduction to permaculture: Ethics and philosophy, permaculture principles; Patterns, energies, systems in permaculture • Introduction to planning concepts; Methods for observation and analysis: Basemap, Sectoring, Input- Output-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 stepsThe 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.
  3. 3. background information Permaculture:The founders of Permaculture were searching for answers to the pressing issues of our time. They looked atnatural ecosystems to find out how self-sustaining systems work and how the underlying principles could beused in agricultural systems and in various other areas of life. A clear ethics, “Earth care, People care, Fairshares”, is the basis of this sustainable concept which empowers people to take responsibility for their livesand 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, networkingand training. It offers a professional vocational training to becomea Permaculture Designer, for which this course is the foundation.More than 15 teachers are working in different places all overGermany to provide education and information about The Ecovillage of Sieben Linden:The Ecovillage of Sieben Linden aims toprovide a model for a future way of life, wherework and leisure, individuality and communitycome together. Small closed cycles make itpossible to live a holistic and ecological life inbalance with economic needs. As a seminarcentre we welcome people from all over theworld, hoping that they become inspired by theecovillage lifestyle. The village with 120inhabitants (including 35 children) lies inSaxony-Anhalt (50km north-east of Wolfsburg),Germany. The teachers:Diversity is important to us – applying this permaculture principle in the composition of our team. We decidedon several teachers and facilitators to take over different parts of the course content. Here is a littleintroduction to some of us:Sandra CampeSandra Campe has been living in the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden for more than sixyears. Before this, she studied organic agriculture at the oldest faculty for organicfarming in Germany. During her studies, she worked for an agriculture withoutgenetic engineering as well as towards a nuclear free future. Permaculture hasaccompanied her throughout these years as a focus and an aim.In Sieben Linden her focus shifted over the years - from practical gardening tosettlement design and participatory processes, for the development of the settlementas well as with young volunteers. With a friend, she started a social structure for
  4. 4. young adults in the Ecovillage and to this day coordinates the volunteer service and helps launch youngpeoples 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 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 verynorth east of Germany, while working on the creation of a permaculture-wilderniss- learning school.Rike OemischUlrike Anna Oemisch has been involved in the international Permaculture movementsince 1997. Her professional focus is the combination of Permaculture designin urban settings and has seen her working as a landscaper for 12 years. Living inthe community Prinzhoefte, Center for Wholistic Learning and Ecological Solutions,for 4 years has been of great influence and helped her develop her skills in systemsthinking and social permaculture design. Her passion for travels and internationalexchange has taken her to different countries and Permaculture contexts - eg. Israel/Palestine, South England and Nepal. She is currently living in Kathmandu where thedevelopment of an organic marketing system based on the fair trade principles andthe 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 forPermaculture since. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Gaia University since 2006 and wishes tofurther pursue this committment in the future.Martin Stengel 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 directoryboard of Sieben Linden for 12 years. He is an experienced "Forum" facilitator, group facilitator and eventmoderator. He also leads singing in choirs with an emphasis on building community awareness. He is editorand writer for the "eurotopia-directory: Intentional communities and ecovillages in Europe" and speaksEnglish, French and Italian. He has been co-teaching and facilitating the Ecovillage Design Education Coursesin Sieben Linden in 2007 and 2009.
  5. 5. general course information Date:July 4th till 17th, 2010 Venue:Ecovillage of Sieben Linden, Saxony-Anhalt,North-east Germany Total course costs:1.155,- Euro, including all costs Course fee: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) Contact person:Sandra Campe,, +49-(0)39000-905923Registration and Funding:How to sign up:Go to, open the page „Aktuelles / Kalender“ and search for the „PermacultureDesign Course“ (it will be the only course in english language on that page). Open the course page and clickonto the button „anmelden“ / „registration“.This course has been submitted to the conference in the Grundtvig-Comenius course database. Applying for agrant through this, you can receive full funding for the course fee, a lump sum for food and lodging (whichshould cover the costs) plus your travel expenses. To be eligible for funding, you need to be from an EUmember state (other than Germany), Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Turkey. The only other condition isthat you are at least 18 years old. 2 people from each organization and a maximum of 5 people of eachcountry can receive a grant. PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR GRUNDTVIG FUNDINGAPPLICATIONS 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 ofthe Permaculture Academy (see above) and tick "applying for grundtvig-funding". Please also look up: will find this course with the course number: DE-2010-1008-001 in the Grundtvig-Comenius-Databaseat: 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!