How is the course structured?
We cover the standard 72 hours of taught content of a standard PDC, plus some bonus extras.
You will gain a solid understanding of the theory and have sufficient time to take it all in while practising hands-on farm work on our land. Practical work and self-development are integrated into the two month programme.
What does a typical week look like?
Please be aware we sometimes have to adapt to the weather e.g. if rain is forecast when we have a garden work scheduled we may switch around theory classes to accommodate this.
What's included in the core curriculum?
Our course covers the following topics:
* Introduction to permaculture ethics and principles
* Design process, methods and tools
* Soil management, regeneration and fertility
* Water use, harvesting, storage and aquaculture
* Plants and trees, forest gardening, agroforestry and holistic management
* Climatic factors and permaculture around the world
* Food production, polycultures and broad scale agriculture
* The built environment, energy efficiency and urban permaculture
* Technology and invisible structures
* The strategies of an alternative global nation
Additional content for the Danyadara PDC
We want to give you more than you will cover in a standard PDC. We will also explore other wonderful tools which fit into the regenerative land manager's toolkit, such as Alan Savorys 'Holistic Management', P.A. Yeoman's 'Keyline Scale of Permanence' and Ernst Gotschs 'Syntropic Agriculture'.
Field trips in the surrounding area will also give you the opportunity to explore further how some of the theory is applied within other projects.
Our approach fits our context
We are here to show you what permaculture design can look like in a Mediterranean setting. Each site is different, and we will leave you with a real understanding of how to become sensitive and adapt your approach to the context.
What's special about coming in May and June?
The tasks on the farm change according to the seasons. May and June is a beautiful time to be working on the farm, as there's such a range of tasks. These will include:
Developing Your Own Project
In the second half of the course you will work in small groups to design your own real-life permaculture projects. This will give you a solid understanding of the design process, and will empower you to take your learning out into the world.
You will receive individual mentoring, advice and guidance throughout this process.