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Permaculture Design Certification Course in March 2018

Permaculture Course SpainInstructors: Darrell Frey with Jacob Evans and guest presenters

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Join us for an amazing two weeks of immersion training in permaculture design. Our host, Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center, a world class facility in Andalusia, Spain provides the opportunity to study permaculture in a stunningly beautiful and nurturing setting. Suryalila offers daily yoga classes, bountiful vegetarian meals and an opportunity to engage in the ongoing development of their property.

Permaculture is a solutions based approach to home and community development, rooted in the belief that the solution to many pressing issues facing humanity lay in good ecological design.

Suryalila’s permaculture project, Danyadara, is multi year project to demonstrate the use of permaculture design to create a bountiful, productive landscape to provide produce to the Retreat Center and the surrounding communities. Course participants will work to further design details for Danydara’s master plan.

This 80 hour, 14 day certification course will provide participants with an in depth immersion in permaculture design. The course work will include curriculum topics presented using a variety of methodologies, including lectures, discussions, hands on activities, and group design projects.

The permaculture design course will follow the internationally recognized curriculum, based on the book Permaculture: A  Designers Manual, by Bill Mollison, with topics to be covered outlined below. This course is certified by Three Sisters Permaculture through the Permaculture Institute of North America.  In addition to scheduled class time, course participants will engage in a variety of hands on activities and will work in teams to prepare and present design project reports.


Core Curriculum Topics

  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Ethics and Principles
  • The Local Ecosystem
  • Patterns and Pattern Application
  • Climates, Biogeography and Microclimates
  • Design Methods and Process
  • The Home System
  • Water
  • Earthworks
  • Soils
  • Trees, Forests, Plants, and Cultivated Ecologies
  • Animals
  • Aquaculture
  • The Built Environment
  • Waste and Bioremediation
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Design for Catastrophe
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Broad-scale Landscape Design
  • Design for Invisible Structures
  • Economic Systems
  • Access to Land
  • Ecovillage and Neighborhood Design
  • Permaculture Scene
  • Design Projects and Presentations

The course will include hands on activities designed as learning opportunities integrated into the daily work in the gardens and landscape at Suryalia.

These activities will include:

  • Composting systems
  • Small-scale Earthworks and water management.
  • Organic Gardening to supply fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables to the Suryalila kitchens
  • Plant Propagation
  • Food Fermentation for a healthful diet.

Participants will work in teams to create final class design projects that further ongoing development of Suryalia through the Danyadara project. Design time is integrated into the course work as the program progresses.

Lead instructor:

Darrell Frey will draw upon decades in professional permaculture design to lead the instructions and co-host the course.

Darrell has been a permaculture consultant and teacher since 1987. He earned a BA in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College and holds Diplomas of Permaculture Site Design, and Permaculture Education from The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). He is a lifelong learner with a strong background in horticulture, natural sciences, regenerative systems and permaculture design. He has extensive practical experience in small business management, homesteading, construction and project management. Darrell is the author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm, and co-author of The Food Forest Handbook, both from New Society Publishing

Darrell’s permaculture journey began after reading an interview of Bill Mollison in Mother Earth News Magazine # 63 in November of 1980, and subsequently reading Permaculture One and Permaculture Two. In 1982 Darrell attended a weekend Permaculture workshop at Stonyfield Farm in New Hampshire, where he asked Bill how to bring permaculture to Western Pennsylvania. Bill encouraged Darrell to pursue his ideas to develop what became Three Sisters Farm and Bioshelter.( see websites )  After six years of intensive self guided study of permaculture, Darrell completed a permaculture design certification course in 1986. Darrell Frey has been a permaculture consultant and teacher since 1987. He earned a BA in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College and holds Diplomas of Permaculture Site Design, and Permaculture Education from The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). . .


Course host and facilitator:

Jacob Evans.  Jacob Evans has been managing Farm operations at Suryalila since returning to Europe in June 2016. Prior to that Jacob worked on many farms through out Latin America, gaining experience working within cacao and coffee agroforestry systems in Brazil and Costa Rica, producing chocolate from bean to bar and coffee from bean to cup. He completed a 6 month internship at Rancho Mastatal sustainability education centre in Costa Rica furthering his understanding of Permaculture systems in the tropics learning about patterns which can be applied globally. Jacob also has a love of natural building with many experiences finishing earthen walls in Patagonia where he lived for 11 months. When he wasn’t building he was taking advantage of foraging the abundant walnuts, apples, chestnuts and blackberries in the area.

Jacob’s Permaculture adventure really started in late 2013 when he took a PDC at the Panya Project in northern Thailand. He also completed an online PDC in early 2014.


Language used: English (with help to translate unknown words whenever needed)


The Vegetarian Kitchen Of Suryalila

Our kitchen is a happy and bustling environment and the cooks are all very creative and talented.  The Suryalila Kitchen specializes in gourmet international vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables available, artfully prepared in a varied and truly eclectic international menu. Eggs are gathered daily from our own happy chickens and when the season allows you will enjoy the freshest of fruit picked from our own orchard of apricot, peach, fig and pear trees!

We regularly accommodate vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy diets, so if you have any special dietary restrictions, just let us know!

If you are a little nervous about going vegetarian – don’t be! Our gourmet vegetarian cuisine will be one of the greatest food experiences of your life and we promise you, you will be raving about the food long after you return home!

THE HOST SITE: Suryalila Retreat Centre

This historic property once was la fabrica, or the olive press and processing center for other crops like wheat.  Set in the foothills of the Andalusian mountains near Gracalama, the property has been developed to be a retreat center that caters mostly to Yoga.  Its a place with fantastic views, incredible staff, delicious vegetarian food, and an ambiance of evolution.  Its rolling denuded and degraded hilled landscape makes it a fabulous spot to utilize the power of permaculture design and the implementation that follows. The founders of this project are very dedicating to reforesting this land and organic food production all the while matching the inner growth with the outer growth.  The following Permaculture elements and functions are on display amongst others: eco sauna, straw bale and mud buildings, compost toilets, eco showers feeding banana circles and a grey water system.


Course Fee:

Suryalila has applied 20% off all accommodation prices for this course

  • Bring your own tent/campervan: 990€
  • 8 bed dorm (8 single beds): 1256€
  • Mini Dorm (4 people): €1365
  • Twin room (2 single beds with shared bathroom): 1564€
  • Bell Tent: 1256€
  • Eco casas:€1368


Please note since you will be working on the land then the Suryalila accommodation prices are much cheaper than they would normally be.

****again includes catered organic meals; delicious, and homemade, see more details below****


To register and ask about accommodations contact Alice at the Suryalila office by filling the form below. If booking before December 1st you will have 50€ discount!

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From Suryalila:

This large and stunningly beautiful Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain is available to host yoga retreats and trainings, and also welcomes small informal groups and individual travelers. We invite you to visit our beautiful yoga retreat centre, experience our gourmet vegetarian cuisine, and enjoy our all-inclusive facilities in the heart of Andalucia!

The mission of Suryalila is to be an enduring sanctuary where staff and volunteers fully support each other’s freedom, growth, creativity and highest potential.  To all who come here we offer an experience of profound beauty, wholesomeness, wellbeing, human warmth, respect and care.  This is expressed by our authenticity, wholehearted dedication, and careful attention to providing an environment where individual guests and group leaders feel nurtured and supported.  We are guided by integrity, openness, kindness, happiness and love.

– The Suryalila Team



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