3-Month PDC & Eco-building Plus!
Would you like to live for three months in a luxurious yoga retreat centre, learning permaculture, eco-building, and enjoying the stunning landscape of Andalusia?
Welcome to PDC & Eco-building Plus!
with Jacob Evans, Farm Manager
Nadia Glaesner, Soil Scientist
and Glenn Dunn, Eco-builder
Suryalila Retreat Centre, Spain
January 4 - March 28 2020
April 4 - June 27 2020
September 12 - December 5 2020
Farmer and Permaculture Designer
Danyadara PDC has been a learning experience on how to approach a community garden. I thought the mix of theory and practical experimental work allowed for overall skill development. All the tasks I have been involved in and the knowledge from the PDC, have helped me to see what might be necessary to living permaculture and integrating with the traditions from our culture to create a wholly balanced lifestyle.
How is PDC & Eco-building Plus special?
Learn how to build your own natural cob house and create an organic vegetable garden using permaculture principles.
This unique 12 week course consists of an accredited permaculture design course complimented by additional classroom time on topics such as syntropic gardening and holistic management. This will be combined with a simultaneous practical course in eco-building which will teach you the skills to build a small cob house from the ground up using organic, materials.
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This course includes...
By the end of the course you will be certified in Permaculture Design by the Permaculture Association UK.
Sleep in an eco house
Once a derelict swimming pool, Casa Azul has been transformed into a sustainable eco-build with four separate bedrooms (two people per room), a cosy communal living space, living roof planted with succulents and eco showers set within organic olive groves.
120 hours of classes
To compliment your time in the garden and eco-building, you will receive daily classroom time where you will learn the theory behind the practical.
240 hours of gardening
Gain hands-on experience growing food and flowers in a Mediterranean climate following permaculture principles - skills which can be adapted and applied anywhere from an urban garden to a small holding.
3 touristic excursions
Enjoy trips to local beauty spots such as a walk along the El Bosque River with its hidden crystal clear rock pools; a scenic hike up a well preserved Roman road from Ubrique to Benaocaz and a visit to Grazalema, a traditional Andalusian white washed village nestled in the beautiful Grazalema National Park.
3 visits to local eco-projects
Build your network and gain ideas with informative and educational visits to inspiring regenerative projects in the area which are making a difference at a grassroots level.
Daily Yoga Practice
Through out the course, you will be welcomed into expertly taught Vinyasa and Restorative yoga classes held in Suryalila's beautiful yoga shalas and spaces.
World-class vegetarian food
Enjoy three delicious and nutritious farm to table organic vegetarian buffets a day lovingly prepared with seasonable produce harvested from the garden as well as access to a selection of fresh fruits and beverages.
Great community spirit
Feel supported, nurtured and inspired within the arms of our creative, positive and international community where freedom of expression and respect for others are actively encouraged and held in the up most regard.
Land Artist and Permaculture Designer
A fantastic course in a superb location, Danyadara PDC is at the forefront of reversing desertification in Andalucia. They have created a unique balance of theoretical and practical teaching, taught by the passionate land manager Jacob Evans. Living on site this PDC is an opportunity not to be missed.
Your host - Live in a world class Yoga Retreat Centre
Suryalila Retreat Centre is listed as one of the ten best retreat centers in the world. As part of this course, you will be enjoying the facilities, yoga classes, and organic vegetarian food. Check the video below!
Meet Your PDC & Eco-building Plus Teachers
Farm Manager and Teacher
Having stepped out of normal life in England at 19, Jacob Evans has been on a journey of cultural exploration, working and studying in organic farms and sustainable living centres in Spain, Thailand and Latin America.
His diverse experiences in varied climates and contexts has shaped his passion for permaculture, local food production and regenerative agriculture, which he is now implementing at Suryalila Retreat Centre as the Farm Manager of their nonprofit permaculture farm Danyadara.
Since arriving in June 2016, Jacob has planted over 6000 trees, manages the organic olive orchard, edible landscaping and animal rotation while observing the land and improving the eco system function year after year. He has transformed the dry landscape into a green oasis filled with Mediterranean vegetation through intelligent design and is on a mission to transform agriculture in Andalusia.
Nadia Glaesner PhD
A strong interest in the environment inspired Nadia to take a MSc in environmental chemistry which continued into a PhD and a 11 year long research career in soil fertility.
She has researched nutrient availability of organic waste products as well as nutrient losses from fields to water bodies using both high and low tech approaches.
In 2014 she took a permaculture design certificate and has since applied the principles of permaculture in her everyday life. She believes that observing and mimicking nature leads to a sustainable way of taking care of ourselves and the planet.
EcoBuilder and owner of EcoBloom
Glenn Dunne is from Dublin. He worked in construction for a number of years in the USA and Australia.
After many years of perfecting the craft he began to feel concerned about the waste being created in his day to day work, and in 2014 started a new business called Eco-bloom Gardens, offering a service in creating beautiful conscious outdoor spaces.
He began to take courses in cob building and plastering and helped to build an earthship in Patagonia Argentina. Armed with this knowledge, coupled with his years of conventional building experience, he has since been creating sustainable spaces in an organic and creative flow.
Glenn is a warm and big-hearted renaissance man, who always has a smile and a story to tell. He built our wonderful Casa Azul, which is an old swimming pool conversion where our permaculture students stay.
The course will run Saturday - Wednesday every week.
Thursday and Friday are for homework and relaxation.
10.30 - 1.45pm: Work with Jacob on our permaculture projects or with Glenn on eco- building alternating weeks.
1.45 - 2-45pm: Lunch break.
2.45 - 4.30pm: Work with Jacob on our permaculture projects or with Glenn on eco- building alternating weeks.
5 - 7pm: Theory with Nadia on Sat/Mon/Tues/Wednesday and with Jacob on Sunday.
* Please note that all work hours are contributing to our farm and nonprofit permaculture projects and are sometimes routine. The low overall cost price of this course reflects the fact that you are also contributing labour.
Your accommodation - The unique Casa Azul
Stay with your classmates in our latest eco-building, a renovated swimming pool built by your eco-building teacher Glenn Dunne. Check it out below!
More work from Glenn below!
University Student and Permaculture Designer
Taking part in the Danyadara PDC will forever be a memorable experience. Each day outside in the beautiful landscape, observing, designing, digging, planting, watering, daydreaming! For me, the course highlighted how creative you can be within the framework of permaculture. How it can be applied in many diverse ways. Because of this, Danyadara has given me the confidence to move forward with my own future projects.