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Water Retention Landscapes Courses


With water retention experts:

Silvano Rizzi and Marcus Dittrich.

Assisted by:

Andrew Zionts Abrams and Aude Péronne.

Danyadara green farm

Without water we wouldn’t be here! 

Water is life

Water is key in a landscape’s capacity to harbour life. The impact of human activity has changed landscapes around the world on a large scale. These degraded landscapes and ecosystems lead to a broken water cycle and contribute to anthropogenic climate change. Creating decentralized Water Retention Landscapes (WRL) is a regenerative practice that engages us with the ecosystems that sustain us and our wider community. It’s a wholesome way to be in relationship with water, land and everything that follows.

Time to change

Unsustainable water management is practiced in agriculture, urban planning, forestry, fishing, water treatment and other industrial processes which fuel global modern society. Knowing this, we’re also aware that the landscapes we inhabit and co-create are a direct reflection of our “inner landscapes.” Extreme weather patterns and degraded ecosystems are mirroring the imbalance of our social and economic systems.

Why It's important

By reducing surface water run-off and enhancing infiltration we’ll see how water retention can be a viable strategy to mitigate global issues like flooding, major fires, desertification, a declining groundwater table and exploitive water policies.

Basic course information:

How is the course structured?

  • In this one week learning journey you’ll gain insight into the design and creation of scalable Water Retention Landscapes. We’ll identify underlying principles which inform the design process, as well as implement some water retention techniques on site at Danyadara Permaculture Farm.
  • The Work That Reconnects (Joanna Macy) will help us feel and understand our interdependence with water, land and fellow species.
  • We will learn how to locate ourselves within the context of the big, small and broken water cycle and in the topography of watersheds. The role of vegetation, soil and its effects on micro and macro climate is another important area we will explore. The Scale of Permanence (P. A. Yeomans) will serve as the design framework and help us come to better informed decisions starting with observation which informs design and finally leads to implementation.

The curse includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Organic vegetarian meals, tea, coffee and fruit
  • Yoga classes
  • Tuition fees and teaching materials
  • Use of all facilities including the salt water pool, sauna (on assigned days) and wi-fi.
  • The course is held within the grounds of Suryalila, our big sister project, a world-class Retreat Centre. You will have your own beautiful classroom, hang-out area and dining room. Three organic vegetarian meals will be provided to you every day. You will have access to a saltwater swimming pool and sauna.


Aude Péronne

Has been involved in Permaculture, community building, Yoga philosophy and practice, herbalism and natural medicine over the last 15 years. For the last 5 years, she has collaborated with Andrew Zionts Abrams in the Catalina project in Southern Spain, supporting community development and leading reforestation strategies. She is dedicated to reconnect people through land care and earth wisdom, nourishing her work from Deep Ecology, meditation and The Work That Reconnects as tools to remember the inherent worth and interconnectedness of all living beings on earth.

Marcus Dittrich

Marcus has a deep appreciation and a sense of care for the Earth’s beauty and her ecosystems. As a young adult he came in touch with the concept of large scale landscape restoration and landscape healing. Studying with Sepp Holzer and other teachers and practitioners in various places, Marcus began working in regenerative design. He’s a group facilitator, designer and consultant in Tamera’s ecology team in Southern Portugal.

Andrew Zionts Abrams

Is a Permaculturist, designer, entrepreneur, teacher, facilitator, eco-philanthropist and most importantly, an earth steward. Since 2014, with the support of Silvano and Marcus, he and a small community have been stewarding Catalina, where they live on deforested steep slopes near Vejer de la Frontera, in the province of Cádiz, in Andalusia, Spain, restoring the functionality of the ecosystem. This is a community-based permaculture sanctuary where they have implemented a zero-runoff water.

Silvano Rizzi

Studied nonprofit-management and worked in disaster relief, while searching for effective and regenerative solutions. 9 years ago he discovered Tamera in Southern Portugal, permaculture and the concept of Water Retention Landscapes. He’s since been dedicated to these topics and to building regenerative models that enable land stewards to live self- sufficiently and regeneratively with water and land. He works in Tamera’s forest team and as a teacher and consultant.Frances is an ecologist with a degree in Environmental Sciences from Southampton University, UK, and a PhD in Insect Ecology from the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela. With a Diploma in Applied Permaculture in March 2021. Frances has extensive experience in garden and agricultural systems at different scales.  She is particularly interested in soil ecology and restoration. 

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Limited places!

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Once you have made the reservation, more info, the schedule and timetable will be sent to you.

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