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Learn To Restore Degraded Land (PDC Course) – June 17-28, 2018

950,00

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Course information

Date: June 17-28th, 2018
Location: Alqueria de Rosales – Andalucia, Spain

This is a Permaculture Design Certificate Course like no other! This 72 hour PDC will equip you with knowledge and skills eminently useful in helping to reverse desertification and land degradation globally. The course will take place in Alqueria de Rosales, 30 km km from Camp Altiplano, and the course will include time spent at the camp with hands on restoration activities.

Teacher Rhamis Kent has taught in countries like Palestine/Occupied West Bank, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Somaliland, Western Sahara, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia, India, Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan. Rhamis Kent is the restoration consultant for Ecosystem Restoration Camps, advising camp volunteers on the creation and execution of their restoration strategy. Following teachings stemming directly from the founder of permaculture himself, he will offer you hands on practical experience on how to design flourishing ecosystems, natural and agricultural, in a highly degraded part of the world.

This first Ecosystem Restoration Camps PDC has a specific focus on understanding the factors and techniques enabling the restoration of degraded & desertified land. The Spanish Altiplano provides an ideal setting to trial regenerative strategies & techniques with it being a classic semi-arid setting with heavily depleted soils due to decades of agricultural production and deforestation in a harsh and highly variable environment. It is indicative of what increasingly larger portions of the globe are experiencing coupled with greater climate variability and unpredictability, placing a premium on resilience in the face of these mounting challenges. Ecosystem restoration generates ecological, social and environmental benefits, you can read more about these benefits in the work of the World Resource Institute.

Members of our restoration team at Camp Altiplano will join this special PDC themselves, so you will get a chance to meet and network with both team members and other Ecosystem Restoration members and supporters. And you will get a chance to physically contribute towards restoring the land at the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp on a day visit to Camp Altiplano.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. Based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers’ Manual, it provides skills and solid knowledge in Permaculture design as a science that can create abundant ecosystems sustainably in the backyard, a small farm or on a larger broad acre landscape.

The course teaches you how to design sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of Permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions. The course format and material is based on the PRI-PDC-Outline.

The practical exercises we typically do, aside from the design exercises:

Shivansh Fertilizer
Building a thermophilic compost pile following Shivansh Fertilizer guide. Shivansh Fertilizer is a cost-free fertilizer that can transform unproductive land into a thriving farm, enabling farmers to reduce reliance on chemicals and increase profits.
Read more

Building a no-dig / no-till garden bed
No-dig gardening—also called no-till gardening, layer gardening, and lasagna gardening—is a technique that requires no turning over of soil.
Read more (Full video here)

Basic surveying exercise
The art and science of mapping and measuring land. Using a water level / bunyip, sight/transit level, laser level, whatever we have available.

On your day visit to Camp Altiplano you will receive a tour of the land, and see first hand the state of degeneration the land is in. You will learn what techniques have been implemented on the land so far, and get the hands on with implementing some of the techniques you learnt.

LOCATION

The PDC is based at Alqueria de Rosales, located in the municipality of La Puebla de Don Fadrique, north of the province of Granada. The complex of the Alquería de Rosales consists of an agricultural and cattle farm of 117 hectares, located at the foot of the Sierra de La Sagra national park, a place with an important ecological value and great biodiversity, surrounded by the beautiful protected landscapes.There are more than 15 arabian horses that roam free around the land area.

In 1993 the Romero family donated the land in perpetuity, creating an “independent charity “waqf” called Azzagra Cultural Association. The goals of the Azzagra Cultural Association, which are the creation of bridges of peace and understanding between the people through the culture, history and knowledge and there is a traditional Andalusian style mosque. The Alquería has 4,000 m2 of facilities.

MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION

Alqueria de Rosales is the home of Azzagra Culurual Foundation, which aims to creation of bridges of peace and understanding between the people through the culture, history and knowledge. You will be accommodated in a private room and meals will be enjoyed at the Alqueria restaurant. These will be a healthy mixture of Moroccan, Spanish and Andalusian style cuisine. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided at the facility cafeteria. Fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of other foods will be available at each meal. Students who have special dietary needs should inform the organizers as soon as possible. All meals and snacks are locally sourced and organic, with minimal processing and preservatives.

JOIN US!

With a discount for our members, we are incredibly excited to launch the first of many Ecosystem Restoration Camps courses, kickstarting a wave of teaching, learning and doing the great work of our time, regenerating the land, and ourselves.

HOW TO GET HERE

As the PDC will start fresh and early on the morning of Sunday, June 17 we ask you to arrive on Saturday June 16, one day before the course starts.

By train or bus
The train station nearest to Rosales is station Calaspara, which has a convenient connection to Madrid.
From Barcelona or Alicante you can travel by train or bus to Caravaca de la Cruz.
From both locations we can pick you up by minibus.

By car
Rosales is about 4.5 hours by car from Madrid, 2 hours approximately by car from Granada, Alicante or Murcia. The venue is 5 Km away from the small village of Puebla de Don Fadrique.

GPS Coordinates:
N37°58’56.9
W2°28’20.1

 

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