23rd August - 8th September 2021
Quinta Kania Farm and Surplus Permaculture Design are excited to invite you for a two week Permaculture Design Course (PDC) on a stunning 4-hectare farm in the center of Portugal.
Meet the Facilitators
What to expect
The Permaculture Design Course promises to be a very unique experience. We teach, based on our real life journey with Permaculture, from over 10 years’ experience in many varieties of climate. The 72 hours of course work, required to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, will be covered over a two week period. It promises to be a PDC full of energy and excitement, knowledge and skills, connections and community. Sessions will be taught to accommodate all learning styles, combining lectures, group discussions, visual demonstrations, hands-on participatory learning and other creative ways of teaching permaculture. We will immerse ourselves in the life of Quinta Kania Farm seeing first hand how integrated permaculture systems and holistic design are applied and maintained. We give emphasis on connecting with the self (zone 00) on personal development and self-empowerment; giving participants life-changing tools for the future.
What is a PDC?
A PDC is an internationally-recognized, 72-hour theory course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. The PDC serves as a foundation for further permaculture work. The study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Association and Gaia University . Credit for this PDC are now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course. Now they comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists, consultants and practitioners. They influence the decisions of major corporations, small business and people from all walks of life. They change the way we view and design our landscape, our surroundings, our relationships and our daily lives, so we can grow the revolution that our planet needs.
We allow one day for arrival (23rd Aug) and one for departure (8th Sept). The 2-week learning program will be taught in English and is designed to give participants the inspiration and knowledge they need to become a positive change in the world. The course will include a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on this planet. It will be tailored to the needs of the students present as well as the location at hand. We will cover every major topic in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: a Designers Manual in the classroom and around the farm.
THE COURSE CURRICULUM
Watch clips from our previous projects!
PDC @ Panya Project
Natural Building - Cob Yurt
Natural Building Workshop
As well as the curriculum above we love to welcome everybody to participate in additional activities, that energies the body and mind. It is possible to join regular yoga classes run by lovely project Off Grid Yoga School. River Mondego and it’s valleys offer amazing walks among the forests and big granite boulders. In the area there are options to rent kayaks or paddle boards for the river sports enthusiasts, or even to book a horse ride. You are welcome to bring your instruments and we also have yoga deck to practice dance or other movement activities. It is our mission to create a space for you to try new things, experiment, learn and be yourself. To explore a deeper connection with nature and with like minded souls and to be blown away by the depth of permaculture opportunities.
This price includes all meals, pick up from Tábua or Carregal do Sal stations, if needed, and all course tuition and materials. Please arrive no later than 13h00 on the 23rd August for lunch and a site tour. We ask registrants to make a deposit of €100 (plus a small transaction fee) to secure your spot. The remaining fees can be paid in cash or Pay Pal on arrival day.
We would like to be as transparent as possible with finances and set an example to other projects. We are open and honest with visitors and students, who each contribute so much to the building and development of the farm and community. Quinta Kania Farm is currently funded by its founders but we want to create a more resilient economic model. The money paid for your course fee will be divided between Quinta Kania Farm and the facilitators. That means we can go forward with developing the project and the facilitators can continue with their passion to teach and inspire. Please Note: In the unlikely event of us cancelling the course, your deposit will be refunded in full. Additionally, we will not be held responsible for any other financial losses accrued. Deposits are non-refundable if you choose to cancel. We will accept late bookings if there is space available.
It is essential for us to continue our work during these troubling times. As well as the fact, that we create a safe and healthy space for you to come and learn with us. We will put in place all necessary sanitation equipment and responsible distancing, if required. Our teaching facilities will be mostly outside and there are different accommodation options to suit all regulations. Please take whatever personal steps you need to feel comfortable in regards to masks, gloves etc. Let us know prior to arrival if you have any other needs. We will keep our eye on the circumstances, and adapt if and when necessary.