Courses/Workshops — by Bonnie Freibergs October 23, 2012
As the first point of contact regarding education enquires, I often get asked "why should I do a course through PRI?", or more specifically, "why should I take a PDC at PRI as opposed to…". My answer is always very clear, Geoff Lawton and Zaytuna Farm. Apart from Geoff’s extensive experience, knowledge and wisdom, and Zaytuna Farm’s leading example as a demonstration farm, there is another very important factor. The mark of a good teacher is two fold. Firstly their students will become active and secondly their students will teach. Geoff’s students are extremely active and he producers about one teacher for every 50 students. This is the trade mark of an excellent teacher. This is Geoff’s gift to the permaculture community — willing and able permaculturalists and teachers.
On the 7th of January 2013 the PRI will start the new year with a two week intensive PDC taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton. This course covers 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. This PDC is almost booked to capacity and PRI Australia offers four PDCs per year.
Following this PDC is our Internship program starting on the 21st of January. It is run full time Monday to Friday for 10 weeks. Subjects include detailed design and consultancy, surveying, earthworks, aid project establishment and management, farm forestry, nursery systems, animal systems, main crops, food forests, fuel wood production, urban systems, gardening agriculture, architecture design, energy systems, waste systems, aquaculture, community group establishment and composting systems. This is a hands-on learning experience. Alongside Geoff and others, students are involved in every aspect of the farm and they come away from this program with the confidence and courage to implement their own solutions. If you want to gain in-depth knowledge and experience I highly recommend this course.
If you would like to reserve a place on either of these courses you can either book via the course listing or contact Bonnie on education (at) permaculture.org.au or phone +61 (0)419 741 358.Comments (0)
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