PERMACULTURE FUNDAMENTALS & FIELD EXPLORATION
A RETREAT WITH LARRY SANTOYO
LOCATION: CUETZALAN, PUEBLA. MEXICO.
DATE: DOMINGO DE RAMOS & SPRING CELEBRATIONS | Sunday, April 6th – Monday, April 14th, 2014 | Book Retreat
Join an experiential learning retreat in a beautiful indigenous Nahua ecovillage at the Tosepan Kali, a sustainable resort and co-op
Using a holistic design approach, this course will teach you the possibilities of the practical and the profound in everyday living. It will introduce you to the people and resources that will help you create a new ecosystem, one that goes beyond your home and garden and all the way out into your community.
We are flying to Mexico City. We are accepting bookings in a first-come, first-serve basis.
Contact: Gabriela Rocha-Caballero firstname.lastname@example.org
Permaculture Fundamentals & Field Exploration Course with Larry Santoyo in Cuetzalan, Mexico + 8 nights/9 days at the Tosepan Kali Alternative Hotel + all organic meals + private transportation + 1 ecotour
Day 1 : Arrival
Day 3 + 4 : “Fire, Water, Earth & Air: New Ecology and Sacred Geometry”
Introduction to Permaculture Design and Natural Pattern Understanding
- Course description, group introductions, site orientation & retreat guidelines.This session will introduce the guiding philosophies and fundamental methodologies of Permaculture Design, ethics, theory and indicators of sustainability. Students will develop skills for recognizing the intrinsic characteristics of natural systems.
- Permaculture design emphasizes the patterning of landscape, function and species relationships. Concepts of flow patterns, guilds, edge effects and harmonics are covered in this section with reference to specific site examples. Students will begin to formulate their own design ideas for site improvement using Permaculture principles. Design teams will be formed.
- Water & trees, keyline design, the hydrologic cycle, global climate, and agroforestry topics will be covered. We will examine unique approaches to water harvesting, storage and utilization, and the role of trees and their energy in landscapes to manage water, store carbon and provide other benefits to agricultural zones.
- Urban restoration, temperate and tropic zones, reversing erosion, management practices, difficult soils, compost, mulch, earth works, and cultivating soil fertility will be explored. Key strategies for improving soil health naturally, reducing the classic problems of pests, soil classifications and the role of soil in nutrient cycling and plant nutrition will be covered, along with restorative earth works and necessary equipment.
Day 5 + 6 : “Food, Water, Shelter…Earth-Friendly Techniques & Technologies”: Building the Home Ecosystem.
The second Part will focus on appropriate techniques and technologies for designing & building a complete home ecosystem, restorative agriculture and natural building.
- We will cover the application of landscape profiles, base maps, and on-site analysis to assist in the logical orientation of design elements. Zone and sector concepts introduced. Home scale projects, house design, green interiors, cooking, cooling, heating, natural building techniques. The Permaculture concepts of zones and sectors helps land stewards and community designers make best use of a given site.
- An overview of large property designs and, renewable and affordable technologies, with a Permaculture Design emphasis on how to assess their relative appropriateness to a given circumstance. Broad Scale design, alternative transportation wind and solar energy, micro-climates, working in other climates of the world, restoration of degraded lands.
- A survey the world’s principal wetland habitats, both natural and man-made. Wilderness preservation, ponds, polycultures, water works, grey water systems, water harvesting topics are taught. These systems are some of the most productive on the planet, nourishing plant life, provide habitat, help recycle natural resources and more.
- Eco-urbanism equals wilderness preservation. Animals and insects offer an astonishing array of intrinsic factors that can prove invaluable to a design. Holistic management of a site using biological resources in rural, city or suburban environments.
Day 7 + 8 : Creating Community, Self-Reliance, Eco-Village and Eco-Economics: EcoVillage Design and Community Celebration.
The final session will feature community building & “creating a sense of place,” patterns of human dynamics, intentional communities & eco-villages. We will learn strategies for creating community-wide sustainability and methods for finding our own right-livelihoods.
- Various strategies for the design and development of intentional communities and eco-villages will be considered, including legal structures and sociological ramifications. Concepts related are micro villages, collaborative housing, eco-villages and invisible structures.
- Invisible Structures underlie the arrangement of human societies, and involve psychological, political and economic patterns. These hidden frameworks for human interaction link the individual to the society at large, and exert a profound influence on how decisions are made and how effective they can be over time. Learn about the many possibilities for sustainability using the vehicle of; cooperatives, traditional business models, credit unions, trusts, earth banks, and local currencies.
- A principal challenge to moving off the grid and into more holistic lifestyles is meeting one’s daily needs. Ideas for establishing eco-valuable products and services, community-scale industry, bioregional associations, and for increasing self-sufficiency is taught.
- Where do we go from here? Start your own contribution to the world. Design teams will present followed by the Talent Show.
Day 9 : Check out
Profits from their collective ventures and retreats go into projects like:
- A Cultural Cooperative for children and teenagers that is dedicated to maintaining and preserving their culture and traditions
- A Free Montessori-Tosepan preschool, elementary and middle school
- A Training Center dedicated to preparing their members for eco-tourism, agro-forestry and other sustainable careers
- A nonprofit local bank that provides micro-loans to initiate new projects
- A Cooperative lead by women
- A Sustainable Building Cooperative
- In Cuetzalan, every project or program works with the human sustainability mind set, with the goal of maintaining their environment, culture, stable economy and improving their quality of life. Living a simple, abundant and safe life
SERVICE + GIVING BACK
Your reservation and participation in our certification courses, retreats and yatras ensure the human development of indigenous communities and the future of their projects and programs. With your support BE A CONSCIOUS TRAVELER, COVOLV & SUDDHA PREM donate a percentage of these eco trips to ensure the economic freedom of these rural destinations through Ecotourism and Sustainable Model, Cultural Programs, as well as wild animal education programs. Thank you!
Contact: Gabriela Rocha-Caballero email@example.com