Courses at the quinta
We were to be offering courses here at Quinta do Vale from 2018. Unfortunately the fires of October 2017 put paid to that. All of our guest and volunteer accommodation and facilities were destroyed or damaged beyond use. But having to make repairs to our buildings and infrastructure gave us the opportunity to turn it into a learning opportunity for others, so we opened our doors in 2018 regardless and welcomed people to the quinta to help us rebuild.
In 2019, the emphasis has shifted much more towards the urgency of our present global situation. We're going as far as we're able at this stage and partnering with others to offer a range of things to learn about with the overall aim of helping to enable the necessary response.
The sad reality is that we are in danger of perishing from our own stupidity and lack of responsibility to life. If we become extinct because of factors beyond our control, then we can at least die with pride in ourselves, but to create a mess in which we perish by our own inaction makes nonsense of our claims to consciousness and morality.
These courses are simply and fundamentally motivated by our need to reconnect with Nature and harmonise ourselves with natural processes. So as well as providing education about natural systems, we will work in natural ways, using self-organisation and feedback loops as our defining framework to retune our ways of thinking as well as our skills and knowledge.
Permaculture Design Course 2019
June 23 - July 7
I’m super excited to be partnering with the guys at Circle Permaculture to offer Quinta do Vale’s first full certificated PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE this year! Endorsed by the Permaculture Association UK, George Christofis and Wallace Toughill’s PDCs get enthusiastic reviews wherever they hold them (in Spain, Portugal and Sweden).
The course will run between June 23rd and July 7th 2019.
Teachers will be George Christofis, Wallace Toughill and Wendy Howard.
Full details are on Circle Permaculture’s website.
Permaculture Design Course program
The 72-hour certificated Permaculture Design Course follows the curriculum as laid out in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual. It covers subjects ranging from ethics and principles of permaculture, natural systems, aquaculture, sustainable design methods, patterns in nature, land restoration, water harvesting, grey water recycling, natural building, food forests and guilds, energy conservation, appropriate technology, renewable energy, urban permaculture and invisible structures.
The course teaches how to develop sustainable human settlements, and how to extend and preserve natural systems. The content will be covered between theoretical lectures and practical applications. The courses aim to utilise the collective intelligence of the group with engaging participatory classes.
You can view a sample schedule of the course here. The schedule gives a general idea of what to expect but will vary course to course.
Thanks to the fires destroying most of our visitor facilities, accommodation is camping on designated pitches. Please bring your own tent and bedding. There is also a comfortable caravan for 2 people (4 at a pinch) and 2 pitches for camper vans.
We have hot (solar-heated) showers and composting toilets. There is abundant off grid electricity for phone/tablet/laptop charging and course participants have the use of refrigeration/kitchen facilities/laundry plus the social/hang out space in the communal building and any evening activities (movies, etc) we might put on.
Phone and wireless internet signal is reasonable for all networks which can make use of Portugal Telecom’s infrastructure. Vodafone doesn’t get signal here, but you can connect from the village above us. There is free wifi in the nearest village below us, along with a river beach and outdoor café.
Beyond the quinta, there’s a lively international social scene in summer revolving around the river beach, craft cooperative and local cafés. There’s lots of music, local markets, events, workshops, parties and lots of opportunities to meet locals and the sizeable community of eco-immigrants in the area.
What to bring
- comfortable clothes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
- sturdy shoes
- a swimsuit for the nearby river beach
- tent (if camping), bedding and sleeping bag
- ecological body care products
- note taking (blank pages recommended) and drawing materials
- musical instruments!
Includes all meals.
€600 camping (please bring your own tent)
€700 caravan twin share (must be booked with a partner)
Local people can also attend. Non-resident rate is €480 and includes all meals.
To sign-up for this course, please fill in the registration form and pay the small €50 deposit.
Getting to Quinta do Vale
See the Getting here page.
If you would like to be collected from the nearest long-distance bus stop at Catraia de Mouronho, which is half an hour’s distance from the quinta, we ask for a contribution of 15€ per journey. Please mention this in the comments section of the application form.
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