Courses at the quinta
The fires of October 2017 which destroyed so much on this quinta and in 2,000 square kilometres around it brought the focus very clearly onto the urgency of our present global situation and the need to drastically improve eco-literacy. Since then, we have been working non-stop to restore buildings and infrastructure and get the quinta into a fit state to function as an environmental education centre.
2019 got us off to a great start with 6 weeks of back-to-back courses and we're building on this further in 2020.
We're delighted once again to hook up with Circle Permaculture to offer the full 72-hour certificated Permaculture Design Course, endorsed by the Permaculture Association UK. In 2020, we're programming the 2-week course in twice – in June and again in September.
Immediately following each PDC will be a 1-week Post-PDC Practical course to put all that newly-acquired knowledge straight into solid practice.
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.
Keep an eye on this page for further developments or sign up for our newsletter below if you're interested in joining us.
Permaculture Design Course September 2020
September 13 - September 27
After last year’s brilliant beginnings to Quinta do Vale’s partnership with Circle Permaculture, I’m delighted to be bringing them back to the quinta to offer our third fully certificated PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE! Endorsed by the Permaculture Association UK, George Christofis and team’s PDCs get enthusiastic reviews wherever they hold them (in Spain, Portugal and Sweden).
The course will run between June 14th and 28th 2020, with the option to stay on a further week for our Post-PDC Practical Course immediately afterwards..
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 schedule of last year’s course here. The schedule gives a general idea of what to expect but will vary course to course.
PDC June 2019
“Super interesting course. Beyond all expectations. Thank you guys! I loved the atmosphere in general, the perfect balance between practical and theoretical classes, the location, the wide range of topics touched, having space for everyone to express themselves, all the laughs!, food!, People’s Kitchen and getting in touch with the local community.”
PDC June 2019
“I loved the site, context, beauty and diversity, teachers and the different parts they brought to the course, Wendy’s insight and wisdom, the hope and vision that was presented and the intellectual background, the harmony between people of all kinds of backgrounds, food (obviously!) and the camping.”
PDC June 2019
“I loved … the food … the fermentation workshop … the people and diversity (teachers and attendees) … talks with Wendy and general evening hangouts … social permaculture … using the knowledge and skills of the group … almost everything! You’re great!”
PDC June 2019
“I loved the enthusiasm of the facilitators, their diversity and how they were inclusive in their teaching methods – especially because we all came from different knowledge backgrounds. It is not easy to create an environment and a course where people can be as comfortable as it happened here, but you guys (as well as the context) made it possible. Thank you!”
Accommodation is camping on designated pitches. Please bring your own tent and bedding. Alternatively, there is a comfortable caravan for 2-3 people and 2 pitches for camper vans. Bedding is not supplied for the caravan so please bring your own.
We have hot (solar-heated) showers and composting toilets. There is abundant off grid electricity for phone/tablet/laptop charging, free wifi onsite 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 signal is reasonable for all networks which can make use of Altice MEO’s infrastructure. Vodafone doesn’t get signal here, but you can connect from the village above us. There is also 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 or triple share (must be booked at the same time)
There is a special non-resident rate of €480 for local people only which includes all meals.
To sign-up for this course, please fill in the registration form and pay the €100 deposit. Please note that if you have to cancel for any reason we will refund 75% of your deposit provided we can fill your place. The refund can only be made once we’ve done so.
If you would like to stay on for the Post-PDC Practical course, please fill in the separate booking form on the event page.
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 drive from the quinta, we ask for a contribution of 15€ per journey. Please mention this in the comments section of the application form. We’ll give you the opportunity to arrange to share journeys with other course participants nearer the time.
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