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.
Bill Mollison

Students on the Permaculture Design Certificate course making compost

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Vermicomposting Toilet Workshop 2019

July 26

Quinta do Vale is hosting a one-day VERMICOMPOSTING TOILET WORKSHOP on our very own vermicomposting flush toilet system on July 26th 2019. This will be the final day of a 2-week NATURAL BUILD-IN to construct a new toilet for the quinta and we’re turning it into a workshop to allow more people to come and learn about the system.

At the moment, it’s the only vermicomposting workshop I’m teaching this year.

This workshop will not only give you the chance to help commission a new system, but also to see the original one that’s been working away for 5 years now.

The workshop will cover the theory and practice of installing a DIY vermicomposting sewerage system based on a conventional flush toilet. This system combines all the ecological advantages of a dry composting toilet system with the user-friendliness and convenience of a flush toilet and has a 20-year history of trouble-free use by the system’s originator in the USA.

It requires minimal maintenance compared to dry systems and has significant environmental advantages over conventional septic tanks. The system can be used in approved housebuilding and renovation projects in this area of Portugal under the provisions for “septic tank with drainage”.

Vermicomposting toilet workshop

Teaching a vermicomposting toilet workshop

Outline plan for the workshop

10-11:00am Tea/Coffee on arrival
Informal get together and exchange of ideas/information about your individual projects and reasons for attending the workshop.

11:00-12:30am The Theory
Why vermicomposting? Where and how is vermicomposting being used in sewerage systems and bioremediation projects worldwide? How does this system work? What’s its history? How is it constructed? What maintenance is involved? How does the system regulate itself? What are the environmental advantages?

Questions are encouraged throughout the session, whether in relation to your own project (planned or potential) or to the science in general, but please try to keep these appropriate to the general focus and flow of the session.

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:30pm The Practice
Hands-on installation of the system. The system does take a bit longer than 2 hours to construct and install, but preparatory work will have been done in such a way that you’ll be able to see all parts of the system clearly and take part in the final stages of installation. Bring working gloves and wear suitable clothes.

3.30-4.00pm Tea/Coffee
Informal get together and summing up of the project. Any remaining questions.

COURSE LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS – BOOK EARLY!
Fully booked

COST

35€ including lunch and refreshments

Overnight accommodation is available at extra charge. To participate in some of the building of the toilet, see the Natural Build-in event.

VERMICOMPOSTING TOILET WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

If you are making a booking for a couple, family or group, please list the names (and ages if under 18) and dietary preferences of the other members of your party

Venue

Quinta do Vale
Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map
Website:
http://www.permaculturinginportugal.net

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