Permaculturing in Portugal

One family's attempts to live in a more planet-friendly way


Government restrictions on free movement and assembly put in place in response to CoViD-19 very regrettably meant we had to cancel all our courses in 2020, some quite literally only at the last minute.

After 2019's great start to the quinta's career as an education centre and its ongoing recovery from the 2017 wildfires, this has been quite a considerable blow, not least in the resources invested in preparing for courses which could not then take place.

For 2021, we plan to resume our programme of Permaculture Design Certificate courses in partnership with Circle Permaculture. We have scheduled our first course programme for July, figuring any ongoing virus-related restrictions will most likely have been relaxed at that point.

We also hope to organise a second PDC, a rocket mass heater build and more natural building and vermicomposting toilet workshops, but for the moment are adopting a stance of watching and waiting to see how events unfold as we move into Spring.

Students on the Permaculture Design Certificate course making compost

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July 2021

Permaculture Design Course July 2021

July 4 - July 18

After 2019's shiny beginnings to Quinta do Vale's partnership with Circle Permaculture and last year's big disappointments (fully booked courses cancelled at the last minute thanks for CoViD-19 restrictions), I'm delighted to be bringing the crew back to the quinta in 2021 to offer our second fully certificated PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE! Endorsed by the Permaculture Association UK, George Christofis and team's PDCs get enthusiastic reviews wherever they've held them (in Spain, Portugal and Sweden). The course will run July 4th…

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Post-PDC Practical Course July 2021

July 18 - July 25

A PDC (Permaculture Design Course) is mainly the theory. The foundation. And although the course features daily practical sessions, it doesn't pretend to equip people with the full range of skills they'll need to implement permaculture designs. Enter the POST-PDC PRACTICAL COURSE! Whilst all this knowledge is fresh in your mind and bursting to find an outlet, this is a chance to put it into practice with support and supervision and gain the confidence to go out there and do…

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