Permaculturing in Portugal

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

Courses at the quinta

Due to the current global crisis we have very regrettably had to cancel our June courses. At the moment, September's courses are still planned to go ahead, though since this is an evolving situation, we have no guarantees. Watch this space for updates!

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.

Students on the Permaculture Design Certificate course making compost

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September 2020


Permaculture Design Course September 2020

September 13 - September 27
Quinta do Vale Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map

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 second 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 September 13th to 27th 2020, with the option to stay on a further week for our Post-PDC Practical Course immediately…

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Post-PDC Practical Course September 2020

September 27 - October 4
Quinta do Vale Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map

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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