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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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June 2019


Foraging & Fermentation Course 2019

June 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019
Quinta do Vale Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map

Quinta do Vale is partnering with two local wild food specialists, Clio Wondrausch and Laura Williams, to host a FORAGING & FERMENTATION COURSE during June 2019. Foraging is a whole lot more than grabbing some free food on a walk in the countryside. It reconnects people with nature in a profound and beautiful way. As Monica Wilde puts it, "Once you can identify plants, appreciate their culinary and medicinal values, and the wondrous ways in which nature works its sentient…

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Permaculture Design Course 2019

June 23, 2019 - July 7, 2019
Quinta do Vale Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map

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┬áthis 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. The gardens at Quinta…

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July 2019


Post-PDC Practical Course 2019

July 7, 2019 - July 14, 2019
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! 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 great…

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Natural Build-in 2019

July 14, 2019 - July 28, 2019
Quinta do Vale Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map

Quinta do Vale is hosting a NATURAL BUILD-IN during July 2019. This is a natural building collaboration as much as a course. It's conceived as a learning experience which not only gives you some natural building knowledge and skills, but also immerses you (albeit temporarily) in our local, largely off-grid community to get a taste of how we all work together. The primary focus of the natural build-in is to construct another compost toilet for the quinta, using a timber…

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Vermicomposting Toilet Workshop 2019

July 26, 2019
Quinta do Vale Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map

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…

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June 2020


Permaculture Design Course June 2020

June 14 - June 28
Quinta do Vale Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map

DUE TO THE CURRENT GLOBAL SITUATION WE HAVE VERY REGRETTABLY HAD TO CANCEL THIS COURSE

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Post-PDC Practical Course June 2020

June 28 - July 5
Quinta do Vale Benfeita, Coimbra 3305-031 Portugal + Google Map

DUE TO THE CURRENT GLOBAL SITUATION WE HAVE VERY REGRETTABLY HAD TO CANCEL THIS COURSE

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