We were to be offering courses here at Quinta do Vale from 2018. Unfortunately the fires of October 2017 put paid to that. All of our guest and volunteer accommodation and facilities were destroyed or damaged beyond use. But having to make repairs to our buildings and infrastructure gave us the opportunity to turn it into a learning opportunity for others, so we opened our doors in 2018 regardless and welcomed people to the quinta to help us rebuild.
In 2019, the emphasis has shifted much more towards the urgency of our present global situation. We’re going as far as we’re able at this stage and partnering with others to offer a range of things to learn about with the overall aim of helping to enable the necessary response.
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.
We’re delighted and excited to hook up with with Circle Permaculture to offer a full 72-hour certificated Permaculture Design Course endorsed by the Permaculture Association UK. The intention is for it to become an annual event.
There will be a week-long Foraging & Fermentation course immediately before the PDC, bringing in our local wild edible specialists.
Immediately after it there will be a week-long Post-PDC Practical Course to cement and ground some of that prodigious amount of theory and, concurrently, a 3-week long Natural Build-in, in partnership with our local education project Folha Verde, to build 2 vermicomposting toilets for the project.
These courses are simply and fundamentally motivated by our need to reconnect with Nature and harmonise ourselves with natural processes. So as well as providing education about natural systems, we will work in natural ways, using self-organisation and feedback loops as our defining framework to retune our ways of thinking as well as our skills and knowledge.
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