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Strengthening the northern dimension

Posted by Mari Korhonen over 8 years ago

Building foundations for cold climate permaculture: It was great to be a part of a PDC course held as far north as Finland!

The long awaited PDC course, the first one in Finland probably for 15 years, just finished in Turku. It's been great to see things build up little by little and finally have a full PDC course to contribute to. So far most people (including myself) have had to go abroad to get the first immersion into permaculture in form of a PDC, and although the principles of permaculture apply in the same way anywhere on Earth, the cold north still is a quite unique environment for developing strategies for resilience and sustainability. 

We did import our main teacher from the UK, but also had many interesting local guests giving presentations about wild edible plants, urban foraging and gardening, Finnish forest gardens and permaculture applications in broad acre farming. The community and local resource base is surely building up! The venue, Koroinen, was a great place for having the course, being a rural oasis in the middle of the city of Turku. There are plans for developing the site towards a permaculture demonstration center, so the group also got in touch with a real life design challenge.

In addition to its northern location, the course was a bit unusual for a PDC in a sense that for foreign participants it was totally free of charge (including travels) thanks to funding from Grundtvig- the EU life long learning programme. For the Finns the price was also lower than usual, just enough to cover food and other costs. The flipside of this arrangement was that the 72 hour content, usually delivered over 14 days, had to be squeezed into only 10 full on days, which was sometimes quite challenging. For the organisers the tough bit had been selecting the participants from a huge number of applications, over one hundred of them! I must say however, that Aranya navigated through the content really nicely, with lots of activities and outdoor time. Or maybe the secret of successfullness was the Finnish wooden heated sauna we enjoyed in many evenings :)  

Despite the tough schedule the course was a great event, thanks to all the organisers, Aranya, all the participants and a great kitchen staff!

 

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Marc Van Hummelen
Marc Van Hummelen : As one of the lucky selected participants I'd like to add that, apart from being very instructive and inspiring, the course was also a enlightning personal experience. My favourite quote (from someone who wrote this to me in an e-mail - I hope she won't mind) describes how I think we all felt: "a loving, caring, interesting, free, safe atmosphere where I felt that this is the world I want to be in". I believe that such a community feeling is an important part of what permaculture is all about. So thanks again Mari, Juha, Aranya and the people of Koroinen! Marc
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My Permaculture Qualifications
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Permaculture Design Course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: The Channon, Australia
Date: Mar 2009
Other course verified
Permaculture Internship 3 months
Type: Internship
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: PRI Australia
Date: Apr 2009
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Permaculture earthworks course
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, Bungendore, NSW, Australia
Date: Jun 2009
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Solar greenhouse design workshop
Type: Gardening
Teacher: Jerome Osentowski
Location: Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Basalt, CO, USA
Date: May 2010
Other course verified
Permaculture, solar greenhouse design and forest garden workshop
Type: Gardening
Teacher: Jerome Osentowski
Location: Koroinen, Turku, Finland
Date: Oct 2010
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Permaculture Trainer Course
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Rowe Morrow
Location: Austria
Date: Jul 2011
Other course verified
RegenAG and keyline design
Type: Other
Teacher: Darren J. Doherty
Location: Vale da Lama, Portugal
Date: Nov 2011
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Holistic Management and Grazing Planning
Type: Other
Verifying teacher: Kirk Gadzia
Other Teachers: Tamara Gadzia
Location: La Donaira, Spain
Date: Apr 2012
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Mushroom Cultivation
Type: Other
Teacher: Will Borowski
Location: Sydney
Date: Sep 2012

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