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PDC in Jordan with Geoff and Nadia Lawton

Posted by Nadia Lawton over 11 years ago

Permaculture Design Certificate course (held in the Al Jawfa, Dead Sea Valley area in western Jordan) Starts Oct 04, 2014 and runs for 12 day(s). The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course

Starts Oct 04, 2014 and runs for 12 day(s).

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, and other permaculture educators.

The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. 

To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.

The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.

Specific topics include:

- Theory and principles of permaculture

- Eco-friendly house placement and design

- Energy conservation techniques for all climates
 with specific focus on arid hot regions
- Recycling and sustainable waste management

- Organic food production

- Water harvesting and management

- Ecological pest control

- Drought-proofing
- Soil rehabilitation and soil erosion control

- Livestock

- Aquaculture

- Catastrophe preparedness and prevention

- Windbreaks and fire control

The foundation for this course is the Permaculture Designer's Manual by Bill. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.

Course Instructors

Geoff Lawton is an internationally-renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries.

Nadia Lawton was born and raised in the Jordan Valley, in one of the lowest and driest places on earth. She completed her PDC with Geoff Lawton in Jordan and went on to complete a Permaculture Diploma in Education and Site Design. She regularly travels with her husband for aid project and permaculture consulting work, and assists in teaching permaculture design courses internationally.


Important information about this course

About the Site

The site is located in the Al Jawfa area in western Jordan, Shouneh Janobieh (i.e., South Shouneh), in the Dead Sea Valley just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank. 

The local population is made up of traditional Bedouin tribes and long-term refugees stemming from displacement of local populations from within Palestine. The project site is typical of the area - a marginal arid land low-income settlement. It is currently still under development and upon completion it will demonstrate energy-efficient appropriate housing with natural cooling systems and a plant nursery attachment, solar electricity, solar hot water, biological waste water treatment recycling, dry compost toilets, rain water harvesting earthworks and diverse interactive plant, animal and tree systems for local food production and processing. The demonstration house will function as a classroom and administration office for the project and local Permaculture group. Once established, the project will serve as a model that can be replicated within the village, throughout Jordan and other countries in the region.

 The project, started in 2008, has already seen significant progress. The first trees were planted and are growing well and the first garden is producing some vegetables. Now, the water tank needs to be expanded, the fence and gate improved and the rest of the project started. The current focus is to set up basic living accommodations for volunteers coming to work on the project. PRI has the people power in place to move on this project, but is in great need of funds to purchase supplies. Any financial support is greatly appreciated. In this heightened time of great tragedy for the Palestinian people, this is something positive we can all do to directly affect their survival. 

Directions to the Site

From the airport you have two options:

Airport/bus station pick-up: If you register your name with us ahead of time, we can arrange for someone to pick you up, at the airport for a fee of US$42. (This can be shared.)

Airport Taxi to the site: JD$40 approximately. Upon request, we can also email you written directions, in Arabic, so that you can print these off and give these directions to your driver.

Accommodation for the Course

Camping is included in the price of the course. Students must provide their own camping gear including tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, a torch etc. 

Alternative accommodation is in the farm house. It has a limited number of rooms available for rent during the duration of the course. There is one share room for $3JD a day per person. There are four couple rooms for $5JD per person per day. Fees for room renting are paid on arrival to the farm manger. Please per book with the education coordinator at education(at)permaculturenews.org as rooms are limited. 

The house includes a toilet, shower, lounge and kitchen for use by all students (camping or renting).

Catering: Morning/afternoon tea and lunch are supplied to all participants. Breakfast and dinner are self-catered. Students are welcome to use the house kitchen to self-cater. 

Rest Day Catering: There will be a rest day during the PDC (the Friday in the middle of the course) and participants will not be catered for on this day (no meals provided). Please ensure you are prepared for this.

Dinner Shopping: There is a supermarket 5 minutes away by car. The cost for a one way trip to this supermarket is some JD$3-4.

Cultural Sensitivity

The Jordan Valley is home to an ancient and classical civilization that has had many cultures, traditions, and peoples cross through its land and also settle within. International students are requested to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic traditions and Muslim social protocol. A full orientation will be provided.

General Guidelines include:

- Open and receptive attitude toward cross cultural communication
- Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
- Conservative attire is recommended
- Respecting cultural gender relations
- Sobriety at all times during the PDC course
- Respect for elders, religious traditions and practice, and community leaders
- Not photographing locals without permission, with cautionary emphasis on photographing local women and children

For men this would include:

- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette 
- Wearing long shorts at least to the knee
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not touching or shaking hands of Muslim women without explicit permission
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with wife or partner

For ladies this would include:

- Showing respect for oneself 
- Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette
- Long skits or pants (Shorts considered offensive)
- Wearing shirts at all times
- Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with husband or partner

What You Will Need

The climate during the course will be dry and warm although the extreme heat of the summer will have passed. 

Recommended to bring:

- Sun Hat and sunglasses
- Good walking or working shoes
- Casual and comfortable clothing - natural fabrics recommended for coolness 
- Sunscreen 
- Water bottle 
- Flashlight/headlamp
- Your own bedding (sheets etc.)
- Ample supply of any needed medications 
- Tent if needed (depending on accommodation option)
- Sleeping bag and hiking mattress if needed
- Sandals 
- Personal toiletries

VISA requirements for entering Jordan

Please download this PDF for details on VISA requirements for Jordan.

Please Note: Unlike our PDCs at Zaytuna Farm in Australia, where a copy of the Designers' Manual is included in the cost of the course, this book is not included for the Jordan PDC (carrying all the books to Jordan is price prohibitive). The cost of the course has been adjusted to reflect this. The Designers' Manual can be purchased here.

For further information for this course please contact [email protected].



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