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PermaNegev #3 students graduate

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Posted by Alice Gray over 10 years ago

After a 6-week intensive course including field trips, practical sessions and workshops, our 3rd cohort of students have graduated! Congratulations and thanks to Carly, Jamie and Jeff....AND announcing PermaNegev #4, starting on June 2nd. Join us!

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What a great course!  We were really privileged to have such a dynamic bunch of students and amazing progress was made in developing the Khan into a functioning permaculture centre and space for small local enterprises!  It now represents a network of interlocking and complementary designs from different cohorts of PermaNegev students, teachers and graduates and we are so happy to see it coming together so well :)

The course included plenty of field trips this time, with visits to Comet-ME (an off-grid renewable energy NGO in the South Hebron Hills) where we helped to plant up the garden, visits to 3 farms in Israel and 2 in the West Bank and a trip to Shivte (an ancient Nabatean city in the Negev where the water harvesting infrastructure can still be seen).  

We managed to cram in guest appearances by Chaym Feldman, Michal Vital and David Mendelson who gave some insight on agroecology, green building and Middle Eastern politics respectively, as well as fitting in timeslots for workshops by the students themselves, which included Community Gardens, Water Retaining Landscapes and an amazing Mandala drawing session.  

Throughout the course we tried to weave together themes of land, community, indigenous knowledge, land-based resistance and sustaiinability: striving to understand how permaculture can be applied both physically and meta-physically to create the resilient systems and networks we need to live in harmony on and with this planet.  

We are planning to run another 6 week course in June of this year (it's going to be toasty down in the Negev, but we think we can cut it and the trees and the garden need us!).  You can contact [email protected] for the details.  The course cost will be $1600 (US) all inclusive (food, accomodation, classes), but we will give an early-bird discount of $1500 for anyone who books before May 10th.  

Please let anyone know who you think may be interested!  Hope to see some new faces in Qasr A Sir soon :)


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