|Marda, Palestine, State of|
(projects i'm involved in)
Salfit region, PS
Posted by Murad J.R.ALkhufash almost 7 years ago
PDC to run 25 September to 4 October
* Languages: English with Arabic translation
* A fantastic opportunity to learn Permaculture Design at Marda’s demonstration site and to experience Palestinian culture at its richest.
* Marda is an ancient, peaceful stone village nestled in the mountains one hour from Jerusalem and surrounded by olive groves.
* The mild climate and rich soil support a great diversity of flora and fauna and being close to the soil here in the Holy Land is a life changing experience.
* The course includes 14 nights board in a comfortable house (camping if you prefer) with internet, showers, washing machine etc..
* Everyone is welcome to this 14 day event, please contact us to book and for help with travel advice.
What is permaculture?
Permaculture history, ethics and principles.
Palestine—cultural overview, history, land use history. Traditional agriculture—what we can learn from the ancestors.
Reading the landscape.
Patterns in nature and their application to design.
Zones and sectors
Water harvesting: swales, ponds, keyline
A-frames and bunyips—finding contour
Rain catchment and storage
Sewage solutions—black water treatment, rock and reed beds, living machines, compost toilets
Soil structure and biology
Cover crops and green manures
Soil, water and carbon cycles
Bioremediation of soil and water
Mycoremediation and mushrooms
Rotational grazing and keyline
Orchard planning and tree care
Trees and sustainable forestry, woodland management
Coppice and pollarding
Animals in the system:
Bees and beekeeping
Chickens and poultry
Sheep and goats—holistic management grazing systems
Solar—passive, active, hot water
Savonius rotor systems
Rocket and masonry stoves
Traditions of the Middle East
Cob, adobe, mudbrick, strawclay
Group dynamics and decision-making:
Way of council
Money, debt and true wealth
Organizing for a permacultural vision:
Design process and tools
Design project and presentation
Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is also well known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of twelve books including The Fifth Sacred Thing, The Earth Path and The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. She holds an MA in Psychology from Antioch West University, and received her Permaculture Design Certificate in 1996 from Penny Livingston-Stark. Since 2000, she has been teaching and directing Earth Activist Trainings, which offer training in permaculture with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism, with a mission to bring the tools and insights of regenerative design to communities with the greatest need. EAT has trained hundreds of students over the past thirteen years, as well as providing support for social justice mobilizations and encampments, disaster aid and bioremediation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and ongoing training for at-risk youth, community gardens and job training programs in inner city San Francisco. Starhawk has a special interest in the people-care aspects of social permaculture, in conflict resolution and group decision-making, and in urban permaculture. Together with EAT teacher Charles Williams, she is also developing model permaculture systems for Mediterranean climates on her Sonoma County, CA ranch, integrating olives, lavender, food forests, chickens and a holistic management rotational grazing program for sheep. She also has a deep love for soil biology and the roll soil building can play in mitigating climate change.
Since his first PDC in 1997 in California, Alfred Decker has been involved with social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He's currently working on a master's degree in sustainable architecture and renewable energy, founding a new local group, Permacultura Barcelona, and organising a forest gardens project at Can Masdeu. He has taught in the U.S., Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, and Greece.
Murad Al Khuffash is Marda Permaculture Farm founder and permaculture specialist. In 2006, after studying permaculture at the Farm Ecovillage Training Center in Summertown, Tennessee, Murad Alkhfash founded Marda Permaculture Farm. He is creating a teaching center and model farm in Marda for local farmers and international permaculture students.
International students: $1600
Local students: $400 (a limited number of scholarships might be available)
For registration and more information
Email: [email protected]
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