The Université has taken on the task of regulating PmC education in France, as students will be based from the Université they can then work/study at Permaculture projects who work professionally. The Université also co-ordinates the different Permaculture courses being run in France and supplies teachers where needed. There are also several research projects underway and a 'compagnonage' apprenticeship scheme.
Just like Brin de Paille, the French Association of Permaculture, the Université is designed to be semi-nomadic. For the moment it is based at Kerzello in Brittany, in time it can move to be hosted in a developed Permaculture project in another part of France, stimulating activity and interest in that area, a growth pole.
The UPP is currently based at Kerzello in Brittany ....
On the site (designed using Permaculture) we have a 1 kilowatt windturbine giving us 240 volts ac. Grey water treatment beds, biogas unit and solar water heating. Heating during the colder months is provided by woodburning stoves, the wood consumed is produced on site.
We have certain activities which continue throughout the year, these include Yoga, Alexander Technique, Green woodworking, Permaculture training, Pottery, Varda construction, Organic vegetable production in the coppice orchard, Beekeeping, Cider making, Apple juice production. We can also offer some coastal sailing with a 3 place racing dinghy and a 6 place sailing dinghy available.
For meetings and conferences we can provide videocassette and DVD players with large televisions these can also be run from computers, broadband computer connections, Videoconferencing, Public address system. We can also make available a range of musical instruments such as a piano, guitars, diatonic accordians, saxophones etc.
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PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.
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