|Odiáxere, Algarve, PT|
An educational institute and a demonstrational working farm aiming at providing the food for its residents, students and guests while improving the land as we go.
Permaculture Institute of Vale da Lama is an educational institute and a demonstration site for sustainable and self reliant living in Algarve.
On the west bank of Ria de Alvor tidal estuary, midway between town of Odiaxere and beach of Meia Praia, a 42 ha farm that was farmed intensively for most of the 20th century, left fallow for most of a decade, and is now being cultivated the Permaculture Way.
From "bird's eye" perspective, the project can be seen as composed of 3 distinct parts, corresponding to 3 sub-projects:
- Casa Vale da Lama: on the high-ground (above canal), an Eco-resort accommodates up to 40 guests in sustainable comfort;
- Campo do Vale: on the lowlands adjoining tidal estuary, a Children's Summer Camp & Environmental Education Centre provides recreational & educational experiences in the context of a Natura 2000 conservation area;
- Bio-intensive gardens: on the agricultural land lying between Casa Vale da Lama and Campo do Vale, a Pedagogical Garden that both feeds & teaches us how to feed ourselves.
A hybrid team of 9 live-in Permies and up to 15 guest workers inhabit the site, with help from a small-but-mighty team of animals and employees and friends of the project from the local community and abroad, all working to develop both the land and themselves, by cultivating symbiotic relationships.
These 3 sub-projects, though far from fully-realized (see Roadmap below) are all established (debt-free) and running under independent governance, well on their way to achieving shared goals of fulfilling most basic needs (i.e. food, water, energy) from onsite resources, while achieving net reductions in carbon output and net gains in human satisfaction year-upon-year. We know that Well-Being (i.e. People Care) and Nature-Conservation (i.e. Earth Care) are not mutually-exclusive pursuits; indeed, by understanding the web of life and working with natural relations (i.e. practicing Fair Share), instead of fighting them, we can sustain ever-increasing levels of both biodiversity AND cultural richness in and on our grounds. This is Permaculture as we understand it… And we are getting to the point of understanding enough about it (knowing full well how much we have yet to learn!) we have decided to begin teaching it in earnest.
The core Permaculture team (Farmer, Teacher, Administrator, and Owner -all natives (save the last) with total of 6 PDCs to their credit) is working on a program that should, in the course of the the PDCs and Internship programs, to prepare some 100+ students/interns per year, with the theory & practical experience they will need to get their own Permaculture projects off on a sustainable footing. In light of the good work being done by Permaculture Research Institute in Australia, and considering the need for such a centre of excellence in the this part of the world, we are now running regular PDCs, internships, teacher trainings and short courses and workshops.
Note: The various badges displayed in people profiles are largely honesty-based self-proclamations by the individuals themselves. There are reporting functions users can use if they know of blatant misrepresentation (for both people and projects). Legitimacy, competency and reputation for all people and projects can be evidenced and/or developed through their providing regular updates on permaculture work they’re involved in, before/after photographs, etc. A spirit of objective nurturing of both people and projects through knowledge/encouragement/inspiration/resource sharing is the aim of the Worldwide Permaculture Network.
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People who claim to have taken a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course somewhere in the world.
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People who’ve taken a Permaculture Research Institute PDC somewhere in the world.
People who claim to teach some version of PDC somewhere in the world.
With the exception of the ‘Member’ who has never taken a PDC, all of the above can apply to become a PRI PDC Teacher. PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach the full 72-hour course as developed by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison – covering all the topics of The Designers’ Manual as well as possible (i.e. not cherry picking only aspects the teacher feels most interested or competent in). Such teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical elements. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture Design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable.
PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.
The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to be involved in permaculture aid work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture aid worker experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.
The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to do paid permaculture design consultancy work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture consultancy experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.
Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.
Permaculture Design Course w/ Lesley Anne Martin
June 2nd to 14th 400€ all included
Volunteer Experience at Quinta do Vale da Lama
Come join in a life-long learning experience.
Perma-harvest: Discovering Perennial Root Crops
Fall is the traditional root-harvesting season in the northern hemisphere. Across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, agriculturalists large and small dig up root crops to store for winter. The same is happening here at Vale da Lama!
Reflections from Teacher Training with Rosemary
Authenticity - this word has been on my mind since Rosemary spoke of it on the last morning of the Permaculture Teacher Training I took at Vale da Lama, in the beginning of October.
Water meets Earth
Course with Lesley Martin and Sergio Maraschin
Grape Harvest Working Group (IV)
@Quinta do Vale da Lama / Lagos / Algarve / Portugal
Permaculture Design Course - PhotoBlog (Part III)
@Quinta do Vale da Lama / Lagos / Algarve / Portugal
Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Rosemary Morrow (October 7 to 19)
Visit our website (www.valedalama.net) or click in the link below to see the factsheet.
Permaculture Teacher Training with Rosemary Morrow (Sept 29 to Oct 4)
Join Rosemary Morrow for six days of intensive permaculture teacher training that will change the way you think about education, and enable you to take action towards a permaculture teaching career.
Alex Petrikat and her experience coming back to Vale da Lama…
Alex wrote us something about her experience coming back to Vale da Lama and her perspective has reinforced our intentions and our courage to take them trough or “walk our talk” like Leslie often says.
Certified PDC - June 10-22 and August 5-17- Registrations now open
The School of Design at Vale da Lama Permaculture Institute is proud to offer it's Permaculture Design Course in new EcoHosting facilities.
Daily Life In Vale da Lama Institute Part IV (Permaculture)
Get to know the daily info about our farm.
Daily Life In Vale da Lama Institute Part III (Permaculture)
Get to know the daily info about our farm.
Daily Life in Quinta do Vale da Lama, by Fernanda Silva (Part II)
Daily works go on in Vale da Lama, weed, seed, plant, harvest, irrigation, improve the beds and prepare new ones, new compost toilets, maintain and prepare new compost and new courses will come.
Dryland permaculture course with Richard Perkins
Link to an update featuring a dryland permaculture course in Vale da Lama
Portugal - How human cycles and rhythms change the vegetation and the climate
Some recent musings that came from our dear friend Rosemary after her visit to Vale da Lama in April.
Latest VDL newsletter
Meanwhile on the farm.. glimpse to early summer news!
Alley pasturing with donkeys
As a result of some HM and RegenAG studies in the winter our two donkeys have been recently grazing in the fig orchard.
Solar daal for lunch
Harnessing the warm rays of the spring sun to cook lunch for everyone.
Interview of Rosemary Morrow after the TT course
Rosemary's thoughts and observations from Vale da Lama and her time in Portugal.
Glimpse from the second teacher training course
A video collage of snapshots from Rosemary Morrow's second permaculture teacher training at Vale da Lama
Open day with tea and teachers
Have a cup of tea with Rosemary Morrow, Lesley Martin and Helder Valente, and ask anything you've ever been wondering about permaculture!
Sauerkraut for everyone
Tons of cabbage in the garden! Enhancing its nutritional value and storing goodness for months to come: Let's make some sauerkraut!
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