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Newsletter autumn/winter 2018-2019

First of all, we wish you a very happy new year 2019!

What has happened to Ermitaj since our last newsletter in August?

A busy summer end, with …

The Permaculture Design Course with Graham Bell!

Two intensive weeks of human experiences, discoveries and learnings about permaculture, which ended in beauty with the presentation of the designs.
Thank you to all the participants, as well as to the fabulous team of teachers, assistants, volunteers, cooks and organizers!

Interview of Graham Bell at Ermitaj: 

The weekend about foraging with “Incredible Edible Romania”

Thank you to Iulia and Quim for this weekend rich in meetings and learning about our environment!

Support evening in Belgium

On November 10, in Soignies, we organized an evening of support for Ermitaj.
On the menu, there was: a dinner with Romanian notes, a presentation of the project, and a small market of Romanian products.
Many of you have answered the call, and we are deeply touched and grateful. A big thanks to all of you!

 

During that time, we asked a few friends to keep the farm. We especially want to thank Tudor and Iulia for taking care of the place and our animals with a lot of love!

 

And what’s next?

We are working on the agenda for next summer. But we already have some information to share with you … and not least!

Certified Permaculture Design Course with Pascal Depienne

Yes, we do it again! This time in the spring, with our friend Pascal Depienne: the first teacher to have organized a PDC in Romania, and it was at Ermitaj!

Click on the poster to have all the practical information:

National convergence of Permaculture

In collaboration with the Romanian Association of Permaculture, we decided to organize the national convergence of Romanian permaculture next summer at Ermitaj Malin!
Dates and news to come …

Hiking with donkeys

Looking for a good reason to come to Ermitaj and discover its surroundings?
We remind you that we organize  hiking with our donkeys
“à la carte”.
They will carry your things or your tired children, and give the pace … quietly! 😉
Hiking from one day to two weeks, accommodation at Ermitaj, homestay and / or bivouac.
Let us know your desires, and we will consider together the appropriate formula!

Click on the picture to access the page about activities with donkeys:

 

We let you now with some images of the romanian (real!) winter.

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Permaculture Design Certificated Course 2019

After the great success of the Permaculture Design Course last September with Graham Bell,
Ermitaj Malin, together with the Romanian association of Permaculture, organize a new
Permaculture Design Course, this time with Pascal Depienne!

You want to register ?

Please download, fill out and return this form by email to contact@ermitajmalin.com

Thank you for reading our terms and conditions

 

 
“Be here and everywhere as if you were there forever”  Pascal Depienne

Essentials

 
The PDC (Permaculture Design Course) is a course developed by Bill Mollison, co-creator of the term “permaculture” with David Holmgren. It is an entertaining, informative and life enhancing series of discussions, contemplating and practical exercises.
The course format is 12 days residential. It includes theory classes, a lot of practical activities as well as evening entertainment. 
The training takes place from Saturday 25th of May to Wednesday 5th of June 2019 at Ermitaj. The Ermitaj is located in Northern Romania. 
There is no prerequisite to participate. Anyone looking for inspiration or willing to master concepts and practice of permaculture are welcome. The course will be taught in an English accessible to the greatest number. Romanian-English and French-English bilingual assistants are involved in the training and spaces will be given for questions and answers.
Anyone participating to the full course will be awarded with internationally recognized certificates. These can be used as the starting point to go through a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.
 
 
 

The trainer

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Pascal Depienne is an off-grid land owner, teacher and practitioner of permaculture. 
He was a teacher of English and French. He reoriented himself towards permaculture during one of his long stays abroad, notably during a six-month volunteering at the Panya project in northern Thailand in 2007, one of the permaculture centers in South East Asia.
Upon his return to France, he acquired a small piece of land in North-West France, where he has been experimenting for 9 years. He restored a small autonomous stone house in 2009, built a bioclimatic and autonomous straw house in 2011, and planted a few hundred perennials to  grow an edible forest.
Founder of several associations related to permaculture, he is a Permaculture teacher and designer since 2009. He also designs for companies or individuals.
 

Some images are better than a long speech:

 More about the trainer :  his Youtube channel “Avenir Permaculture” and the website of his NGO “Terre-Paille & co

The place of training

The Ermitaj has been a pioneering player for permaculture in Romania, since it is here that the first PDCs of the country were organized with Steve Read and Pascal Depienne himself at the beginning of 2010.
 
The land of almost 8 hectares is located on the slopes of a hill at the foot of the Carpathians in an idyllic setting. Its characteristics and potential make it the perfect place to train for permaculture. The place is off-grid: no water, gas or electricity coming from the city, just mobile phone. It is composed of a young forest, old orchards, pastures, a pond, small streams, a difference in height of one hundred meters: micro-climates and challenges are therefore numerous. Ermitaj is a non-profit association.
Click here to find out more about the training place
 
 

Housing & Food

There are three possibilities for accommodation: you can sleep in a dormitory (limited places), in a tent or in a caravan, or in Beclean (15km away) where many hostels exist. We strongly advise you to stay on site. 
 
The price includes full board. We will be as much as possible attentive to individual diets.
 

Price

Between 550 and 825 euros (see the registration form) + special price possible for groups (contact us) 
Early bird price: 400€ if you suscribe before the 12th of March

Summary program of this course

 
– Introduction to permaculture & its principles
– Design tools and methodology
– Human permaculture, nonviolent communication & consensus decision making
– Soil 
– Natural agriculture : regenerative agriculture, synergistic gardening
– Water
– Trees and forests
– Plant propagation
– Cultivated ecosystems
– Crop ecosystems: agroforestry, edible forests & more
– Animals in permaculture: integrated farming systems, beekeeping, poultry farming.
– Natural and bioclimatic construction : ecoconstruction and habitat
– Appropriate technologies
– Invisible structures : how to recreate social bond and a healthy economy
– Design sessions
– Many practical activities, workshops & evening sessions
 

Click here for a more detailed program overview

You want to register ? Please download, fill out and return this form by email to contact@ermitajmalin.com

Thank you for reading our terms and conditions

Permaculture Design Course with Pascal Depienne – detailed program

Please note that this program is informative and could be modified.
 
Day 1: introduction to permaculture
 
– presentation, introduction to the concept of permaculture: definition, history, multidimensional approach, ethics, examples 
– Bill Mollison’s principles
 
Day 2: the design
 
– natural models and introduction to permaculture design. 
– design tools: permanence scale, sectors, zoning, resource analyzes and needs. 
– design methodology: obredimo 
– design: observation of the site 
 
 
Day 3: human permaculture
 
– introduction to human permaculture
– nonviolent communication – holistic mandala
– consensus decision making workshop 
– practical activities
 
 
Day 4: the soil
 
– soil concept: soil design, cycles, composition, microbiology (soil life), soil quality recognition (empirical methods), structure and texture, bio-indicator plants, problematic and degradations, permacultural soil approach . 
– practice
– maintain existing mounds / move land
– design
 
Day 5: natural agriculture
 
– regenerative agriculture
– synergistic gardening
– discussion on autonomy
– practical workshop
 
Day 6: water
 
– water: cycle and generalities, water in the landscape, capturing and storing water on a small and large scale (bays, pools, reservoirs, roof waters, hydraulic ram …), filtration upstream and downstream downstream (phytopurification), passive irrigation and watering methods, dry toilets. 
– workshop: the gods of rain 
– design: 
– evening: screening of the documentary “the origin of the apple” by catherine peix
 
Day 7: the tree and the forest
 
– the tree: vocabulary, functioning, flows and cycles, climatic factors, relief, roles and functions, the natural succession. 
– plant propagation: cuttings and grafting, natural selection
design (2h)
 
Day 8: the cultivated ecosystems
 
– crop ecosystems: agroforestry, different forms of coppicing, orchard-vegetable, principles of edible forests 
– design
– practical workshop
 
 
Day 9: animals
    
– animals in permaculture: integrated farming systems, alternative beekeeping and rescue, poultry farming.
– design (1h30)
– practical workshop
 
 
Day 10: natural and bioclimatic construction
 
– ecoconstruction and habitat: situation, design, natural and bioclimatic construction, strategies, materials, techniques, climates, energy efficiency … 
– appropriate technologies
– practical activity
 
Day 11: invisible structures
 
– invisible structures (how to recreate the social bond and a healthy economy, strategies now applicable)
– design (3h)
 
Day 12: closure
 
– presentation of the designs 
– feedback on the training 
– the permacultural movement, its mode of development and its networks. 
– concrete actions and commitment 
– certificate delivery – the professional design, the certificate, the diploma and the companioning

Newsletter summer 2018

We are already in August, time flies!

While the west of the continent suffers from heat and dryness, here we have a weather exceptionally mild and rainy. For several months, days without rain can be counted on the fingers of one hand!

Except that, what happened at Ermitaj?

New outside stairs to access to the dormitory, new fences for the garden we opened, kittens, baby ducks, lots of garden work, and much more!

Regarding the activities, we had the pleasure to organize:

Upcoming activities:

For our friends and supporters from Belgium and the surrounding area, note already the date of November 10 in your diaries: we will organize an support evening for the association! Many surprises are waiting for you 🙂 It will happen in Soignies (between Mons and Brussels). The information will follow!

Volunteers, friends and visitors:

Recently, we had the pleasure to welcome: Victorine, Olivier, Audrey and Manuel, Myriam, Doro and François-Marie, Althaea and Polo, Joel and Virginie, Magda and Michael, Olivier, Philippe and Julie and their kids Samuel and Anabelle, David and Ophelia, and Pauline!
A big thank you to them for their company, their support and their precious help!

We leave you with pictures of our achievements, activities and all this beautiful people.

See you soon !

 

Volunteers, friends and visitors:

 

The making of the stairs!

 

Some pictures about the weekend of introduction to permaculture and our class room:

 

And much more…

 

Towards Diploma in applied Permaculture Design

You want to register ? Please download, fill out and return this form by email to contact@ermitajmalin.com

Thank you for reading our terms and conditions

Starting from the observation that in Romania, there is no permaculture teacher recognized by official networks, we want to give the opportunity to people already experienced in permaculture to get more tools to teach permaculture and to get prepared for the Diploma in applied Permaculture Design.

Following the training ‘Towards Diploma in applied Permaculture Design” will make you a better designer, will help you to manage your diploma work, potentially open up new work opportunities and improve your abilities to spread the permaculture word.

Essentials

The training «Towards Diploma in applied Permaculture Design »  will be given by Graham Bell, world-renowned author, teacher and practitioner of permaculture, assisted by Mark Shiperlee. The training takes place from 1st to 16th September 2018 (residential) at the Ermitaj. The Ermitaj is located in Transylvania, in a small village called Malin (district of Bistrita-Nasaud), one hour’s drive from Cluj-Napoca, Tîrgu Mures and Baia Mare.

Contents

The training covers two aspects: understanding the permaculture curriculum (basically what is in the book « Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual » 1988, Bill Mollisson) and how to teach it in a joyous enabling kind of way. 

The training will help you to manage your diploma work, to discuss specific challenge and to get advices. It will help you gain perspective on your way of thinking about learning.

It will be given along side the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC). Participants will teach some parts of the PDC and will receive individual feed-back and coaching session.

This course could be linked with the 2019 Romanian Permaculture Convergence. At the Convergence, we would like to invite permaculture seniors tutors, in order to allow you to present your work and to get the Diploma in applied Permaculture Design. Designing of the 2019 Convergence will be part of the training.

Trainers

Graham Bell is internationally known. He defines himself as a “global change agent”, devoting a large part of his time to sharing his knowledge and experience. He has expertise in several specialized fields: forest gardening and plant nursery management, resource management, energy efficiency, renewable energy … In Scotland, his own garden of 800m² produces 1.5 tons of fruit and vegetables a year, a yield of 16 tonnes per hectare. Its nursery is rich with 500 trees and 5000 plants. For 30 years, Graham has helped to set up thousands of permaculture projects on five continents and almost every latitude in both poor and rich countries. So, his expertise is also one of management. He is the first British man to receive the permaculture diploma from Bill Mollison in 1990 and has published numerous articles and two books: ‘The Permaculture Way’ and ‘The Permaculture Garden’.

Mark Shiperlee considers himself a self motivated entrepreneur. Passionate about nature, the principles as well as ethics of permaculture, Mark has been involved in many different projects. Here are just some examples. He had his own rural business in the countryside and also taught and worked in forest management. He has a special link with Romania since he organized convoys of humanitarian aid in 1990 and then developed social enterprises in both England and Romania. He therefore masters the Romanian language. He also helped to tackle homelessness and poverty through social enterprises in Scotland. He has been a entreprise coach for a government funded project. Nowadays he is running a rural business incorporating many areas of work. And he is living on a small piece of land where he grows as much food as possible, using Permaculture principles and ethics, and is also encouraging clients to work with their gardens/land in a permaculture way.

The place of training

The Ermitaj has been a pioneering player for permaculture in Romania, since it is here that the first PDCs of the country were organized with Steve Read and Pascal Depienne at the beginning of 2010.

The land of almost 8 hectares is located on the slopes of a hill at the foot of the Carpathians in an idyllic setting.

Ermitaj is a non-profit association.

Click here to find out more about the training place

Prerequisites

Participants must have relevant experience in one or more areas of permaculture.

The course will be taught in an English accessible to the greatest number.

Housing

There are three possibilities for accommodation: you can sleep in a dormitory (limited places), in a tent or in Beclean (15km away) where many hostels exist. We strongly advise you to stay on site.

Food

The price includes full board. The food will be prepared by a team of fine cooks. These will be as much as possible attentive to individual diets.

Price

Between 495 and 825 euros (see the registration form)

You want to register ? Please download, fill out and return this form by email to contact@ermitajmalin.com

Thank you for reading our terms and conditions