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!

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


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

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.
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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.


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

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