Join Project Nuevo Mundo this coming winter in Guatemala on January 10-24, 2015 for a a two-week Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.
The PDC is an internationally-recognized, 72 hour course based on Bill Mollison's Designers' Manual, teaching how we can use today's tools and technology to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all species.
Permaculture Design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied at scales from the home garden to city block to village to farm. It is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous peoples, and other time-tested practices to create sustainable human settlements and institutions.
The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.
Topics to be covered include:
- Theory and principles of permaculture
- Methods of design
- Understanding patterns in nature
- Eco-friendly house placement and design
- Energy conservation techniques for all climates
- Recycling and sustainable waste management
- Organic food production
- Water harvesting and management
- Ecological pest control
- Soil rehabilitation and soil erosion control
- Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
- Money and finance
- Legal strategies and trusts
- Effective working groups
From January 26-31 we will host a third week of advanced, hands-on and in-depth practice to design Project Nuevo Mundo's own impact center, which will combine elements of a permaculture demonstration center, an eco-hostel, a retreat center, and an international volunteer headquarters.
Our property is located near the world-famous Semuc Champey waterfalls, and we will be enjoying a number of eco-touristic activities including cacao ceremonies and excursions to indigenous Mayan communities in the region.
Jillian Hovey - The Sustainable Living Network - with almost 20 years of experience in North and Central America, the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.
Christopher Nesbitt - Maya Mountain Research Farm (Belize) - based on the land in Belize for 25 years, growing up a tropical food forest and off-grid education centre out of a cattle field.
Two-Week PDC (10-24 January, 2015):
Early Bird: $995* for 2-week course (before 10/31)
Full Tuition: $1,195* (after 10/31)
Third Week of Advanced training (26-31 January, 2015):
Early Bird: $425 (before 10/31)
Full Tuition: $550 (after 10/31)
Combined payment ($1250 early bird, $1550 full)
*All prices in USD. Includes food and accomodation. Reduced tuition and work-exchange agreements are available for Latin American nationals, and for those who are truly unable to afford for the full tuition due to financial circumstances.
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Project Nuevo Mundo
Maya Mountain Research Farm
Sustainable Living Network