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Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them & of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

- Bill Mollison

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Permaculture Design Course

April 17 – 27 2014, Varzea da Gonçala, Algarve

Várzea da Gonçala are happy to announce our 9th Permaculture Design Course, to be conducted by the excellent Peter Cow, coming to teach our spring course for his third consecutive year.

Course participants will complete the full syllabus of the original 72-hour course developed by the instigators of Permaculture, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, covering the principles, practical applications, and philosophy of the discipline. At the end of the course, students will receive the internationally recognised Permaculture Design certificate.

As usual, there will three excellent vegetarian meals per day, supplied either from our own garden or local organic smallholdings, and the special Várzea welcome and ambience. These courses are always full of positive energy. multi-national and multi-backgrounded!

Prices and Facilities

The price for the 11 days is €450, which includes all meals, camping, hot showers, all on-site facilities, and an opportunity to see an evolving permaculture smallholding at an interesting stage in its develepment. There is also limited dormitory accommodation available for an additional €75 per person for the duration of the course.

To enrol for the course, we ask for a deposit of 200 euros, which can be paid for by bank transfer or Paypal. Details of how to do this can be found on the “booking” page of this site. If neither of these are possible, please contact us and we can always arrange some other way.

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