Your journey begins here. Experiencing realworld learning. Improve your professional practice. Start a career pathway as a professional of
transition, forming a link with a new transdisciplinary and global
network for Eco-Social regeneration.
Get in Contact
To talk to a real person contact the Carolina Heidke mail
or phone +56-9-74322221. Carolina will help with the booking process.
We have set up a facebook group for people to self organise shared
transport and connect with each other before and after the course. Our
Facebook group is here: facebook.com/groups/elmanzano.
Our main objective is to train and develop a team of educators and designers working on a network to Chile / sustainable planet through a high quality and and effective education for sustainability. We are seeking to buld teams capable of creating, designing and implementing "lifeboat" demonstration sites to serve as models to assist in building sustainable human settlements in homes, schools, workplaces and communities.
Be a leader in your community, equip yourself with the tools to redesign your lifestyle to a life in harmony and health. Develop an ecological language that allows you to participate in the implementation of local and global solutions, be the change!
Immerse yourself in eco-design science of Permaculture. Essential
to develop an understanding of the principles of natural systems and
design needed to redesign human systems and societies. "Permaculture is common sense, has ceased to be common" (Joe Polaischer).
a leader in your community, equip yourself with the tools to redesign
your lifestyle, your school, work or community for sustainable living
and healthy. Develop a language of
sustainability that allows you to participate in the implementation of
local and global solutions, be the change.
Regenerative Design Capacity
This course is designed to support students and professionals to develop an Eco-literacy, an understanding of the basic principles of ecological and regenerative design, applying this knowledge to redesign human settlements and communities to learn to live in harmony and within the limits of nature.
This is a design course, whose main objective is to develop effective design capabilities through the practical application of knowledge and tools. Students work on real problems of current design permaculture projects (to be defined), supporting and guiding them to determine their own future. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the research, design and development of a local project. This is an opportunity to learn through participation in a process of applied design.
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.
"There is no power beyond that of a community waking up to itself" (Margaret Wheatley).
This course is designed to help
participant to develop their own ecological and particpatory language: a
basic understanding of the principles of living systems, and their
application in the eco social design of resilient human communities.
Some themes we will explore:
Evidence of sistemic crises, ecological Evidence, Social and Economic, climate change and peak resource use.
Ethics & Principles of regenerative design.
Observation and Understanding from nature: principles of natural systems - soil, water, climate, biosphere.
Principles and applications of green design.
Water and Landscape: strategies for capturing and storing water, aquaculture, water harvesting, treatment and management.
Geology and soils: understanding the formation and composition of soil management techniques, recovery and control erosion.
Establishment of permaculture systems, orchards and greenhouses and
horticultural organic, integrated management of animals, tree planting,
agro-ecological management of pests and diseases.
Climate and microclimate: adapting to the place, eg. windproof design curtains.
Ecological Architecture, design and location of homes and resorts room.
Appropriate technology, renewable energy, etc..
Recycling and waste management.
Design and prev ention of disasters.
Design for Community: legal structures, alternative economic systems, dialogue techniques and decision making by consensus.
Designing regenerative projects.
Action leanring, Gaia University, peer to peer evaluation, accrediting experience etc.
Global Permaculture Network.
Also: yoga, music, dance, laughing, videos, chat ... and a lot of work and group activities.
The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an
internationally-recognized programme resulting in a
Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to
permaculture design as set forth by Bill Mollison, reframed by David Holmgren, and
modified by 7 years of teaching experience in New Zealand & Chile
using a wide range of best practice from teachers around the world.
"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest
fear is that we are powerful beyond measure" (Marianne Williamson)
Through the Permaculture Diploma system graduates have the opportunity to be supported and guided to develop an action plan for lifelong action learning as part of a global network of educators and regenerative design professionals.
No previous experience required. Discover strategies for sustainable systems and a wide range of situations, climates and locations.
Pricing options / Booking
Based on a Sliding Scale dependent on your income and ability to pay. E3 $354.000 E2 $460.000, E1 $565.000 (Chilean Pesos convert here).
Discount possible for couples. There are some scholarship available to low income. Price includes food, accomodation, materials and education. Course fees are due 21 days prior to the course start date (7 Octuber 2011).
Those who have a greater ability to pay contribute
more, and subsidizing those with lower annual income. So if you make up
to US$10,000 you pay the E3 price, US$20,000 the E2price, andif you make US$30,000 or more you pay full E1 price. Note:
We are planning permaculture education free for all, but it is not possible at this time. By taking one of our courses you are making a direct investment in a future of free, open source transformative education. Your money also makes permaculture available for those unable to pay.
This event is suitable for a wide range of students and professionals wanting to improve their practice in design regenerative or what they may call sustainability, and move their organizations, communities and businsses forward. Connect with a new transdisciplinary network making professional development and higher learning open source.
We recommend the following people to attend;
Staff of Local Government in Chile and Latin America.
Teachers and educators or staff of ministries of education in central government who want to learn about education for sustainability, action learning, experiential learning etc.
NGO staff working in Chile for inclusive business and business innovation.
Business people explore commercial engineer ways to green businesses, transforming business.
Young professionals seeking a career as a professional sustainability.
Central government staff trying to understand sustainability and how to apply.
Members of community groups.
Persons wishing to enter Gaia University.
Experienced permaculture designers and teachers.
Transition Town participants, organisers, consultants and teachers.
Ecovillage inhabitants, designers, teachers.
About the Teachers
The facilitation team from El Manzano are part of an interdisciplinary network of people from many sectors throughout Chile, who have come together to find solutions to the economic, environmental and social time in Latin America and the world.
Grifen Hope has extensive experience in natural resource management, and has designed and implemented various systems for intensive food production in New Zealand and Chile. An experienced educator of youth and adults, has facilitated many seminars, workshops and courses on the theory and practice of sustainable living. These include courses in Permaculture Design Certificate along with some of the most experienced teachers of permaculture design in the world (Joe Polaischer, Geoff Lawton, Darren Doherty, Robina McCurdy and many more). In these dark times, Grifen maintains a fundamental belief that all change, including large and powerful changes begin in simple conversations ... in design, the way we co-create our world.
Food & Accommodation
costs are included in your course fees. Food, coffee, tea, etc. is
self-catered by students and is quite straightforward. San Pedro is
located within walking distance of the teaching sites with many food
options for a wide range of eating preferences. There is a major grocery
store with fresh fruit and vegetables, dozens of fast-good places,
several sit-down restaurants, and places to quickly grab coffee,
San Pedro de Atacamais an amazing landscape with many and numerous tourist experiences. This is a hostile living environment for people, but we can find everywhere living examples of how adapted cultures managed to survive and thrive here.
Please find here below a map of how to get to San Pedro.