By Cathrine Dolleris, photos by Joe Atkinson and Aiah Noack
“Advanced permaculture design is an opportunity to learn, get support, and strengthen your network in a very precise way; the course content is directly pointed towards the individual needs and skills of the participants”, says Anne Moloney from Fejø who was in the Advanced Permaculture Design Course that took place at Naturplanteskolen 8.-12. October with 10 participants.
Joe Atkinson and Cathrine Dolleris facilitated learning about methods, processes, design tools and presentation in an engaging flow. Several of the participants were on their diploma pathways and the course functioned as a good push on their enchanting pathways.
“Design is a key word in the permaculture language and it means everything from making the recipe for a herbal tea to making a community of many people come together, grow, live and thrive in a more holistic and sustainable setting and mindset – don’t be afraid of opening the design door, it is both fun and rewarding”, says Aiah Noack, the owner of Naturplanteskolen.
“It’s very nice to have the time to dive into designing. After 5 days I have a full toolbox for my coming designs and a few new friends :-)”, says Hanna Olovson, who came from Gothenburg to join the course.
Hans Ryding says “I liked the sections on patterns and pattern language. Food and overall social mood was excellent and it was also very good that we highlighted course culture early.”
Niki Bi Frost: “Teachers had planned to help participants on an individual level, both on sparring for the diploma and SketchUp and there was time to discuss topics and getting more in-depth, clarifying understanding and there-with more confidence. Make sure to join this course!”
Kurt Holm thought is was “40 hours well spent. I gained a lot!”
Pia Willumsen thought “Five very inspiring and knowledge building design days together with experienced permaculture people. All supported by a friendly atmosphere and exceptional good and tasty food. Thank you :-)”
Cathrine Dolleris has a course and design company called Geoliv.dk and lives on Orø, Denmark.
Joe Atkinson works for The Permaculture Association Britain and has his own design consultancy called Joeatkinsonpermaculture.com in Leeds, UK.
The next course will be 1.-4. November next year, so make sure to book your time now.