All posts by Ruben Hernandez Romero

Learning how to become a Permaculture Teacher

Permaculture Teacher Matters course by Alfred Decker and Candela Vargas has given me a set of tools for developing my teaching PDC courses. This is what I want to share with you.

We were about 14 people who spent 8 days at Ankhult, a farm located in Skåne, Southern Sweden. Special thanks to the Swedish association and the volunteers who were cooking delicious and local food. Sambrukets cooperative farm in Sosdala and its mission is to catalyze the transition in its neighborhood, establishing connections between people and business as well as supporting them.

Sessions were filled with workshops that could suit many learning styles. Participants were invited to work in pairs or groups, and sometimes asked to come to the whole group and share ideas and receive feedback.

The structure of the course was divided in 6 days, differentiating six different topics: Learning space, learners, teacher, learning tools, teaching methods and PDC-wrap up and evaluation.

One of the very first sessions consisted of presenting the ethics, course culture, class code and objectives for this course and sharing the student´s hopes for teaching in the future and expectations of this course.

Along the whole week, we had 5 assignments to prepare, 3 individually, one in pairs and the last one in groups. For each session, almost one for each day, we were invited to choose a topic from a PDC and then, share it in small groups in the evening sessions. The last session consisted of designing a PDC curriculum and schedule and, then, presents it to the rest of participants. Along these assignments, we also learned the role of timekeeper, debrief and appraisal. These roles are so important and need.

We also learned valuable behaviors of effective teachers, which are a key to become an example for others and facilitate the learning process. For example, an effective teacher does not talk about the participants unless it is relevant; minimize verbal contributions to discussions when they are going well; hand over the pen or chalk; keep their attention on their students’ needs and; accept feedback and make adjustments.

Some teaching tools are: 1), audio-visual, slides, power-point and videos; 2), printed materials, books and diagrams; 3), lectures, debates and presentations; 4), groups, role-plays, international café; 5), demonstrations and practical work, and; 6), excursions and field trip. During this course, teachers have been using most methods or encouraged us to use as many of them as possible to become familiar with them. Since there are many teaching methods, it is recommend it to select one or more that matches the content, giving clear instructions and keeping the energy up.

We also got to practice the most important teaching method: questioning. Questioning reduces the amount of time that teacher speaks (max. 30% per session, 15 minutes without pause), keeps learners thinking and helps to develop confidence. There are two classes of questions: closed questions (with a right question, based on facts) and open questions (which call for experience and thinking). To be honest, this method was my favorite and I used along the course with different teaching tools as, for example, excursions, presentations or slides.

The last day, we presented our PDC schedule and curriculum to the rest of the group. It was really exciting as well as a challenge. After that, we also evaluated the course and think about next steps.

So for your next workshop, don´t forget to: prepare and present your ethics, learning outcomes, class code, and culture, choose appropriate learning tools and diverse methodology for different learning styles and remember to enjoy through the process.

EVS opportunity in Arterra, a spanish ecovillage

Do you feel like experimenting the life in Arterra for 3 months? We have a place for you through our EVS program!

You will be working on the community farm from the 1st of September – 30 November which is the time of harvesting all the bounty from the garden!

Read more below:

What is EVS?
EVS is the European Voluntary Service, is a program allowing young people to go abroad, learn and contribute to a better world with support from Erasmus+ funding. It provides an opportunity to join meaningful work and experiential learning while your food, accommodation, traveling, pocket money, insurance and mentorship are fully covered. A person can only do one long-term EVS.

When?
The EVS project will take place from 1 of September 2018 to 30 November 2018.

Where?
Arterra Bizimodu: www.arterrabizimodu.org
The living conditions will be simple with the focus on low ecological footprint. You may expect shared rooms and common facilities, natural rural environment and diverse social activities together with the group.

Who?
Young peoples the age 17-30, who have not participated in an EVS project before, from the corresponding partner countries: Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. If you are not from any of these countries, you can apply if you find a sending organization from your country.

We are looking for motivated candidates with a pro-active, creative and problem- solving attitude, with a wish to learn about farming and other ecovillage activities.

What?
The main activities of the EVSers will be working in the garden cultivating vegetables and taking care of the community animals, composting, and normal community chores such as cooking and cleaning. The volunteers are expected to produce a creative presentation in form of video/audio, poster or photo collage about their learnings and discoveries from agricultural techniques they experienced during their EVS period.

How?
If you are interested in this EVS project, please send your CV and motivational letter to Ruben from Permakultur Danmark (rubenbiolec@gmail.com):

Become an EVS in Spain

If you are a member of Permakultur Danmark, are between 18 and 30 years old and  interested in becoming a volunteer for 9-12 months from next autumn through the European Volunteer Service, this 200ha-ecovillage could be a good option.

 

Los Portales is an intentional community that practices innovative ways of life in different areas including organic agriculture, holistic education, deep psychology, empowering and power sharing systems of governance, conflict resolution, natural medicines, art, clean energies, an economy based on sharing, and above all, the empowerment of each individual, continually advancing towards greater sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Founded in Andalucía in 1984 (although born in 1978 in Brussels), the inspiration of the founders was nurtured by Jungian psychology and dreamwork as a way to know and transform our fears and pains into power, and to access our hidden talents.

They have a firm commitment to personal and global development and harmony through respect for oneself, each other and their environment. They conceive the community not as an end in itself, but as a means of creation and a path of transformation.

After 33 years of existence, Los Portales is a well-established, stable and broad project that has developed in many directions and integrated the main dimensions of sustainability.

You can read more about Los Portales in their website:

http://www.losportales.net/English/whoweare.html

If you know other projects that are of interest for you, you are welcome to contact them asking if they host EVS.

More info about EVS programme:

https://europeanvoluntaryservice.org/whatis-evs/

For further information about EVS, feel free to contact Ruben:

rubenbiolec@gmail.com

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Fejø Retreat Center

An exciting course coming up first weekend of june in LAND center Fejø Retreat:

Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and help to spread the laughter in permaculture places, yoga and fitness studios, senior care facilities, and many more places.
Denmark needs more laughter and impro.
Ruben has learned with UK´s Laughter Ambassador: Lotte Mikkelsen, who has trained more than 800 individuals over 10 years.

REGISTER HERE:
In order to participate you have to sign up and pay before may 8th.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecnQqACz9m3E9F6n5hE94ZGxSzgbNEsGfrnqpbkLvhAp-3SQ/viewform

Deadline to register: may 8th

This popular course is ideal for individuals who are looking to expand their set of skills, learn new energizers and bring more laughter into their lives and their teaching.
Or simply learn the Laughter Yoga techniques to add more laughter in your own life.

Who is Laughter Yoga Leader Training for?
The training is ideal for people in the following professions – but is not exclusive to those:
 Recreation activity facilitators
 Yoga teachers and sports coaches
 Occupational therapists and health care professionals
 Psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists
 Nurses and social workers
 Permaculture teachers
 Health care workers and senior care workers
 Professional speakers
 HR and management training professionals
 School teachers
 Entertainment professionals, actors and singers, clowns and comedians
 Life coaches and alternative therapists
 Tourism and nature guides
 And finally anyone who wants to add laughter and joy to their live

Ruben offers the popular Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in the following formats (for more details about courses and dates write to rubenbiolec@gmail.com):
 Group training (residential):
2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training which runs in different locations.
 Private or workplace groups:

2-day or 4-half- day Laughter Yoga Leader Training running on request and always to suit your busy schedule, as well as running workshops by request.
NB The course content is the same for all Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Trainings.

For further details and information about tailored Laughter Yoga programmes for the workplace or information about Laughter Yoga and laughter training please contact us.
Course fee: Booking early is recommended.

Registration: Please secure your place via email/google form. You will receive confirmation and details once booked.
The world needs more laughter!

COURSE LOCATIONS AND DATES.
The course is held in the following location:
– Fejø Retreat Center – june 1-3
It comprises of two days of Laughter Yoga Leader Training as originally outlined by Dr.
Madan Kataria, Founder of the Laughter Yoga Movement.

Course Content
During the training you will
 get an understanding of the need for Laughter Yoga
 find out how the idea of Laughter Clubs originated
 learn the basic guidelines for a Laughter Session
 get to know the benefits of Laughter Yoga as well as the risks
 learn to present Laughter Yoga
 find out how to start a Laughter Club
 find out how to run community workshops
 practice a minimum of 40 laughter exercises
and much more.

TOTAL PRICES:
EARLY BRID (Until april 30th): (1700dkk)
– Your own tent: 2550dkk
– Common room: 2650dkk
– 2-beds room (only x places): 2800dkk

Normal Price (From may 1st to may 8th): (2000dkk)
– Your own tent: 2850dkk
– Common room: 2950dkk
– 2-beds room (upon availability): 3100dkk

Fejø Retreat website:

https://fejoeretreat.wordpress.com/

 

Permaculture tour


WHAT:

We are happy to invite you to the 1st Permaculture tour in Denmark.
Along this trip, we will visit permaculture projects; having introductions, guided-tours and helping them in the gardens.
Along the way, you will have the opportunity to meet beautiful people, buy local products, books about permaculture, establish new friendships and have loads of fun. And of course, you will gain knowledge in permaculture and a lot of inspiration.
During our trip, we will visit LAND centers. You can read about them in this link: http://permakultur-danmark.dk/en/land/

WHEN:

Between the 22nd and 26th of June 2017.

WHERE:

Meeting point: Byhaven2200, Copenhagen

The following links are some of the places which will be visited:

Ananda Gaorii (http://www.anandagaorii.dk/)

Byhaven2200 (http://www.byhaven2200.dk/)

Farendløse Mosteri (http://www.farendloesemosteri.dk/)

Fejø Retreat Center (https://fejoeretreat.wordpress.com/)

Kattekærhus Land center (http://www.geoliv.dk/demonstration-centre)

Myrrhis Permakulturhaven (http://permakulturhaven.dk/)

Skolen for Livet (http://skolenforlivet.nu/)

HOW:
We drive in private vans and take ferries to get to different islands. Moreover, we will be eating rescued food and sleeping in tents. We will also help for a few hours in different tasks in most of the places.

We will be sleeping in tents in the different farms.

If you play an instrument, you are more than welcome to bring it along. And if you like taking pictures, bring your camera!! If you have a car/van and would like to join us, it can be possible. There could be room for up to 14 people.  Contact us for more details.

FOOD:

We will rescue food to prepare vegan meals. 

WHAT DO YOU NEED:

Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, towel, headlamp, own set to eat (plate, cutlery,  cup), working clothes, swimsuit. You don’t need to bring your own tent.

SIGN UP:
In order to sign up, fill in the form attached to this post and send it to the email below . *Signing up available between 2nd and 16th of june. Send the form to rubenbiolec@gmail.com.

Permaculture tour_form_PKDK

Make sure you don’t miss it !!
Only 2 spots left available.

PAYMENT:

Price: 850dkk members of PKDK / 1100dkk non-members of PKDK

Bank account details: 8401 1047697

When you send the transfer, remember to write “permabus + your full name”

If you have any questions about this trip, you can contact Ruben (rubenbiolec@gmail.com).

SCHEDULE:
Thursday 22nd (Byhaven2200, Kattekærhus, Ananda Gaorii)
10.30h Tour in Byhave2200 (Copenhagen)
13h Leave by car towards Holbæk
14.30h Ferry to Orø (only by walk; short distances/ 30 min ferry + 25 min walk)
15.30h Tour to Kattekærhus Land center
18h Back to Holbæk and drive to Ananda Gaorii
19.30h Dinner in Ananda Gaorii
20.30h Introduction to Ananda Gaorii Ecovillage and Permaculture project
22h Open space (games, fire, music jam and stories)

Friday 23rd (Ananda Gaorii, Friland)
6.30am Yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfkast
9-12.30h Permablitz in Ananda Gaorii
13h Lunch
15h Ferry from Odde to Ebeltoft (it takes 55 min)
16.30h Arrive to Friland
17h Guided tour and introduction to Myrrhis Land center/ Friland ecovillage
19.30h Dinner
21h Set up tents + open space

Saturday 24rd (Friland, Fejø Retreat Center)
6.30am yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
9-12am Permablitz
13h Ferry from Ebeltoft to Odde
14h Drives towards Fejø
17h Ferry (it takes 15 min.)
17.30h Introduction to Fejø Retreat Land Center
19.30h Dinner
21h Set up tents + open space

Sunday 25th (Fejø, Langeland)
6.30am yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
9-12h Permablitz in Lene’s Garden, Fejø
12.30 Lunch
13.40 Ferry from Fejø to Kragenæs
14h Drive from Kragenæs to Tårs (25 min)
15.15h Ferry from Tårs to Langeland (45 min)
16.30h Tour on Langeland
19.30h Dinner
21h Open space

Monday 26th (Skolen for Livet, Farendløse Mosteri)
6.30am Yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
10.15h Ferry to Tårs (45 min)
12.30h Stop in Skolen for Livet project (Stege)
13.15h Help wwoofers in the garden
15h Introduction to the project
16h Drive to Farendløse Mosteri (Ringsted)
17-19h Tour in Farendløse Mosteri
19-19.30 Closing Circle and evaluation
19.30h Drive back to Copenhagen
21h Arrival in Copenhagen