Advanced course: Design of Ecovillages & land-based Communities. 2015, New Zealand

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    Advanced course: Design of Ecovillages & land-based Communities

    Tues, 24 March – Sun, 29 March 2015

    At Tui Community, Golden Bay, South Island New Zealand

    This course teaches a sequential approach to designing an ecovillage/land-based community using permaculture design principles and methodology, culminating in small group designs which encompass each broad step.
    The course is designed as an advanced module to the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).
    In order to design harmonious human settlements which marry the needs of people with the needs of the land, we begin by learning attunement skills to sensitize ourselves to the natural environment. The ‘nuts and bolts’ aspect of this course will draw upon mature examples of some of the most successful international ecovillage-communities as our role models. One of these is our residential learning-ground of Tui Community.

    Course content:
    ▪ reading the landscape and site assessment,
    ▪ land selection and land tenure systems,
    ▪ internal zoning,
    ▪ siting buildings,
    ▪ collective infrastructure (eg water, access, sewerage),
    ▪ land caretaking,
    ▪ seasonal calendars,
    ▪ regeneration of wilderness areas,
    ▪ community-scale food production, and
    ▪ social systems.

    Who is this course for?
    - permaculture designers and developers
    - people living or preparing to live in land-based communities/ecovillages
    - community development workers who are engaged in land-based projects

    Permaculture Design certificate, or prior experience or study/reading of Permaculture.

    More info: Contact INNA: [email protected]
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