PDC (permaculture design course)

We’ve just finished our PDC at Embun Pagi and we both learned alot.  The course was two weeks long and we went from 8:30 in the morning until around 9:30 pm most nights, it was a really busy schedule!!  (note: all the pictures on this post were not taken by Kelly or Tanya, their were taken by Ruyu, who was helping to run the PDC).

To describe Permaculture in a quick sentance is somewhat difficult, but it is basically a “system of design for creating sustainable human environments”.  It is organic agriculure combined with design and ecology.  (I can almost hear my parents laughing now because as a child when we used to visit my grandparents farms I would always say how I could never live or work on a farm!).  The course is a combination of lecture, hands-on expereience, and a big design projects.  There were about 15 students in the class, from either Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Canada (us!), and the instructors who we met in India are from USA/France.  We’ve met some great people in the course!

Here are some of the topics that were covered in the course:  site design, design methods, pattern understanding, climate factors, water (ie. greywater systmes, water catchment/harvesting), trees, soils, natural building, earthworks, aquaculture, transition towns, urban permaculture, etc.  We did some interesting hands-on, such as building a vermicompost (yes, worms!).  We are looking forward to using some of the info we learned when we are volunteering in Thailand.

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3 thoughts on “PDC (permaculture design course)

  1. Jack

    Sounds like you enjoyed and learned alot in the course. Who knows, maybe the two of you could start something here. The “TANKEL COMPOST CO.” Now doesn’t that have a cute ring to it?
    By the way, your two boxes arrived from India, all intact, by the looks of it.
    Linda

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    1. Tanya

      Thanks! I’m glad the boxes arrived! Thanks so much for keeping them for us, it is greatly appreciated.

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  2. Caramia

    Hey guys! I just borrowed a book on permaculture from the library! How random?!??! Anyways, let’s chat alllll about it when you come home. Hooray for sustainable living! (I’m getting awfully tired of being called a “hippie” LOL)

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