Cross Cultural Permaculture Design Course in Timor Leste

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This unique CERES Global course and trip provides the opportunity to undertake a complete 72 hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) whilst travelling and learning from the riches and cultural diversity of Timor Leste. This is the first ever CERES PDC with an Austral Asian temperate/tropical and hands on focus.

Broken up into 28 hours in Melbourne and 44 hours in Timor, the course will teach you fundamental life changing skills to consciously listen and learn from the patterns and relationships in  nature, grow food and fibre, harness energy and explore new ways of organising yourself and people.

*An optional week after the course is available to all course participants and PDC holders to implement a School Gardens project in local Timor Villages with Ego Lemos and Permatil.

Melbourne or Online – 28 hours Over 2 weekends on the 6,7,13,14 May 2017 Cost: $480

This course works as a stand alone introduction as well as being incorporated into our full 72 hour PDC in Timor Leste. The course is run over 2 weekends at CERES or, if you are not a local to Melbourne, online. This will incorporate permaculture theory and a mix of classroom presentations giving you all the foundations you need to develop and explore your interests in Peramaculture.

Timor Leste

Permaculture Design – 10 days, 44 hours 24 May – 2 June 2017Cost: $1590 (includes meals and accommodation in Timor)

For the final component we will spend 10 days in Timor undertaking the design aspect of the course.  This will include, workshops, design exercises, practical exercises and visits to sites to see Permaculture in action.

Qualified Permies – 7 days 2 – 9 June 2017 Cost: $980

Course participants and other holders of a recognised PDC are invited to join us on a hands on permaculture implementation project installing School Gardens in local Timor Villages with with Ego Lemos and Permatil.

Your Teachers and facilitators

Brendan Morse (intro and Timor)

Brendan is a professional Plant Lover, Food Grower, Sculptor-Designer, Adventurist and "sustainable living fanatic". Trained as a Botanist and Environmental Specialist he has worked variously and passionately as a Conservation Botanist; Rainforest, Safari, Trekking and Kayaking Tour Guide; Bush Regenerator; Reforestation Coordinator; Conservation Field Officer; Environmental Educationist; Decorative Gardener-Landscaper; Nurseryman; Sculptor, Metalworker, Curator and Project Manager in Public Art Production; Carbon and Sustainability Coordinator; and Environmental & Waste Manager. He currently teachers permaculture at CERES in Brunswick and short courses and PDC sessions with Milkwood Permaculture. He also operates a business called Fertile Crescent Design.

Ian Lillington (intro only)

Ian Lillington is a permaculture teacher, author, sustainability activist and is a leader of the international team ‘Permaculture’s Next Big Step’. Based in Castlemaine, Victoria, in the SE of Australia, Ian is developing his own food forest and is involved in the local permaculture/transition town project called ‘Growing Abundance’.  Ian is author of an introduction to permaculture – “The Holistic Life – a Beginners’ Guide to Permaculture”, and is editor of many of David Holmgren’s books, especially ‘Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability’. He’s also featured in the anthology – “Permaculture Pioneers” and wrote the chapter on Permaculture in the “Encyclopedia of Sustainability”  Ian participated in the recent International Conference in London, and co-organsied the Australian Permaculture Conference in Tasmania in March 2015. Ian has worked at CERES in Melbourne, for the National Centre for Sustainability, and also with the environment shop and “Greener Houses”, a project that promotes eco-retrofits of suburban houses in Melbourne. In the mid 1990’s, Ian designed and managed the building of a solar/eco home from rammed earth and recycled materials in South Australia, and a similar project in 2008 with a house made from regular brick veneer. Ian and his partner Marita build energy efficient homes and eco-renovate older houses by adding insulation, solar panels, rainwater tanks and orchards. Ian is passionate about agroforestry and natural building, and when asked what his favourite topic to teach in a PDC, was, he outlined the importance of social permaculture and his passion of applying permaculture’s ethics and principles to every aspect of life.

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What you will learn
  • Introduction to permaculture principles and design principles
  • Reading the landscape, patterns in nature and communities, economic systems & reforms, energy use & flows in design and more
  • How to create a permaculture design for an existing site and client in Timor Leste
What you will get
  • A selection of expert CERES Trainers providing expert theory and advice on real life applications of permaculture
  • Access to an online portal with resources, resource folder and permaculture texts
  • Classroom theory, practical examples, site visits around Timor Leste
  • Whole design course curriculum including rural and urban systems and how to read the landscapes of cool temperate south-eastern Australia and warm tropical Timor Leste.
  • An opportunity to travel with purpose and visit the incredible country of Timor Leste, working alongside our incredible in country partner organisations.

What to bring
  • A comprehensive what to bring list will be sent out to all participants prior to the course commencement
  • A yearning for learning!
What to wear

Casual culturally appropriate dress

Refund & Cancellation Policy

CERES Education requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email CERES Education to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations and Refunds

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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