Permaculture Design Certification
Jan 18-Feb 2, 2018
Explore your vision for a harmonious and healthy planet through the lens of Permaculture.
What You'll Learn
Hardwoods canopy & shade
Cacao & cardamom systems
Mushrooms, Fungi, mycélium
Reproduction & symbiosis
Collaboration with Fungi Academy
Uses within ecology
Off the grid living
Compost tea brewing
Bees, honey, fermentation
Beekeeping, honey, pollen, royal jelly
Collaboration by JB strongbee
- Mixing cob & adobe
- Finish plaster
... and much more!
Hosted by: "EL Porvenir" cacao farm
El Porvenir, is hidden on a mountain called Jolomijix (head of the Jaguar in local Keq chi) near a Mayan village in the state of Alta Verapaz. Once an abandoned coffee farm, El Porvenir now grows cacao in the shade of reforested trees, actively regenerating the land and allowing the rainforest to maintain it’s own natural cycles while they grow and harvest our cacao.
Along with being a full 72 hr permaculture design certification course this is a complete immersion in the ceremonial cacao/fine chocolate world and the work we do will also help to increase the food production capacity for the farm's nutrition program.
Learn essential skills
This course is taught in an ideal setting where, not only will you be able to see an incredible example of a working and profitable cacao operation and silvopasture setup, but you'll interact and work on the systems behind it's success.
The permaculture design certificate is your ticket to making real change in regenerating your ecosystem while providing abundant nutritious food. The design concepts also go far beyond land applications and will transform the way you interact with the world for the better.
Meet the Instructors
Neal Hegarty is originally from Ireland. He grew up on a dairy farm and has been around animals all his life. He studied agriculture in Ireland and has worked as a permaculturist for the past 10 years in Antigua. During his weekends he helps families to start permaculture gardens. Neil runs the volunteers every day at Atitlan Organics, a sustainable and profitable permaculture farm in Tzununa on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. He has worked extensively on international development projects and on private landscape development endeavors in Guatemala.
Jeremy Fellows has focused ten years of study, mentorship and implementation on permaculture design systems and teaching modalities. With many years of experience in Botany, Horticulture and Soil science he is fascinated by the world of plants. After working many years in Guatemala Jeremy has dedicated his focus to land and water management systems that lend to ecological acceleration and social integration through food production.
Oliver M Goshey is an accomplished natural builder who has worked in eleven countries on six continents. After six years of working in the industrial building trades and as a maritime engineer, he apprenticed with the Cob Cottage Company, specializing in cob and earthen plasters and finishes. Abundant Edge is his culmination of years of passionate research, travel, and experimentation with earthen building materials and regenerative design techniques. Oliver is also passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles that repair and advance ecosystems through holistic design and compassionate construction.