Permaculture Design Course

SUNSEED, SPAIN

May 5 – 19, 2019

The Site

​Sunseed, a great site first conceived in 1982 during a talk at a green festival by Harry Hart, cofounder of the charity Green Deserts. Featuring numerous examples of eco-construction, renewable energy sources, and organic gardens. A fabulous opportunity for students of permaculture to see a living, breathing center for change and experimentation. The site is situated in the countryside in an ecovillage called Los Molinos del Río Aguas, a beautiful and sunny valley in southern Spain.

​Located in a local steppe climate. with little rainfall throughout the year. This location is classified as BSk by Köppen and Geiger. The average temperature is 16.6 °C. In a year, the average rainfall is 291 mm, unevenly distributed.

 Work with Nature, Not Against: 
We need to assist rather than impede natural processes,
essential to comprehend and copy.

Course Program

The 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course at Sunseed follows the curriculum as laid out in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual. It covers subjects ranging from ethics and principles of permaculture, natural systems, aquaculture, sustainable design methods, patterns in nature, land restoration, water harvesting, grey water recycling, natural building, food forests and guilds, energy conservation, appropriate technology, renewable energy, urban permaculture and invisible structures.

The course teaches how to develop sustainable human settlements, and how to extend and preserve natural systems. The content will be covered between theoretical lectures and practical applications.

You can view a sample schedule of the course here. The schedule gives a general idea of what to expect but will vary slightly, course to course

Teachers

George Christofis – Lead Facilitator

Born and raised in SE Asia, George’s appreciation for nature was honed over years of long and thoughtful observation of the subtropical country parks of Hong Kong, where he was involved with the environmental movement from a young age. He has been studying permaculture for the last 10 years, having found in it a brilliant framework for environmental action. In 2014 he started the teaching group Circle Permaculture which partners with farms and ecological education sites to run well-organised Permaculture Design Certificate courses. He is on the Certifying Teachers Register of the Permaculture Association UK. Aside from teaching, he is a long term practitioner of yoga and meditation, a poet and songwriter, slackliner and avid hiker.

George Christofis – Lead Facilitator

Born and raised in SE Asia, George’s appreciation for nature was honed over years of long and thoughtful observation of the subtropical country parks of Hong Kong, where he was involved with the environmental movement from a young age. He has been studying permaculture for the last 10 years, having found in it a brilliant framework for environmental action. In 2014 he started the teaching group Circle Permaculture which partners with farms and ecological education sites to run well-organised Permaculture Design Certificate courses. He is on the Certifying Teachers Register of the Permaculture Association UK. Aside from teaching, he is a long term practitioner of yoga and meditation, a poet and songwriter, slackliner and avid hiker.

Liselotte Willemijn – Teacher

Since a young age Liselotte has been exposed to many different cultures and landscapes. This opened up fascination and deep respect for the living and breathing world around her. While finishing her studies of Anthropology and Ecology at the University College Utrecht in 2013, she set off to Costa Rica to conduct research for her thesis. This is where she fell in love with a simple way of living, in balance with nature, combining more recent expertise with ancestral knowledge. In 2016 she sat the PDC course in Sunseed where she subsequently ended up coordinating for a year. Seeing the transformation in people, their habits, and their way of living, inspired her to keep sharing knowledge and the importance of raising consciousness, using Permaculture as a tool to move forward.

Travels through South America in 2014 to 2016 and experiences in the Netherlands and Spain, all led to a desire to share this vision of a more sustainable way of life. The various homesteads and educational projects gave her experience in diverse elements of community living, eco construction, gardening, baking, seminars, preservation, natural cosmetics and medicinal plants. Currently she is enrolled in the International Permaculture Diploma with Gaia University, with the intention to expand global networks and create diverse holistic eco-social alternatives to living.

Apart from the wonders and expansive world of Permaculture, she is an animal lover, passionate baker, practices yoga and meditation and loves the art of dance!

Rory Egan Curtin – Teacher

Rory Curtin grew up on an island off the North Atlantic Coast of the U.S. before moving to India at 15 to attend the United World College of India. Here, she realized the value of subsistence farming practices and subsequently dedicated herself to promoting sustainable agriculture initiatives worldwide. As an undergraduate studying Botany at College of the Atlantic, she pursued farming opportunities everywhere from South America and The Caribbean, to Sub-Saharan Africa and the Himalayas. While managing greenhouses for Conservacion Patagonica and establishing a gardening program at the Mosoj Yan girls’ shelter in Bolivia, she realized the importance of pursuing a Permaculture Design Course, and did so in collaboration with the Third Millennium Alliance in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. Rory holds her MA in Global Public Health from New York University, where she focused on urban food security, refugee agriculture, and started a rooftop garden at the UPCO school in Accra, Ghana. Her current graduate research at Columbia University focuses on the social and ecological effects of globalization and mechanized agriculture in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, India.

Rory Egan Curtin – Teacher

Rory Curtin grew up on an island off the North Atlantic Coast of the U.S. before moving to India at 15 to attend the United World College of India. Here, she realized the value of subsistence farming practices and subsequently dedicated herself to promoting sustainable agriculture initiatives worldwide. As an undergraduate studying Botany at College of the Atlantic, she pursued farming opportunities everywhere from South America and The Caribbean, to Sub-Saharan Africa and the Himalayas. While managing greenhouses for Conservacion Patagonica and establishing a gardening program at the Mosoj Yan girls’ shelter in Bolivia, she realized the importance of pursuing a Permaculture Design Course, and did so in collaboration with the Third Millennium Alliance in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. Rory holds her MA in Global Public Health from New York University, where she focused on urban food security, refugee agriculture, and started a rooftop garden at the UPCO school in Accra, Ghana. Her current graduate research at Columbia University focuses on the social and ecological effects of globalization and mechanized agriculture in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, India.

Accommodations

The site offers WC/shower and access to electricity.

What to Bring

– comfortable clothes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
– note taking (blank pages recommended) and drawing materials
– ecological body care products
– flashlight/torch
– sturdy shoes
– a swimming suit for the natural pool
– bedding and sleeping bag

Testimonials

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I learned so much in this two weeks! I also got inspiration from people sharing ideas

The best educational experience of my life

The humor, the hugs and advanced experience and stories of teachers. Thank you both, big time!

I loved the way you put the course together. How you created the safe space for us and the respect you show... I loved the course because it showed us the science of how to connect with and cooperate with Mother Earth.

Join Us May 5 – 19, 2019

Minimum Donation:
€600,  three meals (vegetarian),
shared dorm accommodation and classes included. 


Optional extra:
Room in Pita Escuela
(extra 294€/ person payable to Pita Escuela),
next door to Sunseed

To sign-up for this course

Join Us May 5 – 19, 2019

Minimum Donation:
€600,  three meals (vegetarian),
shared dorm accommodation and classes included. 


Optional extra:
Room in Pita Escuela
(extra 294€/ person payable to Pita Escuela),
next door to Sunseed

To sign-up for this course