This village of a hundred families lies about 200km northwest of Amman, Jordan’s capital. It is near the town of Salt on a gorgeous and fertile plateau of olive groves surrounded by highland hills covered in an ancient oak forest. It is a small holder farming community that has been the focus of a 2 year permaculture project by CARE international from 2008 to 2010, which trained many local families in permaculture techniques such as water harvesting, composting and chicken tractors.
This course is both for those who want a general but comprehensive introduction to sustainability and how to create it, as well as those wishing to get a complete and in depth introduction to permaculture, all its component elements, and the process and methodologies for creating a holistic permaculture design.
Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this course presents Permaculture as an integrated design approach to create sustainable human habitat. Course time will consist of traditional lectures, guest presentations, group discussions, games, exercises, hands-on projects, photos, movies and site visits. While we will focus on land systems, many discussions and examples will be explored of applications in the 'Invisible Structures'. These are the social, cultural, political, and economic structures we create as humans that powerfully shape much of our world today.
Not only will the course be about Permaculture, but it will also model it by its structure and the environment we create together during the course.