Permaculture Design Course: Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua January 31 - February 13, 2011
Come join us! This course takes place from January 31 - February 13 at Project Bonafide (www.projectbonafide.com). Project Bonafide is a 43-acre permaculture site that has been in development for nearly a decade. It has become an important center for education and community development. Infrastructure includes: natural buildings, terraced and medicinal plant gardens, an extensive nursery, fruit and nut orchards, food forests, native timber forestry, timber bamboo plantings, drip-irrigation and ferrocement technologies, renewable energy systems, and composting toilets. Outreach includes social programs that provide educational opportunities based in ecological agriculture, community reforestation efforts, local seed and plant exchanges, a children's nutritional kitchen, and a new community center and library that allows Bonafide to be an area for cultural exchange on the island and beyond. Course Description: In this hands-on, intensive course, participants will use the 43-acre permaculture site of Project Bonafide as a living classroom to explore the principles and ethics of permaculture. Specific topics include: -site analysis and design from the tropics to temperate regions -landscape master planning and microclimate design -pattern recognition and reading the landscape -design for climate change -regenerative land management -water catchment, storage, filtration, and distribution -biologically based treatment of grey and black water -natural building techniques -plant propagation and organic horticulture -soil rehabilitation and fertility strategies -myco-forestry -orchard design and maintenance -renewable energy -local and regenerative economics …and much, much more!
Instructors: Chris Shanks (USA), Kristofer Fallas (Costa Rica), Nevis Ortiz Mairena (Nicaragua), Maria Eugenia Hernandez (Nicaragua) Course Fee: $1250, includes housing and delicious meals