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Earthworks and Rainwater Harvesting Implementation: Hands On Practicum

Sharon Joy

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Earthworks and Rainwater Harvesting Implementation:
Hands On Practicum
July 23th – August 1st 2011 (10 Days)

Water is life. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and implement water harvesting strategies. The course will cover theory and practice of water harvesting & storage from a permaculture perspective including: key strategies for the tropics, calculations for and design of water harvesting systems, earthworks for water harvesting, and water use efficiency. The 10-day course includes approximately 3.5 days of theory and 6.5 days of practical application including swale and pond construction.

In addition participants will be involved in our ongoing project which include biochar and soil building, planting, pest management, and any other daily priorities we encounter in the development of our center. Be ready to get dirty daily!

Topics covered will include:

Permaculture Overview / Key Principles / Theory (3.5 days)
Water Strategies for the Tropics
Whole Property Design – Keyline Principles
Passive Rainwater harvesting
Calculating rainwater harvest potential – roofs & landscape
Wells for water harvest
Survey methods
Earthworks for rainwater harvesting – Swales & ponds
Roof capture & tank storage – first flush systems and tank material options
Water Use Efficiency
Home: Low flow fittings, Greywater re-use
Farm/Garden: Efficient water delivery Drip irrigation, tree tubes etc.
Soil protection – Mulch & shelterbelts

Practicum (6.5 days)
Reviewing and correcting for water harvesting challenges
Surveying for the swales & ponds
Swale & pond Construction
Managing machinery
Pond repair/construction
Revegetation Process

For Participants in our Shamanic Permaculture Course (July 5th -20th): $600

For Non Shamanic Permaculture Participants: $1000
(Previous Permaculture Design Course work is recommended but not required.)

Price includes: Food, transportation from the airport, lodging, instruction and one indigenous Medicine Ceremony

Indigenous Medicine Ceremonies:
There will be multiple opportunities for Shamanic Permaculture students to continue to work with the sacred plants of the Amazon and ceremonies of Ayahuasca and San Pedro during this time. One ceremony is included in the above price, additional ceremonies will be available for $50 per ceremony.

For more information on the sacred ceremonies visit our Shamanic Permaculture listing:

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