The first pic shows the "instant classroom and kitchen". From left to right: teacher's yurt; sky lodge (with central campfire); the classroom; the kitchen. I think that for a property that does not have the facilities for this sort of thing, this worked out really well.
The second pic is the classroom. Lots of awesome couches. There were about 50 people in there at any time. When sepp arrived, it was figured to be at about 100 total, then dropped to 80 on the third day.
The cook came to a table of us at breakfast and said "oh no! the person that was supposed to do the dishes didn't show!" So a bunch of us popped out and rescued the situation. Some were more obnoxious than others.
this was taken few weeks ago (i.e. Spring) and I guess it is not too moist because the beds are just established. My understanding is that when they are just put together, hugelkultur beds are basically like regular garden beds, only steeper. This means that you need to water them at first, but once the vegetation cover is well established, that's it, no more watering.
It sure would be nice to see some closeups now of the beds to see how they have done since early spring...
I live in Florida so the internet is my only way to really see this project unfold. Hopefully someone is documenting the transitioning of these beds over time. We don't get many opportunities to see things like this here in the U.S.
Why didn't I know about this earlier!!! Must have missed it somehow in the daily-ish that I get from another Email. I have Sepp's Permaculture book and it is underlined, highlighted and dogeared. It would be wonderful if I could attend.