The first weekend of the modular permaculture design course was run successfully last weekend in Maria Pinto RM.
On the Day out of Time 22 students arrived and set up
house in the home of Mati at Fundo Dos Enriques, the venue for the Call of the Espino.
A diverse group of people from anthropologists and psychologists, to agronomists and teachers spent the weekend getting to know each other and setting the scene for what I am sure will be an enlivening next seven modules. Over the course of the weekend we covered the global evidence of hope and despair, the application of permaculture in lan
dscape and society, ethics
and principles of Ecoliteracy, and its application in
Ecodesign. Welcome, welcome, welcome to the new members of the global permaculture family.
We are beginning to realise that the modular format offers us a unique and potentially rich way of delivering the design course curriculum, with a lot of space between modules for students to do their own learning, and for us to test and modify our education practice. Students now have the use of the Instituto de Permacultura e-learning website where they can review the presentations and other material and make a direct contribution to developing the curriculum over time.
Together we are creating a learning community, all moving in our own way, at our own rate to develop the values, knowledge, skills and action competencies required to positively imagining the future and then set about creating it.
The El Manzano team of Jorge Carrión, Carolina Heidke and Sofia Merino with Rodrigo Blum of the Permaculture Institute managed the kitchen and produced a continuous supply of beautiful food. The crew also did their fair share supporting us to do facilitation as we work on developing a team of quality teachers in Chile. Well done guys, you are legends in the baking.