Permaculture Design Course graduates
I’ve been going through the feedback forms from our recent Permaculture Design Course and I am really humbled with the time everyone took to fill them in. With detail. Lots of detail.
This is such a great surprise because I remember the feeling of wanting to get my feedback form finished at quickly as possible at any of the residential retreats I’ve been to in the past- from being too excited to get back out into the world!
It’s been 6 weeks since the course finished and the connection between our PDC family is still flourishing. I am amazed what they’ve done with their Permaculture training so far.
One student has launched a ‘Green drinks’ night at their local pub to discuss local environent issues and green politics. She has also begun two Permaculture designs for friends and family.
Another two students, Ana Sany and Jacob Redman have implemented their design to make a documentary about Permaculture, showing examples of Permaculture projects and enterprises throughout Europe. They even designed the documentary with Permaculture design tools while at the PDC, including the crowdfunding campaign!
Documentary about Permaculture
Tierney, one of the PDC assistant teachers has re-explored her ‘life’ design and has dived back into the local learning support group (Permaculture Diploma guild). She has a real passion for Zone 00 – Personal Permaculture, and taught the module on this in the recent course. Tierney is now preparing to co-teach another PDC with us in May.
Another one of the PDC graduates is now embarking on their Masters at the Centre for Alternative Technology, with an aim to merge their Permaculture design skills into design for the built environment.
Four of our PDC participants have returned to their land projects to begin implementing their designs. One of the PDC graduates is sending their employee on a PDC course in Zimbabwe, so they can design their smallholding and implement it together.
This is just the beginning! I look forward to seeing the post-PDC transformations to unfold over the next 10 years. John Champagne, our recent PDC lead teacher, says you can really see the personal growth of people in the following decade after the PDC. Oh yes, another example of the sustainable and accumulative aspect of ‘slow and small solutions’- true to the Permaculture principle. This is what the Permaculture Association of UK has to say about that-
Small scale solutions and activities are more likely to be adaptive to local needs, respectful of nature and able to see the consequences of actions. Slow food, slow cities, slow down! Incremental changes can be more easily understood and monitored.