Here are some photos from our last week’s work in the Uganda at Maaji refugee settlement area. These farmers were new to permaculture back in June by September they had created these and many more examples of working with nature.
Practical sessions captured from the PDCUG18 in May this year
Thanks to Nina Moon and Lil G
This one from a You Tue contributor.. looks at huglKultur beds at three different ages
The Permaculture design certificate course is 80 hours of intensive study, practicals, demonstrations site visits and group work that serves as a foundation in permaculture design. It is an essential, energising and life changing course for most participants.
Sector39 have been delivering these courses since 2006 reaching 100’s of people and in many locations and venues. The most tried and trusted format for this course is the two week residential course, that literally immerses participants in the permaculture ideas and practices and is designed to create a personal shift from ideas to action. I always like to say permaculture is much more something you do than something to talk about and the whole purpose of the course is to create a momentum or tipping point that propels people from aspirations of change to really making that happen.
However, for many two weeks is prohibitively long time to take time out from work/ life commitments and increasingly it is hard for our facilitation team to commit in advance with many other commitments competing for attention. I have been thinking hard about how to get around this and to make the courses accessible to all, as well as wondering how to make the most of the great facilites and working permaculture projects and examples we have in our area here in Mid Wales.
4 Part rolling PDC.
The idea is to plan a rolling on going course, spread over 4 long weekends a year that can serve as a refresher, an introduction or form part of a full PDC process. Sessions will run from Friday to Monday with a weekend in the middle that is open to all comers and will be themed around site visits, demonstrations and practical work as well as slots for people to present on tier worn projects, develop ideas and recruit participants.
A typical weekend might look like this
- Friday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. PDC sessions covering core syllabus areas working towards the certificate.
- Friday evening, all Saturday – up til Sunday 4.00 pm: Permaculture action weekend. Open to all, past graduates and potential future participants
Participants can therefore join and any stage of the course and those completing all 4 units will be awarded their Permaculture Design Certificate.
We are very keen to receive feedback and interests regarding this new proposed programme. Please get in touch
From PDCUG18, a full permaculture design course at Sabina School Kyotera, Uganda 2018.
Video filmed and edited by Nina Moon. Practical sessions led by Ritchie Stephensona nd Grace Maycock for sector39 permaculture.
@Llanfyllin Workhouse, led by Sector39
- September 7, 8, 9th
- November 30th – Dec 2nd
- April 13, 14, 15th.
- Reconnect with Permaculture Principles and utilise them in a practical way
Reunite with course colleagues and meet new ones from other groups
Follow the progress and development of the project through the changing seasons and years
Practice skills, learn new ones and engage purposefully in a positive way in nature
Spend time with like-minded people, share stories and information in a social setting
Move from thinking to doing building confidence and experience by engaging with a developing site
The Action Weekend is £25 per person per night and includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Bunk House.
The Workhouse is a community owned historic building that literally used to be a poor house. Part of it is now a bunkhouse and its a fun place to stay for a weekend with a group of 10 -15 people.
- Workhouse bunkhouse is £15.00 per person per night
- Sctor39 donation for weekend £25.00 minimum
Food: Evening meal provided by Sector39, please bring and share your own produce or cooking for lunches, snack and to augment main meals.
Sunday roast in the Cain hotel Llanfyllin option also @ £10 extra
More on the venue
What is there to see in Llanfyllin area?
Sector39 and community partners have been advancing permaculture projects in the area for many years. As well as the magnificent Workhouse we have
- Cae Bodfach heritage orchard,
- Garth Organic garden,
- Treflach farm
- Tan y Fron Housing co-operative
- Dragons Housing co-op and shop
- Permanent Housing Co-operative
- One School One Planet project
- Cross Keys community space
- Cultivate horticulture project Newtown
and much more to visit and experience
Regretfully, there are no funds for scholarships/travel assistance.
Permaculture and refugees initiative is a Norwegian Refugee Council funded project, led by Sector39 training team.
Images from the third Action Support visit to the Maaji region of Northern Uganda. Sector39 led on the training for these settlers Uganda; in return for training and in field support the 20 participants are preparing to work as outreach permaculture trainers for the their region. Each has the target to reach 5 more individuals in the region and to support them to set up their own training and demonstration plot to support the uptake of permaculture design ideas and techniques.
In support of this work Sector39 are developing a training manual that focuses on the Holmgren permaculture principles and ethics. Permaculture is a design system for solving problems, not a set of techniques to be blindly replicated. We hope that individual trainers will learn how to adapt ideas to fit individual circumstances. So far there has been a great deal of enthusiasm for the work and many participants have already been successful in reaching out to and recruit the net tier level of trainers.
Here is the first draft version, we plan to translate this into 5 languages.
This is a new approach to training in these circumstances. The intention is to create pathways from reliance on external aid donations to resilient communities meeting much of their own needs from local resources.
Another awesome moment to witness, the zeal and commitment from these Gentlemen and ladies. They are now a part of the ” Green Warriors ” ready to take on the bull by the horns. Well done S39 team and yes NRC, much appreciation for keeping the promise. Gerald Jagwe, S39 trainer
Great to see progress at Maaji refugee and host community settlements. Of all the permaculture related innovations we have been developing and demonstrating and for good reason, the energy efficient stove has proved the most popular.
Here is a narrated slide show of progress from the second week of in field visits following on from the June 12 day permaculture training provided by the Sector39 team.
It has been a personal ambition of mine to teach scything at school to teenagers for about 10 years. This week I finally got to do it. Very satisfying.
Many of the pupils are children of farmers and generally not used to using hand tools, but for habitat management and managing food forests and herbaceous landscapes they are the ideal tool once you get the hang of them.
One School One Planet Podcast is from the schools project in Llanfyllin this week and this is accompanied by s slideshow of some of our work with Welsh Baccalaureate GCSE class.
We have a way to go before we get this good. There is a resurgence in hand-tools and the realisation that no moving parts means nothing can break.