Forming harmonious relations with our land practices and spirits Through Permaculture, Yoga, and Ceremony
September 2nd 2010- September 14th
Bilingual: English and Spanish
Come join us in a collaborative cross-cultural exchange, through permaculture design in the Sacred Valley of Peru near the famous Incan ruins known as Machu Picchu. The course will be hosted and held at the community of Ayllu Tawa Inti Suyo, a healing center that works with the sacred plant medicines of the Amazon
Along with the internationally recognized course work we will explore permaculture design through the lenses of its spiritual and social implications. The goal of the course aligns with the general purpose of AylluTawa Inti Suyo: to raise consciousness in understanding the proper relations between humans and the natural and spiritual environment, as well as the interconnectedness and complementaries of all beings.
How we can use permaculture design as an instrument to fulfill this goal? We will discover the answers together!
The permaculture philosophy provides us with basic principles and structures which are used to design and live in a holistic and complimentary way. It is focused on developing practices which mimic the perfection of nature.
This is a powerful course that will help you discover and develop your full potential as a human and designer so that you may live and work in a more holistic, connected way.
Lead Instructor: Andrew Jones
Assisting Instructor: Alyssa McKim
The course is a 13-day design intensive, which follows the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course structure and results in a Permaculture Design Certificate.
The course will be approximately 50% interactive lecture and 50% hands on, experiential learning. Our landscape will be the high altitude region of Peru. The course will introduce the philosophy, practical principles, and design methods through various modalities of learning: lectures, group work, field trips, hands-on design and implementation, group and individual presentations, and other activities. The class will engage in a community design process for the property of Allyu Tawa Inti Suyo. At the end of the course the participants will present the design concepts to the community.
Key subject areas covered include:
· Theory and principles of design
· Methods of design
· Patterns in nature
· Climatic factor strategies for Humid Tropics, Drylands, Humid Cool to Cold
· Domestic food security and food production: Garden, mini-farm and farm design, ecological pest control, orchard and tree crops, forestry and bamboo plantations, bush foods and forages, rehabilitation of soils and erosion control, green manures and farmers trees, livestock: forages and management.
· Design for catastrophe prevention
· Drought proofing property
· Water harvesting and management
· Windbreaks and bushfire control
· Aquaculture: aquatic plants and fisheries
· Energy efficient housing: site selection, appropriate technology, recycling and waste management
· Whole systems design for human settlements
· Alternative economic structures
Schedule September 2nd –September 14th
This is the tentative daily schedule, details will be available soon.
6:30am: Puga meditation
10:00am – 1pm: Coursework and/or Field Trip
2:30 – 6:00pm: Coursework and/or Field Trip
8pm-10pm Evening Activities
Travel & Accommodations
Participants should arrive in the city of Cusco, Peru by the afternoon of September 1st as the course will begin the morning of September 2nd. Someone will be there to pick you up. The best way to travel to Cusco is via plane from Lima and the best prices are available once in the country or through LAN Airlines.
There is a common house which also acts as a hostel on the property where all participants will share space. There are limited private rooms so if you would like one please request ahead of time. The facilities have running water and solar showers. Members of the community and people participating in the medicine process will be present. Internet access is available in the nearby town of Pisac. Feel free to contact with any questions, that you have.
Registration and Fees
Sliding fee Scale $1800-$2000. Those who pay on the higher end of the scale will be helping local people participate in the course. Locals and Peruvians $750-$1000
Includes: Three vegetarian meals a day, accommodation, pick up and transportation to and from the Cusco airport, entry fee to Pisac ruins, permaculture course work, sauna, and an offering ceremony.
$100 nonrefundable registration fee.
$150 off if registered in full by August 1st.
$200 off for students (other discounts do not apply)
Deposit of $1000 will hold a space in the course.
Full payment is due by August 20thth. Contact us for payment plan options.