Permaculture Design Course

Are you itching to nudge society towards sustainability? Do you wish to live in a way that enriches nature instead of degrading it? Do you feel that you lack concrete tools and opportunities to contribute? Permaculture is a holistic planning system with emphasis on cooperation with nature. We invite people who want to expand their knowledge about sustainable living to attend the internationally acclaimed Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course by Jan Martin Bang.

By the completion of the course, you will get a certificate that is valid worldwide. The course covers topics such as house building and gardening, soil and composting systems, eco-friendly technology, water supply and water purification systems, alternative economy and eco-villages. Participants will get a solid start in the world of permaculture, and gain access to an international movement working to generate a sustainable future, filled with abundance, prosperity and joy. The changes start with you, and how you design your own life!

The course will be designed specifically for Polar Conditions, but still retaining the principles of the traditional Permaculture Design Course. It is hoped that during the course we will create a group who will continue working towards making Longyearbyen the first polar sustainable town in the world. This course is a unique opportunity to be part of a design team which has as its goal to move the frontiers of sustainability!

Program Details

Dates: 12 – 24 June 2016

Maximum students: 20

Instructor: Jan Martin Bang

Packages

Full Course – kr9000

  • All meals for the duration of the course by Chef Benjamin Vidmar
  • Lodging at Longyearbyen Camping (equipment not included)
  • Certificate

Course Only (with Certificate)– kr5000

Day Pass – kr500 per day (only available if less than 20 total that day)

This course has ended!

Jan Martin Bang

About Jan Martin Bang

I was born in Norway and grew up in England where I was active in the Cooperative and Trade Union Movements in the 70’s. I moved to Israel in 1984 and was a kibbutz member for 16 years. Since 1993 I worked on environmental projects within the Kibbutz Movement. This took me on extensive travels within the region, teaching Permaculture courses and visiting ecovillage type projects in Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus and the Palestinian areas. I moved to Solborg Camphill Village in Norway in 2000 with my family, and worked on educational projects with the mentally challenged, and with administration of the Camphill Charitable Trust in Norway. I also edited the Norwegian language magazine, “Landsbyliv” (Village Life) focussing on anthroposophical care work.

I have worked with the Global Ecovillage Network since the conference at Findhorn in 1995, first as a contact person in Israel, later as a contributor to the book “Ecovillage Living”, published in 2002. I have written many articles for commune, community and ecological periodicals over the last three decades, and contributed papers to international conferences on community and ecological issues. In 2004 I wrote a section on intentional community in Scandinavia in the four volume “Encyclopedia of Community”. In 2006 I gained my Diploma in Permaculture from the Nordic Permaculture Institute for my work in education and community building.

I have been active in the Norwegian Permaculture movement since 2001, as a member of the Board, and as Chair. Currently I am part of the administration group of the organisation. I have also been an active member of the Norwegian Ecovillage movement, as Board member and sometime Chair of the Kilden Charitable Trust and currently I am the Chair of the Norwegian Ecovillage Association.

I have written several books about community and environment:
“Ecovillages – a practical guide to sustainable communities”, 2005.
“Growing Eco Communities – practical ways to create sustainability”, 2007.
“Sakhnin – a portrait of an environmental peace project in Israel”, 2009.
“The Hidden Seed – the story of the Camphill Bible Evening”, 2009.
“A Portrait of Camphill”, 2010.
“Permaculture – A Spiritual Approach”, 2015.
“Permaculture – A student’s Guide to the Theory and Practice of Ecovillage Design”, 2015.

I have been connected to the International Communal Studies Association since its founding conference in 1985, and in 2010 was elected Chair of the Association. I am a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation.

In the last few years I have taught the Permaculture Design Course in Norway, Scotland, Latvia, Iceland and Israel. I have contributed to the development of Permaculture Associations in Norway, Israel, Latvia and Iceland.

Program Schedule

SUNDAY 12TH JUNE

17 00 Arrival and supper
18 00 Introduction, names, and info about the course
21 00 Finish

MONDAY 13TH JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Ecological philosophies, ethics, principles. Resources. Ecosystems and living cycles. Design exercise.
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Vision workshop. Creativity. We begin choosing our design exercises
18 00 Supper
19 00 Film about natural cycles followed by a conversation

TUESDAY 14TH JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Permaculture societies, Design Course, Diplomas. Design of sites, zoning. Working on design exercise in small groups
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Maps and ”Mind Mapping”
18 00 Supper
19 00 Working on design exercise in small groups

WEDNESDAY 15TH JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Group dynamics, conflict resolution, community development, social decision making, and the coordinating leader. The Money Game. Threefolding, Patrick Geddes thinking machine. Transition towns and backcasting.
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Ecovillages and General observation walk.
18 00 Supper
19 00 Short films about ecovillages

THURSDAY 16TH JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 What is money? The rainbow, 3 types of money. World economy. Shares and instability. How do we measure economics? LETS, bartering and local currencies. We create a local currency
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Different forms of social capital. Bioregions, living within our watershed
18 00 Supper
19 00 Working on design exercise in small groups

FRIDAY 17TH JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Observation of landscape, walkabout
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Exercises for next week, evaluation.
15 00 Finish

SATURDAY 18TH JUNE

Free Day

SUNDAY 19TH JUNE

17 00 Arrival and supper
18 00 Checking in round. Programme for the rest of the course, logistics. Working on design exercise in small groups

MONDAY 20TH JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Landscapes as whole systems and water on how it knits the landscape together. Flow Forms and Living Machines.
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Trees, agroforestry and windbreaks. Geology, flora and fauna. Footprint. Alternative energy sources, and bioenergy. Bioregions and transport
18 00 Supper
19 00 Film about Lofoten, Nord for Sola

TUESDAY 21ST JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Compost systems and the living soil. Gardening and agriculture. We look at ”Community Supported Agriculture”.
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Practical work?
18 00 Supper
19 00 Working on design exercise in small groups.

WEDNESDAY 22ND JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Siting and house design. How do we design a house? Materials and design
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Use of maps and plans. Earthships. Practical work
18 00 Supper
19 00 Working on design exercise in small groups.

THURSDAY 23RD JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Working on design exercise in small groups.
13 00 Lunch
14 00 First session: Presentations
20 00 Social evening, closing celebration

FRIDAY 24TH JUNE

08 00 Breakfast
09 00 Second session: Presentations. Climate change, extinctions, Peak Oil. Permaculture in Norway, Scandinavia, the Polar regions, and the world.
13 00 Lunch
14 00 Evaluations, certificates, the way forward, letters to ourselves
15 00 Finish