Introduction to Low Maintenance Edible landscaping the Permaculture way

It is with great pleasure that we announce this introduction course on edible landscaping the permaculture way at Obenaus, South Austria.

The course will be for 2.5 days days starting at 15:00 on Friday 11th October, ending 17:00 on Sunday 13th October

If you cannot make it by 15:00 on Friday, you can also come by 19:00. It is also possible to join the course on Saturday 12th at 9am, but is advisable to come on Friday.

==== COURSE INTRODUCTION ====

This course will give you tried and tested tools for designing low maintenance edible landscapes. We will look at a combination of forest gardening and permaculture design processes. We will use a combination of permaculture and forest garden design tools and processes to look at and understand our landscape, so we can identify the patterns that make it rich and abundant and what patterns deplete and erode it. Using these patterns we can then look at how to redesign our landscapes to be rich and abundant by using natures patterns which, which in turn makes it low maintenance.

You will be invited to make a small design during the course, so you can put the design process into action. You will be invited to make a design which focuses on creating a food forest or a design which looks more holistically at water management, annual and perennial crops, housing, orchards, coppices, etc or a combination of both.

Permaculture is a design system based on universal ethics which allow us to meet our human needs while also creating abundance for all animals, insects, plants, mother earth and other humans. We can use the permaculture design tools to design and build houses out of natural materials, grow healthy food, efficiently manage rainwater and other water bodies. We can also use it to help us take responsibility for our actions and build rich and supportive communities, businesses, etc.

The word “Permaculture” came from “permanent agriculture” as it was initially a response to how to grow good quality food in an environmentally friendly way, but due to the clarity and simplicity of its design methodology, it evolved into meaning “permanent culture”. A culture where we create living systems that encourages everyone to live in harmony with their surroundings, which enables us to ensure future generations can enjoy the same abundance that nature affords us today.
Forest gardening is a way of growing food where nature does most of the work for you. Modeled on natural woodland, crops are grown in different layers from high and medium sized canopy to roots, ground cover to climbers.

Through careful planning, plants are chosen which have beneficial effects on each other, and attracting beneficial insects, creating a healthy biodiverse rich system that maintains its own fertility. Once established, your main task will be harvesting!

==== TEACHERS / FACILITATORS ====

Permaculture teacher / facilitator of learning

Rakesh Rootsman Rak – An experienced Permacultre designer teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher, homeopath and reggae DJ. Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture to individuals and communities since 2009, and has taught over 350 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses. His design portfolio ranges from large scale forest gardens in eco villages through to many urban community food growing gardens, private farms and back gardens as well as designing collaborative businesses, urban water retention systems and even computer software and documentation systems. Rakesh is also passionate about building communities, and the social side of permaculture, hence using sociocracy, dragon dreaming and other great tools and processes to create strong social bonds with clear ideas of how to creatively meet your needs in a project or community. He is also passionate about sharing his journey of self empowerment (learning how to make all the things you need for yourself rather than relying on the system to provide for you), this includes eco architecture (low impact housing); capturing and storing energy (electricity, heat, lighting, etc); fuel efficient heating systems (rocket heaters and stoves); water capture, purification and recycling systems, natural bee keeping and so on.
He is one of the founders of the Children in Permaculture project (CiP), and is also one of the founders of the Youth in Permaculture (YiP) project. Rakesh’s other passion is to encourage his students to pass on their knowledge either via a virtual network, where they regularly share skills and ideas or through his teachers support network. Be prepared to go off on inspirational tangents and explore a fascinating passionate and beautiful world

http://www.ecologicaldesigns.co.uk
http://youthinpermaculture.org
http://childreninpermaculture.com/

==== THE VENUE ====

The training takes place at the Obenaus Community in southern Austria, near the border with Slovenia. The Obenaus Community is a repository of Social permaculture practice, using Circle and Art of Hosting as operating system for its key conversations, from daily check-ins to major community decisions.

Nested at the rim of a peaceful village, the venue invites the visitors to slow down, hear the soul’s whisper, engage in meaningful conversations and be nourished by lovingly prepared local food as well as the greater container of Nature and Mystery that surround the farm.

==== TRAINING COSTS ====

The cost for the training is based on a hybrid gift economy, where participants are invited to contribute what they can afford and are willing to pay. To cover the ideal training costs we need to raise on average €200 per person. However we invite you to propose how much you would like to contribute (ideally between €100 and €300, but you can also offer less if you write to us to explain your situation).

For environmental reasons Rakesh only travels by train across Europe, so this cost is to cover a train from London.

==== FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION COSTS ====

Food and accommodation will be provided by Obenaus at a cost of €60 or €40 for food only

==== PAYMENT METHODS ====

Euro bank transfer
PayPal (€ £ $)
English bank transfer
Cash (by arrangement)

==== LANGUAGE ====

The course will be in English, and if necessary we will do simultaneous translations for those who need it.

==== CONTACT ====

For registrations and course content contact (English):
Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”
– Rakeshaji@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/rootsmanrak
https://www.facebook.com/RakeshRootsmanRak

For accommodation write to Obenaus:
obenaus@obenauscommunity.org

==== REGISTRATION FORM ====

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuBVINOkjdHHWigkLRc1YSv1sM0z0qbwClQP-jOOghETtr3A/viewform

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WHAT IS SOCIAL AND VEGAN PERMACULTURE?

Permaculture is a design system for creating abundance in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how to build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more.

The word ‘permaculture’ historically comes from ‘permanent agriculture’ and has evolved into ‘permanent culture’. It is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can live in harmony with nature while sustaining human activities for many generations to come.

Permaculture is a rigorous and systematic set of tools, ecological principles and methodologies, underpinned by ethics, which help us to design and create this culture of permanence. A culture that allows us to design how we cater for all our needs, the needs of the planet and all its creatures, without exploiting or depriving other humans or creatures of their needs.

The ultimate goal is to create systems that create abundance for all humans, creatures and mother Earth, without exploitation of humans, animals or Earth’s non renewable resources.

With permaculture insight we can design our inner tranquillity. It can be applied to creating integrated and supportive communities, building or retrofitting houses to be more energy efficient, creating ethical businesses and livelihoods, as well as creating rich abundant low maintenance food growing spaces.

This course will not cover animal husbandry. In Rakesh’s designs, animals are all welcome to come and welcome to leave, but are never tied into the system or exploited. So we will talk about creating habitat, but not about animal husbandry.

LANGUAGE

The course will be in English, and if necessary we will do simultaneous translations for those who need it.

THE VENUE

The training takes place at the Obenaus Community in southern Austria, near the border with Slovenia. The Obenaus Community is a repository of Social permaculture practice, using Circle and Art of Hosting as operating system for its key conversations, from daily check-ins to major community decisions.

Nested at the rim of a peaceful village, the venue invites the visitors to slow down, hear the soul’s whisper, engage in meaningful conversations and be nourished by lovingly prepared local food as well as the greater container of Nature and Mystery that surround the farm.

THE FOOD

We will provide vegan food. Please share your dietary requirements (if any).

PAYMENT METHODS
Euro bank transfer, English bank transfer
PayPal (€ £ $), Cash (by arrangement)

Contact

For registrations and course content contact (English):
Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”
– Rakeshaji@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/rootsmanrak
https://www.facebook.com/RakeshRootsmanRak

For accommodation write to Obenaus:
obenaus@obenauscommunity.org

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