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Permaculture Design Course Through the Heart (PDCTTH)
Wed October 01 – Tue October 21, 2014
Jiwa Damai, Mambal, Bali, Indonesia
This innovative program integrates the core principles of Permaculture design with Self exploration from a transpersonal psychological perspective. Experiencing Permaculture through the heart presents a unique opportunity to combine classroom Permaculture learning with “hands-on” experience, complementing the active physical engagement with the soil with an inner attitude of appreciation and loving alignment with the earth. Application PDCTTH 2014  Accommodation   Program Info

What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a theoretical method of holistic design creating a sustainable, balanced and natural environment and the foundation for a healthy community.

What is Permaculture through the Heart?
Permaculture through the Heart grounds this intellectual approach through deepening a direct connection with the heart, thus allowing a loving approach to ones Self, the other and the earth with its life-giving Flora and Fauna to unfold. Permaculture principles can be deepened through incorporating alive values, appreciation and honoring the earth with all its living Beings.This program is the first of its kind, working with the psychological framework of the mind, theoretical Permaculture principles, design and planning, planting, harvesting - all in alignment with the heart energy.

The “Permaculture Design Course Through the Heart” is a modular seminar. You can choose if you wish to book the entire program (21 days) or if you want to book the 1st module only. To receive a confirmation of the Permaculture Design Through the Heart completion, participation in all 3 modules is required. The training will take place with a minimum of ten participants.

Ο Module 1                  Wed 01 – Tue 07 October 2014

Ο Modules 1 - 3            Wed 01 – Tue 21 October 2014

For Whom?
This course is highly suitable for land owners, home owners/renters, farmers, growers, gardeners, horticulturalists, agro-forestry and forestry/silviculture workers, plant nursery workers, teachers, educators, local government workers, resource managers, town planners, community representatives and elected leaders, community development workers, aid workers, architects, building and construction professionals, landscapers, environment or natural resource managers, business owners, prospective entrepreneurs and for those just curious how to begin to make effective and positive change in their own lives and in the lives of others.

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The 3 module Design Course content follows the standards, topics and number of hours laid out by Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture. Upon completion you will receive a Certificate of Completion as  a Permaculture designer (72+ hours).

The theoretical and hands on learning is complimented by a daily early morning yoga session and aevening heart meditation. 

Module 1
Permaculture Design Course Through The Heart - Basics
 Wed 01 - Tue 07 October 2014
This 7 day basic course will introduce you to the theory, skills and techniques that will inspire you to begin creating Permaculture designs at home at a basic level through observation of nature’s patterns in order to make your environment energy efficient, low cost and abundant while maintaining a balanced, sustainable ecosystem. This course lays the foundation for understanding the workings of natural systems and for designing human environments that provide food, shelter, and energy. The permaculture perspective is enriched by experiencing the unfolding of the HeartSelf-Intelligence, which allows a change in attitude towards oneself, others and the earth. Change begins within and by looking through the eyes of the heart, a deep connection with the heart of the earth and earth as a living being unfolds. The PDCTTH values become alive and are lived from the heart. The approach is based on The HeartSelf-Intelligence® method, a transpersonal psychological approach. (49 contact hours)

Module 2
Permaculture Design Course Through The Heart - Intensive Fri 10 - Thu 16 October 2014
The Intensive module will equip you to design and implement Permaculture into a diverse range of environments; from urban Permaculture systems to school yards, small farms, large properties and community projects and settlements in any climatic, environmental or cultural situations.  Complemented with the Unfolding the HeartSelf-Intelligence exercises and experiences to the various topics, you will also be able to align more closely with your own needs and those of the earth, a distinct advantage in earth-centered design methodologies such as this. (49 contact hours)

Module 3
Permaculture Design Course Through The Heart - Active Practicum and Design Project
 Sun 19 – Tue 21 October, 2014
This module is designed to support  you to deepen your design skills. This intensive practicum  builds on the skills acquired  in the Intensive module provides you with many practical skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to effectively realize your designs and build your confidence in design implementation. (21 contact hours) 

Additional Module
Monthly online group meetings, dates to be advised.
This module is aimed at those of you who wish to begin implementing Permaculture designs on your own land, or in a community space and wish to maximize the opportunity of further learning from each others unique landscapes, needs, cultural conditions, challenges, ideas and experiences. This post-course element is extremely valuable to assist participants who are creating and building designs for the first time. The support sessions offer guidance and feedback as you go through the process of applying theory and practice in your own location, environment and climate zone.

A minimum of 10 people are required for the training to take place.

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Jiwa Damai's income supports the local Lagu Damai foundation for education and social projects in Indonesia.

We rent our facilities to workshop facilitators and organizers wanting to offer their own seminars and retreats. Please inquire for information.


Activities and excursions 

We gladly arrange individual activities and excursions to make your stay in Bali unforgettable. Our excursions are real insider-trips – besides showing you the main tourist attractions we also take you to places away from the mass tourism, enabling you to experience Balis beautiful nature and gain a true insight into Balinese culture and traditions.

Explore tropical nature
Learn about tropical plants and trees and about organic farming and natural water recycling in our garden, discover Balis spectacular landscape while trekking through lush green rice fields or visit one of the many volcanos.

Experience Balinese culture
Experience a traditional Balinese dance, see the beautiful temples, take part in temple ceremonies and processions, visit a healer to learn about local herbal remedies or see how coconut oil is produced.

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