General information about the Permaculture Design Course
This course is the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course (PDC), and those who complete the course receive a certificate that is valid worldwide. This certificate will be a strength and an advantage if you want to work for a sustainable lifestyle, as a supplement to other relevant training, or if you wish to work through networks like http://www.wwoof.net http://camphill.net or http://www.workaway.info
The course is suitable for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in ecological thinking, for those who want to plan their houses, gardens or small farms, for those who want to create a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and also for those who participate in an ecocommunity.
Permaculture - What is it?
Permaculture is a holistic planning system based on working with, not against nature. This means creating coherent systems where each part has multiple functions and how each function is taken care of several parts. A stable and lasting system. Permaculture is currently used as a planning tool worldwide and always linked to local resources, opportunities for cultivation, and to meeting basic human needs with the least possible use of resources.
Permaculture was first established in Australia by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. They had a vision of forests of food, and using the concept of a method for planning and operation of ecosystems where we can harvest from a natural surplus.
The word is an abbreviation of "permanent agriculture" or sustained agriculture. In recent times, the word also been used to include permanent culture, i.e. a much wider range of human activities. The main goal of Permaculture is to create stable productive ecosystem that work, and that are in harmony with nature.
Permaculture also includes a basic life ethic that emphasises the inner value in each living thing. A tree is something of value in itself, although it may have economic value for us. That it lives and works is what is important. It is doing its part in nature by recycling biomass, produce oxygen, protect small animals, build up soil etc.
Permaculture ethics is a moral conviction in relation to the survival of our planet. In Permaculture we are talking about three ethics: care for the earth, care for people and a fair distribution of time, money and materials.
The Global Ecovillage Network, which is the inspiration for Norwegian Ecocommunities Association, was founded in 1995 by a group Permaculture teachers and designers. Most ecovillages use Permaculture design when they plan their ecocommunities.
Norwegian Permakulturforening is part of an international network to promote sustainable development in practice.