What others have said about Permaculture Design Courses led by Jan Bang
Tron Løvdal, a participant in the spring of 2016 in Jevnaker:
“I would like to thank you all for a wonderful trip through the world of Permaculture that we travelled together, and for all I have learned from you about both Permaculture and much else. I've received a lot from that wonderful community that gradually developed and that we all have contributed to. Specially I would like to thank Jan and Trude for the fine academic and practical arrangements of the course.”
Unni Leknesund, a participant in the spring of 2014 in Hardanger:
"It was a rich experience throughout. After 5 weekends filled with the skills of Permaculture Design I see that I can move towards an everyday life where sustainable living is possible. I have now got pegs to hang knowledge on and tools to use in most situations. It has been a journey of reflection and a shaking up of old thought patterns. I now have social capital, and I am rich.”
"I witnessed in Jan a knowledgeable, generous and inclusive teacher."
May Lise Kismul, a participant in the spring of 2014 in Hardanger:
"I am very grateful and happy that I attended the Permaculture Design Course in the beautiful village of Fykse in Hardanger during the winter and spring of 2014. It was in every way an instructive and useful course. Not least, it was inspiring to socialize with the knowledge-hungry participants from various parts of the country. Besides Jan Bangs outstanding lectures, performed in a humorous and lively manner with hints of small amusing anecdotes, I greatly appreciated our warm and hospitable hosts and trainers at Alvastien. The weekend meetings worked really well with time to digest material and work with tasks along the way, as well as switching between lectures inside, outdoor trips in woodland gardens and neighbouring areas, and practical group exercises and drills. The newly acquired knowledge and enthusiasm for permaculture, including the useful planning tools I now take with me on my continued commitment to the establishment of West Norway's first ecovillage."
May Lise has gone on to be one of the founders of Bergen Ecovillage.
Danielle Maria Somer, a participant in the summer of 2014 in Bærum near Oslo:
"For me Permaculture just a general concept until I took the PDC last summer with Jan Bang as teacher. Now Permaculture has become a way of life and a lifestyle for me. The course made me realize and learn a lot about myself, and together with all the others on the course I can now include Permaculture in many more aspects of life than just another way to grow my own food. The course was one of the most exciting and rewarding things that I have done and I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to get a little more holistic perspective on life :)"
Marlene Imre, a participant in the summer of 2014 in Bærum near Oslo:
"I finally experienced a course where the combination of theory and practice gave me lots of good ideas and inspiration for the future. During the course I found many new acquaintances and grew as a person, both intellectually and spiritually. "
Eivind Dale, a participant in the spring of 2014 in Hardanger:
“For me the course was an eye-opener when it came to permaculture. I thought I knew what it was, but during the course I discovered that it is much more comprehensive and useful than I had previously realised. My focus was on growing and horticulture before the course, but now I see how it can be used for everything, everywhere. It has been and is a great inspiration in my commitment to Sustainable Life Løvstakken and to plan the future and life in general.
The course has given me a lot of knowledge, new consciousness and many new friends. I am very glad that I took the course!”