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Permaculture Design Course Zlarin

72-hours Permaculture Design Course Zlarin, Croatia, September 2014

The costs and how to make a reservationThe cost of PDC at Zlarin (September 2014) is 430 euros with accommodation and food included. Language of this PDC is English (there will be language help in German and Croatian if needed). To reserve your place at the Zlarin PDC, we ask you to send us an advance of 30 euros (which is included in total, so you need to pay rest of 400eur on arrival). In case you don’t make it to Zlarin, this advance money is non-refundable, because your bed will stay empty. If you are in Austria, this can be paid to account of partner organization KINEME. If you are outside of Austria, contact us for other options. A note on extra costs: if you travel by car, please have in mind that vehicles can not come to Zlarin, so possibly you might be charged for parking costs in Šibenik.Accommodation and foodParticipants will be accommodated in a modest (meaning not fancy!) apartments, with 2 or 3 beds, bathroom and kitchen for each apartment. There is a wifi connection too. All of apartments are in a traditional renovated house (photos below), situated close to the village centre. There is a small supermarket and ATM machine at Zlarin. Food will be simple and vegetarian, and partly local (traditional Mediterranean, and locally grown). Lunch and dinner will be served (and included in PDC cost). Breakfast is not included, it is up to participants. Beaches are 5 to 15 minutes walk from apartments. Zlarin is known for sunny days in September, and tourist season is finished by then, so beaches are mostly empty.Arrival and transport informationIsland of Zlarin is connected with town Šibenik with a ship several times a day. Šibenik has frequent bus, and less frequent train connections with Zagreb (the closest international airport is Split). The ship to Zlarin leaves from the middle of the Šibenik port (you will easily spot two rather big white ships, called “Tijat” and “Lara”), and to enter the ship, tickets must be bought at “Jadrolinija” office, close to the dock. The ride to Zlarin takes 25 minutes, during which you could check quite scenic sea fortress.
LARA the ship link to the continent Sibenik

LARA the ship

Detailed information and time schedule of the course:19th Sept Friday 16.00 – arrival to Zlarin 16.30 – introduction of participants, introduction of the course, other information on the island, agreements how do we organize in next 10 days. 17.30 – 5 elements, 5 catastrophes: what is the present condition of environment and civilization? 21.00 – dinner20th Sept Saturday 10.00 – basic permaculture principles: zones, sectors, patterns. 13.00 – reading of the landscape 14.00 – lunch break 15.30 – 19.30 – soil and plants: soil analysis and improving methods, composting, mulching, polycultures, basic gardening skills. 20.00 – dinner21st Sept Sunday 10.00 practical class (soil and plants) 14.00 – lunch break 15.30 – 19.30 water: water in the landscape, water harvesting and storage, Schauberger. 20.00 – dinner22nd Sept Monday 15.00 – water continuation: waste water recycling, aquaculture 17.00 – 20.00 – sustainable building techniques: basic theory, building with soil, waste materials, strawbale. 20.30 – dinner23rd Sept Tuesday 15.00 – perennials: fruits, pruning, food production based on perennials, forest gardens 17.30 – 20.00 – energy systems in permaculture 20.30 – dinner24th Sept Wednesday 15.00 – urban permaculture: solutions for towns and limited spaces 19.00 – 20.00 – alternative economy: LETS and CSA systems 20.30 – dinner25th Sept Thursday 15.00 – human element in permaculture – the organization: alternative decision making, consensus and facilitation, eco-villages and sustainable communities. 19.00 – 20.00 – introduction to design exercise 20.30 – dinner26th Sept Friday 10.00 – designing by participants 14.00 – lunch break 20.30 – dinner27th Sept Saturday 10.00 – designing by participants 14.00 – lunch break 20.30 – dinner 21.00 – small celebration for the end of the course.28th Sept Sunday 09.00 – presentations of designs 14.00 – lunch break 15.00 – departure from Zlarin.Note: you will notice that schedule of the course is rather dense, but half of the day is free from Monday to Thursday. Schedule might be further adjusted to suggestions of participants. There is another option of leaving the island in the morning. We will decide on all this once we meet at Zlarin. If you want to spend more free time at Zlarin or in the area, you could reserve the accommodation some days before or after the dates of PDC.The teachersAt the September PDC at Zlarin, you will meet some of the teachers who put Croatia at world permaculture map. Most of the teachers listed here teach up to 5-6 courses per year, have slightly different approach and will bring different energy to the course. They are listed in alphabetical order. Ivan Gregov is an artist and designer by university education, and involved in permaculture for past 20 years. After studying with Tony Andersen of Copenhagen, Ivan took teaching and organizing courses from 2005. He is responsible for “Croatian model” of PDC, and he brought several hundred new people to permaculture in Balcan countries area. Marija Heffer is the lady who brought permaculture to Croatia. With a PhD in medicine, she is an university lecturer and expert in brain biology. Permaculture is her life-long passion, she will be a guest teacher with presentation on perennials. Siniša Pocrncic has studied building techniques with legendary Simon Dale in England. He is a builder with longest experience in Croatia, specialized in strawbale houses, the most popular way to build a house among permaculture people. He will share some secrets you won’t find in books… Ivan Rako is a youngest teacher at the course, a local Dalmatian permaculturist, and a guy most responsible for spreading permaculture in that area. He did all of his works in towns or suburbs, and will talk about urban permaculture. Damir Šeler is a prime Croatian expert in alternative agriculture ways. After completing studies of classical agronomy, organic and biodynamic agriculture and finally permaculture (with Graham Burnett of England), he works most of his time out in the fields, and he also gave numerous workshops on the subject.
The Church

The Church

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)– Is it the same “72 hours course” held in various countries? Do you offer an international Certificate? Yes to both questions. After successful completing the course, participants will receive the internationally valid Certificate. This course has the same curriculum as any other 72 hours PDC, it is just slightly compressed, or better – it is more intense and concise, so the participants save few days and quite some costs. – How come Croatian PDC is 2-3 times cheaper than those in west Europe/USA? Does that reflect on the quality? In fact, people who participated courses both in Croatia and abroad regarded our courses with highest marks. This is one of the first PDC’s by Croatian teachers offered to foreign students, so it is kind of experiment. Besides the less days you need to pay for accommodation and meals (mentioned in previous answer), Croatia has slightly cheaper costs of permaculture education, with one reason in mind: our teachers see it as a mission for spreading permaculture. So the courses we give are quite serious, energic, and stimulating to attend. Our goal is that you really start your own permaculture project, rather than just to contemplate on permaculture. – Are children and pets allowed? Of course they are, if *you* can manage that. Experience showed that parents sometimes have tough time to cope with kids and lectures at the same time. Of course we’d like to help, but the perfect combination is if there are two (both) parents, so they take shifts, etc. – Is island Zlarin really that nice? Among Croatians, Zlarin is regarded as cute and unpretentious holiday destination, without hotels and new buildings. It is one of few islands in Adriatics (or even Europe) without car access. You won’t find miles of sandy beaches, but there are quite some spots to choose for a nice splash. Sea is known to be clear and clean, and September often offers a perfect weather. Even if weather forecast is rainy for the area, most rains just miss the island, which doesn’t have tall peaks to catch the clouds.

(2) Comments

  1. Hi. I’d be intresting in attending the course but have a few questions.
    1) is there anybody from austria coming to the course?
    2) is it maybe possible to get a price reduction for some help preparing food or the site or help with some other projects? And i wouldnt need the appartment if its possible to sleep outside in my hammock
    3) i’d need some contact dates!
    My situation: i’m from austria and going to croatia at the moment and my friends planned to stay until 3rd sept. I’m not sure yet if i should and could stay in croatia until 19th(28th) or go back home on 3rd and find myself a ride ..since i don’t have a car and very limited money. I’m a landscaper but don’t have a job at the time.
    Maybe youve got some helpful information for me! Thank you!
    I will contact you again the next time i have internet.
    Love & light
    Leni

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