Elpidohori Residential Permaculture Design Course

Elpidohori (Hopeland)
Argos, Greece

18th-29th June 2014

Tutors: Peter Cow & guests

Permaculture is about solutions. There are plenty of things to worry about, but permaculture helps you to focus on the things that you can do to make a difference."

Andy Goldring

Come and find out how....


"The course was wonderful and transformative" *

Permaculture Association Design Course Certificate

This practical course will bring the possibility of significant and positive life changes. Although permaculture is most commonly thought about in connection with gardening & farming, its principles, ethics and design methods can be adapted and used in each individual's own work, interests and home to bring about a more harmonious & sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture offers a perspective on all aspects of building a sustainable future. Permaculture encourages us to use our individual skills, knowledge and interests, whilst drawing on traditional wisdom, science and our innate ability to observe and learn from the world around us.

Course participants will be awarded the Permaculture Association (Britain)'s internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design.

"The whole experience was both beautiful and inspiring" *

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Elpidohori (Hopeland)

Elpidohori is a unique venue situated on the Greek Peloponnese, 150 km from Athens. The vision for this new community is to be a living example of sustainability by promoting a natural way of life, unity, spreading of knowledge and cleansing. The term cleansing refers to both the physical cleaning (e.g soil revitalization and purification of chemicals) as well as the non-physical cleaning (eg strengthening and restructuring mental beliefs that promote cooperation, balance, joy).

Throughout the course we will be interacting with the land, community and buildings of this beautiful place as we learn to read landscapes and how to interact with them wisely.

Elpidohori Website                          Elpidohori Location


"The creative ways of learning, variation and visuals" *

Learning outcomes:
  • To observe patterns in nature & apply what we learn to create guiding principles.
  • To use permaculture ethics, principles & design tools to create sustainable systems.
  • To understand the importance of caring for soil & water, & to know techniques for doing so.
  • To start using permaculture in your own life, towards creating a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • To understand how to apply permaculture design to both land-based & non-land-based systems.

"All the laughter" *
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Subjects covered:

History of Permaculture ~ Resources & limiting factors ~ Observation skills ~ Site surveying ~ Permaculture ethics & principles ~ Design methods and tools ~ Soil conservation, types, texture & factors in fertility ~ Nature connection ~ Kitchen gardening ~ Social landscapes ~ Water & sewage treatment ~ Living soil ~ Agroforestry & Forest gardening ~ Trees & their Microclimates ~ Tools for working in groups ~ Patterns in nature ~ Climate zones ~ Ecological footprinting ~ Sustainable economics ~ Water harvesting and storage ~ Improving existing buildings ~ Designing new buildings ~ Zone 00 and Personal resilience ~ Accelerated learning techniques ~ Seed saving & plant propagation ~ Permaculture Associations & Diplomas worldwide ~ Where next? & lots more......

"Good mix of learning techniques" *

We use group work, discussions, videos, slide shows, observation, guided walks & practical activities as learning methods. These are supportive of different learning styles & for people with learning difficulties. 

Design courses are not just about imparting information to the students, there is plenty of knowledge out there, the important thing is knowing how to use this & feeling confident to do so.

"I've enjoyed the positivity and enthusiasm on the course" *

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Empowerment is the essence of the course. We will be using practical and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun, lively & inclusive course. The course culminates in the main design activity that helps to consolidate all of the learning & empower students to take permaculture back into their own homes, lives & community. As a group we will benefit from collaborative learning & from having fun together. We don't expect any previous knowledge & recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge & areas of interest to bring to the course.

"Learning should always be like this" *

* Comments from previous years' course participants.

 Click here to view a slideshow of photos from previous residential courses
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The price for the 12 days is €495, which includes food, camping, hot showers, and all on-site facilities.

There is limited dormitory accommodation available for an additional €75 per person for the duration of the course; or we could arrange accommodation in affordable prices in hotels or apartments in the nearby city of Argos.

Included in the price are three delicious vegetarian meals per day, all created by our specialist vegetarian chef with vegetables from our own organic garden or supplied locally.

We have made provisions for 4 concession places -meant for those of lesser means.

To enroll for the course you will need to fill in the registration form by following this link. We also ask for a deposit of €100, which can be paid either by bank transfer or Paypal. Details of how to do this will be sent to you once you register.

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Hopeland is located just 150 km south of Athens, 15 km from Mycenae and 25 km from Nafplion.   Location link