The Rainbow Tree, Scagnello,
|(72 hours over ten days)|
19th - 28th May 2012
Tutors: Aranya with Pietro Zucchetti and Ezio Gori
This course will be taught in English, with some translation assistance into Italian.
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."
Come and find out how....
"It was the best two weeks of my life" *
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
Course participants will be awarded the Permaculture Association
(Britain)'s internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture
"I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and informal teaching styles" *
The Permaculture Institute
of Italy is based at the Rainbow Tree smallholding located in Scagnello, a
small village of 200 inhabitants, on the Ligurian alps, 163 miles from
Mont Blanc (15774 ft) and 40 miles from the Mediterranean. The
village operated as a stop for travellers during the Roman
age, in fact it's name means “seat” in the local tongue, a place where you can find somewhere to rest after a long journey.
There is one
shop in the village where you can have a coffee or eat a panino, plus a bar managed by
the local community during the evening. Scagnello is famous for its black
truffle mushrooms, fruits of all sorts and it is very close to the famous wine
making area of “Langhe”. The area is one of the most diverse in wildlife and
flora in Italy because Scagnello is located on the edge of the Mediterranean
sea and the Alps. Also, the village has some old churches where it is possible
to admire renaissance paintings.
The Rainbow tree
smallholding will be the venue of this course; the smallholding is very young (one
year) but it is already possible to see a vineyard at it's second year, a contour
vegetable garden, the first two layers of a forest garden (high canopy and bush
layers) and a micro-scale keyline system with a dam and feeder channels. The
small holding will keep grazing guinea fowls and chickens in the near future.
It is possible to observe a wide range of wildlife from deer, badgers, hares, buzzards, eagles, foxes,
praying mantis, a great variety of butterflies, damselflies, ladybirds and more.
- 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
- To start using
permaculture in your own life, towards creating a more sustainable
- To understand how to apply permaculture design to
both land-based & non-land-based systems.
|"I'm amazed by my change of thinking" *|
Spirals of erosion & points of intervention ~ Boundaries & limiting factors ~ Observation skills ~ Site surveying ~ Permaculture ethics & principles ~ Design methods ~ Soil conservation, types, texture & factors in fertility ~ Green manures & dynamic accumulators ~ Kitchen gardening ~ Integrated pest management ~ Water & sewage treatment ~ Fruit tree growing ~ Agroforestry & Forest gardening ~ Trees & their Microclimates ~ Permaculture & future generations ~ Patterns in nature ~ Food choices ~ Ecological footprinting ~ Sustainable economics ~ Urban permaculture ~ Green architecture ~ Bioregionalism ~ Non-land based design ~ Accelerated learning techniques ~ Seed saving & plant propagation ~ The Permaculture Association & Diploma WorkNet ~ Where next? & lots more......
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. We will also be visiting other projects where permaculture theory is being put into action.
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" *|
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 |
Full fee: €550 (euros) - discounted to €490 if paid two months before the course.
The fee includes all tuition and course materials. Camping is provided on-site free of charge. Please note: food and travel costs are not included.
Those preferring to camp (rather than rent accommodation nearby) will need to bring their own tent.
For more details & booking visit the Permacultura Italia website
or contact: Pietro: