Teacher: Graham Calder
Dates: from February 10 to 24, 2019 (see below for exact dates)
Location: ASCALA, San Pedro de Macoris region, Dominican Republic
Cost: $600 + tax per week
Or save 100$ by attending both weeks at 1100$ + tax
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Water Management Course
February 10 to 17th
Nothing defines the nature of an area more than water does!
Did you know that by applying water management techniques we can restore landscapes? By utilizing the correct techniques we can help to prevent and reverse erosion, reduce flooding, and hinder droughts!
Whether you are a property owner looking to combat flood, drought, and erosion, a student looking to further their knowledge of the water cycle, or you’re simply curious to learn more about how we can interact with water to benefit both us and the planet…
Through Permaculture we learn to make positive interventions on the landscape through earthwork techniques. Our approach is to ensure that every drop of water is used to its optimal potential; permaculture earthworks techniques are done without harming natural cycles.
Techniques explored will include:
Food Forest Course
February 17 to 24th
This course will walk you through the ins and outs of forest gardening: its history, importance, and construction.
Through careful design, permaculturists have found that the natural cycle through which forests are created can be sped up! Food forests provide a viable alternative to labour and resource intensive conventional farming, in a time of climate instability. Beyond food security, food forests increase biodiversity, rebuild soil, reduce erosion, and sequester carbon.
By mimicking forest structure, we can establish self-sustaining, abundant forest gardens that benefit both people and the planet.
Techniques explored will include:
Graham Calder spent his formative years surrounded by forest on a 75 acre farm on the eastern seaboard of Nova Scotia, Canada. He was gardening before he could walk, and was designing rainwater catchment systems by the age of ten. Calder received his Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University in Montréal in 2009, with a specialization in Human Environment and a minor in Ecology. Dissatisfied with mainstream environmentalism’s inability to meet the challenges of today, Calder turned to permaculture. Permaculture resonated with him because of the balance it strikes between earth care and people care, as well as the effectiveness of the broad spectrum of solutions it proposes.
Calder received his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) from Jesse Lemieux at Pacific Permaculture in 2009. Later that year he traveled to Australia to apprentice under Geoff Lawton with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI), where he managed Lawton’s tree nursery. He completed certifications in Earthworks and Permaculture Teaching with Lawton during that time.
In 2009 Calder founded P3 Permaculture: a social enterprise with a mission to make permaculture accessible. To date Calder has taught 18 courses and has certified over 250 students in permaculture design!
Alice Chipot is Franco-Dominican, living in Montreal for many years. She has a background in Political Science (I.E.P Rennes - France) and in Project Management (M.Sc - HEC Montreal). For several years, Alice has been involved in many social economy and social innovation projects in Montreal and elsewhere, with the aim of promoting more fair alternatives to organize in society.
Among the themes that animate her, the importance of making cities more participatory, so that the inhabitants have a direct right of decision and intervention in their local reality. In general, Alice is interested in social justice and seeking strategies to help certain vulnerable groups uphold their fundamental rights. Access to quality food, the right to understand and interact with an unpolluted environment are fundamental rights!
Through this unprecedented collaboration with P3 Permaculture, the team wants to participate in the circulation of key knowledge (in connection with self-sufficiency, respect for the environment) so that the transition can take place everywhere. Through the Convivimos project, Alice wants to propose alternative bridges between northern and southern countries. Ensure that the Dominican Republic is no longer a "holiday - all inclusive" destination, but a territory rich in experience where one can participate in different ways, with respect for each.
LOCATION - ASCALA
San Pedro de Macoris region, Dominican Republic
ASCALA is a non-governmental organization (led by sisters of the Church) that works with the vulnerable communities of the Domincan bateyes in the San Pedro de Macoris region. The ASCALA team defends the fundamental rights of migrants and specifically workers in the local sugar cane industry. In addition, ASCALA deploys community development and mobilization projects to raise awareness, educate and support communities in the region in their daily challenges (respect for workers' rights, access to education and health services, support for women, etc.).