Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Morocco – 8th – 19th May 2022

Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multi-disciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.

To date, thousands of permaculture designers have been certified through this course. They now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists, individuals and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design our landscapes. These Permaculture designers influence major corporations and create new business alternatives.

I have had a long term and at times intimate relationship with ancient Morocco, as a country, a culture and its multiple diverse landscapes. I first visited in 1975 and many times since. The only Permaculture Design Course I have taught in Morocco was in 2011 and Mohammad Erribani was one of the students, now I return to co-teach with him. After he has worked through multiple countries achieving incredible results in many diverse situations it is a great honor for me to return to Morocco and co-teach with him in his own country.
- GEOFF LAWTON

Course Description

 

The 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. Based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers’ Manual, it provides skills and solid knowledge in Permaculture design as a science that can create abundant sustainable ecosystems in the backyard, a small farm or on a larger broad acre landscape.

The course teaches you how to design sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of Permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.

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MEALS:

Catering will include 3 meals with vegetarian options in addition to 2 coffee/tea breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon

Accommodation:

Ample space available for camping (tents only), with good views. The weather in Morocco in May is mild & beautiful for camping. Optional farmhouse accommodation available. See below for details.

Course Outline
THE DESIGN SCIENCE

Theory & Principles of Permaculture

Concepts & Themes of Design

Systems Thinking & Methods of Design

 

WATER & EARTH

Water Harvesting & Management

Earth Working & Earth Resources

Aquatic Design & Aquaculture

Drought-Proofing

 

NATURAL BUILDING DESIGN

Ecological House Design & Placement

Energy Conservation Techniques

Recycling & Waste Management

Appropriate Technology

NATURE & CLIMATES

Pattern Understanding

Understanding Climate & Landscape

Designing for Different Climates

Windbreaks and Fire Control

 

SOIL & ECO-SYSTEMS

Soil & Health

Trees & Their Energy Transactions

Soil Rehabilitation & Erosion Control

Organic Food Production

Ecological Pest Control

Livestock

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

Strategies of an Alternative Nation

Permaculture Careers

Practical Design Exercise

 

Included in the course

Face to face

lectures &

demonstrations

 

72 Hours of classroom lectures delivered by Geoff Lawton & Muhammed Errbani

Class Timetable: 10 days from 8th till 19th of May 2022 (One day off [Friday] in the middle and the course will continue on weekends)

 

Each morning you will be invited to participate in practical arid permaculture farm activities. You will get the chance to put your new skills to the test with the Final Design Exercise, and together with your classmates produce a permaculture design and presentation.

 

Upon successful course completion, you will receive your PDC certificate, approved and signed by Geoff Lawton.

ACCOMMODATION  & MEALS

Camping is the main accommodation available on site.
Other options are to Organise your own hotel/guesthouse and commute from Rabat /Benslimane and maybe coordinate carpooling with other students as there are plenty of hotels available.

The  course will include 3 meals and two tea breaks There is a site not too far from the farm if you look for more comfort (30 min) with rooms available I can put you in touch with the owner

 

There will be a compost toilet only at the site which respects the environment and this is going to be maybe your first experience with them

 

Filtered water  is available 
ABOUT THE TEACHER

Geoff Lawton

 

Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this PDC course. He is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.

 

Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.

 

He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.

Mohammed Erribani

Mohammed Erribani

Is an international permaculture consultant. He’s been working in India since 2015, developing permaculture sites and teaching local communities sustainable permaculture  practices in more than 16  states.

Mohammed had been working under the mentoring of Geoff Lawton since 2013 in the middle east, east Africa, and now Asia.
Mohammed is interested in the restoration of very degraded landscapes in the subtropics  and desert climates.
At the moment, Mohammed is developing a 48-hectare farm in  the northeast of Morocco, developing his own farm where the course will take place and managing ongoing projects  in India 

Mohammed Erbani’s Farm

ABOUT THE LOCATION

The course will take place on Mohammeds Farm. He bought this property in march 2020, and it’s still under development. So far Mohammed has established, A sheep/goat barn, chicken coop plus chicken run, water tower, mud-brick adobe house, a nursery for plants, and a mixed garden with all different vegetables and young fruit trees.

Mohammed design the farm using permaculture principles including earthworks, roads and a few other structures are under establishment (kitchen, classroom, camping space, compost toilets, and showers)
What to bring
  • Sun hat and sunglasses

 

  • Good walking or working shoes

 

  • Casual and comfortable clothing – natural fabrics for coolness

 

  • Sunscreen

 

  • Water bottle

 

  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Your own bedding (sheets etc.) if needed

 

  • Ample supply of any needed medications

 

  • Tent if needed (depending on accommodation option)

 

  • Sleeping bag and hiking mattress if needed

 

  • Sandals

 

  • Personal toiletries

 

 

WHAT NEXT ?

The Next Steps

1. Check our Courses & Events page and enrol in a follow up course, sometimes we run Permaculture In Action and Teacher Training courses.

3. Create a profile and join the Permaculture Network

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Mohammed’s Farm

LOCATION:

the PDC will be taught at Mohammed’s place, which is located 8 km from the village of Sidi Bettache, the site is 50 km from Rabat, 68 km from Casablanca and 4 hours from Marrakech

Nearest Airport

International: Casablanca Mohammed 6 international airport
International: Rabat-Salé Airport

additional info will be communicated  with the participants how to get to the farm from the airports

 

The nearest town is 15 mins away and quick trips for necessities are possible.
Rabat: the capital of Morocco, is an hour fifteen min by  car, there’s everything from traditional markets to modern shops, and many historical sites as well, the beach town of Bouznika is one hour away and May is the perfect time to swim.

Cultural Guidelines

All  students are requested to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic traditions and Muslim social protocol. A full orientation will be provided on site but herea re some general guidlines to consider.

  • Showing respect for oneself.

 

  • Open and receptive attitude toward cross cultural communication.

 

  • Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary.

 

  • Conservative attire is recommended.

 

  • Wearing shirts at all times, for both men & women. .

 

  • For women – Long skirts or pants (Shorts are considered offensive).
  • For men –  Long shorts are acceptable (but must be at least to the knee).

 

  • Sobriety at all times during the PDC course.

 

  • Respect for elders, religious traditions and community leaders.

 

  • Not photographing locals without permission, especially not women & children.

 

  • Respecting Muslim gender relation etiquette.

 

  • Not touching or shaking hands with Muslim adults of the opposite gender without permission.

 

  • Not displaying overly intimate affection in public with wife/husband or partner.