2015, A brand New Year, PDC in April!
The beginning of 2015 kicked off for me with a huge amount of interest in Permaculture, at least for Green Warrior Permaculture. Many people are emailing me asking when the next course is on and what is in store for the Green Warriors this year.
We have 2 training centers this year in the Philippines. Apart from the Green Warrior Field School in Mablad, I have been developing an organic farm in the Tagaytay highlands; about 90 minutes drive from Manila. It has high elevation so the weather is a perfect temperature every day. You almost need a jacket at night. One of my favorite climates in the world is tropical highlands and this is it. You get the tropical light but the subtropical temperature. The soils are brilliant and you could grow just about anything here. This center is especially suitable for international students coming from a cooler climate or a cold winter in another country. Many times, in the past, I’ve felt sorry for students coming to the tropics for training, unaccustomed to the steamy heat. It certainly takes the fun out of the learning!
Green Warrior Permaculture courses are run with a 50% hands-on content. Some PDC’s are taught entirely in the classroom, but not at Green Warrior. Here the field is the classroom. Permaculture is best learnt in the field with you digging in the dirt, planting and building gardens for real. The Twin Creeks farm at Tagaytay is an organic production farm so the students get to participate in the workings of a real farm.
The next PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate course) will be run from the 25th of March to the 7th April. I would have loved to run this course earlier but in Asia Chinese New Year and a few other holidays get in the way so this is the best time.
Permaculture Internships will be open from the end of February. Interns will conduct most of their training in the Green Warrior Field School in Mablad, on Panay Island. Trainees will participate in an ongoing live aid project in one of the poorest areas in the Philippines. What you achieve in the field will count on your resume as real experience. We will also run a PAC (Permaculture Aid Certificate course) later in the year for all those wannabe aid workers.
This year I am especially interested in training people to become permaculture trainers and Permaculture Aid Field Specialists. If you want to take on a career as an aid worker then this is the best type of training of its kind in the world. Living and working in the field teaches you many skills you’d never learn from books or the Internet. Experience is king when it comes to real learning. All your field experience will count towards a Diploma of Permaculture for those who are interested. Some people will just want the skills and they are prepared to tough it out in the field to get them.
I’ve worked in many countries but I think the Philippines has the nicest people I’ve met. Sure there are rat-bags in every culture but the good people here outweigh the bad for sure! The Philippines has some tragic poverty as well as too many disaster zones. You can help these people as you learn and live a true adventure.
If you have been wanting to learn permaculture and get the real hands-on skills, then this is the course for you. Some people come to the Philippines and combine their PDC with a holiday or they hang around after the course and volunteer to gain more experience and skills.
With Climate change events happening in every country now Permaculture provides the understanding and solutions to how we can build true resilience in out communities. If you are interested in learning the Green Warrior way contact me, Steve Cran at email@example.com. Sign up quick as there are limited positions.