Permaculture Design Course
Build Up Your Life

Participants Profile: We are looking for youngsters from Portugal, Germany, Italy & Spain (18 to 30 years old) that are energetic people who are ready to learn and work on the Sustainable living topic.
-Medium English level
-Big interest in the topic
-That are available for several follow up actions
-That wants to be more involved with our NGO as an active volunteer (Ass. Quinta das Relvas)

The Build up your life project

28 participants from Portugal, Spain, Germany & Italy will gather from the 29th of June till the 13th of July to discuss and learn about permaculture.

What are we going to talk about?

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 multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.

The Permaculture Design Course  was developed by Bill Mollison to teach the principles and foundations of ecological design to benefit the planet and society. The PDC is an immersion in an ethical and ecological mind/skill-set to create positive change. The 72hours format (60% theory vs 40% practical) was thought to mantain the original Bill Mollisons teachings insuring like this the trainning quality and recognition of all Permies (people who do Permaculture) in our global village.

This Youth Exchange will be focused on Permaculture and in the end of it participants will receive a PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE – PDC CERTIFICATE and Youth pass.

Associação Quinta das Relvas

The organization Relvas Farm, is located in Branca´s parish council (Albergaria-a-Velha Council). The Farm has a rich natural heritage where several flora and fauna species live. Here, our associates work daily to promote and develop non formal activities, focus on the artistic and eco-sustainable areas.

Our main goal is to train and educate people for these topics (artistic and eco-sustainability), making them more active people spreading the message to their families, friends and local communities, changing a bit by bit communities to adopt more creative and healthier life styles.

The organization has a multidisciplinary team, with elements working in fields like, event management, teaching, painting, architecture, meditation among others. All of them are extremely motivated to make this world a more fair and better place for us to live.

The trainer...

Silvia Floresta – Passionate about country life, plants, seeds, animals and people! Studied botany, soil regeneration, worked in the natural park of Sintra in Portugal for a few years where she learned lots of skills, from plant propagation, seed collection and conservation, recognition of pests and diseases in plants (trees), learned historical gardening .
She worked with about 900 species of natural flora of the region (sintra) in which half of them are Mediterranean, and about 10% are plants worldwide are found only in one area, the rest are endangered species, which are in the Serra de Sintra, favorable conditions for their survival. One of her main jobs is collect and save seeds of endemic and highly endangered species. In 2008 she started a project to use permaculture in gardens at local schools and since she has worked with schools in her community.
During this journey she gave trainings in various areas related to sustainability, conservation and collection of seeds, vegetable gardens on balconies, permaculture in the kitchen (fermented), composting, permaculture for children and schools, natural soap, Urban permaculture, and various workshops do yourself. She has been involved in various projects of community gardens in some towns near Lisbon. She became involved in the project as voluntary at “Campanha das sementes livres” and developed workshops related to collection and conservation of traditional seed varieties and helped collect traditional seeds with the farmers. Among those things she studied for the PRI Australia, where she did an internship for 10 weeks. She completed the following courses and certificates: Permaculture Earthworks Course; Permaculture Project and Aid Workers Course; Permaculture Design Certificate; Teacher Training Course for Permaculture Urban Landscape Design; Compost, Soil Biology, Natural Fertilizer Course; Farm establishment; Forestry, Nursery Systems, Animal Systems, small to large,Fencing systems; Main Crops; Food Forests; Fuel Wood Production; Kitchen Gardens; Urban Systems; Garden Agriculture,Architecture Design; Energy Systems; Waste Systems; Aquaculture,Community She is currently involved in several Permaculture projects at Quinta das Relvas and all over Portugal where she developed design, provide consultance and training in permaculture.

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*Project 100% supported by the Erasmus+ programme (food, accomodation and travel).
*Participant fee* 
This project has a participation fee of 75€ (food, accomodation , activities & travel fully reimbursed)