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Date(s) - 04/04/2020 - 18/04/2020
5:00 pm - 9:00 am

Monte da Orada


Endorsed By The Permaculture Association UK
See a drone video of the site here:


This is going to be an amazing course on a stunning site jam-packed with sustainability techniques.

The site:

On site at Monte da Orada as well as the Mandala Organic Gardens, Organic Farming (medium scale), Compost Toilets, Photovoltaic power, solar hot water, solar pump, and examples of natural building such as a cork cabin,​ you will see many sustainability features including, but not limited to:
Abobe and Taipa Buildings.

Most of the ancient ruins of Orada were recovered using ancient local building techniques: Taipa & Adobe.
Also known as rammed earth, Taipa is a technique used to build the foundation walls and floors using only natural materials such as earth, gravel, rock, chalk and lime.

It is an ancient method that has been revived recently as it is interesting in terms of thermal mass, strong, durable very beautiful and sustainable!​


Course program:
The 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course follows the curriculum as laid out in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual. It covers subjects ranging from ethics and principles of permaculture, natural systems, aquaculture, sustainable design methods, patterns in nature, land restoration, water harvesting, grey water recycling, natural building, food forests and guilds, energy conservation, appropriate technology, renewable energy, urban permaculture and invisible structures.

The course teaches how to develop sustainable human settlements, and how to extend and preserve natural systems. The content will be covered between theoretical lectures and practical applications. The courses aim to utilize the collective intelligence of the group with engaging participatory classes.

The site offers WC/shower and access to electricity. There are various sleeping options available.

What to bring?
– comfortable clothes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
– note taking (blank pages recommended) and drawing materials
– ecological body care products
– torch
– sturdy shoes
– a swimming suit
– musical instruments!

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