Food Forest Course Portugal November 2017

    Join us at Keela Yoga Farm this November and next March, 2018 for our month long Food forest courses in Portugal.

    Learn everything you need to know about starting and managing your very own food forest whilst experiencing off-grid living on a new permaculture project. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation practice amongst the beautiful Portuguese countryside!

    Laurence has attended a ‘Permaculture Design Course’ (PDC) in Thailand, a master designer course, ‘Food Forestry’ course with Doug Crouch in Portugal, and has dedicated the last 3 years to immersing himself within permaculture principles. He is now enjoying putting these skills into practice everyday on his newly opened project in central Portugal.

    Food Forest Portugal
    Our food forest is new, with various guilds of perennials and annual plants filling all the gaps

    Course Outline

    • Enjoy a tour of our new food forest and the farm
    • Design and help to plant a new food forest for another part the farm
    • Design your own food forest for your land or for a part of our land
    • Learn how to draw to scale drawings for design and planning
    • Plant trees and guilds in the food forest
    • Discover how to properly research trees and their companions
    • Propagate perennials to plant into next year’s food forests
    • Create beds for annuals in between the trees for planting to maximise the space in the food forests
    • Learn how to design, select and buy irrigations systems, including a trip to the local irrigation shop
    • Plan and perform earthworks for water catchment by selecting locations for swales and a small lake with the help of a digger
    • Learn how to graft trees
    • Learn how to make compost piles, organic fertilizers and how to breed fungi and bacteria for the soil (teas)
    • Opportunity to learn some natural building techniques
    • Attend weekly workshops on fermentations, permaculture principles and other farming related topics
    • Plant trees as part of our reforestation program outside of the new food forest
    • Olive picking
    • Learn about foraging for wild greens and weeds for edibles and medicinal plants
    • Opportunity to learn and share carpentry skills for making work benches and furniture from the food forests from our own timber
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    A typical summer morning’s harvest from our food forest this year

    What else is included:

    • Three healthy meals daily with lots of produce from our own land
    • Daily yoga, meditation and pranayama classes with a professional on site yoga teachers
    • Have time to relax in nature
    • Opportunity to explore the local area by foot or by mountain bike
    • A weekly outing to local sites: Monsanto, Boom Lake, nature walks and various local projects

    yoga and permacultureDaily yoga classes on the yoga deck

    Dates

    Course 1

    1st – 30th November, 2017

    Course 2

    1st – 31st March, 2018

    Accommodation and Course Costs

    EUR 500 per person in a basic tent with a camp bed (must bring own sleeping bag and other bedding)

    EUR 600 per person in a large walk in tent with proper mattress and bedding

    EUR 700 per person in a caravan with a double mattress (based on two sharing)

    EUR 800 per person in a large tipi with a double mattress (based on two sharing)

    EUR 1000 per person for private caravan or teepee

    To apply for this course please contact us

            Wild Greens, foraging and medicinal plants workshop

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