Nestled in the the valley of Los Molinos del Rios Aguas, down the road from Sorbas in Almeria you will find Sunseed, a 'rolling community' and a centre for ecological education. We just completed our fourth Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course in the cold semi-arid climate there, and it was excellent. Again.
A wonderful two-weeks of learning and sharing with a great group that bonded beautifully. Aside from engaging lessons in the dome, the cave or in the meditation garden, we had several fun practicals including fermentation, mushroom propagation, hot composting, building with cob, potato planting and wild harvesting. Plus three movie evenings (one under the stars), a dinner talk on drone technology for contour mapping, and a talk on environmental activism... Oh yes, and a superb jam night with some excellent musicians. This course had a rhythmic flamenco theme throughout. Pretty fantastic! Topped off with high quality final designs and a memorable celebratory evening!
These 72-hour PDC's can be very intense, which is why the gorgeous surroundings provided a respite on the day off for a hike or a dip in the natural pool fed by the spring that is in peril. I encourage you to watch the following two documentaries to really understand how serious this is to these communities:
Thank you to Sunseed for hosting us once again for an epic permaculture adventure. We look forward to hearing how the participants of the course go on to apply what they learnt on the course. I know they left with many questions, and that several described 'shifts' during the course. Make no mistake - PDC's can be life-changing.