Cabella, 13-25 June, 2017

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Dynamic group and Dynamic Learning

with Robin Clayfield supported by Kym Chi

From 8th to 13th of July – at the Village Amici di Artaban,  via Parrocchia 15, Burolo (TO), Italy

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con Robin Clayfield in collaborazione di Kym Chi

dal 8 al 13 luglio – presso il Villaggio Amici di Artaban, via Parrocchia 15, Burolo (TO), Italia

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with Robin Clayfield supported by Kym Chi

From 15th Saturday to 16th Sunday July

at the Village Amici di Artaban,  via Parrocchia 15, Burolo (TO), Italy

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dal 15 al 16 luglio

presso il Villaggio Amici di Artaban, via Parrocchia 15, Burolo (TO), Italia

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Greening Arunachala – 1989 – ….




December 4 – 20, 2017

with John Button and Francesca Simonetti

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman

Permaculture Design Course (internationally recognised curriculum)

This course, offers practical solutions to many of the issues facing the world. Above all, it is an inspiring response to taking steps necessary to change the world from its current trajectory towards increasingly disastrous environmental and social problems. Become an architect and activist for positive change, rather than a passive victim of what may seem to be an inevitable downward spiral. It is NOT.

Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. While Permaculture deals with plants, animals, buildings and infrastructure (water, energy and communications), it is not about these elements themselves, but the relationships we can create between them by the way we place them in the landscape.

With Permaculture, we harmonise the characteristics of a landscape with the characteristics and needs of the people using the land. This harmony will invariably have its own beauty, yet we can enhance the aesthetics by careful and imaginative selection of species. Beauty that not only nurtures the soul, but supports the bank balance by having low maintenance costs.

Following the internationally recognised curriculum plus current innovation both technical and social, we treat both physical and human landscapes to evolve empowering responses to current challenges.

The course is dynamic, challenging, instructive, and fun. It will most likely change the way you see the world around you, and your role in it, forever. The course is active and highly participatory.

“The aim is to create systems that are ecologically sound, and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term.”                               Bill Mollison

The Venue.

Will be divided between our land bordering on the Samudram Ery (large monsoon lake) immediately south of Arunachala, 5 km from town, and the nearby Annamalai Reforestation Society Permaculture Demonstration Farm, which I designed and helped to establish 25 years ago. There will also be field visits during the course.

The Facilitators

John Button, Francesca Simonetti, and others.


John Button(Australian): I’ve been working and playing with Permaculture for 35 years, designing, teaching and implementing in many parts of the world, in extremely diverse climatic, topographic and cultural situations. I’m passionate about my work-play, and absolutely believe in our collective capacity to create a wonderful, abundant and just world. I am determined to play an active part to achieve that dream.

From 1989 to 1997 I co-ordinated the Annamalai Reforestation Society greening of Arunachala, the first successful reforestation action on the mountain, as well as wasteland regeneration sites,  the Permaculture Demonstration Farm, educational programs, a huge nursery in the main temple.

 Dr. Ag. Francesca Simonetti (Italian): I’m an agronomist and counsellor, with more than 15 years of professional experience. I have worked for public administrations, public and private clients, in various sectors, such as: landscape design, phytopathology and valuation of existing trees (VTA Visual Trees Assessment), environmental assessment, montoring of forest and agricultural plants, environmental education and creative workshops for children.

Together we create a rich team, integrated and stimulating, that unites professionalism, passion and broad experience, to serve for a present and future more conscious and sensitive.

Our method of design is based on the principles of Permaculture, adapted specifically for each situation, including climate and culture. The specific quality of each landscape and the people associated with it, necessitate individual consideration and response.

We welcome the opportunity to work with anybody who shares our confidence and dreams for a better, juster, healthier world, characterised by inpiration, support, self-empowerment and love for each other and the glorious world which we share.

Contact information:

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What you will learn:

The Curriculum for the internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Course is as follows:


– definitions
– evidence of need for change; transmission of change
– spirals of destruction
– sustainable compared with non-sustainable

– ecological ethics
– interactions and overlaps of ecology:
– flows and cycles
– chains and webs
– succession and limits
– stacking etc

Principles of Permaculture
– 12 guiding principles
– ‘Mollison’s Laws’
– Rolling Permaculture
– characteristics of Sustainability

Patterns in Nature
– all life is a series of patterns
– pattern applications

Methods of Design
– exploring creative and deductive design
– 9 methods of design

Limiting Factors of Design
– Visible
– Landform: size, shape, aspect, slope
– Climate
– Vegetation
– Water
– Soil
– Invisible
– Financial systems
– Social and Political systems
– Belief Systems

– effect of climate on elements
– microclimate
– trees
– reforestation
– weeds
– strategies for increasing moisture
– windbreaks

– role of water
– principles of retaining water on land
– storages
– distribution

– forms of soil degradation
– secrets of soil
– rehabilitation of degraded soil

Classical Landscapes
– characteristics of different landscapes
– essentials for sustainability

Zone 0 – House sites
– choosing house sites
– house requirements
– living space
– landscape design

Zone 1 – Homesite
– Placing elements
– integrated land management

Zone 2 – Orchard
– tree co-operatives
– establishing an orchard

Zone 3 – Cropping and Grazing
– cropping patterns
– alley cropping
– maximizing animal/tree relationships

Zone 4 – Structural Forests
– different uses for trees
– maximizing productivity in time and space

Zone 5 – Conservation Forests
– sites for conservation forests
– establishing ” ”

Wildlife Management
– role of wildlife
– encouragement and deterrence

Integrated Pest Management
– causes of ‘pests’
– methods of pest managment

– reasons for high productivity
– factors affecting yield
– polyculture

Designing for Disaster
– analysis of disaster and predicting it
– strategies for design against disaster

Appropriate Technology
– essential requirements for appropriate technology
– choosing the technology

– sustainable community action
– urban permaculture

Money and Wealth, Income
– different ways of looking at wealth
– wealth creation – communities and individuals
income generation

Site Analysis
– questions to ask
– Mapping
– presentation

Creative Problem Solving
– steps in a design process
– difficulties in achieving successful design


Argomenti trattati

Introduzione al corso:

  • Definizione
  • Storia
  • Sostenibilità e non sostenibilità

Deep Ecology:

  • Come pensiamo e come percepiamo?
  • Il nostro rapporto con la natura


  • Cicli di distruzione
  • Cicli di rigenerazione e di abbondanza

Ecologia: base della Permacultura

Principi della Permacultura: I 12 principi, ‘le leggi di Mollison, caratteristiche della sostenibilità.

I modelli della natura

Metodi di progettazione

  • Disegno creativo, intuitivo, razionale…

I fattori limitanti della progettazione:

  • Visibili
  1. Le forme di un territorio, l’esposizione, l’orografia (pendenze, curve di livello, forme, altezze, ecc…)
  2. Clima: fattori climatici, loro effetto ed interazione nei confronti dei vari elementi biotici ed abiotici
  3. Microclimi
  4. Vegetazione: alberi, malerbe, strategie per aumentare l’umidità, frangivento
  5. Acqua: ruolo dell’acqua, conservare, trattenere, immagazzinare e distribuire le risorse idriche
  6. Suolo: degradazione, segreti del suolo, rigenerazione di terreni esausti ed impoveriti, creare un suolo, compostaggio, pacciamatura.

I fattori limitanti della progettazione:

  • Invisibili
  1. Economico-finanziari, sociali, culturali, politici, credenze…

Paesaggi classici

  • Differenti paesaggi

I diversi ambienti trattati:

Zona 0 – La localizzazione della casa: la scelta dei luoghi, i bisogni della casa, gli spazi aperti, la pianificazione del paesaggio

Zona 1 – Gli ambienti di pertinenza alla casa

  • Collocare i vari elementi della progettazione (edifici, piante, funzioni, ecc…)
  • L’orto; diversi bisogni, diversi tipi di orti

Gestione dei fattori di stress di origine biotica e abiotica

  • Cause e origine dei fattori di stress
  • Metodi di prevenzione e di controllo
  • L’orto e i fattori di stress

Zona 2 – Il Frutteto: pianificazione del frutteto

  • Gestione dei fattori di stress di origine biotica e abiotica nel frutteto

Animali domestici

Zona 3 – La coltivazione delle colture erbacce annuali e perenni (cereali, foraggio, erbe officinali, ecc) il prato-pascolo e il pascolo

  • Gestione integrata dei fattori di stress di origine biotica e abiotica nelle colture erbacee

Zona 4 – La gestione selvicolturale del bosco: i diversi usi degli alberi, massimizzare la produttività nel tempo e nello spazio, la funzione produttiva, protettiva, turistico-ricreativa della foresta.

Zona 5 – Le aree a bassa o nulla gestione: le aree naturali

Gestione della fauna selvatica: il ruolo e il significato della fauna selvatica in un ambiente naturale ed antropizzato.

Acquacoltura: alta produttività, i fattori che influenzano il rendimento, policoltura.

Prevedere e affrontare il disastro: analisi e prevenzione del disastro, strategie di pianificazione per evitare i disastri

La tecnologia adatta: i bisogni per una tecnologia adatta, la scelta della tecnologia

La comunità: l’azione sostenibile della comunità

La permacultura urbana: la potenzialità della città

I soldi e il benessere, il reddito

Analizzare il luogo

Come risolvere creativamente i problemi

Progettazzione pratica

Presentazione e condivisione dei progetti

Networking, contatti




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