Venue: Alhibe Farm, Sitio Baucan, Brgy. Sac-on, Carmen, Cebu
Change Makers with specific interest in Sustainability & Nature Living
Land Designers & Planners
Urban Garden & Farm Enthusiasts
Lot owners planning to develop farm gardens & Eco Tourism Sites
Community Builders/NGO/Local Agriculture & Planning Officials
This course will enable the participants to thoroughly design their own permaculture project. Each participant will be guided and coached throughout the 10 days with the insights of seasoned permaculturists. Hands-on-experience is an integral part of the program. Included with this program are: constructing with bamboo, earth building, setting up a garden, building effective compost systems, maximizing land utilization, and many more. Part of the experience is learning how to appreciate and assess landscapes and development sites for the more subtle indicators of potential and progression.
It goes without saying that Nature designs very well.
With over four billion years of experience, Nature is able establish assemblies that are stable, efficient, productive, resilient, and best of all, self-managing. A real forest is one such example. It is like an ensemble of a diverse array of players, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, collaborating in harmony to generate and support the web of life, resulting in abundance.
Permaculture developed to decipher and apply the principles of the Design Methods of Nature. Originally conceived in the 1970’s by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren to achieve a more permanent form of agriculture when industrial chemical agriculture was becoming the norm, Permaculture has proven that only an ecologically based design can be sustained. Guided by a set of ethics, values and principles, it aims to harness natural energies and flows into a system that emulates a natural ecosystem, but best of all, allows human living and activity become fully integrated within the design.
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 the harmonious integration of landscape and people - providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. (Permaculture Research Institute)
Permaculture has become a worldwide movement, and it has become applied to the various aspects of human living, such as: agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development. (Permaculture Research Institute)
Here in the Philippines, there is a growing number of permaculture practitioners, projects and sites, including among others (Permaculture Research PH):
• Olaussen Permaculture Park in Layog Country Farm, Tadian, Mountain Province https://www.facebook.com/olaussenlayogagroforestgarden/
• Isabela Permaculture Development Center, Ilagan City, Isabela https://www.facebook.com/isabelapermaculture/
• Cabiokid Foundation Inc., Cabiao, Nueva Ecija
• Eco-house, Philippine Permaculture Association Office, Marikina, M. Manila https://www.facebook.com/PhilPermaAssoc/
• Kai Farms, Silang, Cavite
• Glinoga Organic Farm, Pitogo, Quezon
• Aloha House/Aloha Natural Farm, Puerto Princesa, Palawan https://www.facebook.com/alohahousepalawan/
• JLEE Nature Sanctuary, Carcar City, Cebu
• Umaleng Permaculture Farm/Dumingag Organics, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur https://www.facebook.com/dumingagorganicsph/
The 10 day PDC is the introduction course to Permaculture. It is meant to open up and develop a Nature based perspective that enlightens the Designer’s mind. It is a way of thinking and acting that prefers working with, rather than against, nature; that values protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions. (Bill Mollison)
Over the 10 day course, the participants will learn the Permaculture Design Principles derived from observing natural ecosystems, which may then be applied to various project designs that could range from a built structure, a farm, a reforestation project, an urban development, a community development project, and so on.
Practical (hands-on) learning activities will include:
The PDC will conclude with the individual presentation of the design projects to the group
Originally from Belgium, but has been living in the Philippines since 1989. He speaks fluent Filipino, but with an unmistakeable Flemish accent.
A product developer by profession, he came across Permaculture around the year 1999 while being involved with sustainable development projects all over the Philippines. He was deeply frustrated with the lack of a suitable framework to make the projects sustainable. Searching for development frameworks that made sense, he stumbled into Permaculture, and found it to have the holistic approach that he was looking for.
Soon after, he set up the Cabiokid foundation with a dynamic permaculture development site in the town of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, where he has been teaching permaculture for many years now. He then set out to establish several permaculture projects with native communities in Mindanao, Luzon and Palawan, which consisted of an interesting mix of entrepreneurial activities, renewable energy projects, alternative building, forestry, organic agriculture and sustainable transport.
Bert Peeters is can be considered the Lolo of Permaculture in the Philippines. He has spearheaded many initiatives that have advanced Permaculture in the country, including among others: his indefatigable teaching of Permaculture Courses, the writing and publication of localized permaculture instructional material, the establishment of the Philippine Permaculture Association which advances relevant local initiatives, and more.
A Cebuano, with a background in Industrial Education, he was involved with the Don Bosco Education System for many years. He was disillusioned with the global issues related to Energy and Peak Oil, and found Permaculture as the viable alternative. He was introduced to the Permaculture way of life by his sibling Eddy, who spent time with a community in New Mexico, USA that had to live Off the Grid due to discriminatory reasons.
He attended a PDC at Cabiokid by Bert Peeters in 2008, and quickly got more involved in Permaculture since then. He took another PDC with Geoff Lawton in Australia, and joined various related trainings including one at Approvecho in Oregon, USA. Since then, with his siblings, he has undertaken several projects including the Eco-Renovation of their family’s 3 hotels that all received a 3-star recognition from the Anahaw Philippine Sustainable Tourism Standards Review. He retains the credit for having organized the First Permaculture Convergence in the Philippines, back in October 2008. He has conducted several PDC trainings in Cebu, with graduates who have undertaken their own interesting projects and advocacies. He has also been most active with their family project the JLEE Nature Sanctuary in Carcar, Cebu, which is a challenging eco-system at the transition point of three ecosystems.
He was the lead convenor of the Movement for a Livable Cebu, and one of the leaders of the Tindak Sugbo, a coalition of around 38 bike groups in Cebu City that was instrumental in the approval of the Cebu City Bike Priority Lanes Ordinance of 2014.
Alhibé is a Farm developed using Permaculture principles and is a growing Arboretum of Bamboo & Philippine Native Trees.
ALHIBÉ, is a boutique farm which also got its name from the Visayan word which means “water reservoir”. This also started as a weekend project for the tree hugger owners who constantly seek respite away from the city to recharge in nature, and from there it continues to evolve, from being just a private getaway, to offering exclusive farm stay, to opening AGWAS Cafe which caters to walk in customers and to offering workshops and camps to help promote sustainability and ecological consciousness.
In line with being close to nature, the farm offers shared tent accommodations with bamboo beds & mattresses. with free basic toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner & bodywash, hot & cold outdoor showers, with full board meals included.
The Farm's development was headed by couple designers, Marvin and Sheryl. Led by their passion in making the planet even "Greener" for the current and next generations, Marvin studied Permaculture Design Course in The Kulkul Farm and Bamboo Design & Build Course by Bamboo U (The creators of Green Village & Green School) in Bali, so they can slowly incorporate these into their Architecture and Interior Design Practices.
Thank you for the interest! We're looking forward to have you on this course!
For a conducive learning experience, the course will accommodate up to 24 participants only.
Brgy. Sac-on, Carmen, Cebu, Philippines