Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course
Madeira Island - Portugal
Permaculture is to live in harmony with nature providing for human needs and the needs of everything around us

Permaculture Vermicompost Course (PVC) with Helder Valente

Permaculture Vermicompost Course

Course taught by Helder Valente and
the New School Permaculture  Team

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This is the course designed for people that want to learn about worms.

 Earthworms can turn over around 50 tonnes of soil per hectare each year, aerating the soil and improving water filtration.

In permaculture we say that worms are our best friends.
      Did you you know that worms have no desease, they are the most healthy living organism on the planet.
      Worms can resist an nuclear bomb and still continue cleaning the soil from radioactive contamination and of heavy metals
      The most beneficial bacteria for soil health and life are produced inside of a worm 24 hours a day
  Worms are the best composting technology for natural soil fertility.
      These organisms can be used as one of the most sustainable protein source since they can double their population every month.
      Worms produce humus, the most important source of life on our planet.
      There are so many things the worm can do that it is really important to share information about them.

On this course you will learn:

What are the different kinds of worms we can use.
What are the benefits of using worms for living soil.
What are the needs to keep of worms happy.
How to make worm farms from recycled materials.
What are the conditions for them to reproduce.
How to create worm humus.
How to make liquid fertilizers of worm castings.
How can i make a living out of producing worms products-
How to make genetic improvement of your worms. 
How to use worms combined with other animals like chickens, pigs, cows, horses, donkeys, lamas, alpacas, camels or elephants.
How to process all your organic garbage using worms in your little apartment in the center of the city.

We expect that by the end of this course you become as passionate as we are about the use of worms to help our planet to recover from all the negative impact that comes from human unconscious development.
 To know more about worms you can check one of our articles about it HERE

To see some testimonials 
from our students click HERE


Permaculture energizers, icebreackers, dynamizers and more

Permaculture energizers,
 icebreackers, dynamizers and more

Permaculture Garden Course (PGC) by Helder Valente

 Permaculture Garden Course



Permaculture Urban Course (PUC) With Helder Valente

Permaculture Urban Course - PUC 

Permaculture Teacher Course (PTC) with Helder Valente

Permaculture Teachers Course  

Course taught by Helder Valente and
the New School Permaculture  Team

Next course will be in October in the island of S,Miguel - Portugal


The PTC its a course designed for people that want to learn how to share information in a clear and supportive way.
We spend our time sharing about educational tools that can be used to present information in a way that there is little difference between student and teacher.
There is a deep focus on the practice of learner based education and discussion about the results.
On this course we also learn about how to teach the PDC and other courses, how to develop curriculums and content and how to design classes of any topic.
This course has also the purpose of empowering people that want to become a permaculture teacher.
Our main goal is to create a safe environment for people to open and experiment with our tricks under our supervision and support.

After teaching on more than 30 Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and 30 other diverse courses like  Permaculture Social courses (PSC), Permaculture Forest Courses (PFC), Permaculture Water Course (PWC),  Helder have been developing very simple tools to create a good learner, after all to be a good teacher its very usefull to be a better learner.

On that process Helder been focusing most of his energy on learning from poor people in every country he visits and try to understand that openness.

While traveling more than 30 countries and working with people in the deep amazon were rivers have deep oil polution or with quechua people in the Andes and having to face air polution due to mine extractions, there came a powerfull moment of transition.
This transition is the vision of the New School Permaculture and its to provide alternative creative educational thinking and practice by supporting people on having a different perspective on ecosocial design.

To do that we focus on what is essential and fundamental.
On this course you will learn about what are the main patterns in education and how to manage them in a way that the students get empowered.
How to design a lesson and a classroom, how to develop a course, promotion and preparations, hosting and celebration.
How to teach a PDC or any other course of any kind and how to make a living out of it, supporting the needs of nature and of people.

The time has arrived for people to have availabke and experiment with New School Permaculture educational ToolBox.

The course is presented by creative non formal education methods, that are based on creating a bridge between the right and left side of the brain, so that the analytical and creative abilities of the students get fully stimulated and get the most out of the experience...for many people is the most empowering and inspiring transformative process of their lives...and they carry this with them every were they go....and thats our goal.

The New School Permaculture uses creative and inspiring educational tools that enable the students to empower each other in a way that many people have never experienced in their lives before.

To see testimonials from our students
click HERE

The subjects covered during this Permaculture Design Course include:

The ethics and principles of Permaculture

Class vision
Learning styles
Schools social systems
Learning strategies
Educational Methods
 Reading the landscape 
Social Pattern in design
PDC and courses content

Alternative economies
Community development


To see some testimonials from our students click HERE

Permaculture Courses by the New School Permaculture

The New School Permaculture is a non formal school with the vision to create harmonious social and ecological learning environments.

Our Mission is to focus our energy on researching and developing 

sustainable educational methods to inspire active elements of change in this world.

The intention with our courses is to empower our students so that 

they become more connected with their dreams and passions and 

more aware about how to create beneficial connections that will 

contribute to our local and global dreams.

All courses are taught by Helder Valente and by the New School Permaculture team and most of them are at Atlantis Food Forest .

PDC - Permaculture Design Course

The PDC is based on the ethics and principles of Permaculture: earth care, people care and fair share, providing practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment. 

The subjects covered during the PDC include:

The ethics and principles of Permaculture

Learning strategies

Educational Methods

Reading the landscape

Pattern in design


Water preservation

Forest and trees

Soils building

Buildings and natural construction

Community development


Alternative economies


Past courses:


                                    To know more about the PDC click HERE

For 2017 

FFC - Food Forest Course

On the FFC you will learn about forest gardening and how to develop and maintain a food forest. 

The concepts that you will learn can applyed on any other climate of the world.

The subjects covered during the FFC include:

Agro ecology

Food Forest creation and management

How to combine fruits and veggies

Plants and tres species

How, when and where to plant

Climate zones

Social forests

To know more about the FFC click HERE

For 2016 we will have a FFC at Atlantis Food Forest - Spain

PSC - Permaculture Social Course

The SPC is designed to be useful to anyone who interacts with others. So unless you are a hermit, that´s you! 

You will learn how to design and take care for ourselves, our communities and the planet.

The subjects covered during the PSC include:

Positive communication

Intentional communities

Social organisation

Conflict resolution

Project management

Decision making

Power of celebration

Alternative economies

New School Education

                                   To know more about the PSC click HERE

For 2017 we will have 1 PSC in Azores



PTC - Permaculture Teacher  Course

In TPC you will learn about what are the main patterns in education and how to manage them in a way that the students get empowered. 

How to design a lesson and a classroom, how to develop a course, 

promotion and preparations, hosting and celebration. 

How to teach a PDC or any other course of any kind and how to make  a living out of it, supporting the needs of nature and of people. 

The subjects covered during the PTC include:

Class vision

Learning styles

Schools social systems

Learning strategies

Education Methods

Social pattern in Design


PDC and courses content 

To know more about the PTC click HERE

For 2017 we will have a PTC on Tenerife - Spain

Permaculture Teacher Course 16 to 20 July 2017

PIV - Permaculture Island Visits

To know more about the PIV click HERE

For 2017 we will have PIV starting at Atlantis Food Forest.

Permaculture Island Visits  13 to 17 July

Permaculture Island Visits  16 to 17 October


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