Subsidized spots on Summer PDC & 8 Week Internship Trainings @ Ridgedale PermacultureRead Now
2014 was an incredible pioneering year for us at Ridgedale Permaculture. We hit the ground running and with an awesome Core Team from around the world and all the amazing people who came through the farm we achieved so much both on the land and in education, and gained support of over 10,000 followers to our Fb page Thanks so much to all of you who contribute to this amazing place. We have so much to be grateful for, and it is such a joy and pleasure to be able to share our experience and learning with some of the brightest minds and kindest hearts we've ever met. We have always valued making our Educational activities as accessible as possible; one of our main objectives is supporting as many people as possible into farming & land based enterprises and professional regenerative design. We've been doing pretty good with it; yet settled at our Swedish home base where we have to operate in this economy (not exactly set up to support small, local regenerative enterprises!) We realize many around the world just can't afford to make it to our trainings. Our unique Internship program is cheaper than the cost of backpacking in the area and participants from around the world have consistently reflected the value of this program compared to others abroad. But we have still been considering how we can support low income folks who have the passion and commitment, who are dedicating their lives to regenerating their soils and communities. Yohanna & Richard have decided to offer super low cost placement's for both our next Permaculture Design Course and our pioneering training; 8 Week Farm Scale & Professional Permaculture Internship.
THIS OFFER IS OPEN UNTIL 25TH March 2015...
If you are interested in this opportunity please read & consider this carefully. We find one of the problems with our digital era is people jump onto links, etc, without considering the whole. This opportunity is to facilitate and support people who genuinely have limited fiscal resources to participate in this life changing education. It's not a chance of a "freebie." If you want to participate you need to be committed to the training dates and if selected pay the full fee within 10 days of being selected. We've spelled it out pretty clearly, but see that a lot of folks respond to posts without having even read them! If you don't follow the simple instructions or write to us after the date above you're unlikely to hear from us!
We searched around all corners of Sweden to find a place to set up our farm project, with a list of around 50 goals we were trying to meet. We found it, and with our incredible Core Team and Intern's laid out the skeleton of the farm in our first 6 month season as you can see in the brief recap of the year below;
We're trying to share as much of this journey with as many people as possible through our trainings, writings, etc. You can read more about the last season's experience in a recent article on our blog. 2015 will see us scaling up egg and broiler production, extending the gardens for a CSA and a whole bunch of exciting things. It's going to be epic.
Whilst our trainings are comparatively low priced for what we offer, we know a lot of people who could benefit from this just can't afford our workshops. We decided as part of our Fair Share policy to pay it forward and are offering;
• Introduction to Holistic Management (Savory Institute Certified) & integrated Animal Systems
• Keyline Design & Water Management
• Agroforestry & Perennial Cropping
• Annual vegetable production & Regenerating Soils
There is no other training like this we know about, so we are looking to support someone who will really utilize what they learn with us in a highly active way. Details of this training found here.
At this point both the PDC and Internship are booking up, but spots are available on both. If you have already signed up you can still apply. We shall select the lucky 2 people after 25th March. You will need to pay the fee within 10 days of receipt of the news or you forfeit the gift (which will go to someone else). To be in for a chance you need to;
Best wishes for 2015, thank you so much for all the support that has come in from around the globe. It is such an honor to share these journeys together...
24/2/2015 08:53:57 pm
I´m in the beginning of starting up my cultivation. Me and my husband bought this land in the meaning of building small alternative houses for tourists. We leased the camping just near by. The owner of the camping and I didn´t have the same future visions so I ended the contrack
25/2/2015 03:39:52 am
After spending the last year in Hawaii living and working at an organic farm community, I have found my passion for sustainable agriculture and natural building. For two months I worked hands-on in a fully functioning permaculture garden and learned some of the basic techniques and theory behind this wonderful craft. I truly believe permaculture and regenerative design can be implemented into urban areas and used to facilitate human being's symbiotic relationship with the earth and aid in the healing of it's ecological lifeblood.
25/2/2015 08:46:25 am
I really want to do the PDC course but cant afford to do it at the moment. I have been on a permaculture introduction weekend a few years ago but would love to learn more. I currently work as an organic gardener (part-time)and am studying via distance learning for the rhs level 2 horticulture course. I would like to study permaculture futher so that I have a balance to my other studies. In the future there are lots of possibilities including permaculture design in gardens and setting up land using organic gardening techniques and permaculture design...and maybe lots of other ideas I havent thought about yet! I would love the opportunity to study permaculture futher and have an adventure at the same time. Thanks.
26/2/2015 12:21:16 pm
I would love to be part of your internship program. I have taken a permaculture course and have been growing food for most my adult life. However, with most of the bigger concepts in permaculture I have no hands on experience. I loved my pdc but it was very classroom based and now I'm ready to put that learning into practice. The idea of incorporating learning with doing sounds amazing to me. My husband and I have a few acres of land and our goal is to create a permaculture farm that will serve as a source of learning for our community. Much as it seems you are doing now, which makes this an even more amazing opportunity. I'm a hard worker and love to work in teams and problem solve and feel like I would benefit immensely from this experience. Even better, I feel like I can help share this knowledge in my community and help other people get their permaculture projects off of the ground.
8/3/2015 10:38:56 am
Greetings from Mexico!
10/3/2015 06:31:32 am
Doing the 8 week internship at Ridgedale would be a dream for me. I've been involved in the world of permaculture now for 3 years, mostly in Portugal, and have spent the last year setting up a 7 hectare farm in the serra da estrella mountain range in central Portugal with a few friends using permaculture design principles and techniques. The 8 week internship at Ridgedale is just what I need to get more hands-on experience/inspiration/confidence in completing my mission. I am interested in all aspects of regenerative agriculture/design and feel that at Ridgedale I would learn about them all. I have completed 2 Pdc courses( leslie Martin and Rosemary morrows), a Permaculture teacher training course (Rosemary morrows), dryland water management course (with Richard) and many workshops here and there and read all the books I could get a hold of including the Bible. I feel that I'm at a stage where I could really suck the juice out of this internship. I am currently doing the Permaculture Diploma through Gaia university and would love to integrate the two. My aim is become a professional permaculture teacher/designer and I'm positive that I would benefit dramatically by studying at Ridgedale. I would utilize everything that I learned to help me set up a permaculture demonstration site in Portugal and hopefully my future career as a teacher/designer/inspirer, which I hope will involve work in third world. Thanks you for your time, inspiration, passion and all round awesomeness.
14/3/2015 02:29:29 am
First off, what an generous opportunity provided by Richard and Yohanna, two great people and inspirations for all the burgeoning young regenerative agrarians out there. This past year, both the Ridgedale Facebook page and blog have been great resources for gleaning personal and educational accounts of a developing regenerative enterprise in "real-time"... as projects, problems, and educational events unfolded in a very inclusive, "open sourced" manner. What a model for us to look to going forward.
21/3/2015 08:48:05 am
Hello everyone at Ridgelade!
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24/3/2015 07:06:37 am
I'm from Sweden and got interested in smallscale farming and permaculture eigth years ago. I've read a lot of pc books and watched a the movies I could find and 3 years ago me and my wife finally moved to a 16 acre farm in the highlands of Småland with the aim to switch from our present jobs to farming and homesteading. We've tried to do an overall design but we clearly lack the skills needed. I've been wanting to go for a PDC for a long time, but so far our three kids have taken too much of our time and the bank have taken most of our money so it hasn't worked out.
24/3/2015 08:05:21 am
Hello up - there,
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