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A few days ago we finished a two week Permaculture Design Course at the Ermitaj in North West Romania. I have experienced this course as student, host and now as part of the facilitating team. It has been a very rewarding, challenging and eye-opening experience. Nina and I joined Pascale, Sam and Judith to form a teaching team in a friendly and supportive environment, the perfect place to start my teaching in Permaculture.

The Ermitaj is run by Philippe and Adriana in a lovely valley. It’s the third PDC they have hosted and we had a full international crew and students along with a healthy Romanian contingent. A jammed packed two weeks full of Permaculture ethics, principles, methods and practical sessions including building a synergistic garden, rocket stove, 18 day compost, jams, tool care, natural plastering, contour mapping, soil tests, pizza night and plenty of design time.

The course was finished off with a talent/no talent night and we received some great feedback before certificates were handed out and fairwells to new friends. Many thanks to a great team, great students and a great host.

5 responses to “Ermitaj


    Congratulations teacher Richie xxxx

  2. THX for the good time spended together…

  3. well done, my son the teacher, another string to your bow, love you lots, Mum xx

  4. Wonderful post but I was wondering if you could write a
    litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!

  5. Hi Taj, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. To write more on this topic could take months/years which is why I am undertaking my diploma. Feel free to browse the diploma section to get more of an idea and maybe check out the resource section for some great books. As for the PDC (Permaculture Design Course) itself I will be part of the facilitating of a course in China in February and volunteering on a course in Thailand in January. More news will appear here…

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