The Gaia Aid Organisation
PERMACULTURE-SCHOOL, Christoff Schneider
"Sharing the art and science how to live in harmony with nature"
COURSES - MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING - GARDENING
As a permaculture school we are internationally active. This testifies to our comprehensive expertise in the field of permaculture. In particular businesses, architects, NGOs and public sector representatives benefit from our planning and consulting services in the following areas:
• circular economy
• efficient resource management
• recycling economy and composting
• autonomous settlement generation
Permaculture goes far beyond biological gardening or ecological agriculture.
Permaculture aims at planning and creating sustainable living spaces and ways of living.
To this end all natural cycles are harmonized with each other as best as possible.
Regenerative resources play a key role. Permaculture offers solutions that are future-proof and economically sound.
In our PRI-certified courses participants learn about the important pillars of sustainable living spaces in theory and praxis.
We consult with regard to a sustainable, future-oriented way of living and resilience.
We accompany international projects regarding economic and ecological land planning. The goal-oriented and efficient use of available resources is directly connected with the natural and individual prerequisites. Since we are intimately familiar with the specifics of national and climatic conditions, we can work on solutions that integrate the interests of various stakeholders. Do you have questions concerning our projects? We are delighted to be giving you more information in a personal conversation.
Permaculture Design Course - internationally recognized and certified by the Permaculture Research Institute
This course provides a comprehensive overview of permaculture and its design principles. Starting with the historical background of the permaculture movement, the course then moves on to ethical and moral questions surrounding permaculture as well as current ecological and economic challenges. Several dimensions of sustainability and an understanding of the ecological footprint sum up the course.
• Basic principles of sustainable settlement planning and design; Gaia - Planet earth as a living organism
• energy and entropy
• diversity and yield
• circular flows
• storage and conservation
• Applied planning
• general and practical design reflections
• planning of sectors and zoning with regard to harmonious flows of energy
• succession, plant guilds, mixed cropping
• care and maintenance
• Pattern language of nature and indigenous people
• flows of energy in landscapes
• adopting natural patterns in permaculture design
• The significance of trees
• impact on soils, water, climate and the biosphere
• the foundation of forest gardens and edible forests
• agroforestry systems
• quality, cycle and storage of water
• precipitation and evaporation
• building dams and ponds, natural ponds and biotopes
• grey and black water
• biogas plants
• soil development and erosion
• composition, build-up, classification and regeneration of soils
• soil life (the edaphon)
• composting and fertilizing
• Earthen resources and planning of earth works
• earth works, earth resources and ethics
• planning and scheduling
• measuring, slope assessment and safety
• scarps and terraces
• Permaculture in cold, moderate, tropical and dry climates
• climate specifics
• soil improvement
• housing design, settlement planning
• ecological building materials
• house, fruit and forest gardens
• food processing and storage
• integrated husbandry
• Strategies for the future - An outlook
• portrayal of alternative political systems, NGOs etc.
• instruction of basics of an alternative world population based on self-responsibility, regional organizationand commonweal economy
• alternative currencies and financial systems
• ethical investments, support people and areas in distress