You can do it on your own, and then if you want to go deeper in the content while you try the resources we make available for our students, enroll in the Introduction Course.
This Course is ideal for people who -
It is also ideal for people who are thinking of studying with us, but first want to try & see if this type of action-learning works for them.
With 10 especially selected classes you will get a useful general vision of what this sustainability science covers. Our content-rich multimedia classes are between 1:30 to 2 hours long on average.
You have the use of a personal Blog from which you will be able to show your learning process & get to know & interact with the other students, even starting your design portfolio here if you wish.
During the weekly live group meetings you will be able to clarify doubts, present your designs ... as well as get to know and see presentations of your colleagues' designs.
You can also take this option in the practical intensive format, in one month > see the GaiaSis Intensives page.
You can see the content of each class in detail in our e-book, PermaCultureScience.org
3 of 10 classes
Here we will delve into the issues of thinking in a systemic way, Action Learning, how to study more effectively & we look at really understanding what Sustainability is.
Here we explore for the first time the Design Ethics, Directives & Principles & we place them in the wider context of Permaculture.
1.6 What are 'Models' & why are they so important for Permaculture Designers?
In this class we study the basic nature of the Scientific Method & it's problems, taking as an example of our difficulties in changing paradigms a rEvolutionary model of the human mind.
2 of 10 classes
Permaculture is a holistic science based in design & that is not something easy to understand in a society where we are taught (mostly) to follow recipes & copy things, or consume instead of truly create & think for our selves. In this class we explore why learning to design, from first principles (which we always question) is so vitally important, & we look at what design is all about & how it can be applied at every scale.
How do we apply the fundamental principles to Permaculture Design?
3 of 10 classes
3.1 What is Soil?
We could say that the destructo-culture, based on industrialized agriculture, carries a basic dysfunction, which is to see the soil as an inanimate thing, a resource to be exploited, & even something that can be seen as 'property' of human beings.
3.2 How can we Regenerate Soils?
"Deserts are the footprint of civilization", & this means that the most important work we have to do now as conscious human beings is to regenerate the soils that have been lost, & those that have been exploited & de-vitalized all over the planet, especially by agricultural activities.
3.3 What are the Vital Cycles?
Gaia, the great living organism that is Earth, can be understood as a whole made out of millions of vital cycles that interrelate, each one continuously transforming & cycling the elements essential for Life (like oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, etc.) in order for these to be usable in their optimal form for each organism that needs them.
2 of 10 classes
Climate Change, Petrol Peak & Economic Crisis have been called the 3Es of Collapse: Environmental, Energetic & Economic. It is important to be well informed about the basic facts & science of these, how they interconnect, their causes & predictable effects. In this class we look at these issues in some detail, also exploring what cultural & inner meanings are being proposed & that we can make of these crises / opportunities. What does all this mean for us as integral designers for sustainability?
We could say that the key to the sustainability of any society (or indeed any design) is simply to make optimum use of resources - so this is a very important subject to clarify for ourselves as designers. In this class we will explore how often, instead of using rational criteria for appropriateness when choosing resources (materials, fuels or technologies), like energy trade-off, we tend to use subjective & superficial criteria, like appearance, fashion & emotional attachments. This class is about how we can learn to make wiser judgements & choices in these matters.
Like all of our courses it is an Action-Learning program which means your real-life designs will be the focus of our work together & it is based in the Permaculture Designers Manual with important additions from the Integral Sciences.
NodoEspiral of the Permaculture Academy is co-creating a great online e-book of resources & materials which follows the structure of the classes of the Integral Permaculture courses that we offer, expanding the information.
the Integral Permaculture Manual
This option has a small range of classes
from this manual: 10 to start with
If you wish of course you may complete the classes & design assignments in less time.
Option of Intensive Practical version
You can do a more intensive version of this course also in one month but with a rhythm of 4hrs of practical work + 2 hours of study, 5 days per week.
It is recommended to do this version in a place where you don't have other distractions, & you can focus mainly on the course. If you don't have a place we can help you find it.
You can see details of this option in the GaiaSis Intensive Practicals page.
3) 10 AudioVisual Classes
are included in this option. The classes have a duration of 1:30h to 2:30h which you can see at your own pace (you can stop and resume the recording at any point).
The first class teaches how to listen to the others in the most effective way possible. Each class focuses on the essential points of the theory & the majority contain original materials which have not been published yet.
4) Your Personal Blog
Each student can reflect on their path & designs, sharing their learning process & interacting with the other students.
It is a great start for a future design portfolio if you wish to go on with the diploma, & an essential discipline in order to integrate what is taught in class with your practice.
We emphasize that dialogue & exchange of experiences is one of the most powerful tools of action learning.
5) A 2hr Monthly Meeting with the tutors, where you can put questions, present your designs & share live with the other course members.