Two Week Permaculture Design Certification Course in Laikipia
(in partnership with Laikipia Permaculture Centre)
When: May 14-24th
Where: Laikipia Permaculture Centre in Laikipia
Cost: 400 USD / 40,000 Ksh
Details: You will learn the complete process of designing and implementing a permaculture plan. Learn the concepts of sustainable living and improved self-reliance and attain hands on experience of design and implementation. Participants will learn how to develop sustainable systems and concepts of natural building which can be applied to all aspects of life through the observation and replication of natural patterning. Permaculture is an integrated design strategy incorporating food forests and jungle gardens, natural building, alternative economics, aquaculture and mapping to create a sustainable human habitat. You will be presented with an innovative approach through modeling the structure of Permaculture directly in the environment.
We live in a critical moment: our biosphere is straining to support seven billion+ people; communal structures are failing to meet the basic needs of millions; the divide between those who have and those who don’t grows ever larger. This is a course about the tools to create a world grounded in sustainability, justice and love. It is a course about building regenerative communities on all levels.
Permaculture has been defined as “a holistic approach to landscape design and human culture, integrating several disciplines including biology, ecology, geography, agriculture, architecture, appropriate technology, and community building.” Our course will integrate each of these fields, and include lectures, discussions, hands-on projects, and you will get to see permaculture in action right on the site and be involved in a final group design project. Participants will be taken through 72 hours (10 day) of core curriculum and will receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design upon completion of the course from the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya.
The course will draw upon the expertise of an amazing team of permaculture educators who bring with them years of experience in the areas of Food Production and Propagation, Rainwater Harvesting, Compost and Soil Building, Earthworks, Natural Building, Community Organizing, and a diversity of other components that can make healthy human and ecological living possible.
Where – This PDC will be held at the Laikipia Permaculture Centre (LPC), a truly unique setting and is one of PRI Kenya’s key partner projects run by one of PRI Kenya’s founding members, Joseph Lentunyoi. LPC is located in a dry-lands area and is also the focal point for the Laikipia Permaculture Project (LPP), working with Maasai women’s groups to create food security and sustainable livelihoods through permaculture. You will be learning practical aspects of permaculture both at the LPC farm and working directly with the women’s groups, helping them develop their permaculture farms.
ABOUT THE TRAINER & SITES
Joseph Lentunyoi is a certified Permaculture Designer and Consultant. Joseph is the co-founder of PRI-Kenya, the first organization in Kenya dedicated solely to Permaculture education, projects and research. Joseph took his PDC with Geoff Lawton and his teacher training with Geoff in Australia during a three month internship. He has later completed another Teacher Training and Advanced Consultancy Training with Warren Brush in Kenya, run in partnership with PRI-Kenya.
He has taught permaculture in Africa, in Kenya, Tanzania and Somaliland for a wide range of audiences, from school children to professionals in the field and has worked with small and large NGO’s as well as businesses such as eco-lodges as a professional permaculture design consultant. Joseph has a wealth of knowledge about Earthworks resiliency work. His courses are truly dynamic, showcasing some exceptional practical work at his site, Laikipia Permaculture Centre (LPC) in Laikipia and transforming his community through permaculture which has been a long time dream of his. LPC was founded in 2012 on a degraded piece of land donated by Joseph’s father. In 2013 Joseph started working with women’s groups in the area who were growing Aloe Secundiflora and who were facing challenges with pest control, at the same time LUSH cosmetics in the UK, PRI-Kenya partner, was showing an interest in the aloe for their line of cosmetics. This started the partnership between LPC, PRI-Kenya and LUSH on the Laikipia Permaculture Project.
Jane Ndirangu is a certified Permaculture Designer and Consultant. She completed her PDC with John Sheffy in June 2016 which was spread across four different sites (Kitui, Makueni, Laikipia and Kirinyaga). Due to her civil engineering background, she has special interest in Water management methods, climate adapted strategies, and earthworks. She is also passionate on food security issues and plans to work with the communities to improve their resilience to climate change.
Jane is in the process of developing her one acre farm in Nturukuma, Nanyuki and plans to develop a permaculture demonstration site, and empower the neighboring communities toward more sustainable living which will include water harvesting, energy efficiency, food production, waste management and livestock management, among others.
Laikipia Permaculture Project (LPP)
You will have the opportunity to visit The Laikipia Permaculture Project as well which is being developed along the same model as the other projects part of the Permaculture & Regenerative Enterprise Programme, though at the same time designed with its very specific context in mind. The project works with four women’s groups, one of which is an umbrella group for six women’s groups, with a total of 227 women. The women are Maasai and traditionally pastoralists, hence there is not really any indigenous farming knowledge. Climate change, severe environmental degradation and change of land available for grazing has however pushed the Maasai to find alternative livelihoods. The area where we work is a drylands, receiving very little rain and overgrazing and charcoal burning has led to severe degradation resulting in huge gullies and soil erosion. A majority of the women we work with walk between 10-20 km to the nearest market to buy food and eat only a few proper meals per week.
The women’s groups have communal farms where they grow the Aloe Secundiflora, PRI-Kenya works with LPC to help the women improve and diversify their production through permaculture techniques with the aim of providing both food crops as well as crops suitable for organic soap production, such as Moringa Oleifeira, which makes an excellent oil, and lemongrass, which makes a wonderful essential oil. All of the crops integrated have several functions, such as nitrogen fixing, soil erosion control etc. Our aim is to see each women’s group set up as a small enterprise producing Aloe Secundiflora leaves for LUSH UK, organic, handmade soaps and other products such as honey for the Kenyan and East African market and fresh organic vegetables for their local community.
A key part of the project is also the development of Laikipia Permaculture Centre as a central education, demonstration and processing site.