Specialized Courses 2017


Part of our PDC Urban Course run over six weekends – you are also welcome to join any of the weekend sessions at any time or take the full course for 45,000 Kshs. Register for any of the weekend sessions at the bottom of the page. Attend the combined weekend workshops listed below for 8,000 Kshs



Introduction to Permaculture weekend

When: April 22nd& 23rd – Intro to Permaculture, Concepts & Design Methods.

Where: Bric a Brac, Karen

An excellent way to find out more about permaculture is to attend a two-day introductory course. This ‘taster’ will provide an opportunity to actively learn about the principles. The course provides the opportunity to discuss vitally important issues in a positive, creative and supportive space. The course is lively, participatory and thought provoking. Introductory Courses are primarily a way of sharing skills and knowledge, and building interest in an area. They are an excellent way of starting a local group, or getting other people in the area together to start or get involved in a project.

The learning style is collaborative and participatory (not chalk and talk). Permaculture techniques started in Australia in the 1970’s and are now  used all over the world. The design system was created by bringing together knowledge from many different areas such as agriculture, architecture, renewable energy and indigenous knowledge systems. “Permaculture is conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have diversity, stability and the resilience of a natural ecosystem.” Bill Mollison

An introductory course session will include:

  • Ethics and principles
  • Design
  • Examples of permaculture
  • An observation exercise
  • A video & slides
  • Games
  • Practical group work exercises
  • An overview of the permaculture network and how to find out more.

This course is for people concerned about the state of the world, who want to look at those challenges and create solutions.  It is open to anyone aged 16 or over. No prior knowledge of permaculture is needed. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate by PRI Kenya.

Instructor:

Helene Maremma, anthropologist, organic farmer and certified permaculture trainer, devoted to sustainable living practices. She completed her PDC with John Sheffy in 2012 and participated on our Training of Trainers Course in 2014 as well as our Advanced Consultancy Design Course in 2015 with Warren Brush. Helene recently had the opportunity to co-facilitate on courses in Thailand, where she spent 3 months gaining hands on experience as well as co-facilitating on our most recent course in Kilifi. She has also started teaching Introduction to Permaculture courses for us at the Nairobi Arboretum.  She just completed a Natural Medicine Anamed course with Dr Hans Martin Hirt in Tanzania in April 2015. At present, Helene owns a small scale organic farm in Ngong and has plans to develop a permaculture demonstration site in Kajiado, aiming to create a learning centre,  empowering pastoralists and members in the region. She has also started working at our partner organization, Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers in Kilifi through assisting on a course with PRI Kenya.



Soils Intensive workshop

Learn on composting, mulching, making natural liquid fertilisers, plant teas and soil building. Vermiculture workshop. Benefits of vermiculture. Starting and maintaining a worm farm. Using worm castings and tea for soil building and natural fertilizers with expert, Rob McIntyre.

When: May 6th & 7th

Where: Bric a Brac, Karen

Learn the secrets of thinking big and starting small. Learn to enrich your soil with natural composts & tonics throughout the weekend.

Participants will go through: the soil life, soil foods, fertilizers & tonics, one no-dig method, soil texture, structure, nutrients & pH, importance of vermicomposting and rotation.

Instructor:

Rob McIntyre has been worm farming for over 2 years and maintains a greenhouse in Langata where he grows a lot of different vegetables and herbs from seed.
He studied hydroponics and gained an understanding of the benefits of using soluble fertilizers which he applies on the side of vermiculture to create healthy soils and maximum fertility. Rob will facilitate on vermiculture.

Urban Gardening  and Water Combined  Weekend Course

Garden practicals: Making beds, urban gardening techniques, plant propagation, companion  planting,  inter-cropping, integrated pest management (IPM).

Go through:

  • Urban design – visible and invisible structure design for the specific challenges in cities and towns
  • Community building strategies and social permaculture
  • Increasing quality of life through permaculture design

When: May 13th

Where: Bric a Brac, Karen

Water management methods, climate adapted strategies, earthworks, food forests

Students will understand the principles of permaculture design in earthworks: reading the site, interpreting contour maps and using surveying tools, placing elements in a design. Students will be able to use the basic terminology for earthworks and soil water management.

This unique course offers a look at the beginnings of a regenerative landscaping work through several techniques related to earthworks and food forests.

 

When: May 14th:

Instructors:

Assistant facilitator: Muthoni Hari
Muthoni Hari is an organic farmer from Kinangop who took the first ever seven-weekend PDC offered by PRI in February 2016 and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) course at the Laikipia Permaculture Centre in Nanyuki in November 2016.
She started out with what she could easily accomplish, focusing on the things that did not require “extras” or expense:  “I looked around me and I was up to my ears in stinging nettle, so I stared making stinky biocides. I started intercropping, mulching here and there, making compost and compost teas”.
 Currently, she is at the beginning stages of designing a 50×100 plot that she plans to live and farm on and will be assisting us in this PDC sharing what she has tried and tested, what she has struggled and being overwhelmed with and overall helping to create a great learning environment for the participants.
Helene Maremma, anthropologist, organic farmer and certified permaculture trainer, devoted to sustainable living practices. She completed her PDC with John Sheffy in 2012 and participated on our Training of Trainers Course in 2014 as well as our Advanced Consultancy Design Course in 2015 with Warren Brush. Helene recently had the opportunity to co-facilitate on courses in Thailand, where she spent 3 months gaining hands on experience as well as co-facilitating on our most recent course in Kilifi. She has also started teaching Introduction to Permaculture courses for us at the Nairobi Arboretum.  She just completed a Natural Medicine Anamed course with Dr Hans Martin Hirt in Tanzania in April 2015. At present, Helene owns a small scale organic farm in Ngong and has plans to develop a permaculture demonstration site in Kajiado, aiming to create a learning centre,  empowering pastoralists and members in the region. She has also started working at our partner organization, Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers in Kilifi th

rough assisting on a course with PRI Kenya.

Trees, Botany and Forestry & Renewable Energy Weekend

Learn about Trees and Forestry as a whole systems appraoch. You will learn on key plant identification and herbarium techniques, nursery propagation methods and management with amazing and plant guru John Ndege!

When: May 20th:

Where: Bric a Brac, Karen and Flexibiogas inKaren (21st)

 

Instructor:

John Ndege, Forestry and Botany

John Ndege took his PDC in Kilifi. He taught Biology and Agriculture to high school students and in addition, did a training in Botanical Garden Development. His major passion and current work is with reforestation, indigenous trees, botany and medicinal plants.

He has been involved in reforestation, conservation and vegetation survey projects in Diani, all around the coastal forests of Kenya and Tanzania and in the Usambara mountains.

We are pleased and proud to have him as a guest facilitator on the Nairobi Urban PDC sharing his knowledge on trees and forestry.

Participants will go through a full on design workshop thid weekend.

Renewable Energy -Biogas site visit with Dominic Wanjihia in Karen

Participants will learn about renewable energy and get to see a biogas plant in Karen. You will get to see firsthand the uses of the flexibag concept and installation process and learn the uses of modern biogas technologies.

When: May 21st:

Where: Karen



Apiculture (Beekeeping) Weekend

This apiculture course includes hands-on training on a number of important topics related to beekeeping, including assembling hives and opening and examining colonies. From disease and mite prevention and hive management to honey production, this class will cover everything you need to know to further your hobby or get your business off the ground with the beeman himself, Sam Bananah!

Course topics include:

  • Bee Biology
  • Bees in an Urban Setting
  • Disease and Mite Prevention
  • Hive Assembly and Management
  • Honey Extraction

When: May 27th & May 28

Where: Ngong

Instructor:

Samuel Bananah, went to Friends School Kamusinga after which he then joined Mombasa Polytechnic for Information Technology Diploma. He then worked for Chablis Ltd in Mombasa for 18 months at which he quit his job and went to a farm near Salama town where he started small scale farming in poultry. He redeveloped his childhood passion of beekeeping and went to several training forums to learn about bees.He proceeded to take a full course at the Beekeeping station and started his own hives. He also became a member of the British Beekeepers Association from which through correspondence he learned a lot about bees. He heard about Permaculture and PRI Kenya in 2012 and took our three week PDC with John Sheffy which was spread across four different sites. After taking his PDC he   improved greatly on his skills and began giving trainings to communities on sustainable and organic beekeeping practices. He has worked for different communities in the Maasai Mara, Samburu, Kitui, Makueni, Kilifi, among others. He has also worked for individuals in different parts of East Africa. and has participated in training for different organizations in E.A, orphanages and worked closely as a stakeholder trainer for ministry of livestock department of Athi river.

With the new acquirement of a quarter of an acre in Gilgil, Sam intends to develop the land into a permaculture training site where he will put all my experiences and skills in gardening and beekeeping. Sam has dedicated his life to teaching more people and communities on the importance of bees and the need to conserve our environment at large.


Mushroom cultivation Weekend and End of Course Grad Party

You will learn about the benefits and types of mushrooms, iintegration of mushroom growing houses and production, harvest and post harvest handling. Learn about the Mushroom Industry with Nyawira Gitaka herself and how she get involved in this movement and saw mushrooms as the number one growing solution to the ecosystem. A course you won’t want to miss!

 

When: June 3 & 4th

Where: Bric a Brac, Karen

Instructor:

Nyawira Gitaka‘s journey Mushroom farming came up through her interest in farming, agriculture and conservation. Mushroom farming is one of the few if not the only one that can give one the opportunity to employ these all at once. Immediately after her undergraduate (Microbiology and Biotechnology) she went ahead to co found Mushroom Blue with a former class mate, at first it started as a project but now is a self-sustaining business.

After three years in Mushroom Blue it was time to focus on training, quality mushroom spawn production, helping farmers set up their mushroom farms and access markets for their produce as well as explore the value addition of mushrooms through Mushrooms Diara.
A passionate conservationist and primatologist, she believes that mushrooms are the future. When food security issues come up, Mushrooms must feature. No other food utilizes waste to produce a super food! Unfortunately they have not been given the attention they deserve. The production process is labor intensive therefore is an industry that can create a lot of employment opportunities.

End Grad Party and Design Presentations from groups

When: June 4th: Pizza party & Group Certification ceremony (for the individual taking the full 6 week PDC)

Where: Bric a Brac, Karen

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