Water Harvesting for Food Security Certificate Course Jan 2018!

Earthworks for Resiliency, Droughtproofing, slowing erosion, well \ recharging, and harvesting nutrient for home gardens, farms and grazing. 


Join us for a special five day Water Harvesting for Food Security Course with renowned International Facilitator, Warren Brush. This course will take place from January 22nd -26th, 2018. This course is primarily for those have already taken a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) and are wanting to get more insight in advanced earthworks. The course takes place in the Northern Laikipia region at Naatum Women’s group, located in a remote and very challenging area that has faced huge problems with soil erosion. The most vulnerable of groups due to harsh living conditions in arid lands with just 11 meals a month! In 2015, PRI Kenya members and past PDC grads were touched when visiting the project and decided to hold a PermaBlitz to help the women with minor earthworks systems and teach the women to grow their own food, in hopes that we would see some green popping up.  In just 8 months, we started to see kale and greens popping through the degraded landscape and the women looked more vibrant!


With the help and partnership of the ethical cosmetics company LUSH and their charitable arm the SLUSH fund, PRI-Kenya, in partnership with Laikipia Permaculture Centre, have been able to complete a pilot project with the women’s groups. We have also already done some test batches, exporting aloe leaves to LUSH and they have already made some fantastic moisturizer out of it. The Lush Charity Pot can be found in all Lush stores!



Through permaculture techniques, we are helping to address some of the serious land degradation in the area. Laikipia North, where the project is located, is classified as semi arid. Most of the communities are Maasai and Samburu and traditionally pastoralists. In these communities, very little food production is happening locally. Communities instead focus on pastoralism, which due to the increasing lack of land, is putting enormous stress on the environment. The area has little rainfall and has suffered severe degradation, erosion of top-soil and huge gulleys have been created. The women we work with walk a minimum of five kilometers to get to a food market and often spend days without eating a proper meal. Land is communal in these areas and the land that the women farm was granted to them from the men and the chief in the area.

There are a number of unexplored products in the area — for example the cactus Opuntia, or prickly pear which is vastly grown in the region has for a long time been an enemy in the region. In Mexican folk medicine this fruit has been used to treat numerous maladies such as wounds and inflammations of the digestive and urinary tracts. The women have been taught to make juices, delicious jams and have even made wines! The organic products are now being sold in Laikipia and widely in Nairobi through the partnership with PRI Kenya.


About the Course

The premise of the course will be a mix between classroom theory and site application. The first part of the morning on theory and the rest of the day in the field for the five days.

 Water Harvesting for Food Security In Arid Lands

A Hands-On Course in Land Restoration Earthworks and other Water Harvesting Strategies for increased Resilience and Production
Worldwide, topsoil erosion averages 30 to 40 tons per hectare (2.5 acres) a year or 30- to 40- times faster than the replacement rate of topsoil. The need for people with hands-on skills in landscape restoration and drought-proofing is growing daily around the world. Whether you are working in your own community or in a capacity of an NGO, this course will grow your skills in the appropriate design and implementation of strategies and structures that will reduce erosion, increase biological productivity, harvest & store water, and create resiliency in the ecologies that sustain us.

The program offers a general overview of:

• Ethics and principles of permaculture as applied to land restoration and
water harvesting for arid lands
• Land component identification
• Natural patterning classification and a basic introduction to Fluvial
• Water harvesting, drought-proofing and erosion mitigation systems
• Earthworks & soil renovation techniques through community engagement

Keypoints of Learning:
  • Rainwater harvesting for Arid Landscapes
  • Erosion Mitigation Strategies
  • Landscape Reading and Planning for Hydration and Production
  • Bore Hole and Spring Line Replenishment
  • Planting and Growing Strategies including:
    • FMNR
    • Planting Earthworks Micro and Macro Structures
    • Using Nurse-Plants to Establish Trees
    • Planting strategies for crops
  • Swale Systems, Rock Check Dams, Contour Structures and Plantings, Infiltration Basins, Livestock Watering Hole Strategies
  • Head-cut Interventions
  • Timing Strategies
  • Community Engagement for Re-hydration

Students should be field ready as this is not a “hotel training” and everyone will be engaged! ?


According to Warren Brush, who has worked in challenging areas around the World, including the Kalahari desert, this is one of the worst degraded areas he has come across and now wants to demonstrate the incredible potential this site has, to fully transform for the women! Don’t miss out on this super special course with Warren and the community! 


East Africans – 85,000Ksh

International Students: 850 USD

(Fees inclusive of all meals, accommodation (camping all through) and certification)

Lead Facilitator:

Warren Brush is a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a mentor and storyteller. For the past 25 years, he has been inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts, while living in a sustainable manner.  He is co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Trees for Children and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design.  He works extensively in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America and Africa, as well as in other countries worldwide.Warren has devoted many years to mentoring youth to inspire and equip them to live in a sustainable manner, with integrity and a hopeful perspective.  His mentoring includes working with those who are former child soldiers, orphans, youth from troubled families and situations, as well as those from other varied and privileged backgrounds.

Warren teaches courses including: Permaculture Design Certification, Permaculture for International Development, Train the Trainer, Consultancy Training, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Ferro-Cement Tank Building, Spring Rejuvenation, Compost Toilet Systems, Water for Every Farm, Drought Proofing, Earthworks, Ecological Restoration, Cultural Mentoring, Introduction to Permaculture Systems, Food Forestry, and Origins Skills among other offerings. Warren has taught several PDC courses and two Training of Trainer courses with us in Kenya.


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