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GROW citizen scientists

The GROW Observatory is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers as citizen scientists.

We will learn together, using simple tools to better manage soil, while contributing to vital global environmental monitoring. We would love a strong permaculture presence in the project. 

If you are interested, please sign up using the online form at

The GROW project is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No 690199.

Cultivate GROW Observatory in Ireland

Cultivate is happy to announce its role as the Irish partner in GROW Observatory, a European-wide project supporting the emergence of a movement of citizens sharing knowledge and data on soil.

People of all ages and backgrounds are being invited to become ‘citizen scientists’ and take practical steps to preserve the soil for future generations as well as help with forecasting and preparing for climate events, such as heat waves and floods, by validating the detection of soil moisture from satellites.

Cultivate is broadcasting a call to action for all allotment & small farm holders, and anyone involved in a community or school garden to get involved by going to or emailing for more details. 

Youth in Permaculture

Efforts to empower youth and young adults to join the permaculture movement are expanding through a newly formed international initiative ¨YIP¨ Youth in permaculture. Inspired by young participants at the 2016 EuPC,  an initial team received an overwhelming response to an initial survey, and this April a core group of over 16 committed organizations representing, ten countries, are holding their first meeting in Spain.

People interested in this new project, especially youths and those with youth programs, can find more information at:

Ireland to be the host for the 2018 EuPC

Date: 8th to 13th August 2018, Location: Wicklow
Host: All Ireland Permaculture Gathering/Team

More information here

The First Permaculture Convergence of Galicia, Spain (CGP16)

by Maria Prieto

In December 20-23, 2016, the 1st Permaculture Convergence of Galicia took place in Ourense. This gathering started the 1st Bioregional Permaculture Convergence in Spain and centred on exploring and dreaming together, “What/How/Why: Regeneration by Design.” We co-organized a real-time program, with activities, bioregional mapping, and systemic facilitation workshops for next steps, along with a bioenvironmental film session and keynote speakers from Galicia and internationally. The 2nd Permaculture Convergence of Galicia will be in the summer of 2017 in Vigo.
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300 farms and smallholdings

The Permaculture Association Britain is creating a database of European permaculture farms and smallholdings. We already have nearly 300 on the list! If you are a farmer or smallholder please share your details (your name, site name, email, postal address, country and website ) with

Learning Journeys in Ireland

by Devyn Olson-Sawyer

Cultivate has been organising group tours and study visits for many years, and now that we are based in the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, these visits have taken on a new life.

Our themes of Permaculture Collaborative Economy, Community Resilience and Green Building are reflected through the study visits, and many groups design their own programme with us. It is fantastic for us to see groups of diverse participants all exploring new ideas and experiences, and we always learn something new from them as well.

If your group or someone you know might be interested, you can find more information at or get in touch


Sociocracy workshop with Rakesh "Rootsman Rak"

This two-days course will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on May 16 - 17 2017.

Rakesh is an experienced British permaculture teacher and designer, specialising in community resilience. See the details here:  contact the organizer Adéla Hrubá on

Creating the eco home of your dreams

10th - 17th June, Gea Viva, island Brač, Croatia

This course is specially crafted to learn about eco building at our beautiful retreat camp. It combines hands-on building experience, lectures and design tutorials to help you create your own dream house.

Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning

22nd to 26th june 2017 in Switzerland
- a 6 day Creative Facilitation and Teacher's Training intensive with Robyn Clayfield from Australia

This course has been designed for facilitators, teachers, trainers, groups leaders, workshop presenters, community development workers, people in creative, healing and sustainability industries, people involved in Permaculture, Community Gardens, city farms, Transition Towns initiatives, environmental education, sustainability and social change as well as a sprinkling of conventional teachers, corporate people, healers, business planners, gender workers and keynote presenters.


1st - 2nd July 2017 in Switzerland

a Wise Women's Wisdom Weekend with Robin Clayfield from Australia

A weekend for women to be together with an experienced facilitator and a sacred circle of other women exploring growth, sharing, support, healing, creative processes, fun, music, dance, ritual, ceremony, freedom, gratitude, passion, empowerment, nature connection, surrender, relaxation and regeneration.

Two-weeks Social Permaculture Design course in Croatia

12th-25th July, Gea Viva, island Brač, Croatia

This PDC combines a holiday by the sea with inspirational learning. Delve deeply into how we can use Permaculture to create rich beneficial relationships between people, communities and their surroundings, including how to grow food, build houses and create economies.

Cultivate Permaculture Design Certificate

August 11-21 2017, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary, Ireland, with Albert Bates  from The Farm Ecovillage in Tennessee joining the tutors.
Cost €550- some concessions are available, €100 deposit secures your place

This 10-day Permaculture Design Certificate Course is organised by Cultivate and hosted in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and the Ecovillage Education Group and is accredited by the Permaculture Association. With lunches included and camping onsite plus other affordable accommodation options. Please contact

Dragon Dreaming Intensive

22nd - 28th August, Gea Viva, island Brač, Croatia

Dragon Dreaming is a creative method that helps you realize your ideas, alone or in a group. This workshop gives you a set of amazing tools  to transform your idea into a joint vision,  to interact as a team and to manifest your dreams.

PDC with Starhawk & Alfred Decker

August 25th to September 6th 2017 in Southern France

12 Principles Permaculture Design & Permaterra are happy to invite you for a two-week PDC with an additional focus on social permaculture, organizing tools, and spirit. 
Course given in English, translated in French. Funding possibilities for French participants.

Advanced Permaculture Design Course

1-4 November 2017

with Joe Atkinson and Cathrine Dolleris
at Naturplanteskolen in Denmark.

This intensive course builds on the PDC and will help take your permaculture practice to the next level. It will show you how to approach problems in a structured way and build your confidence as a designer.

Click here for more info or write to


Apprentice Opportunity in Denmark – Available Now for 1 person

May - October 2017 (6 Months)  at Ananda Gaorii, Vig, Holbaek, Denmark, Ashram, Farm and Community
Market Gardening / Organic grower /  Bio-intensive as per Curtis Stone/JM Fortier/E Coleman with Mayatte Patrick-Hughes. 
contact:  Tel: 0045 47314731
35 hours per week - Free accommodation and food - Free 6 weekend permaculture course
Exciting opportunity to learn how to start your own commercial or community garden. Get the confidence and skills you'll need to work to a high quality quickly. Learn to earn an income on a small piece of land through direct selling of high value crops such as salad leaves, green leaves and cherry tomatoes.
You: enthusiastic and passionate with the energy and motivation to learn and work quickly and efficiently. No previous experience or knowledge needed.
Our gardens and polytunnel are in a growth phase as we are increasing our size from 2000m2 to 10,000m2 within a year. Aim: to have a profit margin of 45% and have a labour efficiency of 80% post-harvest to 20% pre-harvest.

Permaculture for Farms:
Conference and site visits in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia

Site visits: Hop on Hop off tour: 6-10 of July 2017, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia
Conference: 11-13 of July, Gömörszőlős, Hungary, hosted by

For a closer look at the program, the key note speakers and the places on the tour look at

Registration to the conference is now open, click here
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Forest Gardening in Practice – the Book

By Tomas Remiarz

For three decades experimental forest gardens have been planted in temperate cities and rural sites, in households, neighbourhoods, community gardens, parks, market gardens and plant nurseries. Tomas Remiarz' ground-breaking book, “Forest Gardening In Practice” is the first in-depth review of forest gardening with living, best practice examples from the UK, Europe and North America.

… and the tour

To promote best practice in forest gardening and show how it can be applied in the home, in community and commercial situations, Tomas Remiarz will be giving talks and holding workshops across Europe in 2017. Events in the UK, Czechia and Germany are already planned. If you would like to discuss the possibility of inviting Tomas, please contact

IPC-India 2017

Registration is open - early bird tickets still available till April 15th 2017

Be a participant, be a speaker, be a sponsor for delegates from a developing country
- be part of this event!

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