FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AYA SHABAN & MANAL ABUSHMAIS (JORDAN)
“Coming from a very different region, we still found exactly what we are looking for; a great network that brings together like-minded experts and individuals in a fun atmosphere. During the two weeks of PDC we enjoyed learning, sharing and applying simple yet highly effective concepts, we left the course feeling equipped with the right tools and mindset to engage positively in creating a brighter world, starting from our own little balcony”
FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF CHAN SIEW LIAN (MALAYSIA)
“For two weeks, I took a crash course in growing your own food, making use of (natural) building materials, changes needed for sustainability and other practical life-changing lessons. I learnt a helluva lot. Looking back, attending the course was the best decision I’ve made for myself in quite a while.”
EXCERPTS FROM PARTICIPANTS
“…container gardening, soil/dirt, composting and other urban topics were great because I can start putting that to practice right away.”
“It’s a great start to follow a new path. Inspiring and informative. No regrets!”
“The practical part was the most useful, because they are the very basis of the course. Without actually getting dirty with working in the garden, all the theory would be useless.”
FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF SHAO-LYN LOW (EATS, SHOOTS & ROOTS)
It was amazing to have participants from 11 different countries gathered in suburban Malaysia. We had such a diverse spread of people from such a mixed bag of candies:
- A number of Architects
- A microbiologist
- A retiree
- A strategist
- and a Translator!
And the best thing of all was that everyone was brought together by permaculture.In just 2 weeks, alongside learning the theories of permaculture with the wonderfully charismatic and amzaing do-er Steve Cran of Permaculture Aid, we managed to transform a space that was just sitting in the suburbs of PJ, being home to a large grass patch. We dug and set up bountiful garden beds, sitting aside banana circles, papaya circles (!) and sturdy compost & nursery areas. We were very lucky to have Chakra Widia of Tri Hita Karana from Bali to show us the ways of SRI rice farming, and also to show us the possibility of planting a paddy plot in the suburbs (who knew that could be possible?). And of course, learning about soil life with biologically-enthusiastic Juergen was as eye-opening, as was learning about natural patterns, containers and the wonders of worms was, with Sabina.
FACILITATORS + PARTICIPANTS:
WELL DONE EVERYONE
SOME SNAPSHOTS FROM THE 14 DAYS
Fast forward 5 days: The first few raised beds dug, de-grassed, mulched, dunged, seeded and labeled by the PDC participants. Ashvina and Steve inspecting the seeds before sowing
Steve posing for the camera with his beloved cassava roots!
And the rice season begins: Chakra demonstrates the beginning stages of the SRI planting process, whilst Valerie and Aya inspect the seedlings and their roots
Bamboo Building: Aya & Manal, exploring basic structures with Satay sticks.