20jul01augEvent OverFeatured72h Permaculture Design CourseInternational PDC in partnership with the German Permaculture Academy

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Join our full 72h Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) at the Monviso Institute mountain campus in partnership with the German Permaculture Academy. Emerge yourself in the pristine surrounding alpine landscapes of the Italian Piedmont while gaining empowering knowledge and practical skills to design sustainable human settlements and food production systems.

Permaculture (from permanent agriculture) is a design method based on the principles of natural ecosystems that helps to create ecologically, socially and economically stable systems. Originally developed in the 70s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren as a method of sustainable agriculture, the ethical and design principles of permaculture nowadays also find use in a variety of areas of life from architecture to community governance, finance and entire economic systems. At its basis, it provides an ethical framework and twelve design principles derived from the observation of natural ecosystems. When used together, it becomes a holistic approach that allows us to creatively re-design man-made systems, so they benefit both human health and provide a healthy habitat for the non-human world (e.g. animals, plants, micro-organisms).

The Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) is an internationally recognized 72-hour course that will equip you with the basic understanding of how to use permaculture ethics and principles to design largely self-regulating landscapes and human settlements that mimic nature’s patterns and relationships. It will provide information and ideas how you can learn from observing the natural ecosystems and yourself become a designer for sustainable and regenerative systems on your balcony, in your garden, your school, your company, town or community. You will also gain hands-on applied Permaculture skills while you immerse yourself in the breathtaking alpine nature of the Italian Po Valley. This region is the birthplace of Slow Food, and both the MVI mountain campus as well as the wider community of Ostana offer a unique learning and experimentation field with diverse community-led initiatives and a spectacular biodiversity and wilderness to explore.

By attending this PDC you will gain first hand experiences of both opportunities and challenges that arise from developing and maintaining a resilient site and land-based resource system. On this two-week journey, you will share the joy of learning and co-creating with like-minded people. You will embrace a variety of tangible and intangible skills to empower yourself and your surrounding to grow healthy foods, live a more sustainable lifestyle and regenerate ecosystems. Together, we will apply the theoretical learning during daily practical sessions outdoors and a specific design project at the MVI Campus at the end of the course. In taking this course, you will gain the confidence and basic abilities for Permaculture design approaches primarily suited for landscapes and urban environments, but also for intentional communities, organizational structures and many other fields. Upon completion of this course you will receive the internationally recognized PDC certificate by the Permaculture Academy Germany, which can also be your first step in the diploma pathway of becoming a professional Permaculture designer.

Course content

Introduction and basics:

  • Ethics, history and context of Permaculture
  • Domains of Permaculture design
  • Landscape reading and observation techniques
  • Permaculture design principles
  • Design process and design tools
  • Low-tech mapping techniques

Land-based Permaculture:

  • Designing with topography
  • Tools for site analysis
  • Water retention and regeneration
  • Working with microclimates
  • Energy flows
  • Building with natural materials
  • Growing mushrooms
  • Permaculture gardening
  • Plant propagation
  • Urban gardening
  • Agroforestry and edible forest gardens
  • Soil building and soil regeneration
  • Composting
  • Edible and medicinal wild plants
  • Growing hemp as a construction, fiber and nutrition plant

Social and economic Permaculture:

  • Pattern Theory
  • Social Permaculture tools
  • Introduction to complexity theory
  • Community supported agriculture (CSA)
  • Indigenous wisdom and deep nature connection
  • Slow Food
  • Community building
  • Regional development
  • Introduction to Sociocracy

This course is suited for

Project developers, environmental educators and school teachers, (landscape-) architects, small land holders and farmers, ecologists and restoration workers, students, systemic designers, urban Gardeners, NGO-members and social workers, members of community organizations, activists, people in urban and regional development, people looking for nature connection.

Practical Information

Accommodation & Seminar Center

The group building of the MVI is not yet ready to host guests, but will be in the near future. Until then, we corporate with the 10-minutes walk away Seminar Center ‘Lou Pourton’ and the adjoining accommodation ‘Foresteria’. The dormitory-style Foresteria will be the main basecamp of this course due to its proximity to both the Lou Pourton – where most theoretical sessions and breakfast will take place – and the MVI campus site – where practical sessions and other meals will be enjoyed. It can be booked directly through us.

All other accommodation needs to be organized individually, but we are happy to help you finding the option that best suits your needs. There are several options in dormitory or single, double or triple rooms in walking distance to the MVI Campus as well as limited spaces for camping and camper-vans on the MVI campus. Apartments are available in the Residence Lou Batent (approx. 10min walking distance) and single, double or triple rooms at the Refugio Galaberna or the Agritourismo A nostro Mizoun (both approx. 20min walking distance).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food

We provide three meals per day; breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meals are biological, diverse, fresh, healthy, homemade and vegetarian. Locally hunted meat is served as a rare but conscious option once a week for BBQ if desired. Ingredients are either grown at the MVI or purchased from the local organic Azienda Agricola ‘L’orto di Ostana’, with its fields right above the MVI Campus, or from local organic producers in the valley. We buy regional whenever possible to stimulate the territories’ food economy and put great attention to nourish everybody with high quality foods during this course – also the ones suffering from allergies!

Further Activities

On the break-day or during free time you can join a climbing course for beginners offered by the MVI team (rental equipment available), take a bath in the various mountain river basins, explore the spectacular hike along five pristine mountain lakes at the foothill of the Monviso (part of UNESCO Biosfera Riserva Monviso), explore the Rio Martino Cave in the neighboring Crissolo, or visit the birth place of Slow Food and enjoy the Italian culinary culture in Cuneo. Or simply just rest, join a local yoga session and enjoy the Piedmonts’ sun whilst leaning against the warm stonewalls of a typical mountain cottage. It is the perfect place with various possibilities for outdoor sports enthusiasts and culinary lovers that will let you combine a unique learning experience with an energizing holiday hideaway.

 

Course Team

Trainers

Sarah Daum

Sarah is a geoecologist and Permaculture designer. During her studies in geoecology, she researched the water quality and sustainability of the water retention landscape of Tamera ecovillage in Portugal. She took part in Permaculture projects around Europe and in India, started a Transition Town initiative in Tübingen and founded a community garden at her University, which now is an educational center for Permaculture, climate farming and urban gardening. Over the last years, she led the set-up phase of the Permaculture education center at the Swiss ecovillage Schweibenalp and is now teaching Permaculture, herbal medicine, wilderness awareness and deep nature connection around Europe. She offers Permaculture design and consulting services and is engaged in the German Permaculture Academy.

 

Adrian Sina Vollmer

Sina is a Permaculture Designer, cultural anthropologist, human geographer, mediator and consultant. Sina’s work has recently concentrated on addressing organizational problems of nonprofit Organizations and the creation of enabling environments based on Sociocracy, complexity theory and pattern theory. He is part of the executive board of the German Permaculture Academy and holds a lectureship on Social Permaculture at the Universities of Goettingen and Tuebingen (the last one together with Sarah Daum).

 

Facilitation and hosting

Anna Rodewald

Anna is an expert for sustainability in the outdoor sports and textile industry and currently in the second year on the diploma pathway to become a professional Permaculture designer at the Permaculture Academy in Germany. She brings over 25 years of experience in the textile industry, worked for 18 years as a product and quality manager at Gore, and is guest lecturer and senior consultant for system innovation and responsible management in the textile and sporting goods industry. Since 2017 she moved from Munich to Ostana and helps to build up the permaculture system at the Monviso Institute. 

 

Melanie Rottmann

Melanie is responsible to build up the permaculture system at the MVI. She holds a double-degree in tourism development with a focus on intercultural management and sustainability and is currently doing her Master degree in Sustainable Food and Natural Resources in England. She worked in the sustainability department of an international group of mountain sports brands and currently leads a project on industrial hemp use in the outdoor textile industry. She gained her PDC at the Austrian Permaculture Academy and is currently on the Permaculture diploma pathway at the Swiss down to earth Academy.

 

Guest lecturer

Prof. Dr. Tobias Luthe

Originally a forest scientist, Tobias is founding director of the MVI and professor for sustainability science with a focus on regenerative design and social-ecological systems. He lectures at ETH Zurich in systemic design, at University of Lugano in resilience of mountain economies, and at University of Freiburg (D) in sustainability management. Tobias is a mountaineering guide and founder of Grown, an outdoor creativity lab designing essential outdoor tools and offering design thinking mountaineering trips. He has been doing research in integrative building design and helped design and build a number of buildings, amongst others the Swall Institute in the high desert of California.

 

Impressions

Visit our gallery and building journal to further explore the course location.

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Time

July 20 (Friday) 17:00 - August 1 (Wednesday) 12:00

Location

MonViso Institute

Organizer

Permakultur Akademie Deutschland

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EARLY BIRD ticket price 750€ until 30.4.18

Tickets are not available for sale any more for this event!

20augalldayMonviso Mountain Office WeekCoworking - bring your work up to the mountain

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Are you looking for a place where you can work in silence, be focused and inspired? A place far away from your everyday office with direct access to wild nature? A place that offers enough space for you, your team or your family?

Than bring your work up to the mountain during one of our Mountain-Office weeks. Indulge in a beautiful, calming and inspiring mountain setting in Ostana, combine outdoor life with a calm work environment, meet fellow co-workers and finish your work en bloque while regaining strength.

Mountain-Office Package

You can make us of this offer only at a single, several or all days during the Mountain-Office dates. The price is 20€ / day and includes:

  • office space at Centro Lou Pourtoun
  • WLAN
  • daily open bar
  • lunch

Accommodation in Ostana is available from dormitory to double and single rooms and needs to be organized individually according to ones own needs.

Dates 2018

07. – 11. May
20. – 24. August
24. – 28. September

The Mountain-Office week is suited for: 

individuals, project teams, group and team retreats, family members who need a calm work space during holidays, work-and-play enthusiasts

For more Information and registration, contact Anna Rodewald:
anna@mountainoffice.eu

 

Time

August 20 (Monday) - February 24 (Saturday)

Location

Polyfunctional building "Lou Pourton", St. Antonio, Ostana

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

24. september 2018 0:00 - 28. february 2018 0:00

Organizer

Mountainoffice.eu

31aug(aug 31)17:0002sep(sep 2)15:00MVI Invitationalby personal invitation only

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MVI Invitational 

Wild nature – Outdoor relaxation – Inspiring short lectures – Delicious slow food – Rich local traditions

Co-design the MVI future – Advisory network exchange – Hands-on campus transition activities – Open fire music & celebration

The start of an annual “systemic” event at the MonViso Institute in Ostana, Piedmont, Italy.

We indulge in a blend of wild outdoor sports – mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, fly-fishing, photography et al. – with outdoor lectures as inspiring short talks with this year’s focus on “circularity”, the inaugural meeting of the new MVI advisory network exchange with the mission of co-designing the future MVI pathway; we have the chance to jointly “touch ground” with hands-on campus transition activities, and of course celebrate good life with a wild outdoor music and open fire party.

Mark your calendar for an annual event starting now: The last days of August/first days of September: 31.8.-2.9.18

Time

August 31 (Friday) 17:00 - September 2 (Sunday) 15:00

Upcoming Events

20augalldayMonviso Mountain Office WeekCoworking - bring your work up to the mountain

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Event Details

Are you looking for a place where you can work in silence, be focused and inspired? A place far away from your everyday office with direct access to wild nature? A place that offers enough space for you, your team or your family?

Than bring your work up to the mountain during one of our Mountain-Office weeks. Indulge in a beautiful, calming and inspiring mountain setting in Ostana, combine outdoor life with a calm work environment, meet fellow co-workers and finish your work en bloque while regaining strength.

Mountain-Office Package

You can make us of this offer only at a single, several or all days during the Mountain-Office dates. The price is 20€ / day and includes:

  • office space at Centro Lou Pourtoun
  • WLAN
  • daily open bar
  • lunch

Accommodation in Ostana is available from dormitory to double and single rooms and needs to be organized individually according to ones own needs.

Dates 2018

07. – 11. May
20. – 24. August
24. – 28. September

The Mountain-Office week is suited for: 

individuals, project teams, group and team retreats, family members who need a calm work space during holidays, work-and-play enthusiasts

For more Information and registration, contact Anna Rodewald:
anna@mountainoffice.eu

 

Time

August 20 (Monday) - February 24 (Saturday)

Location

Polyfunctional building "Lou Pourton", St. Antonio, Ostana

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

24. september 2018 0:00 - 28. february 2018 0:00

Organizer

Mountainoffice.eu

31aug(aug 31)17:0002sep(sep 2)15:00MVI Invitationalby personal invitation only

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Event Details

MVI Invitational 

Wild nature – Outdoor relaxation – Inspiring short lectures – Delicious slow food – Rich local traditions

Co-design the MVI future – Advisory network exchange – Hands-on campus transition activities – Open fire music & celebration

The start of an annual “systemic” event at the MonViso Institute in Ostana, Piedmont, Italy.

We indulge in a blend of wild outdoor sports – mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, fly-fishing, photography et al. – with outdoor lectures as inspiring short talks with this year’s focus on “circularity”, the inaugural meeting of the new MVI advisory network exchange with the mission of co-designing the future MVI pathway; we have the chance to jointly “touch ground” with hands-on campus transition activities, and of course celebrate good life with a wild outdoor music and open fire party.

Mark your calendar for an annual event starting now: The last days of August/first days of September: 31.8.-2.9.18

Time

August 31 (Friday) 17:00 - September 2 (Sunday) 15:00

03sepalldayDeparture of TransOccitan_2 Bike SafariOstana, Monte Viso, to Finale Ligure at the Mediterranean Sea

Time

september 3 (Monday) - 7 (Friday)

Location

MonViso Institute

Organizer

Grown_Outdoor Creativity Lab

15sepalldayArrival of TransOccitan_1 Bike SafariMont Blanc to Monte Viso - a self-equipped bike adventure finishing event in Ostana

Time

september 15 (Saturday) - 20 (Thursday)

Location

MonViso Institute

Organizer

Grown_Outdoor Creativity Lab

23sepalldayLiverpool Master Students Sustainable Food & Natural ResourcesReunion Slow Food Terra Madre Salone del Gusto Festival

Time

september 23 (Sunday) - 25 (Tuesday)

24sepalldayMonviso Mountain Office WeekCoworking - bring your work up to the mountain

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Event Details

Are you looking for a place where you can work in silence, be focused and inspired? A place far away from your everyday office with direct access to wild nature? A place that offers enough space for you, your team or your family?

Than bring your work up to the mountain during one of our Mountain-Office weeks. Indulge in a beautiful, calming and inspiring mountain setting in Ostana, combine outdoor life with a calm work environment, meet fellow co-workers and finish your work en bloque while regaining strength.

Mountain-Office Package

You can make us of this offer only at a single, several or all days during the Mountain-Office dates. The price is 20€ / day and includes:

  • office space at Centro Lou Pourtoun
  • WLAN
  • daily open bar
  • lunch

Accommodation in Ostana is available from dormitory to double and single rooms and needs to be organized individually according to ones own needs.

Dates 2018

07. – 11. May
20. – 24. August
24. – 28. September

The Mountain-Office week is suited for: 

individuals, project teams, group and team retreats, family members who need a calm work space during holidays, work-and-play enthusiasts

For more Information and registration, contact Anna Rodewald:
anna@mountainoffice.eu

 

Time

September 24 (Monday) - February 28 (Wednesday)

Location

Polyfunctional building "Lou Pourton", St. Antonio, Ostana

Organizer

Mountainoffice.eu

06oct10:0017:00Building with hemp and natural binder/cement/lime stone - from field to houseLearn to use hemp as a building material

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Learn how to use the woody stem parts (shives) of locally grown industrial hemp  mixed with natural binder (Prompt) from the company Vicat as a sustainable building material for different applications. for support and insulating traditional stone walls, building a pizza-/bread oven and making hemp bricks.

We will learn to prepare the hemp-natural binder mix and apply it to support the traditional stone walls of the ‚Piccolo‘ – the smallest building of the MonViso Institute (MVI) campus. This house will be transformed into a ‚kilometro zero‘ tiny home for our future campus guests. We further learn to use hemp to build an outdoor bread-/pizza oven as well as a wall with Schönthaler hemp bricks .

This practical course will take a systemic approach to construction with hemp – from field (on-site) to processing (breaking the stems) to the construction product (mixture for brick and render) and its final application to one of the MVI buildings / outdoor kitchen.

Program

10:00-12:00 THEORY SESSION 

10:00 – 10:15   Systemic (Building) Design Principles at MVI
10:15 – 11:30   Introduction to Hemp, Material- and Building Physics
11:30 – 12:45   Lunch Q&As and walk up to MVI Campus

13:00 – 17:00 PRACTICAL BUILDING WORKSHOP 

13:00 – 13:30   Hemp breaking and brick making
13:30 – 14:00   Wall building with hemp bricks, mortar and render
14:00 – 15:30   Bread / pizza oven building with hemp
15:30 – 16:00   Snack-break on the hemp field
16:00 – 17:00   Plastering walls of the ‚Piccolo‘ – 0-kilometro tiny home

Instructor

Werner Schönthaler is a construction advisor, developer and producer of hemp bricks at Fa.Schönthaler OHG, member of Ecopassion, founding member of the wool manufactory bergauf and has built the first hemp house ‚Castelatsch farm‚ in South Tirol. At his farm, he cultivates industrial hemp himself for various applications, including the production of natural cosmetics.

Language

Italian (with english or german translation if needed)

Suited for

private builders, architects, construction companies, bricklayers, students, people interested in building with hemp

Costs

Regular: 25€
Students: 10€

Registration

Send us an email to contact@monviso-institute.org to secure your place (places limited to 25 pax as the course includes practical building)

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Time

(Saturday) 10:00 - 17:00

Location

MonViso Institute

Organizer

MonViso Institute and Schönthaler OHG

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20oct(oct 20)12:0023(oct 23)14:00View from AboveFly drones and learn to use critical systems thinking to tackle sustainability challenges in a wonderful alpine setting

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In humankind’s history the emancipation of the view from above is a recent event. Only 150 years ago Nadar realised the first photographic images from a hot air balloon.
Today we have become used to seeing our wider environment from drones, planes, and satellites.
The questions we want to explore in this program are: what can we continue to learn from this special vantage point “from above” in relation to the global challenges we are facing today? How can we balance a macro- and a micro- perspective, a systemic and holistic approach with local, place-based knowledge?

TRAINING & COACHING PROGRAMS
We will approach these questions from three perspectives: an experiential, a conceptual and a practical. The experiential angle will give participants the opportunity
to learn to fly drones and to gain a technologically-mediated bird’s eye view. We will practice photography on the macro and micro level — often, similar patterns arise at different scales. The theoretical angle will metaphorically translate the view from above into a systems perspective. More specifically we will learn how to use ‘critical systems thinking’ to guide our enquiry into complex, sustainability challenges. Finally, we will leverage this freshly gained perspective in working on
a real-life case that relates to the specific setting of this program:
the viability of fragile, high-altitude alpine settlements in an age of rapid ecological and demographic change.
The program will be held on the mountain campus of the Monviso Institute, in the village of Ostana just a few kilometers from the sources
of the great Po river and facing the highest peak of the Mediterranean Alps — Monte Viso. The Institute
is an evolving playful mountain
hub for research, education and entrepreneurship in sustainability transformations and social-ecological design, where rich traditional place-based knowledge merges
with modern technology.
This program is offered immediately ahead of the Seventh RSD Symposium (RSD7) ‘Challenging Complexity by Systemic Design towards Sustainability’, hosted by the Politecnico di Torino in Turin (Italy). The mountain campus of the Monviso Institute is only an hour’s drive
away from the symposium location.

COURSE LANGUAGE
English

COURSE LEVEL
introductory, but some experience in systems thinking and sustainability challenges is welcome.

FOR WHOM
Systemic designers, organisational/ community change leaders, innovation coaches, facilitators of participatory processes, planners, architects, sustainability advocates

BY WHOM
Philippe Vandenbroeck, co-founder at shiftN and Tobias Luthe, Researcher & Lecturer Systemic Design at ETH Zürich and founder of the Monviso Institute.

FORMAT
4 full days.

DATES
20 to 23 October 2018

LOCATION
Monviso Institute, Ostana, Italy. http://monviso-institute.org

PRICE
1.200 euro, excl. of 21% VAT (includes meals, refreshments and course material, excludes accomodation locally)

Time

20 (Saturday) 12:00 - 23 (Tuesday) 14:00

Location

MonViso Institute

Organizer

Shift N, MonViso Institute

Ticket Section Title

plus VAT 9%

Price 1,200.00

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27oct(oct 27)8:3028(oct 28)17:30FeaturedDe-Conference RSD7A slow-down and connecting weekend right after RSD7 conference in Torino

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27 – 28.10.2018

RSD7 official De-conference event (08:30 – 17:30)

For the first time in the RSD Symposium – „Relating Systems Thinking and Design“ – hosted by the Politechnical University in Torino, the organisation has added 2 extra days after the conference, so that the participants can spend some time together in an inspiring place in the Alps.

The De-Conference event will be held at the Monviso Institute (MVI), in the community of Ostana, and has been organised in collaboration with the ETH Zurich. In a relaxed and outdoor-oriented atmosphere participants can indulge in systemic design talks, critically assess the visited projects and provide feedback to the MVI and the community of Ostana.

Come to Ostana in the Valle Po, visit the MonViso Institute real-world laboratory campus, slow down, socialize and experience systemic design right after the RSD7 Symposium.

Outdoor hikes, hands-on illustrations of systemic design transitions, photography, barbecue at open fire and reflecting the conference in an inspirational setting.

Preliminary program of the RSD7 conference at Politecnico Torino

Cost: 70€ for one day (27.10.), 140€ (students 110€) for both days including accommodation and food. 

Register for the conference and the de-conference via the RSD7 website

More detailed information on the daily program coming soon.

Time

27 (Saturday) 8:30 - 28 (Sunday) 17:30

Ticket Section Title

Register via http://www.rsd7.org

Price 140.00

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