2013-11-14 at 5:24 am #23738
People call me Mario in Brazil. I am an American from Saulvie Island, just outside of Portland Oregon, USA. I came to Brazil in 1996 when I was 19 years old to study Capoeira Regional and tried to become the real-life version of Mark Dascascos in Only the Strong, I make money teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language). I have been studying and teaching Capoeira Angola now since 2009, since JUST Capoeira Regional wasn’t getting citizenship across, so I have ceased teaching in the slums for now and intend to return in Aug of 2015, after 4 years of Permaculture practice.
Between Feb-Jun 2011 I studied the 1983 Mollison PDC. I sent a couple of ex-students to a local PDC at IPEMA in July 2011 on the coast. In August I officially began practicing Permaculture with them until they went Rural in Jan. 2012. Since Jan 2012 I have been building my Permaculture Network around the city.
I began Community Gardening in the City of São Paulo around Mar. 2013.
I used a little urban gardening manual written by Peter Webb to get started gardening in Aug. 2011, I read Mel Bartholomeu and used Sq. Ft. for a while, I read John Jeavons and moved to hexagon spacing… I read Toby Hemenway and started to use more spontaneous organization… I visted the Rain Forest for the first time last month and NOW, only now… I can actually SEE Lawton’s Establishing a Food Forest in my mind’s eye. I am currently studying Mollison’s Manual in rather deep detail, specifically chapters 10, 11 and 12, right now.
So… that is where I am. I hope to actually get a diploma this time and hopefully meet some great people 🙂
mário2013-12-15 at 1:42 pm #30641
Hello Mario and welcome to the Online Permaculture Design Course!
I am really thrilled that you have chosen to join us for this world-changing program. With many tens of thousands of enrolled students, this is the world’s largest permaculture education course, and we’re really quite excited to share this knowledge with you.
I want to take a moment to let you know about a few options that can help you get the most out of your learning experience with us:
– Our instructors answer questions on these forums, and we generally really encourage you to participate in the forums as much as you can, as it will really help you engage with this material in the best possible way. You are encouraged to post any questions you may have about the lectures or general permaculture questions.
– The course itself is offered completely free of charge (no catch, no gotcha, nothing). We also offer the same material on DVD (so you can watch it on your television) and you can purchase the DVD sets @ http://www.regenerative.com/dvd
– We do offer the internationally-standard Permaculture Design Certificate as an option with this course. The certificate program includes an experiential design project and examination; the design project can be for virtually any topic, including your own property. You can learn more about the certification @ http://www.regenerative.com/certificate
If you agree that the knowledge we offer in these lectures is worthwhile, we encourage you to support the continued development of this program by purchasing the DVD sets and the certification. The DVD sets also make truly gifts for friends and loved ones, and are a great way to introduce other people to permaculture (consider donating a set of DVDs to your local library!).
Again, welcome on-board. I encourage you to take a moment to post on the other forums. If you have any questions, please post them in the Technical Questions or the Q&A forums (/forums). On behalf of our entire team, we hope that you enjoy this program and look forward to seeing you take this knowledge into the wild!2014-09-02 at 7:05 pm #53011
I’m Christoph, a pilot from Germany. I’m trying to study permaculture projects around the world to gather more knowledge for my own future farm. Do you live in Sao Paulo? Do you have time to meet?
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