Individual and Community Level Sustainability & Ecological Design
Daily routine: 8 hrs
Morning session from 8am-12pm
Spontaneous YOGA/Tai-chi in the morning between 7-7:30am -Asking some people to lead and contribute from the group.
DAY 1: 14 August
Welcome SPIRAL, Initial connection, Group gathering & Presentation of the classes
Activity 1: Team presentation and basic orientations.
Activity 2: PLAY-The web of life
Activity 3: Biodance:
Activity 4: Temporary dry/compost toilet building – including a primer on concepts & establishing at the site.
DAY 2: 15 August
Permaculture Philosophy & Design Principles
Introduction to ethics and principles of Permaculture.
Presentation and group discussion
Twelve practical basic principles
Presentation of permaculture basic practical Tasarımı principles, with some examples and illustrations using B. Mollison and D. Holmgreen inspirations and our group experiences.
Activity 1: Listening nature and finding the patterns and resources. Preparation of personal map of whishes (each one or small groups prepares a basic draft of their place or community plot to be Tasarımıed at Ocaklar/Erdek throughout the course)
Activity 2: How the principles and role playing how it work
some of the principles and applications taken from B. Mollison and others and his experience across the world. Slide show & role play
DAY 3: 16 August
Landscape & Site Assessment
How to read the landscape and natural patterns.
Technics and observation of landforms and gathering information.
Activity : Guided raid through the place and observation of nature and processes. Looking for the individual experiences and sharing class knowledges.
A ride through a community facility to ‘Pasalimanı’ local community project. We will be gathering information on vegetation and fauna, local micro and macro geological and ecological processes, social situation and learning how to present them.
DAY 4: 17 August
Soil, Gardening, Edible plants & It’s Diversity
Activity 1. Soil test
Activity 2. Building a compost/hot compost
Activity 3. Building a spiral herb garden
Presentation: Every group shares their experience/skills with the large group.
Vehbi Ersöz has experience more than 10 years as an organic producer and sells at Şişli and Kartal Organic Market/Istanbul and takes box orderders.
DAY 5: 18 August
Water & water Harvesting
Identifying natural sources and its cycles, purify and treatment techniques, storage, harvesting, use and conservation *aquaculture*.
Practice 1: Purifying water
Practice 2 : Making a gray water plant treatment system or artificial wetland (Creating a rain Garden).
Practice 3 : Swales
Presenttaion: The way people in the Caribe (Colombia, Panamá, Guatemala,Cuba and other places) hyper-oxygenates water in a bottle and set it for couple of days exposed to the plain sun to kill bacteria
Planning/ building a dry latrine.
DAY 6: 19 August
Air & Climate
Building resiliency in Climate change. Understanding micro climates.
The impact of small autonomic communities and the CO2 and energy economy
Climate Justice & discussion based on Turkey’s drought & floats etc.
Practice: Building shelter beds for plants and animals
Energy & Technology:
Learn how to become more self reliant and energy efficient.
Practice1: Build a fruit/herbs dryer with local materials and see for some fruits of local interest
Pactice 2: Building a magic pot
Social experience on that: Solar cooking and local development in Chile and Colombia and other places
DAY 7: 20 August
Orchards, Row Crops & Animals -chicken, bee , goat/sheep & cow
The best crops for climate and site characteristics. Planting and propagation. Small animals
Practice 1: Pruning and crafting.
Practice 3: Building an integrated chickens house / composting / greenhouse system.
The technic has to be included if it is to be used by the local people.
Kadir Dadan- Another Food Is Possible Ocaklar/ERDEK
DAY 8: 21 August
Integrating Animals & Forestry
Grazing and forestry management
Basis of community successions and Tasarımı in general and for the place.
Practice: Planting a tree with companions. (Natural spontaneous yard and community analysis for the place)
Built Environment , Healthy Home & Ecobuilding:
Eco building and construction: Use of local materials, straw, wood, mud, stones, wastes like bottles, plastic, cans, tires … Examples across the world.. Living within nature, with nature, and in nature
Practice : Building a straw wall and warm place for the chicken/compost/winter house integrated system
Hazards & Catastrophes:
Natural,social & economic hazards
Practice: Simulation of disaster and solutions for sanitation, water and food, social integration and other issues about.
Different groups propose solutions earthquake, general strike and war situation e.g how to build a refugee camp, an intercultural gathering, an ecological disaster in Turkey.
EVENING: A SKYPE connection with an eco-community in Latin America-El Bosque “Blowing in The Wind” ecovillage in Chile
DAY 9: 22 August
Ideas for retrofitting cities. Building eco-communities alternative economy and development.
Case Study: Co-ops and ecovillage examples in Turkey.
Abdullah Aysu-Turkish Peasant Sendicate
Agriculture of Turkey and the Movement
Economy & Alternative Currency
Practice: or Role playing about barter system/community exchange and gift economy.
Planning a community orchards and city harvesting systems.
Cultures & Invisibles:
Community building, decision making and conflict resolution.
Local organic communities and federalism
Power management and the making of state (the view from Clastres)
Ecovillages across the world: high diversity, higher potentialities, higher politics.
Myths, beliefs and religions from people.
Braking the pipelines: A metaphor of dependence and the problem of size of the solution. Comments on the remaking of freedom.
Group Project presentations
Making the future: Negotiations, agreements, links, future activities and compromises within the group and between students and us.
Initiation to Change the World through permaculture & social engagement
Each evening a permaculture movie/slayt show and diyalog!!!
We are trying to make more SKYPE connection with different ecovillages from other Latin American countries. Feel free to ask intriguing questions during this interactive communication.