Learn ‘sustainable living’ skills at upcoming ‘permaculture’ course in Ballybay Wetlands Centre



Marella Fyffe will lead next month’s permaculture course to be held at Ballybay Wetlands Centre.

 Permaculture has been described as a philosophy of design – blending our food, shelter, & lifestyle requirements with natural processes or in other words working with nature to achieve sustainability. Monaghan Ecological Group is organising a two day ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ course at Ballybay Wetlands Centre on Saturday and Sunday , 14 to 15 June. 

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The course will be led by Marella Fyffe who trained as a permaculture teacher with Designed Visions in the UK. Marella also teaches organic gardening in community schools and colleges around Omagh and Northern Ireland. She previously lectured at the Organic Centre in Leitrim and also South West College in Omagh and Enniskillen and she brings a wealth of creative experiential teaching to any group she works with. Marella says that the course will introduce participants to the basics of permaculture design and inspire and empower them to apply permaculture design to their lives. She aims to develop in participants a very deep awareness of the earth and the importance of Nature. There will be a practical element including time spent outside in Nature during which those attending will co-create a design over the two-day course.

 Marella explains that the course takes into consideration that we live in a world of finite resources with infinite possibilities. During the course the group will look at the challenges and opportunities and create some local solutions that will make a difference in our world now and for future generations.  It is open to anyone aged 16 or over to attend and no prior knowledge of permaculture is needed. The course will be taught using a variety of methods; group work, games, presentations, discussion, video and slides.  By the end of the course, participants will have a basic knowledge of some of the permaculture ethics and principles and how to apply them.  Marella says that it is an ideal starter for anyone interested in a full permaculture design course.

 The course is part funded by Monaghan County Council’s Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Fund. The fee for participants is €20 plus booking fee.

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