[permaculture] Estancia Ranquilco, a 100, 000 acre traditional cattle and sheep ranch in the high Andes of Northern Patagonia
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lfl at intrex.net
Fri Aug 11 11:50:23 EDT 2006
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Subject: Estancia Ranquilco, a 100,000 acre traditional cattle and sheep ranch in the high Andes of Northern
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 08:25:31 -0700
From: pri at permaculture.org.au
pri at permaculture.org.au
Estancia Ranquilco, a 100,000 acre traditional cattle and sheep ranch in the high Andes of Northern Patagonia offers a
Permaculture Design Certificate course.
This world-recognized, 72-hour course provides an introduction to permaculture as set forth by movement founder Bill
Mollison. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites and explore site-specific
permaculture solutions. The course serves as the foundation for further study and is a prerequisite for a Diploma in
Permaculture Design, awarded by the Permaculture Research Institute Course credit is accepted by a growing number of
universities here and abroad. To date, hundreds of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through the
course, creating a global network of ecological activists influencing major corporations and creating new soft-energy
business alternatives. The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with
special emphasis on temperate zones. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home
design, construction, energy conservation and generatio
n, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions. Specific
topics include: * Theory and principles of permaculture * Nature-friendly house placement and design * Energy
conservation techniques for cold climates * Recycling and waste management * Organic food production * Water harvesting
and management * Ecological pest control * Drought-proofing * Soil rehabilitation and erosion control * Livestock *
Aquaculture * Catastrophe preparedness and prevention * Windbreaks and fire control Geoff Lawton is a world-renowned
permaculture practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and studied permaculture with the originator, Bill
Mollison, in Tasmania. He founded the Permaculture Research Institute on Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a
147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture
projects in 18 countries for private individuals and groups, comm
unities, governments, aid organizations, and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design
Certificate course in 20 countries. Estancia Ranquilco is a unique landholding deep, deep in the Andes Mountains. It
combines a traditional livestock ranch with New Age ideas on self-sufficiency and whispering lightly on the land.
Participants are advised that there is a three hour hike into the place, with bags coming in on pack animals, and that
there are no telephones, televisions, computers etc. All of this preserves, and hopefully, enhances the extreme peaceful
power that resides on the lands. There is an add-on option for those who would like to extend their experience at the
estancia, working in the gardens etc, and immersing in the gaucho culture, for $50 a day.
Check our web site www.permaculture.org.au courses page fore details.
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