[permaculture] 5th Annual PDC, Maya Mountain Research Farm, Belize, March, 2010

christopher nesbitt christopher.nesbitt at mmrfbz.org
Tue Dec 1 10:44:57 EST 2009

5th Annual Permaculture Design Course

March 12th-24th, 2010
Place: Maya Mountain Research Farm
San Pedro Columbia, BELIZE

Albert Bates, Andrew Goodheart Brown, Andrew Leslie Phillips, Maria  
Ros, Christopher Nesbitt & local guest instructors.
Cost:USD1250/Belize$2500 includes organic farm fresh meals, all course  
materials and expeditions, comfortable accommodation in the farm, and  
a certificate or Permaculture Design upon completion of the course.
For Details, or to register, please see http://www.mmrfbz.org or  
contact Christopher at info(a)mmrfbz.org.

Through lecture, discussion, small groups, site visits and hands on  
experience, participants will gain the tools to create sustainable,  
ecologically based homes, farms, businesses and communities.

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river  
from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya  
Mountain Research Farm is a working demonstration farm and registered  
NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and  
food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity.  
With 20 years of organic management and conversion from an abandoned  
cattle and citrus farm to a polyculture, MMRF is one of Central  
Americas oldest permaculture farms.

A scholarship for this Permaculture Design Course is being offered by  
Maya Mountain Research Farm in memory of Anne Bulford. Anne Bulford  
graduated from Antioch College, was active in organic agriculture in  
Ohio, working at Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association, and  
died in November, 2008 of cancer. She has two boys, Peter and Skyler,  
who live with Annes mother, Sally. Applicants must be Belizean or  
Guatemalan, working in agriculture in the communities adjacent to the  
Maya Mountains in Belize, or in Izabel or Peten Department of  
Guatemala, and a farmer or community leader. To apply, please contact  
Christopher Nesbitt with a description of the work you are doing, and  
a resume or CV and explain why you would like to participate in this  


Albert Bates is a former lawyer, paramedic, graphic artist and author  
of eleven books on energy, environment and law, and produced two films  
on ecovillages. He is the founder of the Ecovillage Network of the  
Americas and was active in the creation of the Global Ecovillage  
Network. He has lectured and universities and government agencies and  
worked on natural buildings, village infrastructure, and permaculture  
landscapes on 6 continents. He has been teaching permaculture design  
courses since 1994.

Andrew Leslie Phillips A native of Australia, Andrew studied  
permaculture with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, He convenes and  
teaches permaculture in the north-eastern U.S. He is founder of  
Hancock Permaculture Center and consults through his consulting  
organization: Permaculture Design Solutions

Andrew Goodheart Brown: M.Sc. in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources;  
Permaculture Teacher and Practitioner since 1994; International  
Consultant in Ecological Agriculture; Organic Gardener and Home  
Orchardist; Gourmet Natural Food Chef; Artisanal Bread Baker and Home  
Brewer; Endangered Species Observer; Naturalist and Field Biologist.

Maria Ros  Body Psychotherapist, Permaculture Designer and paramedic,  
She is the Mexican Representative of the Instituto Latinoamericano de  
Permacultura, Director of Ecodanza M.R. and President of Ecoaldea  
Gratitud A.C. in Solferino, Quintana Roo, Co-Director of Casa Sanarte,  
an alternative health center in Cancún.

Christopher Nesbitt
Christopher has lived and studied agriculture in Belize since the mid  
1980s. He was a founding member of Belize Organic Producers  
Association, and has worked as a consultant for the Government of  
Belize’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries  
Department. He installs photovoltaic and photovoltaic/wind hybrid  
systems in protected areas, photovoltaic water pumps, and teaches  

Christopher Nesbitt

Maya Mountain Research Farm
San Pedro Columbia, Toledo
PO 153 Punta Gorda Town, Toledo
Central America


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