15.09.2010 0 °F
Sorry it has been soo long since my last entry. Due to a general lack of reliable internet access, being extremely busy with my building project, and having my entire world be turned upside down through heartbreak I just haven't gotten around to keeping this thing up to date. Fortunately, I arrived home this morning and now I have every intention of filling you all in on what has happened in the past month or so. So stay tuned and enjoy
First of all I am now officially "permaculture design certified". Not sure exactly what that means in terms of credibility but it sounds cool. The course was a great experience and honestly it was nice to take a break from the ranch work and do something a bit more structured and educational. Within the first couple days I realized that from my alternative upbringing and my college education, I actually already new most of the concepts of permaculture and I didn't even know it. I think I could have a good possibility of getting a permaculture-related job if I wanted, or atleast design my own homestead property someday. During the course I often fantasized about how the concepts could be applied to a theoretical piece of property in Italy
So most of the course was just review of what I already knew with a little elaboration, but it was still great to meet a bunch of new people who came from all around the world to take this course at the ranch. We had a lot of fun together
The course culminated in a final design project of a mock piece of property with mock clients. We broke into 4 groups and 2 of the groups had a client who wanted to have a ninja training camp and the other two groups had clients who were Russian porn stars/producers who had a soap making business as a cover-up... Yes you read that correctly, that is really what our final projects were. So as part of the challenge we had to still maintain a level of serious-ness and professionalism despite the absurd topics. Trust me, it was a big challenge for our group as we seemed to be the group with the most silly non-serious people in it and we were assigned the porn clients... haha we sure did have fun. Nonetheless, I think we did a pretty good job designing the property while utilizing the permaculture concepts... and getting very creative with how we incorporated the clients desires
At the end of the course the whole class went on a field trip to visit a couple botantical gardens to learn a bit more (but mostly to collect seeds and plants to bring back to the ranch although this wasn't exactly allowed...). We also drove to the Caribbean coast to spend a day on the beach and a great night of dancing. That night, a few of us decided to sleep in hammocks for $5, I slept very well although this may have been influenced by the free triple shot daiquiris we had at ladies night... Anyway it was a great memorable trip and it was hard to see my fellow permaculturists go their separate ways in the end, but so goes the life of a traveler.