Integral PermaCulture Action-Learning Intenships in La Palma, Canary Islands
Languages: Spanish, English, Italian, Polish
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which we are slowly bringing back to life & toward full production(for all life, not just humans!).
We now have 2 of the 5 farms it was divided into, and 5 resident members.
are amongst the permanent residents here.
After a lot of observation she brought the current site for the GaiaTasiri Association.
We are in the North of the Island of La Palma, a bio-sphere reserve and one of the smallest & the greenest of the Canary Islands, known as La Isla Bonita for its great natural beauty & dramatic landscapes, still with most of its primary ecosystems intact & a population that’s quite connected to the land.
Before arriving on site:
- Get to know us on site (residents & other interns), practice doing ‘Think & Listens’, and plan for the details of your internship program
- Go through our induction steps – Living Together Agreements and other sets of agreements for everyone on site
- Study the 20 multimedia classes to understand the basic theory
(approx. 2h each – required in order to focus on the practice while on site. Please note that if you can’t finish the classes to our satisfaction before arrival we will either ask you to postpone your site work or treat you as a regular Guest instead of an Intern – meaning you can help on the farm as a volunteer but won’t take on any design responsibilities or receive any mentoring time)
- Start deciding which design projects to focus on during your stay
While on site you will:
- be considered a member of the Association (not a client) and as such take on some practical work responsibility & leadership like all other members on site (since this greatly speeds up any action-learning)
- work 5 hours a day on the farm, 5 days a week, learning about farm maintenance (building & repair work, garden care…) in exchange for the discounts on accomodation price + the mentoring for your practical design work that you will receive as an intern
- review & question the theory learned previously against the designs you will get to know on the farm during a period of observation, then start on your own designs
- document, plan & advance your practical design projects with the support of weekly mentoring sessions and daily circles or ‘Think & Listens’ with the group
- & conclude your stay with a design presentation which will count your PDC, iPDC or Diploma design portfolio
have a look at these newsletters:
- Some Design Presentations
- Spring News
- EVS Experiences and Growing Gardens
- Spring Blossoms
- End of First EVS Programme
– these are just some, there are many others,
and they are all organized in our private online design portfolio,
to which you will have access once you enroll
in order to study the different design projects and choose which ones to work on.
We currently have 3 plant nurseries: one for trees, one for seedlings and one for cuttings / bigger plants. Interns interested in this work usually take responsibility for one of them in turn, also contributing to design ideas for improving them if they wish.
As we love nurseries (most of our production is gifted to neighbours and friends at present, and we have exchanged all sorts of stuff for plants in the past) we’re always open to making new or improved ones, like this rather ‘wild design’ one of our students came up with :
The old trial greenhouse and the guinea-pig multifunctional greenhouse design we made for a future larger greenhouse.
It was re-designed in february 2015 & has been through several re-designs already.
We could do with more showers, so there’s scope for much creativity as there are lots of ways they can be designed, … eg. as an integral part of a wood-heated sauna-spar complex that we are fantasizing about from time … 🙂
Just this simple shower can be improved by building a compost-heated winter version & by adding a storage tank for hot water.
Again, we started with the very basic sawdust bucket-system which we still use in parts of the growing project as they work very well, but in 2015 a friend also built us a larger twin chamber composting toilet.
Residential costs depend on which course option you are doing,
whether you stay in a tent or in a single or double room,
and for how long you are staying.
and once you fill the application form we can give you a more specific quote.
Note that we are not a business, but work with a non-profit association,
so all income from guests or courses is a donation to the GaiaTasiri association
& is used only for creating the eco-village project.