15 years experience
living on the land


Learn skills for
a good life in nature
Almost 300 people
in our programs

Introduction to permaculture and sustainable living

A fun and practical course!

In this week you will get an overview of what permaculture is and how you can live more and more sustainable. How to setup ecological food growing systems, including several ways to make compost and fertilizers, natural building techniques, how to take care of your health with herbs, how to make natural cleaning products...

This is a practical and fun course in which you can use all your senses.
The venue (permaculture farm Bogata Šuma) is a living example of how you can live more sustainable, how to grow towards self sufficiency in a low maintenance way.


When:
Monday 29 April - Friday 3 May 2024 >> Apply or
Monday 8 - Friday 12 July 2024 >> Apply

Venue: permaculture farm Bogata Šuma, Vojnic, Croatia
Teacher:
Barbara Scheltus - van den Berg
Costs: € 475,-

Costs include all tuition, breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Not included: camping (€ 12,- per night), a bed in a room (€ 18,- per night) or renting our shepherd's hut (€ 32,- per night).

If you are under 18 or over 70 or you have a low income, you can ask to pay the low rate of € 400,-

> Apply for a spot in this course
On the form you can choose the date.


Experience and enjoy permaculture in practice on our homestead Bogata Šuma!
Together we can discover how permaculture can be a solution to many (world) problems.

What is permaculture? What are the ethics and how do you live with them? How do you use permaculture principles as decision making tools?

For us, permaculture is a very inspiring way to design our land and life in a sustainable way. Growing almost all of our food, staying healthy with home grown herbal remedies (teas, oils, tinctures) and natural building techniques is part of that.
We love to use permaculture principles to develop our land and our lives. We take care of the earth, of the people around us and we love to share our knowledge, skills and good food from the garden.


Hands-on learning about permaculture and sustainability

This week is an immersive program to learn about practical permaculture in real life. What is sustainability, what is permaculture, how did we design our land and our life with permaculture ethics and principles as decision making tools. How to setup an ecological garden for self sufficiency, how to take care of yourself with herbs. It gives you an overview of "all" aspects of living a sustainable and independent life in the countryside.

Subjects that we cover in this week:
- What is sustainable living,
- What is permaculture,
- Ethics, principles, patterns, how everything is connected
- Growing food for self sufficiency and setting up low maintenance food growing systems
- techniques like mulching, composting and making natural fertilizers, seed saving, planting, pruning and propagating techniques,
- Natural building techniques: strawbale, cob, wood construction,
- Animals, their functions, food and care,
- Herbal health: finding, collecting, drying and storing herbs, making teas, making tinctures, kitchen herbs, herbal oil,
- Permaculture design, how to design for projects

 

Permaculture teacher Barbara Scheltus Teaching permaculture



Who is this week for?

This program is designed for people who want to know (and experience) more about permaculture, about living a happy life on the land and living with nature in a sustainable way.
It will be an fun course with games and activities as learning tools.


Permaculture teacher Barbara Scheltus

Barbara lives with her family on permaculture farm Bogata Šuma in Croatia. They live almost food-self sufficient, have hosted almost 300 volunteers over the last 10 years, she and Peter have setup a Country Life Academy and now they are growing a village.
Barbara has been working with permaculture ethics and principles for almost 20 years now. She designed for land and for life, teaches people how to bring permaculture into practice and how to design for personal and social issues.
Barbara works with Looby Macnamara ("People and Permaculture") and learned also from international teachers like Rosemary Morrow, Mark Shepard and Taco Blom.

>> More about Barbara Scheltus


Permaculture principle 1: Observe and interactPermaculture principle 2: catch and store energyPermaculture principle 3: Obtain a yieldPermaculture principle 4: Apply self-regulation and accept feedbackPermaculture principle 5: Use renewable resourcesPermaculture principle 6: Produce no waste
Permaculture principle 7: Design from patterns to detailsPermaculture principle 8: Integrate rather than segregatePermaculture principle 9: Use small and slow solutionsPermaculture principle 10: Use and value diversityPermaculture principle 11: Use edges and value the marginalPermaculture principle 12: Creatively use and respond to change


The venue

Permaculture farm Bogata Šuma is situated on the top of a hill in the heart of Croatia, with forests all around. We have been on this land since 2005, after it was abandoned by the previous owners after the Yugoslavian war. 15 Years ago we found a jungle with overgrown fruit and nut trees, and we turned it into a beautiful edible landscape where guests have been enjoying camping holidays ever since.

We will tell & show you all about the design of our terrain with permaculture principles in the last 15 years and our plans for the future.

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>> Application form

Monday 29 April - Friday 3 May 2024 or
Monday 8 - Friday 12 July 2024

Where: permaculture farm Bogata Šuma, Vojnic, Croatia
Costs: € 475,-

Costs include all tuition, breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Not included: camping (€ 12,- per night), a bed in a room (€ 18,- per night) or renting our shepherd's hut (€ 32,- per night).

If you are under 18 or over 70 or you have a low income, you can ask to pay the low rate of € 400,-

 

More information: barbara@bogatasuma.eu or call +385 (0)95 5555 677

 

Coaching

For people who are already on their track and need more personal or specific help, we have a personal coaching program.
Peter and Barbara both in their own way coached already many people on their pathway to living a fulfilling live in nature. Peter is good at helping you with vision and values, creating opportunities.

>> Contact Peter, call +385 95 5088 572 or e-mail peter@countrylifeacademy.com

 


Would you like to live a free, healthy & happy live in harmony with nature?
Would you like help on your path to get there?