Facilitated by Starhawk and Alfred Decker


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12P Permaculture Design is thrilled to invite you to a two-week Permaculture Design Course (PDC), offering the internationally-recognised 72-hour permaculture curriculum with an additional focus on social permaculture, organizing tools, and spirit. Come and share a life-changing experience with an intercultural mix of participants!

Course Objectives and Content

Earth Activist Training (EAT) is an intensive course combining theory with practical hands-on learning. Completion of the course earns participants a Permaculture Design Certificate – the foundation for further permaculture work and study and a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design. Participants will learn Permaculture design principles & techniques. The course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on learning, slideshows, and design projects. We will examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism and economic globalisation, and encourage exploration of ways to contribute to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity. The PDC covers a broad range of subjects to provide a holistic overview of Permaculture systems and sustainable living. Some of the topics / themes to be covered are:

  • Evidence for change & the ethics of sustainability
  • Principles of Permaculture
  • Observation & landscape analysis
  • Ecological planning & design methods
  • Organic food production and food security
  • Climatic factors in design
  • Soils: natural soil improvement
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Water : harvesting, conservation, and management
  • Agroforestry & forest gardening
  • Appropriate technologies & renewable energy systems
  • Mapping & design exercises
  • Techniques and design strategies for both urban & rural applications
  • Ecovillages & sustainable human settlements

What Can I Do After This Course?  

  • Embark on new farming practices
  • Start a permaculture diploma program
  • Advocate strategically for policies that address climate change and environmental justice
  • Find ways of dramatically reducing energy consumption
  • Begin land-based ventures & small businesses such as: nurseries, landscape design consultancies, etc.
  • Realise goals towards self-sufficiency

City dwellers have found that even with little or no land, Permaculture shows them how to work with their home to produce food, reduce energy needs, live more ecologically and in closer connection with their communities. Educators, farm advisers, international development workers, garden directors, builders, master gardeners, and landscape architects have all reported that what they’ve learned in this course has become a foundation for their work. Farmers, nursery owners, foresters and livestock farmers have all found that Permaculture design has multiplied their incomes, reduced their work, and improved the health of their stock.



Vidàlia is a community and a “cooperativa integral” – a cooperative developed to cover the housing, work, and food needs of its members. Located in an old textile factory an hour inland from Barcelona, the site is a village, inspired by the garden city movement, originally built for the workers and now being regenerated as a community. Vidàlia offers ample event and workshop spaces, 3 ha. of agricultural fields, and the enormous old factory itself.

Vidàlia is located alongside the second largest river in Catalunya, surrounded by forests and fields, and has a bus stop just outside the property that provides fast public transport to the city. We have the intention to develop Vidàlia as a permaculture and regenerative agriculture demonstration site, and your participation in this course will help us to grow. More info about Vidàlia


Course Begins: Dinner on the night of Wednesday, July 18, 2022.

Course Ends: Certificate ceremony on the afternoon of Sunday, July 31, followed by optional dinner, party and “No Talent Show”. 

EAT Facilitators


Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. She is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess and the ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, and its sequel City of Refuge.

Her most recent non-fiction book is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics, power, conflict and communications. 

Starhawk founded Earth Activist Training, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirituality and with a focus on activism. She travels internationally, lecturing and teaching on earth-based spirituality, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. 


Alfred Decker

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Alfred Decker is an award-winning permaculture designer, a certified educator with the Permaculture Association of Britain, and one of Europe’s leading permaculture educators. Since his first PDC in 1998 in California (where he was a student along with Starhawk), Alfred has been involved with social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the 12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, Permacultura Barcelona and the Forest Gardens project at Can Masdeu; is a co-founder of the Spanish Permaculture Academy (Academia de Permacultura Íbera); and was a member of the European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and the Permaculture Council of Europe. Alfred holds a post graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (Centre for Alternative Technology). 2022 is the fifth year that Starhawk and Alfred will be teaching together in Europe. Alfred lives at Vidàlia and is very happy to organise this course at his community! 


We offer a sliding scale for the course, and ask participants to pay what they can. Those who can afford to pay more on the higher end of the scale will help those who can only pay less. The sliding scale recognises the differences in economic reality depending on what country a participant comes from, as well as their individual circumstances, so this is a practical way that people with more financial resources can act in solidarity with those who have less. We do not offer reduced-fee work exchange options because the EAT is an intense course, and we want every participant to be able to able to get the most out of it and not have to sacrifice learning because they can’t pay a certain amount. However, if you want to apply for a course scholarship, please get in touch with us

Course Fees (including food & shared accommodation):
Early bird: 1000€ – 1300€ sliding scale (offer ends April 20)
Regular price: 1150€ – 1450€ sliding scale

Registration Payment: 250€
The registration fee is equal to a deposit. This amount is part of the course fee and not extra, so you are just required to pay the balance in cash when you arrive.

In this time of climate emergency, we request that those who fly to attend the course will make a financial contribution to the Vidàlia Climate Fund, which will be presented during the TPT. The fund will promote carbon-friendly, regenerative agriculture here at the site. 


You can choose to lodge in shared dormitory bedrooms or in a private bedroom. The cost of the dormitory is including in the price of the course, and a private bedroom costs 15€ per night extra (if you have a medical need for a private bedroom and can’t afford the extra cost, please contact us). 


Three healthy meals a day plus snacks, tea, and coffee (all mostly organic and local whenever possible). There will be an optional breakfast the morning after the course for 2,50€.

Hope to see you in July here at Vidàlia! 

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