A letter to my friends…

Dear loved ones

Two thousand and fourteen as our adopted Christian calendar the Gregorian tells us, is over and we move into a new year. That means we have 365, 24 hour periods in which to create whatever we so choose before we sit again in this position of reflection and retrospectively pondering the future of what should and could be,

    we have these moments to think, before we act. A lesson I am eager to learn when I grow up…

growing up is something I am aiming for, pretty funny and silly I know, at heart I am a child, but the body is telling me I am no longer that tomboy climbing and falling and mending so quick..

 two nights ago I came home excited (and a little tipsy) and did my back in after an hour of dancing in the lounge room including many attempted hand stands, cartwheels, back bends and all without my routine hour long yogic warm up…. so it was a humble hobble for me during the NYE festivities, and a reminder that we are getting ON….

     so on with it.

My detox has started, predictable I know, but there is the added article of my recent enrolment into a feminine long weekend workshop retreat here in Sydney (Australia day long weekend) which I will be participating in with the lovely Sharon which some of you may know, and it happened so serendipitously, timing and energetic alignment so responsive, that I know a genuine thread links me with the divine in this moment and for that I am grateful. When things in life are flowing, as my dear friend Kenny once said, you know you are on the right path… life is not supposed to be hard, when we’re fighting against the current, we only make it harder on ourselves…. but flow is not always something easy to be naturally in with. we have to learn to trust let go just be and accept the things that are waiting for us

                                following my intuition is the theme for 2015 and this came spontaneously whist discussing stuff with Avraham.

how many times I have had even the slightest most mundane inkling, like, being about to dart out the door for a walk and thinking it looked overcast outside… glancing at my sunnies and thinking, ah not needed… but actually ignoring that litre nudge I received to perceive their impeding need, rather choosing to ignore only to step outside… that passing cloud now gone and sunnies would’ve been a good last minute grab, I realise later that that seemingly insignificant glance towards the glasses was my intuition… clearly this isn’t done on purpose, it’s merely a sign of poor training. We simply were not trained to use our perceptive, aligned powers, not for the sake of picking up sunnies but for making important decisions. That subtle inner direction / voice / pull .. it’s the practice of allowing it to be made heard, stopping and listening, noticing those slight soft moments when we’re lead somewhere… and following through. It’s (for me anyway) releasing the indoctrinated attachment to the rational mind and accepting the channel that links me to the greater intelligence that makes everything in the natural world flow with grace and precision. I am that.

…. and this is but a wee example, it represents a small fraction of the potentiality of deep listening to the intuition and how it can align us to our higher selves more. I imagine. and I assert this is my year to investigate more, deeper into this piece of reality. Deep intuitive listening, quietening the mind and allowing the right answers to surface when they are ready… I’ll do this with more and deeper meditation practices, more yoga and more deeper, meaning full conversations with you.

                please join me in meditation / yoga / dancing / nature walking – sharing this journey with you would be a blessing, and it’s with each other that we grow.

        . other things I plan on doing this year:

                           <> fermentation workshop

<> mushroom cultivation workshop

                   <> more gardening and growing my own veggies

<> drum and musical jam sessions

                   <> cerebral chats / heart based chats

<> documentary nights

              <> spending time with you.

One thing that resonates deeply with me now, is the pull to look after and protect mother earth. There is sometimes a voice that tells me I am insignificant, silly and incapable of making any real difference to the fracking, mining, deforestation, desertification, global warming, pollution, nuclear poisoning etc that is prolific today. But then, like Marianne Williamson reminds me, I am a female, responsible for reproduction on earth, protection of small things, little helpless beings, like a child that could be my own and that I would protect ’til the death. It is this instinct that kicks in and small or large impact-wise ignites the love and connection I feel for Gaia. It is the same love and protection that a mama bear would feel for her threatened offspring, it could be fierce and intense and scary to the outsider, but it is based on sheer love and protective instinct…. one that no one could ever judge as violent. No mama bear has ever been called an activist for protecting her baby cubs. It is the nature of my instinctual intelligence that drives me to have the passion that I have for preserving the very thing that females are programmed to create…. living LIFE !

all said and done, practically speaking my actions to reduce the effects of this earth destruction are simple, supporting those that are trying to do the right thing by our shared planet. making sure my precious life hours spend earning the $$$ are then invested where I would feel the sacrifice of my time is deserved.

superannuation funds are often heavily invested into fossil fuel industries. writing to my superannuation fund and asking for green switching options is a key one for me this year.

shopping as less and less as possible with the large supermarkets and opting for locally sourced produce which also supports a local family business – it is clear our health and the planets benefit from locally made food that has not had to be frozen and transported and imported out of season… this means buying produce fresh and IN-season.

buying things with less / no packaging – finding ways to reuse my packaging.

not falling for marketing – be it pretty but earth costly packaging, reading the label and educating myself on what the ingredients mean and how they impact the earth/my body …. not being a sucker for things I do not need, subliminal messages that I am not good enough as myself, that I need the latest this and that… that I would be better off with this gadget and that one,

buying organic cosmetics / hair care / food / products (what’s the cost when my health and well being are so connected to those of the earth)

essentially it is a shift from thinking like a consumer to thinking again like a human. connecting back to that inner wisdom that is a birthright of existence.

realising that there is nothing wrong with enjoying things, buying things, and having stuff, it is the level of consciousness with which those decisions are made that counts most.

In this moment, I am reflective of my time and lessons learnt in Portugal, my mother land. A place that both intrigued and frustrated me <laugh> but taught me so much about friendship, a simple meal around a campfire. about the idea of sharing life with friends and family from a place of patience, slowing down, being more spontaneous and less planned and rehearsed… allowing things to unfold and just be, as they are without my interference…. and then listening for when it is my time to inject a little miriam, not planning what I want to say before the other has spoken but listening… taking care, taking time

I learnt so much about plants, my dear friend Geret you taught me things I will always remember, in particular working with trees, even though I know I have not even scratched the surface, it is amazing how these beings that surround us, provide us with everything from clean oxygen to breath, beautiful furniture to sit on, paper to write with, food to eat and clothes to wear are so little understood…. peaceful and serene as they look they are a factory of energetic movement, energy conversion and not to mention shade providers and homes to millions of creatures. I know I can learn so much more about the nature of things just by spending a little more time with them… and as Jaime and I already know very well, trees are great communicators… at hundreds and even thousands of years of age, how could you not be (!!!)

well this is getting long and I am sure if you have made it this far, you are ready for an end to this story.

The end is an invitation to grow deeper into this mystery of self and life with me…. a new way of being connected awaits us, I feel it in my bones and always have. And we can make it up as we go along…. closer, more loving, more patient, more truthful, more respectful, more aware, more caring, more creative, more open, more reflective, more passionate, more supportive and more together… together we thrive.

With loving thoughts and best wishes for a fruitful 2015 for you, and your loved ones.

Be in touch.

     Rute Miriam


Yummy Rawsome Spicy Salad

We had Jewish new year festivals with family this week and today was lunch overlooking Sydney harbour at Potts Point, charming affair. Ordinarily I should feel stuffed to the rafters, but in fact I feel so light and empty because…. I decided to try out being vegan from Monday to Friday, so far it’s been good, only I constantly forget I can’t have honey. So lunch today, instead of the usual heaped plate of everything except the red meat (normally I am vego anyway), consisted of cucumber salad, asparagus, bread and delicious fruits for dessert. I was really surprised last night when I left dinner feeling light and wondering how on earth that is possible after the food fest that was put on then I realised I wasn’t able to eat all the fish cakes, organic chicken, chocolate cakes, strawberry mouse etc…  I was tempted to put aside my vegan contract with myself but in the end no, I felt my principles were important.

Sooooo, considering I am not fully stuffed with food I decided to make a raw dinner and it was so delicious I’m writing down the recipe:

Spicy Rawsom SaladoImage

Dressing –

pulp, juice and rind of 1 lemon

three tablespoons Braggs soy sauce (or more if you like to taste – I added more to my serve once it was plated)

1 small red chilli

1 table spoon sweetener of choice – honey, agave, maple syrup

1 knob ginger

1 knob galangal

dash of Vogel’s (or home made) herb salt

splash of apple cider vinegar

three tablespoons flaxseed oil (or more if you like or you can add different kinds of oils like avocado, coconut, just to vary the natural fats)

1 medium raddish 

….. blend everything in a small bullet blender until well combined and set aside


Salad – (I used the following but you can use whatever you like)

2 leaves of curly kale

handful of rocket (with the flowers if you can)

three / four small carrots grated (I used the purple and orange ones together)

large handful of parsley chopped medium fine

purple and green broccoli (tare the floret apart so you have small tree bits in your salad and chop the stems into small pieces)


….. combine everything together with the dressing and toss to cover.

Serve with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, almonds and sultanas and a strawberry for dessert. 🙂


Love your Planet.

be a vegane.

Imagination and Possibilities in the City?

Breaking it down

Over the course of the last six months I’ve been busy on the land by myself. Avraham has been in Australia most of the time working on another project and it’s been all consuming for him. Being on the land on my own has been a challenge that I have enjoyed however it wasn’t something I was prepared to do for much longer. I spent rainy days pounding clay making double dig veggie beds trying to be prepared as early as possible for the spring growing season only to finally come home at night covered in inches of mud and having to take a bath in our makeshift wheel-barrow-come-tub. Exhausted and a little broken from the physical effort required to work clay and stone soil I would only be able to get stuck in a couple of times a week, if that. There was also much time spent away from the property helping friends with their projects, visiting permaculture sites, learning new techniques and studying too.


Our beloved greenhouse (estufa in Portuguese) a converted swing set

I’ve had clarity set in around the reality of being custodian of a piece of land, the trees and other fragile beings that make the place their permanent residence either by choice or not, and in general a lot of learnings over the last few months and I want to share them with you here.

Machines & Money

First up on a very real practical level…. we are going to need machines and money if we want to create the environment that we envision for the property. Not an exorbitant amount of either, but enough to warrant my return to Sydney to support Avraham in his project and to take on other work for an income. We decided that we could either work slowly over the course of the next 5 – 10 years turning Sao Bento into a little food forest paradise, subsisting on very little and leaving minimal impact, or come back to civilised society for a while to generate capital for project expedience.  The former is a sweet idealistic possibility and one I would love to embark on, but the reality for us is a few creature comforts, and in fact luxuries, are essential.

So we take a sabbatical from the farm to pursue some business / money objectives, all the while maintaining our powers of manifestation and co-creation as paramount, merely a detour it is….

This heuristic approach to the sustainable life has given me an insight to how hard a eco farmers lot can be. Without the necessary essentials, like plenty of clean running water (we only have 3000 litres of rainwater at the moment), the right tools to create arable land and a few helping hands, you’re up shit creek and regular ol things will take a v..e…r…..y… long time to do. Alas to live in the stone age again….. not! 


View from the top of the clay hill


the veggie patch

Water water water

So, we need some kind of large water catchment system or a well on the property to sustain the crops during the dryer summer months. The 3000 litres, when full, can see us through the summer as bath and kitchen water so long as we are water-wise. And being an Aussie, we’ve grown up on that concept so no problem. But the veggies struggle to grow in my back breaking, albeit pretty, spiral veggie beds, they need water if they are to do more than push out a few flowers and mediocre looking tomatoes.

I’ll tell you what did grow easily, carrots and lots of them with very little care, and they were delicious. Same as lettuce, when the leaves were just young and it was early Spring, me and Andre created a wild flower and baby lettuce leaf salad and it was divine…. so much flavour coming from the borage flowers, lettuce, fennel and other wild flowering beings we ate, mmmmm tastily I love salads.

The sunflowers also grew well, I sprouted them up in toilet rolls and a friend of mine told me they don’t like being transplanted. I tried it anyway and possibly left the transplanting a wee tad too late as there were so many interconnecting roots when I tried to pull them out of the tray to transplant them, but they all did really well and I never watered them. Hey Ho! That’s the good thing about clay, it does retain water… if it’s broken up a little and the roots of plants can make their way through the otherwise concrete dry mud. When you have a good coating of mulch to retain water, you can be laughing all the way to the compost… The pumpkins they were flowering and doing nicely without much attention, but come time for the fruit to rear its head many of the flowers would give up and fall off, same with the peach trees and pomegranate… they simply needed more water in order to fruit. So as and when I could, I’d be up at the local well, filling up twenty 5 litre bottles with water at the local village washing house/well. I did it as much as I could, but it’s a difficult routine to keep up with in this day and age when you are doing everything else yourself as well. If Avraham was around I guess it would have been easier, as he could have attended to all the fixing jobs around the place as he usual does and I could have been more attentive to each and every plant and tree. It’s called learning.

Learning, always Learning….

As it goes the Nigella also did very well in the greenhouse. I had forgotten that I spread some seeds around and when I got back from an extended stay at a friends farm voila, there was this beautiful being staring back at me with the most delightful cornflour blue petals. I hadn’t watered it at all and it’s actually small river sand on the floor of the greenhouse where they were. I was able to harvest a good 50grams of seeds which are super potent, i.e. said to cure every disease except death, and super tasty… see my recipe for nigella flat bread. There was also a root, possibly galangal growing very happily and the physalis was growing happily as it had always done, see the top piccy of the greenhouse.


Me and a mate cut the grass which was two metres high across a paddock of over an acre. It took us something like 20 hours all up over two days running two strimmers, I had the cord strimmer and he used the blade. I enjoy cutting grass and find the old fashioned scythe really beneficial for my back.

I put on my headphones and listen to the eternal OM being chanted by monks and forget about the outside world…

the swinging action and rotation from the thighs to the waist and upper body helps to unlock tightness in my lower back. It was not the same with the strummer, but I enjoyed learning to use new machinery. In the end I had to rake up all the grass which took another month to finally complete and it meant I had mulch for all the trees and garden for the rest of the year. Woo hop, organic farmers dream. The hardest thing to get in Portugal is organic straw and manure. Best way to get it, make your own.


I learn to graft while I was at my mates farm. Eight of my ten grafts were still going strong when I left two weeks ago. I send them energy every day to make sure they keep growing. I grafted mostly my favourite apple called reineta, I’ve never had it here in Australia. It’s a brownish green rough skinned apple with quite a different texture almost powdery but not at all like off apples of the green variety. And I also grafted some pear, all onto the quince root stock which is growing in abundance on the property. Grafting is done late winter early spring, and it depends on the trees themselves. You need to see some tiny budding branches on your graft material (the branched you cut to graft onto other trees) to know they are in the growing stage and will continue in that cycle making attachment to the root stock possible. The root stock, as I am lead to believe can still be a little more dormant, but it should show signs of growth. The materials I used to graft were electrical tape and a sloppy brown goop specifically to seal the tape and cut. The worst thing that can happen to your graft is contact with water which will rot the whole thing making all your work and the pain to the tree being worthless. So make sure it’s well sealed.

I noticed something really interesting with one of the beds that I made. After double digging, I laid down some wet newspaper, then on top of that some organic well rotted compost which I purchased. On this particular patch of bed hardly any weeds grew through.

On all the others, weeds were abundant and I was always having to create more space for the invited beings I planted, even where I had mulched 4-7 inches thick, weeds were still coming through, but on the newspaper lined patch …. with no mulch whatsoever – just exposed compost – there were no weeds. So the newspaper does the trick, I am just not sure about having that paper and ink in the garden. It’s certainly not organic!! I wonder if anyone knows more about that?


the veggie patch, those wheel barrows were from the scrap metal yard

I also learnt a bit about forestry. Looking after trees is very much like looking after any other crop. You need to know when to prune, harvest, and terminate the entire crop or individual beings. Trees can be planted for fruit, soft and hard wood as in for firewood, construction (either as posts or unusual shapes for furniture) for shade, beauty, companionship, wind break, borders, soil erosion prevention, oxygen, to name some of the many wonderful uses for trees. We were planting on a mates property some trees for soil erosion damage against rising water levels in winter, planting straight into slate rock with some soil taken from other parts of the property, and supporting the treelings with flat stones all around. In winter this section will be covered in water. We went back to check on them after the rainy season and they all made it so this technique works. I have pictures somewhere.. When planting new trees, we can position them to be able to take over the space that a current older tree has, in the knowing we will use that older tree for firewood or a beam in a house if it is straight enough once the younger tree reaches the age where it takes over the space. It is good to have a variety of hard / soft wood as well as fruiting and non fruiting trees. Like a veggie crop, and in pure nature, diversity is the key to healthy living ecosystems. Having a variety of evergreen, deciduous, and fruiting trees that shed and regrow at different times of the year can be a spectacular sight as well as healthy, if you know what you are doing, you can time colours and contrasts to be an additional feature of your garden or food forest and it is well impressive but it does take a lot of time, patience and research.


the orange trees in the foreground, oaks in the middle and eucalyptus in the background

Nice Story

A large one hundred year old pine tree fell in the winter as a result of all the heavy rains. I enlisted the help of a strong man friend to help me tackle this situation. The land is down an old dirt road once probably used by the Romans and Moors as a main highway, just beyond the ancient stone wall which no one knows anything about because it’s too old, there is another piece of land we have in our custody. It’s secretly tucked away and to tell you a quick and nice story about it. We went for a walk one day, down these little village side streets and discovered this place, upon arrival I immediately commented how tranquil it was, surrounded by all these tall pines and euccy’s (eucalyptus) without the sights of concrete village homes and tractors…. a few weeks later I discovered with my grandpa that this was in fact part of our lot. He took me there to check out this fallen pine, apparently I had to now do something about it. So me and matey took two chainsaws down and strategised the best method of removal and he did all the work, I just watched and cleared away the huge logs that will serve as firewood for probably an entire winter, hey hey!!!! That’s how you do it. No more buying and paying for firewood and electricity to heat up the house…. I was excited, this is what I want to be doing… investing MY time and MY energy to create the necessities of life. Not having to sell MY time to BUY the necessities of life. As my husband always says, you can either work hard to buy your organic veggies and come home exhausted from working for someone else, or you can work hard to produce your own organic veggies and come home exhausted knowing you are the boss of you. ahhh, I know what I want deep down inside.


the huge pine we cut down is the bottom row of timber, the other logs were old trees on the property we finally chopped up for firewood…. ready for the next winter visit.

Imagination & Possibilities Science

So now comes the details of the break in contract for “imagination and possibilities/manifesting everything we need on the farm in Portugal”. OK so it’s not a science, yet. We’re still learning how this things about co-creation works and in this reality we are still living in a fiat currency driven system. We need to make the place comfortable to live in, that will require earth moving machinery, and all hands on deck to build a small but beautiful and comfortable living space. Like I said we can spend the next 5 – 10 years doing it the manifestation way and I want to, but time is of the essence, we are older now and need certain comforts to make working in the mud and rain seem worthwhile at the end of the day. I’m comfortable with that, and in fact making the very most of being back in Sydney, signing up to every workshop I can and getting into as much of the local transformation culture as possible. There is also for me something real about reconnecting with the consumer driven life that exists in cities, to have more empathy and develop more of an understanding for society and culture. After a while living simply and off grid you can become a little detached from the rest of consumer driven society and it’s a good thing in many ways but also paradoxically not so good when you consider how disconnected you can potentially become from the reality for most people including friends and family. It is after all still a very real existence for many and I feel extremely grateful and privileged to know what it’s like to have options to move away from that or even to not be part of it whilst existing within it, but for many that is not the case, so having that connection to what’s happening for many, can help me to be a better person.

The Organic Guru

our humble space

Getting Help, Getting It Done!

For the last week that I was in Portugal I had my mum Isabel and hubby Avraham there to help out. Plus it was sunny so together the three of us managed to get done all the odd jobs around the place that I had wanted to do myself but lacked the strength. Isabel and I created a raised bed out of the old railway sleepers that we had lying around and all the mulch left over from cutting the grass. I pruned and redesigned the willow tree outside the front garden so that it is less unruly and provides more shade where needed – for this I used rocks and bricks tied to some cord to weight down certain branches – a trick I learnt from matey working on his trees. We cleared all the land so that all the dead wood was in one pile and all the stones and bricks lying around were in another pile. This means that if I need to send someone to cut the grass whilst I am away, it’s much easier. Avraham built stairs going up to the left of the property where it meets the road so we have clean access to the bread delivery van in the morning, he used the blocks my dad made 35 years earlier and I decorated some of them with broken glass found on the land and pebbles and shells too. Mum and I did a load to the scrap metal yard and rubbish tip. The whole time we have been there we have done very few trips to these premises, we like to try and recycle everything on site, but sometimes it just doesn’t make sense, there is always someone else around the corner who wants your junk.

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the emergency step, leading straight up to the place on the street where the bread van stops every morning with fresh croissants mmmmm my delightful sin


it may not look like much, but this is the place looking really organised. oh and really dry from the European summer


OK so my disclaimer is, don’t forget to ask any being before you cut it, so, all plants, trees and grasses should be well aware of your intention and wait for the green light before you do, it’s common curtesy and you’ll find that 9 times out of 10 it’s fine… when it’s not usually that is due to the being trying to point you in the direction of a healthier species or that it’s not the right time to take. As well as taking don’t forget to give.

Love and know your planet.

The Organic Guru

Imagination and possibilities in the city!


Permaculture Design Course in Portugal May 2014

Hi! We’re hosting a permaculture design course here at Serra de Sao Bento, Figueira da Foz, Portugal this Spring and you’re welcome to come. 

Estamos hospedando um curso de design de permacultura aqui na Serra de São Bento, Figueira da Foz, Portugal esta Primavera e você está convidado a vir.


Permacultura em Portugal from the 3rd to the 18th of May 2014

The course specifics are detailed below by Josh Gomez and Rosie Stonehill our Permaculture tutors. Additionally we’ll have guests popping in to transfer their skills in areas such as 12V solar inverter set up, grafting and eco building to name a few, it’s going to be a packed out course! Accommodation and other logistical details at the bottom of the page. I hope you and your friends can share it and make it. 

Permacultura em Portugal (Serra de São Bento, Maiorca) de 3 a 18 de Maio.

As especificidades do curso estão detalhadas abaixo por Josh Gomez e Rosie Stonehill nossos tutores Permacultura.. São 16 dias de aprendizagem de técnicas de permacultura para trabalhar com a terra, para fazer crescer vegetais orgânicos e perceber o planeta em que vivemos u pouco melhor. Como bónus também oferecemos workshops de como montar um sistema solar de 12v (12v solar set up workshop) , bases para enxerto (rootstock grafting workshop), eco construção (eco building skills transfer), compostagem a quente (worm composting), composto em 16 dias (16 day compost), etc etc etc, e ainda teremos diariamente yoga e algumas habilidades de circo como distração. Teremos todos os dias saudáveis refeições vegetarianas feitas em casa. Vamos ter 2 dias livres (estamos perto da praia e de algumas atividades de que podemos usufruir) e é a oportunidade para conhecermos novas pessoas com os mesmos interesses.  

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 “Create the Future, Heal the Soil, Sow the Seeds of Change”

“Criar o Futuro, cure o solo, semear as sementes da mudança”


Details / Detalhes

(from Permaculture tutors Josh and Rosie)

This course is relevant to people from all origins and walks of life. It includes an in depth understanding of the different applications of permaculture and provides the relevant knowledge and experience for anyone wanting to start a vocation as a permaculture designer. It is equally appropriate, however, for someone who simply wants to step further into permaculture design in their own lives.

No previous experience is required but we recommend if you have had no previous contact with permaculture and simply want to know what it is you may benefit from doing an introductory course first. This course is very intensive and involved and can be challenging if you are totally new to the subject. We use a wide range of teaching methods to create an engaging environment which includes all participants and their individual learning styles. This includes practical activities, discussion/constructive debate, games, white board sessions, digital presentations, videos, observation exercises, guided walks and working in groups.

We start each morning with a short energiser session, including many different activities and games to wake everyone up, get moving, focus and ready ourselves for a day of learning.

Este curso é relevante para pessoas de todas as origens e caminhos de vida. O curso inclui uma compreensão profunda sobre as diferentes aplicações da permacultura e fornece ensino e experiência relevante para quem quer iniciar uma atividade de design de permacultura. É igualmente importante para quem quer apenas introduzir e explorar a permacultura nas suas próprias vidas. Não necessita de ter experiência prévia , mas recomendamos para quem não teve contacto prévio com a permacultura para considerar os benefícios em participar no curso de introdução à permacultura antes de completar este curso. Este curso é muito intensivo e envolvente e pode ser um desafio se for totalmente novo ao tema.

Usamos um variado leque de métodos de ensino para criar um ambiente ativo que inclua todos os participantes e os seus estilos individuals de aprendizagem. Isto inclui, actividades práticas, discussões/debates construtivos, jogos, videos, exercícios de observação, caminhadas guiadas e actividades em grupo.

Começamos as manhãs com exercícios de energização incluindo diferentes actividades e jogos para acordar, iniciar as actividades, focar e prepararmo-nos para o dia de aprendizagem. 

Activities include / As actividades incluem:

 – Yoga and warm-up stretches / yoga e alongamentos de aquecimento

– Different games, to illustrate ideas and to build group cohesion and trust / diferentes jogos para ilustrar ideias e para construir a confiança e coesão do grupo

– Circus skills / Abilidades de circo

-Observation and Site walks / Observação e caminhadas

-Meditation and Inward focussing / Meditação eFocaçização Interna

Listen to your body it's smarter than you are

The course culminates in a two day design workshop and a presentation of the groups’ designs in which participants can illustrate what they have learnt. On completion of the whole course and after this presentation, participants will receive the internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design, accredited by the UK Permaculture association.

O curso culmina com dois dias de workshop de design e a apresentação do design dos grupos no qual os participantes ilusram o que aprenderam. Ao completarem o curso e depois desta apresentação os participantes receberão um Certificado de Design de Permacultura reconhecido internacionalmente e acreditado pela Associação de Permacultura do Reino Unido. 

Course Contents / Conteúdos do Curso

The course is based on an international syllabus covering the following / O curso é baseado num curriculum internacional que irá abordar o seguinte: 

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Introduction / Introdução: 

– Permaculture ethics / Ética da Permacultura

– Approaches to design / Abordagens para design

– Guiding Principles of Permaculture / Principíos Práticos de Permacultura

– Biodiversity / Biodiversidae

– Learning and Study strategies / Estratégicas de aprendizagem e estudo 

– Pattern in Design / Padrões de Design

– Wilderness and wildlife / Animais e plantas selvagens 

Cultivated Ecology / Ecologia Cultivada

– Permanent Pasture / Pasto permanente

– Forest Gardens / Jardins florestais

– Horticultural techniques / Ténicas de hoticultura

– No-till cultivation / Cultivo No-till

– Biological pest control / Controlo de pestes biológico 

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Climates / Climas 

– Strategies for different Climates / Estratégias para diferentes climas 

– Microclimates / Microclimas 

Buildings and Structures / Construção e Estruturas

– Urban Permaculture / Permacultura urbana

– Appropriate technology / Tecnologia apropriada

– Waste reduction / Redução de lixo/desperdícios

– The home and workplace / O local de trabalho e a casa

– Energy efficient planning / Planeamento energético eficiente

– Waste recycling and disposal / Eliminação e reciclagem de disperdícios 

The Organic Guru - Permaculture garden in Broome

Soils / Solo 

– What is Living Soil? / O que é o solo vivo?

– Soil regeneration techniques and Soil Conservation / Técnicas de regeneração do solo e conservação do solo 

Water in Landscape / Água no Paisagem 

– What is Living Water? / O que é a água viva?

– Water conservation, collection and storage / Conservação, coleção e armazenamento de água

– Wastewater and sewage treatment / Águas residuais e tratamento de esgoto

– Aquaculture /  Aquacultura 

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Forests and Trees / Florestas e Árvores 

– Energy transactions of trees / Troca de energia das árvores 

– Woodland establishment / Organização de uma floresta 

– Types of forest / Tipos de floresta

– Woodland management / Gestão da floresta 

Invisible Structures / Estruturas Invisíveis 

– Real Wealth / Riqueza verdadeira

– Land access / Acesso à terra

– Formal/informal economy / Economia formal e informal

– Community development strategies / Estratégias para desenvolver comunidades 

The Organic Guru self sufficiency

Design Workshop / Workshop de Design 

– Design process and Presentation Skills / Processos de design e apresentação de competências

– Maps and Overlays / Mapas e overlays

– Surveying / Agrimensura

– Project Planning / Planeamento de projetos 

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As well as this, we include many other relevant subjects and a range of practical exercises which aim to give each student a tool kit of basic skills, making them both competent designers and confident in the implementation process of design.

Para além disto, incluimos muitos temas relevantes e um variado leque de exercícios práticos que pretendem um kit de competências básicas de forma a serem designers competentes e terem confiança para implementar o processo de design. 

Tutors: Rosie Stonehill and Josh Gomez began studying Permaculture since 2006 when they attended an introductory course in Cornwall, UK. In April 2009 they organised and attended the first Permaculture Design Course held at Mount of Oaks in central Portugal with Lesley Martin.

Since then they have been creating designs for many different sites in Portugal and the UK and learning constantly, broadening their knowledge and skills base.

Tutors: Rosie Stonehill and Josh Gomez começaram a estudar Permacultura sesde 2006 quando frequentaram um curso de introdução à Permacultura em Cornwall, U.K.. Wm Abril de 2009 organizaram e frequentaram o primeiro curso de Design de Permacultura com a Leslie Martin em Mount Oaks no centro de Portugal.

A partir dessa altura desenvolveram desings para diferentes locais em Portugal e U.K. e aprenderam constantemente, ampliando o seu conhecimento e experiência. 

Over the last years, whilst studying for the Permaculture diploma, they have gained diverse experience in facilitating Permaculture courses by working alongside various different teachers and have learnt many different approaches, techniques and exercises. They combine this with their previous experience of working with adults and children in both teaching and care work to make our courses as informative, enriching and supportive as we can. They accredited as diploma holders in 2011 and are now offering introduction and full certified Permaculture design courses. If you would like to see more about their previous courses please have a look at their blog


Durante os últimos anos, enquanto estudavam para obter o diploma em Permacultura, obteram diversas experiências a facilitar cursos com vários professores e aprenderam várias abordagens, tecnicas e exercícios. Eles combinam esta experiência com a sua experiência prévia de trabalhar na área de ensino e cuidados com adultos e crianças de forma a fornecer cursos informativos, enriquecedores e com acompanhamento durante a aprendizagem. São acreditados com diploma em Permacultura desde 2011 e agora oferecem cursos de introdução à Permacultura e cursos de design de Permacultura. Se quiserem ver como correu o cursos de permacultura no verão passado visitem o blog:


Also on this web site you will see a portfolio with examples of their design work and some information about their home and lands in Foz da Cova, a tiny mountain village in the Serra of central Portugal. When they arrived in  November 2011 it was almost totally abandoned and, step by step and with much help and increasing numbers of inhabitants, they are bringing it back to life.

The course is in English, however we can translate into Portuguese where necessary.

An internationally recognised certificate, accredited by the UK Permaculture Association will be provided upon completion.

Nesta página de web também podem ver o seu portfolio com exemplos dos seus trabalhos de design de permacultura e informação sobre a terra onde vivem e Foz da Cova – uma pequena vila na montanha no centro de Portugal. Quando aqui chegaram em 2011 esta zona estva completamente abandonada e passo a passo e com muita ajuda dos habitantes estão a trazer vida de volta à vila. 

O curso é dado em Inglês. Tradução para Português disponível. Certificado é dado no final do curso. 

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Registration & Information:

Contact Miriam on email rmrp79@gmail.com or phone +351 964215 259.

Price: 480 € early bird price till March 20 (by committing early you help us get organised). After March 20th the price will be 550 € (please contact Miriam for payment options.)
Preço: 480 € preço madrugador até 20 de Março (ao cometer cedo você nos ajudar a se organizar). Após 20 mar o preço será de 550 € (por favor contacte Miriam para opções de pagamento.)

The cost includes / Os custos incluem:

  • Course and certificate
  • Extra workshops such as 12V solar inverter, grafting, eco building, worm composting and more, are at no extra cost but are subject to change
  • Home cooked vegan meals with produce sourced locally and organic where possible
  • Camping on site (you’ll need to bring your own tent and sleeping bag). Other accommodation may be possible at an additional cost – please enquire.

The Organic Guru - Sao Bento

We’re situated in Serra de Sao Bento, a small semi-rural village about 11km from Figueira da Foz, which is the nearest “city”. Access to Figueira da Foz is easy from Porto and Lisbon airports with coach and train options. We’re in a rustic setting on a couple of acres of land, totally off grid with water and electricity – last year when there was a blackout for several days we were the only ones with power in the village! Café’s with wifi are within walking distance in the nearest town, Maiorca, about a kilometer away.

The Organic Guru casa sao bento

We’ll have two days off during the course and optional day out on one of those days if you feel like exploring the region with us, or you can do your own thing and head to the beach in Figueira.

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For more information please email me at rmrp79@gmail.com. Please share the  course details with everyone you know.