31st August – 7th September
Regenerative Landscape Design is at the forefront of a movement to restore health and vigor to our food producing ecosystems. Taking an holistic approach modeled on the success and productivity of natural systems, we look to provide real solutions to some of the problems associated with large scale food production and land management. This is a rewarding and exciting field to work in with great prospects for future development. Join us for this unique course and participate in the regeneration of our landscapes.
Course fee 250 Euro*
Accommodation and food: from 180 Euro (more details below)*
Maximum Participants: 25
* Everyone is welcome, and we try to accommodate all budgets. Therefore, the course fee operates on a sliding scale.
The Course Concept
We will be using real plots of land to introduce the fundamentals of regenerative design to you within an organised and structured framework. This is not a sit and listen style course. In small teams of 5 -7 you’ll be mapping, surveying and designing the plots and coming together in larger groups to carry out practicals such as earthworks, compost building, pond building. The hands-on practicals will be balanced with essential theory and exercises that altogether combine to give you a solid foundation to design and implement your own projects.
Why take this course?
- Experience hands on, step by step processes for designing a site ranging from surveying the land to learning how to make design decisions based on the results of your surveying.
- Learn from an experienced team at an established site where you can interact with the course material on the ground.
- Learn how to use low cost mapping tools and techniques that are applicable across many situations from a team that has had extensive experience working with clients from all over the world.
- Access post-course online support :- We love to hear from past participants of our courses and are open to providing feedback and support.
- Enjoy our unique location which is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and recharge in the tranquility of rural Bulgaria. It’s a slow paced relaxed environment, and although the course is very active the atmosphere cannot help but be absorbed.
- All profits from this course will be used for the purchasing of land with high ecological value currently under threat from intensive agricultural development. Once under our stewardship, the land is managed with respect for its inherent value and vital ecosystem services. Your payment, as well as being a sound investment for your development, will be contributing to the protection and management of these important habitats.
Where will you be?
The course is hosted in the town of Shipka on the foothills of the Central Balkan Mountains in the Rose Valley, Bulgaria. The area boasts high levels of biodiversity, beautiful countryside and historical sites of global cultural and scientific significance. Sessions will be split between a lecture hall, in the field and at our site, a 9 year old residential property with an established, highly productive forest garden composed of over 400 species of plants. The site is a good example of small scale intensive ecological design and includes examples of rainwater harvesting, gray water reed beds, wildlife ponds, multiple composting facilities and small scale plant nursery. We practice various methods of biological vegetable production including guild planting and crop rotation, and rear pigs, chickens and rabbits from this property.
If traveling from abroad perhaps you would like to extend your stay in the region? There is plenty to do including hiking, biking, paragliding, various wildlife tours and archaeological excursions, or you could just soak up the timeless vibes of rural Bulgaria. If you would like to get some hands on experience after the course your welcome to join in our polyculture market garden study. There are also various projects nearby that are open to volunteers. You can contact Dimo from Wastenomore (wastenomorefarm(at)gmail.com) to find out more.
The fee for this course is 250Euro + accommodation and food.
A 50% deposit of course fees and food and accommodation fees are required to secure a place on the course. Payment can be made in £ € or BGN via bank transfer, Paypal (3% processing fees apply) or TransferWise, (a new online platform that eliminates hidden charges for international bank transfers).
The remaining fee is payable by cash (BGN) on arrival.
Places are limited to 25 so please register early to avoid disappointment.
* Everyone is welcome, and we try to accommodate all budgets. We are prepared to offer a reasonable reduction of the fees for those who need it.
Accommodation and food
We provide a range of options for you to choose from in two friendly local establishments.
Accommodation and food options A, B or C are not subject to sliding scale fees, however a 20% discount is available with early booking.
Accommodation and food prices for 13 nights and 3 meals a day.
***Early Booking Discount***
Register before March 1st and receive a 20% discount from accommodation and food fees.
Breakfast will be provided to you from your hotel or guest room. Lunch and dinner will be provided by our team and will include our own produce whenever possible. Drinks and snacks will be available during tea breaks. We take pride in both the production and preparation of our food . A diversity of healthy nutritious home cooked food is guaranteed.
If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know.
This course is a collaboration between Balkan Ecology Project and HUMA bringing together experience from two major components of Regenerative Landscape Design. The lead facilitator will be Paul Alfrey – Director and Founder of Balkan Ecology Project. Surveying and mapping sessions will be undertaken by Georgi Pavlov and Smilyan Pavlov, founders of HUMA.
Paul has been practicing and teaching small scale intensive ecological systems in Shipka Bulgaria for the last decade, working on various broad scale Agro-eco projects as consultant and designer and has worked as a freelance Arborist for 20 years in the UK.
A Certified Teacher & Land Planning Consultant (P.R.I Australia) Georgi has extensive knowledge of ecological design and with a focus on information management, provides practical solutions to the establishment of regenerative enterprises. Together with Smilyan Pavlov, Georgi founded HUMA. They aim to advance the practice of design throughout Europe. Currently they are working on projects in the UK, Bulgaria, and Greece.
Certified from the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia by Geoff Lawton, Smilyan is a landscape planning consultant with a passion for effective and practical solutions. Together with Georgi at HUMA they are working on developing a process that advances regenerative enterprises through proven management and design practices.
- To provide a clear and concise structured educational platform to facilitate your empowerment, along with future support to assist you in developing your plans.
- To empower you to develop a regenerative project, whether that be to improve existing projects or to develop a new venture as producer, designer or educator.
- To facilitate and encourage the growth of a network of regenerative enterprises in Europe and beyond.
- To provide a comfortable, inspirational, and productive course experience for all involved.
- To make this course as accessible to as many people as possible. We are prepared to offer reduced fees for those who need it.
- To invest the profits from this course into protecting land and developing regenerative strategies in our local community and beyond.