INTRODUCTION TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY
5 Day Introduction to Self-Sufficiency Course
The Course runs for 5 days from Monday to Friday, you will be picked up at 9.15am daily from the village and driven to our home, Cortijo de los Suenos, returning about 5pm. Lunch with drinks will be provided daily, along with refreshment breaks.
To get the most out of living self-sufficiently and to prevent stiff muscles, and those aches and pains that can affect all of us, each morning will start with a few gentle warm up exercises. We believe it is vitally important to keep fit and supple.
There are four core subjects that make up each morning session, however, these are not classroom sessions. You will be getting your hands dirty making things, designing solar systems and waste water systems etc.
Core Subject 1 : Organic Gardening
Soil health & Organic Compost, Crop Rotation, Companion Planting, Natural Insecticides & Fertilizers, Pests & Diseases, Permaculture & Biodynamics, Pruning, harvesting & storing, Gardening Equipment
Core Subject 2: Alternative Renewable Energy Solutions
Wind & Water Power, Solar – passive, water & Photovoltaic(PV), Geothermal, Ground –source, Energy Efficient Houses
Core Subject 3: Water & Waste Management
Collection, Filtration & Using, Recycling water & wastes, Waste Management – reed beds, grease-traps
Core Subject 4: Animal Husbandry
Considerations & requirements
Chickens, Animals & Bees
On the Wednesday we will walk from the village to our house, along local tracks, to identify local herbs and wild-flowers. You will learn how to use them, including those you can eat. The afternoon will be spent making herbal products , herbal medicines and eco-friendly cleaning products
CRAFTS & SKILLS
In the afternoons we offer a number of additional introductory courses that complement the mornings’ activities. In order that we can offer you the best options we would appreciate your indication on the booking form of what your preferences would be from these topics:
Ropes & Knots
Building – dry stone walls, composting toilets
In addition to the core subjects and the crafts and skills, we also discuss how to make a living from a self-sufficient lifestyle, from bartering to selling organic produce; just what are the things you need to consider BEFORE you take the leap! As well as some of the more mundane issues ,such as insurance and self-employment.