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Soul to Soil: Permaculture Design Course for Inner Ecology & Personal Development

Soul to Soil: Permaculture Design Course for Inner Ecology & Personal Development2021-06-28T18:12:46+00:00

Soul to Soil

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
for Inner Ecology &
Personal Development

September 13 – October 4, 2021
Pachawa Retreat Center,
Troviscais, Beja, Portugal

75+ hour Permaculture Design Course Certificate upon completion
25+ hours in Herbal Studies
25+ hours in Personal Development and Earth Spirituality
Lecture and Forum Style Classes
Hands on Projects
 Yoga & Movement Exercises
Plant Meditations

Soul to Soil Permaculture Design Course for Inner Ecology and Personal Development includes a full 72+ hour Permaculture Design Certification course and an integrated 70+ hours in Yoga, Herbal Studies, Earth Based Spirituality and Personal Development.

Learning from the land, students will be immersed in ecological living and transformative education at the Pachawa Retreat Center alongside seasoned permaculture professionals and mentors Sarah Wu and Eduardo Terzidis. Each day we will move through the Permaculture Curriculum, exploring the foundations of permaculture philosophy, earth sciences, strategies for settlement design, and appropriate techniques for establishing perennial food systems in home gardens. Taking it a few steps deeper, Sarah will bring students into the magical world of herbal medicine, diving deep into the practice of preparing and working with medicinal plants on the home and family level for health, wellbeing and seasonal ritual. Guided by Eduardo, daily practice in yoga, inner ecology and meditation will support by seeding a lifelong journey into holistic wellness and permaculture lifestyle.

Class Topics:

Adaptogenic Plants and Mushrooms for Personal Resilience
Climates and Landscapes
Design for Disaster
Design Process & Methods
Digestion and the Human Microbiome
Ethics & Principles of Permaculture
Gaia Theory & Eco-Psycology
Garden Design
Home and Community Herbalist
Humanure and Waste Systems
Integrated Pest Management
Intro & History of Permaculture
Intro to Herbalism
Intro to Social Permaculture
Lunar Rhythms
Non-Violent Communication with Self, Others and Nature
Observation and Map reading
Patterns in Nature
Perennial Polycultures & Regenerative Agriculture
Personal development: Finding One’s Life Mission in Service
Plant Care & Propagation Techniques
Plants and Mushrooms for Reproductive Health
Reading the Landscape & Site analysis
Resources & Scale of Permanence
Small Animal Care
Soil Science and Compost
Trees and Food Forest Ecology
Urban Permaculture
Water Systems & Hydrological Cycle
Wild Crafting Ethics
Zones & Sectors

Hands-On Practicals:

Compost Making
Cultured Foods
Garden Project
Medicine Making
Sacred Space Making
Seed Planting

Meditations, Movement, Rituals and Other Activities:

Daily Rituals for Reconnection to Life and to Purpose
Deep Ecology Guided Visualization
Embodiment Practise: Express and Embody the Interconnection of All Things
Facing Fear: Mind vs Heart in the Path of Reconnection to Your Purpose
Guided Visualisation: The Creation of the Universe from the Bigbang to Your Body
Inner Ecology: Our Body as a Reflection of the Universe
New and Full Moon Rituals
Plant Spirit Medicine Meditations
Sharing Circles
Understanding Personal and Environmental Grief: Depression as a Tool for Regeneration



Full price per student: €1600 ($1950)

Tuition for the 21-day Soul to Soil Permaculture Design Course Includes:

72+ hour Permaculture Design Certification course + certificate upon completion
– 25+ hours in Herbal Studies
25+ hours in Personal Development and Earth Spirituality
Course content and materials, all lectures, forums, and activities
Student manual
Cacao party
21 days of three vegetarian meals per day plus coffee, tea and snacks.
Includes all course content, materials, and activities
Three vegetarian meals per day
Lodging in Tents
Students have the option to upgrade their housing to a room in an apartment or a built out truck.

Available for an additional price: Arrival and departure transportation, laundry service.

We ask for a €300 ($365) NON-REFUNDABLE deposit to be sent to hold your space.
Final payments are made in cash upon arrival.

In the case of closure or any COVID related delays, all deposits will be held and available as a credit for one year to go toward another course with Eduardo and Sarah. In the case rescheduling is not possible, 50% of the deposit in addition to all bank and transfer fees will be retained and the balance returned.

Daily Flow

6 – 700: Morning Yoga, Plant Meditation or Ritual
700 – 830: Breakfast
830-1230: Class Time
1230-1430: Lunch
1430-1730: Class Time
1800-1900: Dinner
1930 – 2130: Occasional Evening Session or Activity

There are two  full days off

We begin each morning with guided meditations, yoga or botanizing. Followed by a nutritious breakfast, we flow into the morning class session. Starting with and open forum of discussion of relevant topics, dreams, sharing and announcements. Classes are lecture and dialog format, with active white board drawing and demos, outdoor hands on activities as well as demos.

With a two hour break for lunch for siesta and integration, dinner is followed by evenings of music, fire, rest and meditation.


Sarah Wu (left) is a clinical herbalist of 20 years and a practicing permaculturist for near a decade. She facilitates learning with a planetary perspective on natural medicine, integrating large scale systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as diverse folk traditions and ethnobotany, with a foundation in Deep Ecology and modern Witchcraft. Sarah has participated in and taught 25+ Permaculture Design Courses, annually curates six simultaneous stages of educational and spiritual content for Envision Festival as well as the Village Witches experience, and has developed a 150- hour unique curriculum: Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path. Founder of the Envision Festival Herbal Clinic training program and has organized and worked herbal clinic relief. Sarah is a passionate biophiliac, educator and mentor.

Eduardo Terzidis (right) Eduardo is a yoga teacher, a permaculture teacher and consultant, a writer and a facilitator for healing and regenerative spaces. As an engineer, he wanted to help the world, yet he felt the need to “be out there”, learning and sharing with the very people who seek the same change he envisioned. At the core of his work is the understanding that global change needs to be carried from the inside out, recognising the intricate web of which we are part and being able to play our role in support of all life.

About Pachawa:

Located in the South West region of Portugal in the Monte Novo Troviscais region, just 30 minutes from the beach and 2 hours south of Lisbon. The landscape is primarily soft rolling hills and plains, considered the breadbasket of Portugal, is home to native cork oaks and holly/holm oaks, olive trees and grapevines, and eucalyptus tree plantations and animal agriculture.

Pachawa Retreat Center is a place for you to connect with yourself and remember what it means to be alive … for real.

Surrounded by breathtaking nature and the option to engage with the community, it’s a place where growth, reconnection and transformation can take place. Here, in the silence and stillness, your inner voice can be heard loud and clear. Your projects can sprout and grow, experiencing the safety and stability of your feet in the soil.

In this place, hearts open up – and love starts flowing again.