Deep Ecology Course 2016

A Whole-istic Transformation to

Deep Ecological Awareness,

following the Principles and Pathways of

Deep Ecology and Permaculture

It is now obvious that our greatest hope for a healthy future will be brought about by a new way of thinking and interacting with both each other and the biological community we are ultimately part of. Using Maieutic* style, group participatory learning we will be pursuing an understanding of wholeness and its complexity, leading to a fundamental change in the way we relate to the environment. The conclusion of which results in human unity, an alignment with the natural dynamics of life and an ecological world view.

This course will be a deep, personal transformational change through guided inquiry and group dynamics. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are ready to co-design new approaches and become agents of change.
The uniqueness of the course is its recognition that although Permaculture, ecological awareness and our general understanding of the problems we are causing are increasing, the situation both culturally and ecologically are worsening and reaching a critical point. In response, it is apparent that we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we had when we created them. It is therefore fundamental that the changing of mindsets is key to preventing social and environmental disaster before we embrace philosophies for change such as Permaculture and Deep Ecology.

Personal transformation and the raising of our own awareness and consciousness is critical if we are to have a hope of creating society truly based on regenerative principles.


What will be covered?

·       Who are we?  Where are we now?  Where are we going?
·       Cultural baggage
·       Social and cultural myths; unveiling the deception
·       updating personal and human values
·       natural law
·       case for human unity
·       Mechanical verses biological thinking
·       Systems theory, visualising a systems approach and thinking in systems
·       Gaia theory
·       Soil biology
·       Deep Ecology
·       Introduction to Permaculture, its philosophies and use as a design tool
·       Food forestry and agro forestry systems which are at the cutting edge of ecological knowledge
·       Withdrawing from the current system
·       The great escape to an improved reality
·       The transition

The course and its learning process will in large part be dictated by the needs and interest of the group at any given moment. Avenues of interest will be actively encouraged and  followed with deeper analysis or practical exposure because this is where real learning takes place. An example of this could be to take Permaculture design theory to a practical level by actually going through the design phases on sight to create something in a real situation.



Who would be interested?

·     Are you deeply concerned about  the worsening social and ecological situation?
·     Are you opposed to maintaining things the way they are?
·     Do you want to learn about what is at the forefront  of ecological understanding and its relevance to sustainable design?
·     Do you want the ability to establish landscape designs because of more profound ecological awareness rather than a set of techniques and inflexible models?


What can you expect to gain from Participating?

That is some part depends on you! The more you participate the greater levels of learning will take place because everyone is responsible for everyone else learning. The object of the course will be to integrate all the components of the course in a holistic way to give you inspiration , knowledge, skills and a broader capacity to respond to the challenges as we transition to an alternative future.


Course details:

This course will be held during the summer of 2016 (exact dates will follow) at A Quinta and is including accommodation and 3 meals a day.  It being our first course, we will be offering it at an introduction rate. We have reduced the price from 750 euro’s to 450 euro’s. Students or participants willing to help in the kitchen and other preps can participate for 350 euro’s (3 places).  So, take advantage of this one-off chance!  Contact us for more information.



Facilitator, Bruce Kirk

My job is to facilitate a learning environment not to enforce meaningless instruction.
Ecologist, Permaculture teacher, Deep Ecologist, Progressive Social Critic and Activist….After starting out as an Ecology student and moving to Community Development, I soon realized what looked like two separate subjects were actually the answer to each others problems. I believe nearly all our social and individual problems as well as the deepening ecological crises  can be linked to our unnatural separation from the natural world. This separation has led to the failure of modern industrial humans to satisfy their most basic of needs often leading to an abysmal sensation of meaninglessness and  emptiness. I continued my search for answers by studying and becoming a member  of the Deep Ecology Movement and completing various permaculture studies including permaculture design courses.

As well as being an educator and practitioner of Permaculture, I believe what is needed is a complete shift from our current destructive anthropocentric culture by changing our values, beliefs, perceptions and lifestyles. This can be achieved by individuals reconnecting themselves with the  one biological reality of the natural world through self realization, Deep Ecology and Permaculture philosophy . This will allow us to build and nurture sustainable  communities in which we can satisfy our needs and aspiration without diminishing the life of future generations . Foremost I am an educator and designer and I use these skills and knowledge to créate lasting, relevant ,social change. I have been educating Ecology, Deep Ecology and Permaculture for 12 years in England, Scotland, Brazil and Uruguay.


*    Maieutics is based on the belief that many important lessons and truths cannot be taught directly as a transmission of knowledge from an instructor to a learner, but instead the learner learns these truths by interacting with an instructor and his or her own experience.