Sowing in Permaculture course, with Henrique Bastos

Sowing in Permaculture course

Sowing in Permaculture course with Henrique Bastos

Reputable permaculturist with 42 years of experience and projects carried out globally

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Program of the course

Saturday and Sunday

1) Identification of species

2) Collection

3) Drying

4) Packaging

5) Conservation

6) Germination test

7) Soil preparation

8) Germination containers

9) Preparation of seeds for germination

10) Processes for lodging the seeds in the soil

11) Covering the seeds with soil

12) Watering the seeds

13) Seed protection – net or shade net

Saturday evening

Lecture with projection of permaculture projects made around the world and explanation of concepts – by Henrique Bastos

Lunch and Dinner

Saturday and Sunday


Selecta Bob Figurante (throughout the day) – Reggae, Afrobeat

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About Henrique

“My purpose and mission is to pass on ancestral techniques and ecological knowledge to future generations.”

— Henrique Bastos, Permacultor

PDC intensive course for February 2022!

Intensive Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course

Intensive PDC course with Sílvia Floresta

The only portuguese permaculturist which completed the course in the highly regarded Permaculture Research Institute, in Australia

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This Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is an intensive immersion in the universe of Permaculture. This course is designed to support students to develop an ecological language, an understanding of the basic principles of ecological and regenerative design, with the application of this knowledge to redesign communities and human settlements according to the rules of nature.

The main goal of this course is to develop effective design skills through the practical application of knowledge and tools. This is the opportunity to learn by participating in a true community design process.

The Course follows the traditional format of 13 days (intensive), including 1 free day (created by Bill Mollison), combining practical (40%), theoretical, field trips, interactive games, dynamic activities, sharing experiences, community experience and much more. This format allows you to dive into design principles in Permaculture, which will be applied and presented by students in the final design work. To qualify for the certificate, participants will have to attend 80% of the course.

This course builds on the 14 chapters of the book Permaculture: A Designers Manual by Bill Mollison. Some of the topics to be covered in this course:

  • Permaculture Principles and Ethics
  • Read the landscape. Observation of Nature’s Patterns and Cycles
  • Principles of ecosystems, climate and biogeography applied to Permaculture
  • Design Principles: Analysis process, zones, efficient energy plan, etc.
  • Resources identification. Water in the surrounding environment, collection and conservation of water, solar energy, etc.
  • Building healthy soil: base of soil structure, texture, etc. Strategies for soil improvement using green manures, compost, mulch, erosion control
  • Establishing a Permaculture Garden, food forests – how to select and maintain these systems. “How to produce more food in a small space” (bio-intensive method)
  • Seed collection and its conservation
  • Wind/fire barriers design
  • Healthy housing/shelter: selecting a place for the house. Non-toxic materials. Natural building systems
  • Appropriate technologies: Dry toilets, solar dehydrators, clay ovens and stoves (Cob), alternative energies, material recycling
  • Introduction to the design of self-suffiecient communities and eco-villages. Group organization systems. Alternative economy

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About Sílvia Floresta

“The best legacy I can leave to my children is a healthy planet.”

— Sílvia Floresta, Permaculturist


Since she was a child, Sílvia has had a huge passion for country life, for plants, seeds, animals and people! She studied botany and soil regeneration.

She worked for a few years in the Sintra Natural Park where she learned and developed numerous skills, from plant propagation, seed collection and conservation, recognition of pests and diseases in plants (trees), historical gardening, handling gardening machines and agriculture. She worked with 900 plant species from the flora of the region (Sintra), where half are Mediterranean species and about 10% are plants from various regions of the world, only found in specific areas. The rest are endangered plants that find the conditions to proliferate in the Sintra mountains.

One of her main jobs is the collection and conservation of seeds of highly threatened species. In 2008, she founded the environmental education project – Permaculture in Schools and has since worked with several schools. She was actively involved in various community garden projects, and voluntarily in free seeds campaigns, participating in the collection of traditional varieties from farmers.

The trip continued to Australia, at the Permaculture Research Institute, where she studied Earthworks in permaculture (movements or earthworks), humanitarian aid projects in permaculture, teacher training in permaculture, urban permaculture, seed collection and conservation, soil biology, composting, natural fertilisers, biodynamics, forestry, greenhouses, animal systems, food forests, urban gardens, organic farming, design in ecological architecture, energy systems, aquaculture, community building, and empowered fundraising.

She develops several courses in Portugal and in other countries with other professors. She has a huge passion for seeds and she believes the future of traditional varieties is their preservation and freedom for all seeds! “The best legacy I can leave to my children is a healthy planet!” She develops design, consultancy and training in permaculture, and develops the project Ecoaldeia do Vale, which aims to regenerate a typical Portuguese village.

Festança is and will always be supreme!

The feast is and will always be supreme!

Festança (as we wanted it and as it should be) won’t happen in 2021.

We are living in challenging times with direct effects on the way we interact and connect with each other. Making Festança follow the restrictions which are imposed on us doesn’t make sense, because we want everyone to appreciate the experience and to connect with each other.

Thus, Festança (the huge feast) will come back stronger in 2022!

Stay in touch and connect with our networks during these days!

This is Festança:

Following Festança’s philosophy, we are not fostering fear, but instead awareness. A simple hug with a wide open smile is the basis of Festança! Preventing us from experiencing life this way, simply doesn’t make sense.

Lately, all of our freedom of choice is being tested. Most of what didn’t make any sense before, has strangely begun to become normal.

We are facing greater control on our decision making, and on the acceptance of different points of view, bringing us to less freedom of choice.

All the vagueness that the emerging context brings us, deprives us from celebrating life as it should be celebrated!

We want a Festança:

  • With no obligation to use masks nor to keep social distance
  • With freedom of movement for whoever wants to come here, from home or abroad
  • With no obligation to take tests or be vaccinated, so people can consciously and freely chose what they want

Even in our team there are different opinions concerning what we are living through, and that’s healthy. The main thing is that our way of being remains the same, as well as our vision and our philosophy, and for that motive we continue to follow and to be faithful to those same principles.

We are extremely grateful for the support demonstrated by many of you, who conveyed to us great empathy and agreement with the decisions taken. Thus we just have to be happy that we are such a close-knit family.

This is the Festança that is coming and that is waiting for all of us!

Many of you were familiar with HitchFest – the hitchhiking festival, our predecessor, and you know how important it was for the festival to have access to donations from all of you. After all, our community is what makes the party happen! With Festança it won’t be different, but we have chosen to have an admission kit that allows us to organise the festival in a simpler and more self-sufficient way!!

It is our philosophy to be as independent as possible from a system that often tends to stifle freedom of expression at public events, so we have chosen this path to tread our own independent direction at a monetary level, without having to rely mainly on institutions that can demarcate what is presented in the festival program.

When rescheduling the festival, we also decided to take this self-reliance into account and create a basis for the upcoming editions, because after all, Festança requires continuity. For this reason, we are establishing partnerships with like-minded entities that share our vision, and above all are within our community, to offer you something very special (within our philosophy) – more news will appear in the next few days!!

This is how we are creating the conditions for this self-sufficiency of circular mutual help among those whom we collaborate with, and for that, we are counting on you!!


Unity makes us stronger and more generous, and that’s why in these moments we are and continue to be together!

Creating Roots after Hitchhiking

The Festança team

We are grateful!