Permaculture design course

Milna, island of Brac


30.05. — 10.06.2018.

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Permaculture design course

This special social and food growing Permaculture design course at Gea Viva, Island Brač, Croatia, combines a holiday by the sea with inspirational learning.

Delving deeply into how we can use Permaculture to create rich beneficial relationships between people, communities and their surroundings, including how to grow food, build houses and create economies, while also enriching and taking care of nature, this course is internationally accredited.

Special emphasis will be put on creating a temporary community for the duration of the course, where we use social Permaculture tools to make sure everyone’s needs are met, so we can all enjoy living together in a joyful, supportive learning environment.

This 72 hour experiential workshop starts on May 30th, and ends on July 10th.


Gea Viva is an eco base and retreat camp in a tranquil olive grove, 15 minutes’ walk from the sea and the harbour village Milna on the beautiful Croatian island Brač. Giving people the opportunity to experience living in harmony with nature, it offers retreats, events and seminars around the themes of ecological construction, permaculture, geomancy, healthy living, arts and crafts. Being completely off-grid, Its design is based on permaculture principles featuring a stone circle, a beautiful pavilion which serves as a teaching space, a permaculture garden, compost toilets, solar showers, a geodesic dome, a straw bale eco cabin, a giant mosaic dragon and a cosy Summer kitchen. There is also a dog and a donkey.


The course will from day one put into practice social permaculture. We will create a community and practically explore how we ensure that everyone’s needs are met, and how everyone can safely express themselves, without conflict.  For more details on syllabus, click here.

The syllabus will cover the following areas

– Principles of Natural Systems – Sustainable Design Methodologies

– Patterns in Nature, Culture and Society

– Reading the Land & Understanding Natural Processes

– Large Scale Land Restoration Techniques

– Water Harvesting Technique

– Design Principles of Sustainable Human Settlements

– Grey Water Recycling

– Natural Building Strategies

– Cultivated & Productive Ecologies

– Food Forests, Plant Guilds, Gardens for Self-Sufficiency

– Energy Conservation Technologies

– Appropriate Technologies and Renewable Energies

– Urban Environment Permaculture

– Wildlife Management and Biological Pest Control

– Community Activism

– Invisible Structures: People, Community, Economics, EcoVillages

– Sociocracy; Dragon dreaming; Six thinking hats

– Community Supported Agriculture

At the end of the class, students engage in a group design project.


The lead instructor Karmela Kiš, a renowned permaculture designer, has long-standing experience in permaculture, organic gardening and ecological garden design. Being completely immersed in permaculture for almost twenty years, Karmela has created and sustained a number of Permaculture gardens, grown a wide range of rare plants, published a book on conserving fruit and vegetables and has, together with her deseased husband Miroslav, written the first book on Permaculture in Croatian. An inspiring teacher with in-depth knowledge of applied Permaculture, Karmela truly walks her talk. | Facebook

Co-teacher | An experienced workshop leader, Sabine Engelhardt is an eco architect, joiner and geomancer, who is the innitiator of the Gea Viva project. She has designed the site according to permaculture principles and has built most structures on site, with friends and volunteers. Having lived close to nature for the last six years, Sabine has also designed and constructed her own tiny eco strawbale house, which you can see on site. Sabine has been cultivating the connection with the unseen layers of the Earth for many years, known as sacred permaculture and will lead the optional morning meditations as well as some modules on the course.| Facebook | Website

Course Structure | This 72-hour workshop starts on Wednesday, 30th May at 18.00 hrs, and ends on Monday, 9th June with an evening of celebration, with one afternoon off in-between. Sunday, 10th June is the leaving day.The course will run every day from 9.00 – 13.00 and from 16.00 – 19.30 hrs, with short interim breaks as required. Optional morning meditations/Yoga sessions are from 7.45-8.15 hrs. The long lunch breaks allow a rest or time to go swimming during the hot hours of the day. 


To create a deeper sense of community, throughout the course we will create teams who will take turns to cook every day. We will create a system which allows us to express what our dietary needs are, so that we ensure every meal is ideal for everyone. For more info about food, click here


Bank transfer to a Croatian bank account | Bank transfer to a Euro bank account | Bank transfer to a UK bank account | Paypal | Cash by arrangement


To register for this course, please fill in the following form. If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to contact Rakesh or Sabine.


This course is in English, however, if there is anything you do not understand, we will help you. In case there are a number of people who need a translator, please let us know and we will work to accommodate this. If this comes up, we could offer free course attendance to an experienced translator in exchange.

CP: Sabine Engelhardt

00 385 (0) 99 749 37 11

Price: 850€

Prodolina 864


Frequently asked questions

Ok, so I got to the island. What now?

Ah, our favourite question. 🙂 Here are just some ideas!

#1 EAT.

We’ve gathered only the best of the best restaurants, taverns, farms etc. to give you the opportunity to enjoy only the best island food, made from fresh, local ingredients. Check out our selection at gastronomy section of our website.


Do as locals do – eat well, sleep well! Again, only the best of Brač accommodation awaits you on our website, gathered under Accommodation section. Feel like royalty while you’re here!


There’s so much to see and do, all around Croatia, this truly amazing country. But, there’s even more of this awesomeness on island Brač! Here you’ll find dragons, Hercules, night sailing, poetry reading, electric dancing, graffiti painting, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it! So, here’s an idea. Browse through or culture section, plan some morning activities, go swimming in some of our beautiful villages, and the check the calendar to plan your night!


You want more? Glad to hear it, cause there’s always something else to do on Brač! Choose your adventure, book a boat, safari tour, sightseeing or something more dangerous – Brač has it all!


To enjoy yourself to the fullest, get yourself a copy of Brač Pass – interactive tour guide, with lots of discounts, interesting facts and prizes you can win!

* For getting around the island, we suggest using the local transportation. Click here for online booking with a discount!

I really want to visit Brač! How do I do that?!

Brač is an island which can be reached by sea and air. Here are some basics.

BY SEA ///

There are two ferry lines connecting Brač with a land.

First is in Supetar, connecting Brač with Split, and the second is on Sumartin, connecting Brač with Makarska. There is a third port that can be reached by regular local boat lines, and that is Bol, on the south part of the island. Here, you can reach Brač from Split, or from a neighbouring island Hvar. More information about ferry lines and timetables you may find here.

Also, if you own or rent boats, you may just sail into any place on island Brač. We suggest Brač Deluxe for transfers!

BY AIR ///

Brač has its own small airport, situated in the middle of the island. More and more flights are introduced each year, and all the necessary information you may find on the airport’s website. If you need transportation from the airport to any other place on the island, may we suggest contacting some of the #bestofbrac service providers, such as Taxi Peša, Brač DeluxeRent a Motorino or M&B rent. Check them out!

Once you’re on the island, rent a car, use taxis or local transportation. For online booking with discount, click here.

All the emergency numbers you might need but we hope you won’t!


Mladena Vodanovića 25 – 21 400 Supetar
+385 21 631 145 / 112


Mladena Vodanovića 24 – 21 400 Supetar
+ 385 21 630 959




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