The Land & the People:
One of the design methods of permaculture, component analysis is sometimes referred to as the art of location. In this course, we explore what it means to be studying permaculture in Israel. We learn about the history of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel from ancient times to present day Israel.
We cover current events and explore Jewish identity and the significance of Israel and Judaism from a personal, societal and international perspective.We have the opportunity to develop a deep, personal, land-based relationship with the Land of Israel, its diverse cultures, and inspiring landscapes. Working the land is done in tune with the seasonal flow and holiday celebrations of the agricultural Hebrew calendar. We experience and engage with the Bible and Jewish agricultural precepts in relevant, hands-on ways. Experiencing the land of Israel through an ecological lens strengthens our connection to Jewish peoplehood and Israel.
Medicinal Herbs, Natural Building, Hebrew and more:
The rest of the curriculum is divided into several less intensive classes. We spend time learning about useful herbs and plants that can be made into therapeutic teas. We learn how to make soaps, salves, creams and other useful products from natural materials that are grown on the farm. We also learn how to extract essential oils for therapeutic uses, or to use in making products.
During themud building course, we learn about several natural building methods. Wehave many opportunities to get our hands dirty building with mud. We also have a chance to work in the masgeria(workshop) to build things like furniture and structures.
Hebrew is taught in small groups divided into different levels. Classes are supported by additional opportunities to engage with the Israelis who live and work on the farm.
As part of the Eco-Israel curriculum, we travel, hike and explore Israel from the Negev Desert to the Golan. These trips cover a variety of ecological, cultural and historical points of interest in Israel and introduce our students to the amazing work and organizations that make Israel a world leader in sustainability.