Why to go deep?
Our semester programs offers students a more in-depth and all-encompassing experience of permaculture, sustainability, communal living, Israel and Jewish peoplehood. Students in our semester program receive an internationally recognized certificate in permaculture design (PDC). The extended length of the program allows us to broaden our curriculum to include more hands-on opportunities and additional coursework.
Way Of Living
We believe that exploring ecology, sustainability and permaculture by studying a website or hearing a lecture is not enough. Sure, one can learn a lot about composting and the benefits of using a compost toilet from a book. However, actually using one for several weeks or even months results in an experiential shift in one’s understanding that renders using a “conventional” flush toilet a surreal experience.
This sort of consciousness shift can only occur by doing. That is, by living a truly sustainable lifestyle first-hand. With this in mind, Eco-Israel on the Hava & Adam Farm takes our cues from nature, and teaches via this very simple principle – learning by doing.
The vision and driving force of our curriculum is sustainable living through a balance of classroom coursework and hands-on fieldwork. Permaculture provides an exquisite framework and guide as we embark on the journey to sustainability. Permaculture is a model of design that is inspired and mimics nature’s ways and patterns. It is at the center of our curriculum and informs all aspects of our work on the farm.