Courses

The solutions are in the soil!

On July 1 through 5 2020 Marc Siepman will, for the second time, give a course on soils at Provision in Alunişu, Romania. Marc Siepman lives in The Netherlands and has given over 150 courses and over 250 lectures since 2013.

During this course you will meet several important inhabitants of a healthy soil: bacteria, fungi, protists, nematodes, earthworms, and more. What’s their purpose? How do they relate to each other? And more importantly: how can we help them so they can do their important work?

Although soil life is infinitely complex, taking care of it is not. We must learn to trust the complexities and team up with all life.

Although we need healthy soils for the health of plants, animals and even the planet, we lose soils at breakneck speed. Agriculture causes desertification, erosion, deforestation, pollution and the degradation of life in general. Planet Earth is losing its biodiversity at a rate of about two hundred species per day and her climate is increasingly erratic.

Problems abound, but many solutions can be found in the soil!

Here’s a short impression of the course I gave in 2019:


Language

The course will be in English, but that’s not my mother tongue. We will help each other if I can’t find the right words or someone doesn’t understand what I’m trying to say.

Cost

I generally work for free, living on donations with his wife and son. To cover travel expenses and meals, we’ll try to crowdfund the funds needed.

This means we can offer this five day course for just 150 RON per person, this includes meals and modest accommodations. If you can spare some more, please consider paying a higher fee. If you can’t afford it, please contact us.

Bank information

  • BIC code (SWIFT adress): BTRLRO22XXX
  • IBAN: RO52BTRL0540120AS83506XX
  • Name bank: BANCA TRANSILVANIA S.A.  
  • Reference name: Lars Veraart

Food and drinks

Food and drinks are provided by Provision and will be locally and organically grown as much as possible. Please feel free to bring food or non-alcoholic drinks to keep our costs down.

Register

You may register for this course using the form at the bottom of this page. Once your payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email.

Do you know people that might be interested? Please inform them! You can also invite them via the Facebook event.

At the moment, there are no participants.

Cancellation

Cancellation is possible until June 1 2020, you can get a full refund. After that, no refunds are possible.

Location

Provision
Alunişu 25
407516 Alunişu, Sincraiu (Romania)

Your stay

There are several accommodation options:

Offered free of charge at Provision:

[1] Camping; bring your own gear.

[2] Hay barn; bring your own sleeping gear.

[3] Shared room; limited number of mattresses available, please bring the bedding you require.

Outside solar shower and compost toilet are available.

Otherwise:

[4] Informal lodging with locals of Alunişu. The beds are made and all within walking distance from Provision. Cost 50 RON per person per night, payed at the time of registration for the course.

[5] Bed and Breakfast in Sancraiu (3 km distance from Alunişu and Provision). You will have to arrange this for yourself, you can use this link.

Please let us know when you register for which option you are choosing (1 – 5).

Program (under construction)

The program may change due to weather conditions.

Wednesday, July 1 (12:00 – 17:00)

  • About soils: texture, structure and how to test the soil quality
  • Photosynthesis: the basis of life on Earth
Fungal spores

Thursday, July 2 (10:00 – 16:00)

  • Fun with fungi: healthy systems rely on fungal networks
  • The Return of the Fungi: making good use of succession
  • The water cycle: what’s life got to do with it?
  • Complex not complicated: the illusion of control

Friday, July 3 (9:00 – 18:00)

Today we go for a refreshing walk through the hills! Bring your hiking shoes!

  • Observing your surroundings: reading the landscape
  • The Soil Food Web: the interconnectedness of all things
  • Picking up trash along the way

Saturday, July 4 (10:00 – 17:00)

  • Composting
  • Workshop by Lars: how to set up and use a composting toilet
  • Nutrients in the soil: how to get them inside the plant
  • Nitrogen: essential but troublesome
  • Dynamic equilibrium: striving for balance
  • Birthday cake!

Sunday, July 5 (9:00 – 12:00)

  • Nutrients in the soil: how to get them inside the plant
  • Nitrogen: essential but troublesome
  • Dynamic equilibrium: striving for balance
  • Farewell ceremony

Registration

Please register as soon as possible, we need at least 10 participants by February 20 2020.

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