integrating the inner and outer limits”

8th to 17th May 2011

5th to 15th September


Steven Read, Director of the Université Populaire de permaculture


Monica Danobeitia, Yoga Teacher and Healer.


The courses are in English . For those with an interest in Permaculture and Yoga. Combining the 72 hour Permaculture design course certificate and daily Yoga practice. We shall explore the overlapping aspects of both and attain a more integrated experience. Permaculture begins with effective Observation and leads to the design of a landscape inclusive of human activity and in harmony with Nature. The design courses will be partly class led and partly skills based. Yoga also begins with the physical self and the observation of the internal world, building a healthy,mobile, and balanced Body/ Mind and connects us to a deeper experience of Ourselves and therefore the relationship to others. Suitable for beginners and those already practising yoga. 


The course follows then internationally recognised 72 hour permaculture design course and is certified by the Université Populaire de Permaculture in France. The course will cover the basics of permaculture Design, the ethics, principles and methodologies , it then moves on to examine the different aspects of designed human ecosystems, covering food production, building, energy, water, economic systems and community. There will be a design project based around the Patika site, exploratory walks and practical projects.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOGA ON THIS COURSE............................

The Yoga component is designed to specifically compliment the Permaculture design course and more generally to impart its teachings to our everyday lives in a very down to earth and practical way. Each day we shall consider different aspects of yoga which we shall bring to life in the yoga practice. We shall also use examples of Permaculture design and demonstrate yogic examples of equal but no less powerful practices achieved through yoga, be it how to harness our energy and redirect it through to developing awareness and sharpening our observation skills through silencing the mind. 

THE SITE..............................

The Patika project is an experiment for mutual strengthening through shared creativity. We think that everybody’s life is a unique journey and the path that forms this journey is to be realized by each individual. From time to time however, these paths cross those of others and it becomes possible to travel together.  The “Patika Project” is an agricultural project located on a block of five thousand square metres in the village of Faralya in Fethiye. Reminding us that there are many options for self-realization in a lifestyle outside the rush that comes with urbanization, by remembering again our forgotten values, by working, producing, touching, smelling, feeling, Patika is an environment that allows us to remember how it is to live.

At Patika, to get a little closer to an ecological lifestyle, we strive to try to make our guests feel part of the daily flow of our programmes and seek to provide an environment where, through planning activities together that contribute to our personal development and through facilitating participation in the production process, guests can feel part of nature, reminding us that life is in a constant state of production. We aim for an environment where children, youth and adults can develop themselves and where planning and realising activities is possible.
For some information about travelling please see the bottom of this page.


Steve Read

A degree in the environmental sciences was followed by some years of practical scientific research and to the discovery of Permaculture , a design course in 1991 and then 2 years later the Diploma of applied permaculture design awarded for his work in developing urban permaculture in south-east London . For the last 19 years Steve has been designing and leading courses all over the world , UK , France, Zimbabwe, Benin, Guadeloupe, Roumania, Albania, Turkey, Belgium, Marocco, Spain and Poland . He ran the UK Permaculture Association office and then moved to France where he is a founder member of the French Permaculture network " Brin de Paille" and founded and directs the Université Populaire de Permaculture, a network of permaculture learning centres in France. He leads courses in both French and English.

Monica Danobeitia

Monica was brought up in the east end of London- an uncanny mix of Spanish Basque and Russian parentage. She studied at the University of London where she obtained a degree in Environmental Science and shortly after its completion in the late 80's she became involved with a fledgling Permaculture group in Brockley, Southeast London, a small but energetic group interested in sustainable living. She also began studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and qualified as a Shiatsu Massage Pratitioner. It was a busy time for she also became a rock climber and mountaineer and worked for a time as a mountain leader.

In the late 90's she literally stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga and was gripped immediately. A big process of change began, and it is with this particular style which has been her primary focus over the years and underlying this the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which offers the most comprehensive guide to the practice of Raja Yoga and informs to some degree her overall approach. Practically speaking she has trained with Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Research Institute in Mysore in Karnataka in India, Roberta Gianotti in London, Goddfrey Devereux, Dharma Mittra in New York and with Bharath Shetty at Yogaindia in Mysore to name but a few, some 700 hours teacher training pratice all told. She has been teaching full time for 12 years.

Monica has written some articles about her approach to Yoga which can be found here

Financial contributions...................

390€ camping ( £460 )

420€ shared room  ( £495 )
440€ couples room ( £520 ) 
These prices include accommodation , all meals during the course and tuition


Monica Danobeitia by Email or Telephone +44 7933242638

DAILY SCHEDULE....................

(this may be subject to change)


7-8am Hatha Yoga /Meditation

8-9am Breakfast

9-12pm Permaculture studies

12-1 free time, massage treatments available

1-2pm lunch

2-5pm Permaculture skills practice

5-6pm light yoga /meditation

6-8pm free time, massage treatments available

8-9pm supper



By bus:

The following bus companies provide (in order of expensiveness) transport to Fethiye: Varan (the best one), Ulusoy, Pamukkale, Kamil Koç and Metro. Generally, these buses set out from Istanbul , for example , at night to arrive in Fethiye in the early morning.

By minibus (dolmus):
There are minibuses to the village of Faralya 6 times a day in the summer months and 2-3 times a day in the winter months (After the minibusses set out from Fethiye they stop at Ölüdeniz to take passengers. If you miss a minibus, you have the option of taking a swim in the sea at Ölüdeniz while waiting for the next one to come along). After leaving Fethiye it will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Patika. Patika, is located at Kızılcakaya which is attached to the village of Faralya. 10 minutes after passing through the Asar district, attached to the Butterfly (Kelebekler) district, you will arrive at the Central neighbourhood (orta mahalle), 300 metres after passing the mosque and school, you will see Patika’s signpost on the right-hand side of the road.  You should get out here and walk down the path…

By private vehicle:

Using the road to Oludeniz, you need to turn left into the road leading to Faralya from the entrance to Oludeniz. After a trip of around 30 minutes (I should point out that it’s a rather steep and winding road) you will reach the village of Faralya.   After passing the first district, the Asar district you will come to the second settlement, the Central neighbourhood (orta mahalle). 300 metres after the mosque and the school, you will see the signpost for Patika at which you should turn right. 150 metres later you will see the entrance to Patika.

By plane:

The nearest airport is in Dalaman, about 30 minutes from Fethiye. To get to Fethiye or Oludeniz, you have to use the Havas vehicles. Later you have to continue your trip by minibus

Travelling is really quite simple and there are often people who speak some English and the Turkish people are more than happy to help out if needed . The organisers are also available by telephone if needed . As the dates for courses approach we try to organise that people arrive on the same plane and can travel on together . We will also provide you with simple Turkish phrases for the directions .