Monday, July 15, 2013

2013 evolution

New Update July 2013


Hello everybody thank you for clicking on this link and visiting the Bahrija Blog spot.  


Just to give you an update and fill you in with all that has been happening on the Oasis and share with you relevant links to let you know we are still going strong and the Permaculture Research Foundation Malta is growing. Bahrija Oasis is still evolving and serving as a wonderful Oasis for people to learn, grow and evolve.


So here are the relevant links so you can continue the journey with us.


We now have a main website we function from on the web called Permaculture Malta: http://www.permaculturemalta.org
We have a wide selection of Courses you can take to further your knowledge of Permaculture design: We are also delighted to tell you that you can get these courses funded through the EU - Gruntvig scheme http://www.permaculturemalta.org/courses/





We also now hold retreats for people coming from abroad. These are great opportunities to make your holiday not only an opportunity to visit a beautiful Island but also to learn, grow and evolve through Permaculture design. Permaculture is a way of life; it’s not just about farming.


We have a new YouTube Page with all the recent videos in one place 



We have a Facebook page we would love you to join and share with friends: https://www.facebook.com/permaculturemalta


We have a Twitter page so you can keep updated on the move: https://twitter.com/permamalta


So that’s all for now. We hope you will come and visit the links above and support the research by sharing with friends and coming to explore the Oasis. Permaculture is about community and community is about the people and nature.


Together we create new systems which make the old that don't serve us anymore obsolete.


Unity and Community

Bahrija Oasis  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Homesteading project with Youth in Action

Our current project is called Homesteading. It's a project under the Youth In Action program 

Please proceed to this link to find out more : http://www.permaculturemalta.org/youth-homesteading-project/


Thursday, April 5, 2012


New courses coming soon on www.permaculturemalta.org

Monday, August 15, 2011

Permaculture courses


Please follow this link for the current information. Thanks.

www.permaculturemalta.org

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring happenings at the Oasis

Sunsets are never a bore, even if we experience them daily.



As the dates to the exciting upcoming permaculture courses draw nearer,we are kept busy with activities happening at the Oasis...
Volunteers and permaculturists are working together to cultivate and expand further the establishment of rural sustainable design. The pictures that follow, show some clips of the recent activities. For the upcoming courses please visit www.permaculturemalta.org/courses/
One of our bell tents is comfortably sitting near the carob tree while hosting friends who stay with us for some time and help out with the chores of an organic permaculture farm.



The view on our coast is breathtaking and we have enjoyed countless sunsets among the giant rocks that make up the characteristics of our earthly paradise.









Giorgia and Stefano from Milan stayed with us for a few weeks. in this picture, Giorgia is busy with her newly acquired skill of using reeds as a natural material for creativity at the oasis. Reeds are carefully traditionally coppiced once a year. They are annual and thus they regrow each year. Thus they are classified as a renewable material.









Spiru is a young permaculture apprentice who is enjoying keeping free range chicken. He is keen on improving the farm with integrative elements and is always helping out with new ideas...however radical they may seem.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Going with the flow


Sunday 17th October Green Drinks Malta will be holding a tea-time & afters event called

Permaculture Propagation – A going with the flow experience

between 4pm and 8pm

at the wonderful oasis Dar Frate Jacoba, Triq Wied iż-Żiju, M’Scala


This event should not be missed by those who are still wondering what the hell is Permaculture?, like the idea and want to implement it, enjoy green gatherings, are looking for an alternative afternoon out or just want to be invited to a unique spot in the South of Malta. Whatever your reason, you will have to apply by sending an email to Natalie: info@greendrinksmalta.org. The maximum number of people for this event is 60.

The event is free (well partly funded by EUPU this time round) but a donation to Dar Frate Jacoba once you’re there will be appreciated by the wonderful and hard working team who run the place.


What to expect: Fair-trade beverages to welcome you, a short intro about Permaculture & the completed training programme and an interactive info fair. All this will be topped off with wholesome hors d'oeuvres & wine in the company of lovely people.


Booking is open.


... by the way, Green Drinks Malta together with the Permaculture Research Foundation & Bahrija Oasis, is commemorating the World Day for the Eradication of Poverty and reiterates that Permaculture is a meaningful process to eradicate poverty. Peppi Gauci had the following to say “Permaculture is actual practical work which involves action to eradicate poverty on many levels, financial, environmental, ecological, physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological”. This is how Peppi explains it:

An insight about Permaculture and its link to Eradication of Poverty

In our modern world, globalization has become a factor of major influence in the way we live. Technology has changed the way humans interact with each other and the planet drastically over these last fifty years. In the western world, civilization has engaged in systems which by now are completely dependent on globalization. What does this mean? This means that virtually everything, from the food we eat to the fuel we use to get from one place to the other, from the tools we use, to the fabrics of our shelters, is dependent on globalisation.


Although, many comforts are owed to this factor in the west, much of the real price of this system is being paid in other parts of the planet to the detriment of other people and the planet itself. Globalisation is dependant on a capitalist system which means that in order for it to function, consumption of energy and materials need to be maintained.

However, not only there is not enough energy and resources to supply the entire world's population with the trend we are used in the west, but since the consumption rates are greater than the natural supply ability our system is generating the phenomenon of poverty. Poverty in the west is linked to the absence of material acquisitions for example money and property. However, poverty goes much further. The inability for us to respect our environment, observe the natural patterns and maintain enhanced growth of our natural resources is a type of poverty which is presently being cushioned by globalization. Poverty in our society is everywhere. We have become nations which are suffering from poverty, be it physical, spiritual, environmental, psychological, communal or cultural. Yet, we fail to see this as the messages in our media and modern life projects otherwise.


However, it is only a matter of time, until we will be forced to see that what we are being led to believe is only an illusion created by a system which is running out of time. It is only a matter of time.


Permaculture and permaculturists around the world are working along the realisation that our planet needs our attention in order to sustain a balanced humanity. The main ethoses are Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Once these are cultivated, than we are able to once again be in the abundant state of the planet's capability. Permaculture focuses on symbiotic relationships which foster stronger and resilient communities both in the human aspect and the natural world. Hence, Permaculture is gaining the attention of millions of people who have understood its validity for the survival of the human kind within healthy ecosystems and have joined their potential to cultivate themselves as part of the solution to present problems. To conclude on this I would like to phrase Bill Mollison (one of the founders of Permaculture 1976) and say ''The problem is the solution” and “Everything gardens''.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Documentary feature on Permaculture in Malta

In the production of a documentary entitled 'These Green Thumbs' the director is trying to discover the challenges and potential solutions Maltese agriculture is currently facing. The documentary features strong active personalities from the alternative holistic scene on the Maltese Islands. These personalities include Peppi Gauci the Permaculturalist from the Bahrija Oasis, Shirley Cauchi a Macrobiotic Counselor and Joe Borg a local Organic Farmer.

A comprehensive portrayal of alternative agriculture in Malta and its impact on human health.


Peppi Gauci, a Maltese permaculturist, talks about Malta’s land, the soil and the climate elements affecting agriculture.


Technology has helped the farmer keep up with the demand for food, however agriculture is facing a lot of challenges in this unfriendly ecological climate.


Is Malta steering away from the self sufficiency of traditional farming?


Permaculture as a reparative tool to create a natural microclimate where organic life will flourish again.



For the remaining documentary clips visit:
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