by Giuseppe Sannicandro

The Permaculture Day will be entirely dedicated to permaculture. The lecture will be lead by by Giuseppe Sanniccandro, a leading exponent at national and international level of this movement and lifestyle which is nowadays revolutionizing the way of life of thousands of people, thanks to its ethical vision in which man-nature-territory are closely connected and interdependent.
This long workshop stands as a real theoretical course and will touch 4 themes:

1- Introduction to Permaculture
2- Water Management
3- The Soil, Living Microcosm
4- Food Forest

in which the main topics of permaculture will be addressed, to give the user a good basis for understanding, learning and applying these principles outside of WAO Festival. Visions, principles and techniques will be exposed for the benefit of both less and more experienced users.

More information on the central topics that will be explored during the day can be found here:

Introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture is a design system that aims to the harmonious and regenerative reintegration of human activities in the territories, imitating the synergies and beneficial relationships of natural ecosystems. Its primary purpose is to benefit life in all its forms. Based on the ethical principles of earth care, people care, equal sharing and through the use of principles taken from the observation of natural systems, Permaculture finds application in every field of design: from large parcels of land to balconies in the city, from mini farms to urban centers, from gardens to social groups such as associations, organizations and networks. The same principles underlying ecosystems are used to redesign any aspect of one’s life and activities.

Water Management

“Water is the driving force behind all of nature” – Leonardo Da Vinci

The management, infiltration and storage of water are at the base of the reconstitution of the fertility of our soils and of the richness of our ecosystems.
In a degraded land, stripped of its dense vegetation and elements that slow down and use our most precious resource, water becomes a problem.
Droughts, floods, soil erosion, are nothing but different aspects of the same reckless management of water.
Today we can turn this powerful and destructive element into our best ally! We can take it back to accelerate the growth of our plants and increase the complexity of our ecosystems and agriculture ecosystems!

The soil, a living microcosm

Soil is the basis of life for our plants, animals and micro-organisms which in turn contribute to coverting it a complex organism and an indispensable resource for the production of our food, building material and medicines.

We will learn to be familiar with it, to take care of it and to adopt the most appropriate techniques to regenerate it, in order to make it more alive, active and capable of sustaining more and more healthy life and ecosystems!

Food Forest

The Food Forest and the agroforestry systems are cultivation systems based on Policolture (more plants in the same plant) of which many are perennials or self-purifying plants. A food forest tends to self-fertility and self-regulation, through the planting of support plants alongside those of direct human use (fruit trees, medicinal plants, herbal teas, etc.). Let’s imitate the wood to get the maximum production from a small or large area with minimal input from the outside.

Giuseppe Sannicandro bio

My name is Giuseppe Sannicandro, I study, teach and lead permaculture projects in Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain and Uganda. I am co-founder of the association Naumanni – Migrant Permaculture. I graduated in Permaculture in Tenerife and I am a member and tutor for Permaculture Diploma recognized by the Italian Academy of Permaculture. I plan and offer advice to multi-functional farms, eco-villages and urban permaculture projects. I organize and teach permaculture courses and laboratories, in particular PDC (Permaculture Design Courses 72 hours certificated), Regenerative Agriculture, Land Movements, Water Management, Keyline Design, Soil Fertility, Horticulture and Food Forest.