Sólheimar courses

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offer a range of courses where the main goal is to introduce people to what we are dealing with here Solheimar andthe methods we use in our workThe courses take place in the form of lectures, hands-on and show. 

Here are the courses that we offer and may be part of your study abroad program:

Sustainability. An introduction to what it means to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Sólheimar eco village will be used as an example of the challenges people face when taking up a more sustainable lifestyle.  Students will be introduced to concept such as renewable energy, sustainable buildings, organic farming, permaculture, CO2 footprint and eco-literacy. Students will get a hands on experience in either green houses or the permaculture garden, depending on season.

Form: Interactive lecture and hands on experience

Location: Sesseljuhús classrooms and Sunna Greenhouses

Duration: 6 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

 

Sustainable buildings. Introduction to the design, building material and the operation of sustainable buildings. Students will be introduced to different techniques and standards of sustainable buildings where Sesseljuhús eco center will be used as a case study.  Students will gain an understanding of the CAT (Center for Alternative Technology) standard, evaluation of sustainable buildings and how they can be connected to its surroundings f.ex regarding landscape, energy use and transport. Lecturer will also touch upon bio mimicry, eco-literacy, ecological footprint and renewable energy. Students will go on a guided tour around Sólheimar where different buildings will be viewed. This course can be combined with the Renewable energy course.

Form: Interactive lecture and tour

Location: Sesseljuhús classrooms and Sunna Greenhouses

Duration: 6 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

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Renewable energy. Introduction to the basics of renewable energy used at Sólheimar and in Iceland. Different renewable energy resources will be illustrated for the students on a tour of renewable energy sources at Sólheimar where wind-, solar-, geothermal-, hydro dam-, bioenergy will be explored on site.  Through Sólheimar experience the students will gain an understanding of what it takes to harness the different kind of energy and examples will be used to reflect the energy use of the rest of the world.

Form: Lectures and tour

Location: Sesseljuhús classrooms

Duration: 6 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year

 

Permaculture. Introduction to the origins, philosophy and the application possibilities in permaculture.  Permaculture is a holistic design approach that brings agriculture, community life, ecological construction and sustainable energy supply together. Students participate in practical work in the permaculture garden and are encouraged to adopt the practices and use them in their own environment and thus preserve the earth for future generations.

Form: Lectures and hands-on experience

Location: Sesseljuhús classrooms and Sunna Greenhouses

Duration: 6 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: May – September for the permaculture garden / all year round for the greenhouses

 

Organic farming. The philosophical background of organic farming as well as the biological, environmental and social factors involved in organic food production are covered.  Examples of organic farming and gardening from Sólheimar and Iceland are introduced and discussed. Students are learn scientific principles to create sustainable food production systems. Emphasis is on hands-on application in the greenhouses.

Form: Lectures and hands-on experience

Location: Sesseljuhús classrooms and Sunna Greenhouses

Duration: 6 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

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Composting with earthworms. Comprehensive introduction to the theory and practices utilized in composting of organic material is provided.  The major classes of organic waste, the circulation of nutrients in the environment and the lifecycle of the red worm is explained. Students will get an understanding of worm composting techniques for commercial purposes. Practical ways to convert waste into a resource is demonstrated and students receive hands on experience in incorporating different materials into the compost, chopping ingredients, watering and turning.

Form: Lectures and hands-on experience

Location: Sesseljuhús classrooms and Sunna Greenhouses

Duration: 6 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

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Recycling at Sólheimar. An introduction to the recycling system of Sólheimar. Students are led through the different material that can be recycled and the procedure of recycling in Iceland.

Form: Lecture and discussions

Location: Sesseljuhús classroom

Duration: 1 hour

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round 

Sesseljuhús eco center. Sesseljuhús is a showroom for sustainable buildings, the only one of its kind in Iceland. In a short lecture, the different features of the house are illustrated to the students. A guided tour around the house will provide a better understanding of concepts such as design, building material, renewable energy, waste management and recycling.

Form: Lecture and tour

Location: Sesseljuhús classroom

Duration: 1 hour

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

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Icelandic sheep, wool and knitting. A lecture on the Icelandic settlement sheep and the role it plays in Icelandic culture. The Icelandic sheep have been bred since settlement, in very harsh environment and has kept the nation alive for a thousand years, since both meat and wool is used. Students will be introduced to the important role the sheep plays in the countries culture, and learn about how the meat and wool is used and about cultural events such as sheepherding and Þorrablót. The wool will be especially introduced and students will get hands on exercises in basic knitting.

Form: Lecture and hands-on experience

Location: Sesseljuhús classroom

Duration: 3 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

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Sólheimar presentation. The unique community of Sólheimar is illustrated in a lecture about the past, present, and future of the Sólheimar legacy. The traditions and purpose of Sólheimar are introduced along with the grand vision of what the role of the different residents are to this unique community. Students will be introduced to the residents of Sólheimar through a guided tour.

Form: Lecture and a guided tour

Location: Sesseljuhús classroom

Duration: 2 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

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Icelandic Language. The Icelandic language is a fascinating one. Decanting from Old-Norse, the language has not changed much for centuries. Through an interactive lecture, the basics of the Icelandic language will be introduced to the students where they will learn basic greetings.  The course can be combined with Icelandic culture.

Form: Interactive lecture

Location: Sesseljuhús classroom

Duration: 3 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

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Icelandic Culture. The Icelandic culture course is an interesting and informative approach to learning the culture and history of this unique country. Beginning in the age of settlement and carried through to modern times, this course will leave the students with a better appreciation and understanding of the Icelandic legacy. Students will be introduced to Icelandic food, music, clothing and the famous elves believe. The course can be combined with the Icelandic language.

Form: Interactive lecture

Location: Sesseljuhús classroom

Duration: 3 hours

Groups: 10 – 25 students

Time of year: All year round

 

Other:

Healing herbs. Introduction to the power of healing herbs of Iceland. Students will pick herbs with an instructor and learn how to process them in order to use (may through august)

Soap and balm. Soap making and lotion making from healing herbs. Students will make their own soap from healing herbs

Paper making. Students will make paper out of recycled office paper from Solheimar

Icelandic wool and knitting. Students will be introduced to the special qualities of the Icelandic wool and learn the basics of knitting.

 

Please contact us for more information about the content of the course.

Not all courses are sceduled all year round, please contact us  for more information about scheduling courses.

 

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