Which Course is Best for Me?
There is so much advice being given these days about how to be ‘greener’, but with so many different viewpoints, where do you start? The truth is that what’s good for one person isn’t so good for another, so we need to learn how to identify the best choices in any given circumstances. Permaculture offers us the tools to be able to do this, both for ourselves and for others and we'll show you how it can help you design a lifestyle that is both more sustainable and at the same time more abundant.
We currently teach a selection of courses that accommodate different levels of learning in permaculture. These range from permaculture design courses to advanced on-site tutoring, that provides participants with an opportunity to learn about and apply the principles and tools. In addition we run more specialist courses for design course graduates, that advance permaculture learning and provide tools and skills for teaching and facilitation. We also run more specialist training such as our popular Livelihoods and Forest Gardening courses.
While I always have a fairly full course programme, if you think that I could help with teaching a course that you are convening, contact me
with the details and I'll let you know my availability.
Introduction to Permaculture
Many of us want to live more sustainably, but with so many 'green' options and such busy lives it can be really hard to know where to start. Inspired by nature, permaculture offers us an approach that helps us identify the best tools and techniques for each of our own unique circumstances. This course covers the key principles of permaculture and how we can apply them in redesigning our homes and gardens to be both more sustainable and abundant. You'll learn about green building, energy efficiency, permaculture gardening and much more.
Empowerment is the essence of the course. We will be using practical and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun, lively and inclusive experience. As a group we will benefit from collaborative learning and from having fun together. We don't expect any previous knowledge and recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge and areas of interest to bring.
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
If you're looking to make significant changes in your life, then the full permaculture design course will almost certainly help you. It provides a broad introduction to the applications of permaculture in a number of different situations.
It's for anyone who believes that we need to find ways to care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth. This practical course, offered both in a two week residential format or as six weekends spread out over several months, will bring the possibility of significant and positive life changes.
Although permaculture is most commonly thought about in connection with gardening and farming, its principles, ethics and design methods can be adapted and used in each individual's own work, interests and home to bring about a more harmonious and sustainable lifestyle.
More than half of us in Britain it seems are unhappy in our jobs and yet most don’t do anything about it. Discovering permaculture however can be the catalyst for many of us to start considering how we might make that transition to the more positive-impact lifestyle we aspire to. We'll use our time together to take you through a design process, considering what skills and resources you already have, what you love to do and what you're excited about learning. We'll identify the gaps in the current permaculture community and where you may be able to fit in.
We'll identify where you are leaking time, energy or resources and what's holding you back from creating that positive-impact livelihood now. We'll apply the permaculture principles to help you create a poly-income (multiple elements for each important function) with a good seasonal spread (work with nature) and that allows you to work as much as you want but no more (appropriate scale). We'll identify who loves to do the jobs you don't (everything gardens) and seek out ways to get you noticed (increasing edge).
Permaculture Your Body
A three-day residential course where we apply permaculture design principles to the care of the place we all spend the most time in - our own bodies!
What 'Physical Education' should have been like...
Join us for an exploration of the body's remarkable adaptability, rebuilding your natural resilience and reconnecting you with it. We will provide you with a better understanding of your body as a whole system, give you expert individual feedback on your own movement patterns, and show you how to fix the issues that lead to those all-too-common aches and pains. Begin a journey of holistic body health and well-being and come away with your own customised permaculture body design.
On-Site Design Training
This training has been developed to assist participants in understanding how to take the basic principles of permaculture design and apply them on a land-based project. While a few days is insufficient time to fully observe a site and come up with a design that optimises energy use there, a lot can still be learned. Hence this training takes participants through an albeit brief hands-on land-based design process on a real site, bringing permaculture theory to life.
While this is primarily offered as a training to groups and organisations, I'm also happy to hear from anyone with a venue who would like to facilitate this as a public course. It is useful for anyone stewarding land, from gardeners to smallholders and farmers and is offered in formats between three and five days.
Advanced On-Site Design Training
This advanced training is intended for students who have already completed a Permaculture Design Course or done significant reading and begun applying the design tools to their own projects. Permaculture basics will not be covered.
The five days include on-site design practice and time for participants to develop their own designs with feedback from the tutor and their peers. By taking a detailed look at the design process, we'll remind you of anything you've forgotten and fill in any details that may have been overlooked in your reading or on your design course (this is not as uncommon as I would hope).
In addition to participating in a guided design on the site you will have the opportunity to further develop one or two of your own designs. I hope you will leave with inspiration, and a new peer support network (friends) to help keep you on track.
Practical Forest Gardening
Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-edge-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems (Jacke). The aim is to create a low input, high output system that benefits people and the environment, providing a great range of products. A forest garden is designed and established according to the site and the needs of the client.
This practical hands-on course is offered in a five day format and will assist participants to visualize, plan, establish and continue to maintain, harvest and learn from a forest garden, be it at home or on someone else's land such as a community garden, school garden, etc.
Permaculture Teacher Training
The course is suitable for all abilities: both apprentice and experienced teachers and also for those who have just completed their Permaculture Design course (PDC). During the course we will be focusing on the tools and techniques for teaching and facilitating permaculture learning and the practicalities of convening and running courses. We don't revisit the topics on a PDC in any depth, so it is recommended that if your permaculture knowledge is a bit rusty you do some preparatory background reading before the course.
The course concentrates on methods of delivering permaculture training, but the techniques covered can be applied to any other subject and hence the course would be valuable for any teacher wanting to expand their creative teaching techniques. The course will be lively and interactive on all levels using plenty of diversity in teaching styles. We use the course as a working example of how much can be achieved using accelerated learning techniques. We examine the whole process of running a course – from finding a venue and course publicity to evaluation and follow up.