Heathercombe Spring Permaculture Design Course

30th March to 13th April 2019

Residential, with non-residential option

High Heathercombe Centre

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  • Aranya


    Completing his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in 2003, Aranya started teaching the following year. He discovered this made his heart sing, so he made it his main focus. Since 2004 he has taught over 85 two-week design courses, something he has no intention of stopping. He feels that it's a privilege to have the opportunity to teach "something that can make a real difference in all our lives".
    Aranya is also excited about new ways in which permaculture thinking can help us, developing new courses on using its principles to help us design for optimising our health and creating ethical livelihoods.
    In the spring of 2012 Permanent Publications published his first book 'Permaculture Design - a Step-by-Step Guide', which evolved from a set of design course worksheets. He also writes occasionally for magazines and from time to time shares interesting items on his blog. Aranya is currently writing a second book, about a subject he’s especially fascinated by, the application of systems thinking and patterns in permaculture design.
    ‘As a leading practitioner Aranya understands what it’s like to begin to turn your life around and to continue learning as you put permaculture into practice'  Trish Taylor (Permaculture Design Certificate Graduate)
  • Caroline Aitken

    Caroline Aitken

    Caroline Aitken is a permaculture teacher, designer and consultant and director of Patrick Whitefield Associates. She is qualified in design, permaculture design and horticulture and has a background in gardening and food growing.
    Her experience includes managing two acres of intensive organic vegetable production, managing five acres of ornamental and food gardens at a meditation retreat centre and catering for groups, courses and retreats.
    She lives with her partner and son on a four acre smallholding in Dartmoor where they are working towards self-sufficiency and creating educational spaces.
    Caroline is also co-author with Martin Crawford of Food from your Forest Garden, a comprehensive guide to making best use of your forest garden produce.
    Visit her website and blog Think.Grow.Eat for more information.



Full rate: £850*
Fully inclusive of all tuition, food, indoor accommodation, site visits, handouts, digital resources and Permaculture Association Britain's PDC certificate.
Concessionary rate: £620*
(available for those on low incomes / means-tested benefits but limited to only four places)
*Non-residential rates: £750 full fee / £520 concessions
(inclusive of everything except indoor accommodation and breakfast)

Travel information

A lift to the Centre is offered from Newton Abbot railway station around 2pm (14:00hrs) on the first Saturday.  Please let Aranya know if you would like to book a seat as they are limited.


To reserve your place, simply download the relevant version of the course booking form below, fill it in, and return to us with a £120 deposit payment (full details of how to do this are on the form).
Submit your form by email
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PDF version - for printing & posting to us, together with a cheque / postal order.  
A deposit is required to reserve your place, which we will hold for you until 3 weeks before the course start date, when any outstanding payment is due. This deposit is non-refundable unless it is necessary for us to cancel the course for any reason. Your place on the course is fully confirmed once full payment has been received.
Cancellation policy
The training date selected is transferable if at least 14 days' notice is given. A transfer fee of £25 will be deducted. Any transferred courses must be taken within 12 months of the original booking and any difference in fees will need to be settled 3 weeks prior to the course start date. Payments are non-refundable if cancellations are made within 14 days of the start date, unless we are able to fill your place.
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