Park House Permaculture Design Course
20th July - 3rd August 2019
Residential/camping/glamping with non-residential option
Can't make these dates? Click here to be notified about newly scheduled courses
Why do a PDC?
If you are looking to make significant positive changes in your life, then the permaculture design course will almost certainly help you. This practical course provides you with a broad introduction to the applications of permaculture in a number of different situations, from food production to community structures, and alternative currencies to eco-housing. The course culminates in the main design activity that helps to consolidate all of the learning and empower you to take permaculture back into your home, life and community.
We will be using practical, experiential and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun, lively and inclusive experience. In addition to traditional lecture-style teaching, we use group work, discussions, observation exercises, guided walks, practical activities, videos, and slide shows as learning methods. These are supportive of different learning styles and for people with learning difficulties. We also visit projects where permaculture theory is being put into action.
As a group we will benefit from collaborative learning and from spending time together. We don't expect any previous knowledge and recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge and areas of interest to bring to the course.
This course is for anyone who believes that we need to find ways to better care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth.
For more details about course content contact Aranya
Book this course
What you will learn
- Why permaculture is particularly relevant today
- What nature can teach us about meeting our all needs more effectively and sustainably
- The ethics and principles that underpin permaculture and inspire harmonious designs that work with nature
- Simple techniques for caring for soil, water, trees and animals
- How to improve your own food security, including permaculture gardening and farming methods
- How permaculture can make cities healthier and more productive places to live
- Techniques for building eco-friendly, low impact homes and how to design them into the landscape, minimising both pollution and unnecessary work
- What really constitutes ‘appropriate’ technology
- Some effective, low-tech surveying tools to analyse and map the landscape
- How to make the best use of space and slope in land-based permaculture designs
- How to apply permaculture thinking to social structures, including alternative economies
- How to achieve bountiful yields with a minimum of effort and create win-win situations rather than trade offs
- How to start using permaculture in your own life and community, to create a more sustainable lifestyle
- And much, much more!
During the second half of the course you will be guided in small groups through a permaculture design process, applying what you have learned to produce an original design on the site. This experience will help you to later apply it in creating further designs for your own home, garden or business.
Book this course
Venue and themes
Park House is a six bedroom house on 12.7 acres of land. It was purchased at the end of 2012. The house was very thoughtfully constructed in the 1950’s - the previous owners clearly had a good instinct for building design - however times change and from an energy and sustainability viewpoint it’s ripe for re-design along permaculture lines.
The land consists of approximately two and half acres of mature mainly deciduous woodland, three acres of gardens and seven acres of silvopasture (grazing land with mature standard oaks). We hosted our first permaculture design course in August 2013 from which we received a host of good ideas for developing the land along permaculture lines.
For those who are especially interested, Park House offers an extra emphasis on communal housing, environmental campaigns, woodland management
and agroforestry systems
For more details about the venue
contact Deepak at Park House on 0793 163 6337 or email: parkhouse(at)fastmail.co.uk
Book this course
Dates and Times
The 2019 course will run from 5.00pm (please arrive by 4.00pm for a prompt start) on Saturday 20th July to 4.00pm on Saturday 3rd August.
There will be a day off mid-course on Saturday 27th and a half day off each week, usually Tuesday afternoon in the first week and Wednesday morning in the second.
Sessions start each day at 9.00am and continue on until the evening meal around 6.30pm. We also have a light session most evenings of slides or a video to reinforce the day's learning. We have an hour and a quarter for lunch and evening meals, plus tea breaks during the mornings and afternoons.
Book this course
On successful completion of the course, all participants will be awarded the Permaculture Association (Britain)'s internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design.
Attendance of most sessions, plus participation in the design activity is necessary for accreditation.
Book this course
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.
Deepak has worked as a Change Management Consultant for 15 years and is a Co-Director of Biofuelwatch. Previously he studied Ecology before teaching at a conservation centre and lecturing in Ecology and Conservation at the University of London. Deepak has consulted to a wide range of organisations including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, CitiBank and Vodafone. He has moved several policy motions at the Green Party and contributed to radio and TV news programmes on the impact of biofuels.
In 2012 he purchased Park House and began the process of eco-renovating the property and inviting others to join the community. The house hosted its first two-week permaculture design course in July 2013 and it has hosted them annually ever since.