Introduction to Permaculture Design Course (4 days)

14th to 17th June 2024

Camping / glamping, with non-residential option

High Nature Centre, Devon

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Course information

Why do this course?

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. Permaculture offers us an approach that helps us to 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.

This is course is designed to introduce permaculture principles but with an emphasis on supporting participants with designing their own homes and gardens.

We use group work, discussions, video, slide shows, observation and practical activities as learning methods. These are supportive of different learning styles and for people with learning challenges. Our courses are not just about imparting information to the students, there is plenty of knowledge out there, the important thing is knowing how to use this and feeling confident to do so.

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 permaculture knowledge and recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge and areas of interest to bring.


Aranya teaching


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 100 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.


Full rate: £300 for tuition for the 4 days* (not including food or accommodation - see options below)

Concessionary rate: £225*
(available for those on low incomes / means-tested benefits but limited to only three places).


Camping (bring your own tent or live-in vehicle) is available on site for £10 per person per night.

Yurts are also available to book:
3 person for 3 nights: £370
4 person for 3 nights: £390
5 person for 3 nights: £415

Call Cat on 0796 771 7003 for more details.


Self cater or enjoy the organic wholefood buffet:

Breakfast - £6
Coffee - £3, Tea - £1.50
Lunch - £10
Dinner - £12

On Friday night you could join a 4-course wellbeing dining event that costs £35

Travel information

A lift to the Centre is offered from Totnes railway station around 4pm (16:00hrs) on Wednesday 5th. Please let Aranya know if you would like to book a seat as they are limited.


To see current availability or to book online, click the button below and select this course from the schedule:

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A deposit is required to reserve your place, which we will hold for you until 4 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 21 days' notice is given. A transfer fee of £50 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 4 weeks prior to the new course start date. Payments are non-refundable if cancellations are made within 21 days of the start date, unless we are able to fill your place.