High Nature Permaculture Design Course
Camping / glamping, with non-residential option
High Nature Centre, Devon
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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.
- 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!
Founded in 2009, the Centre continues to be an ever-evolving ecologically and socially inclusive project focusing on eco-glamping, permaculture, organic food growing, well-being, nature connection, rewilding, and social outreach.
For those who are especially interested, the High Nature Centre offers an extra emphasis on social permaculture and on food production in a challenging environment. For more details about the venue and catering contact the High Nature Centre.
Sessions will be in four blocks of three days with a day off between each block - on Saturday 10th, Wednesday 14th and Sunday 18th.
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.
Attendance of most sessions, plus participation in the design activity is necessary for accreditation.
Klaudia van Gool
Klaudia has had an interest in growing things as long as she can remember and has incorporated Permaculture ideas for the last thirty, since accidentally picking up Bill Mollison's book in the library.
In 2006 she completed the Sustainable Land Use and Permaculture Design Certificate at Ragmans Lane Farm with Patrick Whitefield, followed by her Diploma in Permaculture Design in January 2009. Klaudia has a degree in Environmental Science from University of Plymouth and has worked for many years as an Environmental consultant in environmental management for businesses.
She has been increasingly drawn to the People Care ethic of permaculture, using the design process for personal and social designs and bringing a strong yet soft focus and many tools to the people care aspects on courses. She has taught 41 PDCs to date and is involved with local regenerative agriculture design and climate resilience action.
Heavily inspired by the 8 shields model developed by Jon Young she also works with regenerative cultural elements such as deep nature connection, ceremony and rites of passage with fire and is studying herbal medicine.
Fully inclusive of all tuition, food, site visits, handouts, digital resources and Permaculture Association Britain's PDC certificate. The fee also includes the basic camping / live-in vehicle rate. The slightly higher cost compared to our other PDCs is to cover the extra day's food and accommodation.
For an additional £20 per night you can upgrade, subject to availability, to yurt accommodation. Call Cat on 0796 771 7003 for more details.
Concessionary rate: £655*
(available for those on low incomes / means-tested benefits but limited to only four places)
*Non-residential rates: £725 full fee / £495 concessions
(inclusive of everything except staying on site and breakfast)