Looe Permaculture Design Course
Residential/camping with non-residential option
This is the second course to be held at Aranya's new home. With an extra emphasis on small-scale food production and forest garden systems you will have the opportunity to shape the future of the site, as well as visit established local food projects, including Martin Crawford's flagship forest garden.Can't make these dates?
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!
The land outside the barn extends to almost a half acre - not much from a conventional food production perspective, but more than enough for two people to steward without the use of machinery. Aranya and Jules are putting a strong emphasis on home-scale food production and perennial planting, including a small forest garden. The site consists of a number of small areas, each with different microclimates, offering a diversity of opportunities. It is hoped that everyone who visits will be able to observe an area similar to their own garden to explore options of what can be done in such a space.
For those who are especially interested, the Looe PDC offers an extra emphasis on home-scale food production in diverse spaces and small-scale forest gardening.
The local area is a quiet part of Cornwall with coastal walks and many lovely beaches nearby.
For more details about the course or venue contact Aranya on 01503 240946.
There will be a day off mid-course on Saturday 23rd 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.
Attendance of most sessions, plus participation in the design activity is necessary for accreditation.
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 90 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".
Fully inclusive of all tuition, site visits, handouts, digital resources and Permaculture Association Britain's PDC certificate. All meals are included except breakfast.
- Up to six beds are available in our highly rated holiday accommodation - in three rooms of two, one of which is a double.
Cost £25/night for 15 nights = £375
- There are also two spaces for small to medium sized live-in vehicles and up to four camping places. Tents will be provided for campers, but you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag etc.
Cost £12/night for 15 nights = £180
- Course with bed indoors: £675+£375=£1050
- Course with camping or campervan option: £675+£180=£855
- Course without breakfast or accommodation: £675
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