Ourganics Summer Permaculture Design Course

16th to 30th July 2022

Residential, with non-residential option

Ourganics Evolving Systems, West Dorset

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Course information

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.


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 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".
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.
Pat Bowcock

Pat Bowcock

Pat grew up in the Gloucestershire countryside, with a beautiful garden, an orchard, open fields, streams & ponds around her. Over the last twenty years she has been saddened to see whole woodlands cut down and not replaced, old hedgerows taken out to create fields for large machinery. It reflected the lack of respect and consideration we show to each other and the planet we are so much a part of and dependent upon.
This inspired her to look for a piece of land to live in harmony with which she found in the form of a pony paddock in June 1999. Her aim was to create a haven for plants, wildlife, trees and people. Pat realized that she couldn't change the world alone, but she could take responsibility for what she ate, where she slept, her waste, and how she interacted with others. A central element of her intention was people care, planet care and fair share.
Pat set about creating the systems she would need to put these principles into action. She was supported and encouraged by her family and the many people who came to help make Ourganics what it is today. Ourganics Evolving Systems has become her portfolio of design work which in July 2006 earned her the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.



Full rate: £855*
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 rate. For an additional £8 per night you can upgrade, subject to availability, to caravan or yurt accommodation.
The fee also includes post-PDC, free lifetime access to Aranya's 'Design Your Site with permaculture' online course.

Concessionary rate: £625*
(available for those on low incomes / means-tested benefits but limited to only four places)
*Non-residential rates: £695 full fee / £465 concessions
(inclusive of everything except accommodation and breakfast)

Travel information

Rail services run to Dorchester stations. National Rail Enquiries: (0345) 748 4950.
If you travel by coach, you can travel to Dorchester or Bridport bus stations. Timetable info at: www.nationalexpress.com
To support those travelling by public transport, we offer a pick up from both Dorchester railway stations around 2pm on the afternoon of Saturday 16th. Please let Aranya know if you'd 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 £125 deposit payment (full details of how to do this are on the form).

To submit your form by email:
Download Microsoft Word version (type in your details and email the completed form back to us)

To submit your form by post:
Download 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.