Riverbank Permaculture Design Course
7th to 21st May 2022
Residential, with non-residential option
Riverbank Cottage, nr Wareham, East Dorset
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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!
Riverbank is a beautiful, tranquil site with a water meadow, a river, some ancient woodland and a large garden. Currently virtually a ‘blank canvas’, it’s planned to include a forest garden, kitchen garden with annual and perennial vegetables growing in polycultures, and at least one pond/wetland where edible aquatic plants can be grown.
Just a short distance from the Jurassic coast, Riverbank is also close to several wildlife reserves including Brownsea Island in Poole harbour.
There will be a day off mid-course on Saturday 14th 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.
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.
You can upgrade, subject to availability, to a bed in the house (£35 per night for a private room, £17.50 per night for a shared room). Three double rooms are available - contact Lucy on 07811 493293 for more details.
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 camping/accommodation and breakfast)
If you journey by coach, you can travel to Poole bus station from where you can pick up the number 40 bus to Wareham. Coach timetable info at: www.nationalexpress.com
To support those travelling by public transport, we offer a pick up from Wareham railway station around 2pm on the afternoon of Saturday 7th. Please let Aranya know if you'd like to book a seat as they are limited.