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Permaculture is the fastest growing, most vital and energetic grass roots movement around. Permaculture addresses the challenging issues of the day.. resource depletion, climate change, soil loss, financial chaos and the social and economic turmoil that goes with that.
Globalisation is a massive failure, finance and banking has become a global fraud, Western economies are suffocating in unmanageable levels of debt, collapsing biodiversity, soil erosion, lowering water tables and deforestation are typical of the massive degradation we are inflicting on the physical environment. Bizarrely our economic paradigm actually values resource destruction and environmental damage as a measurement of achievement and consequently decision makers, politicians and corporates are wilfully blind to the devastation they are causing.
Permaculture is a grass roots, bottom up design process which attempts to address all of these issues.. it focusses on self empowering and bypasses many of the blockages to launching projects and initiatives from within the mainstream. Permaculture is about modelling on nature to build resilience, to re-localise and regenerate the social and biological complexity that globalised systems have eroded.
We will be based on a 100 acre family farm in the Welsh Marches and interacting with a community in transition whilst visiting some of the leading permaculture projects and organic farms in the area. We will mix classroom based theory, presentations and video with practical sessions on gardening, woodwork, crafts with field trips and site visits.
This is a course for anyone with an active interest in our continued survival on this planet. This is an energising, inspirational and uplifting experience with the power to transform and create new possibilities.
Pricing. We work very hard to make our courses and affordable and accessible as possible. Price includes camping in your own tent, 3 delicious and nutritious meals a day, tuition, field trips, certification and practicals. No unavoidable extras.
Full price is £600, with some places available at £450 for folks on low income or students.
There are 2 places at £150 for volunteers/ interns/ or trainees.. applications will be assessed by us according to need.
Everyone is expected to join in to help with serving and clearing meals, site maintenance etc..
Dates and times:
Those travelling to the farm are encouraged to arrive on on Saturday 11th May. We will provide evening meal at 6.30 pm and there is an (optional) evening video screening that evening. Nearest station is Gobowen (for Oswestry).
Tuition starts at 9.00 am Sunday May 12th.
On the Middle weekend (18/ 19 May) there will be a trip to the Welsh Smallholders show at Llandrindod Wells show-ground (packed lunch)
On the Sunday we will be visiting the beautiful Welsh mountain village and waterfall at Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, with a roast lunch in the local pub (£8.50 extra)
The course finishes 5pm, on Saturday 25th May. Participants and encouraged to stay for an evening closing party, with pizza, local ales and wines and homespun entertainment and folk music (Food £7 extra).
Site clear up and departure by Midday Sunday 26th May.
Booking and additional Info
Please complete a booking form and a deposit of £150 is required in advance to secure a place. Balance to be paid minimum of 2 weeks prior to the course starting.
There is much more general information about our permaculture courses on the Sector39 PDC page