Full Permaculture Design Certificate Course

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Permaculture Design Course

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Permaculture is a fresh and creative approach of tackling problems. It draws from nature, from traditional practices and from contemporary thinking to create a solutions and function based approach to design. This subject is potentially of interest for everyone as it applies to food, energy, waste, soil, water, housing, local economies, people and enterprise.

Permaculture design puts you at the centre of your world and in the driving seat.

This a two week (72 hour) residential course, following an internationally recognised curriculum.

Fully catered with delicious local food

  • Theory, lively and engaging class room sessions
  • Practicals and demonstrations. See it, do it
  • Video and slideshow, examples from across UK and around the World
  • Site visits, networking and more. Visit leading projects and meet practitioers from both local and international networks.

    All-inclusive price: £600 - *£450 (*Low income/ student) Residential Courses

    All-inclusive price: £375 - *£300 (*Low income/ student) 6 weekend courses
    weekend courses with bring and share lunches

  • Includes certification, field trips to leading projects and both practical and class room sessions
  • Camping, own caravan/ mobile (local B+B* extra)

Permaculture design opens up a whole new world of possibilities!

Instead of wrestling with endless problems permaculture provides a framework to construct responses and strategies to build a more localised, resource efficient and sustainable world.

Permaculture is a design process based on participation, observation and feedback. It mimics nature and evolution to build natural abundance and connectivity.

Two weeks camped under the stars, eating great food, in fertile company and in stunning North Wales is a powerful and life changing experience in itself; but permaculture design also also equips you with a set of design skills and concepts to help you bring about positive change in your own life, as well as those around you.

We can only address the environmental and economic challenges of the day by getting involved ourselves and developing our own responses the meet our own values and aspirations for a sustainable future

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More about Permaculture Design courses

Permaculture is a design system based on the observation of natural systems; it is the application of the principles of ecology to create genuinely sustainable outcomes.

Permaculture is the fastest growing grass roots movement around the world and is very much a global phenomenom.

A Permaculture design course is inspiring, challening, empowering and an amazing opportunity to meet like minded people. It is always an experience to remember, usually camping or caravaning on farm, on a hill, in nature, experiencing permaculture first hand, whilst gaining new perspectives and forging new possibilities.

Permaculture equips you to look at the world in a creative, positive and solutions based approach. Gardens, communities, businesses, its ideas and insights can be applied in many contexts. It is a bottom-up, nature-first development approach focusing on the relocalisation of food and resource production.

About the course
We are very proud to offering this intensive permaculture design course. Sector39 has delivered 20+ PDC's thus far and we offer is as an ideal opportunity for anyone who wants to go beyond just talking about sustainability and is ready to turn their convictions into actions

This Full Permaculture Design Course is brought to you by Sector39 and we are part of Cwm Harry collective. We are based in the stunning Welsh borders and run many of our courses in the Mid and North Wales area.

We are in the process of establishing a Permaculture Academy, at Moelyci community owned farm in Near Bangor, Gwynedd and courses from September 2014 will be based there.

The course, whilst based at one venue, visits a variety of other exciting groundbreaking projects such as:

Practical sessions include:

      • Building with natural materials like straw bale and earth cob
      • Organic horticulture master class
      • Green woodwork
      • Food preserving and fermenting
      • Practical textile crafts, spinning and weaving
      • Charocal and biochar making
Who is the course for?
The course is open to anyone over the age of 16. No prior knowledge of permaculture is needed, just an enthusiasm for the subject area and a willingness to learn.

What will the course cover?
This is a 72-hour full permaculture design course which follows an internationally recognised curriculum and offers information about and some hands-on experience of the basics of permaculture design: designing for sustainability in all walks of life.
Whether your interest is gardening, farming, planning, building homes, community work, economic regeneration, business or green lifestyles the application of Permaculture principles empowers you to make a positive contribution towards a sustainable future.

The course will enable you to apply permaculture principles in your individual circumstance to help move towards sustainability.

Permaculture relates to
      • Personal development
      • Energy efficiency and renewable energy
      • Natural systems and ecology
      • Organic gardening and edible landscapes
      • Soils, water, forests
      • Eco housing and buildings
      • Community working and Transition Towns
      • Crafts, working with hand tools and natural materials
Course tutors
Elements of the course will be delivered by these and other tutors:
  • Steven Jones, permaculture teacher and designer
  • Chris Dixon, permaculture pioneer and teacher
  • Richard Stephenson, green woodwork practicals
  • Emma Maxwell, organic horticulture tutor and small holder 
  • Sue Dolman, spinning, knitting and textiles
  • Amanda Dean, herbalist, personal development and Transition
  • Martin Wigley, Biochar and practicals
  • Annie Levy, foods and ferments
Learning methods and outcomes
The course is spread over 2 weeks and is intensive. It combines practical exercises with classroom based sessions, talks and presentations.
We use a variety of methods; small group work, games, presentations, discussion, video and slides. We will also explore the venue and surrounding area, integrating it into much of the learning. a
By the end of the course you will have a good basic knowledge of the permaculture ethics and principles and how to apply them and have seen examples of them at work in a variety of different contexts.
The course is completed with group presentations of design projects you will have completed during the course. Rather than seeing this as a test, the exercise is designed to provide experience of developing and presenting a design as part of a group.
On completion all participants are awarded with Permaculture Design Certificate recognised by the Permaculture Association of Britain.

    £600 Full Price (£450 Students and low income) occasionally bursaries are available. Click here to see next available courses
"If we dont stop agriculture
then we are all dead!"
Bill Mollison
(Watch 'In Grave Danger of Falling Food')

"You can solve all the worlds'
problems in a gard
Geoff Lawton

(Watch 'Greening the Desert' for more

**see blog section
for more info on latest courses and posts
and discussions on permaculture issues

animated gif of past permaculture courses

Montage from previous courses

planting a forest garden at the workhouse
Course group planting a forest garden, at the Workhouse May 09

Feedback from recent Permaculture Design Courses:

I can say without hesitation that the Permaculture Design Course was my best ever educational experience. Your commitment, passion, intelligence, knowledge and spontaneity instilled in me the permaculture ethos that inspires me to apply this knowledge to save us from us. 

I would willingly press-gang anyone into going on your Permaculture Design Course! ..................... Ashley

steve jones and emma maxwell permaculture design course

Recommended reading

Any of the books below are recommended but it is not necessary for those attending to have read them, but they are all good starting points. Sector39 permaculture and sustainability book store

Have a browse around our Amazon bookstore for some top titles.

Plenty of opportunity for green crafts

Booking - Please book via the Permaculture Design course website

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  • Limited places so please
  • £150 deposit required to secure a place
  • By BACS or cheque please Book here
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Any questions please get in touch directly

Steve Jones

Company number 09001792
Unit H, Vastre Road Estate, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1DZ
Part of the Cwm Harry collective

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