is a design system based on observation of natural systems; it
is the application of the principles of ecology to create genuinely
Permaculture design course is inspiring, fun, inclusive and a
chance to join in and meet people. Its an experience, usually
camping or caravaning on farm, on hill, in nature, experiencing
it first hand, gaining perspective whilst 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 and to meet and get involved with like minded people.
This Full Permaculture Design Course isbrought to youby Sector39 design partnership, part of Cwm Harry Skills and training. We are based in the stunning Welsh borders and run many of our courses in the Mid Wales area.
course, whilst based at one venue, visits a variety of other exciting
groundbreaking projects such as:
As well as engaging in practical gardening, land design, green building
and renewable energy projects.
with natural materials like straw bale and earth cob
horticulture master class
preserving and fermenting
textile crafts, spinning and weaving
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 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:
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
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, interested in personal development and Transition
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 also explore the venue, integrating it into much of the learning, and find out more about its history and practices.
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.
Full Price (£450 Students and low income) occasionally bursaries are available. Click here to see next available courses
can solve all the worlds'
problems in a garden"
Geoff Lawton (Watch 'Greening
the Desert' for more)
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from previous courses
group planting a forest garden, at the Workhouse May 09
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