Permaculture is a design methodology.
In simple terms we learn from nature how to manage systems well which provide for all human needs. That may start with growing our own food. But it surely includes how we manage all our energy usage- building homes and workplaces which are energy efficient and delightful, working together to make sustainable management of all our society needs. Creating trade structures which are fair for all. Looking after our people, our land and all living things. Leaving the world at least as healthy and abundant as we found it, whilst treading lightly on the planet in our journey. Bringing wealth creation to the places it is most needed with consequent improvement to health and happiness. The permaculture design course is an unforgettable and life-changing experience full of fascinating insights, helping you realise your life’s dreams, and supporting others to do the same.
Graham has a thirty year engagement with permaculture and has been teaching the subject for twenty five years. He has taught on five continents, pioneering new approaches in environments and cultures as diverse as Iceland and Israel, Slovenia and Senegal, Guinea and Germany. His books: The Permaculture Way and The Permaculture Garden have introduced thousands of people to the practicalities of taking responsibility for their own lives. He is currently Chair of Permaculture Scotland, and of the Permaculture Association Britain Education Working Group, a respected business advisor and mentor, consulted by distinguished organisations and an accomplished nurseryman, which he believes is good for the soul. .
When you leave this course you will have found your own empowerment, many new friends, a song in your heart and a direction for your life going forwards.
Run over 6 weekends at the forest garden Graham and Nancy have created at Garden Cottage, the course covers all aspects of permaculture design, forest gardening and sustainable growing. We are now developing a ‘unit approach’ so that all courses we teach will have a value which can contribute towards a completed PDC, or you can simply take the units that interest you and come back for more later. This course is limited to twelve people.
In order to make courses as experiential as possible the PDC runs from Garden Cottage, rather than from halls, hotels or meeting rooms. Since the garden is just 1/5 acre and our home, there is no accommodation on site. However Coldstream is a beautiful town set in the wonderful Scottish Borders and, as such, boasts a fine array of hotels, guest houses and campsites.
Here are some useful links to places to stay;
Module 1 (Introduction to Permaculture)
First we share better ways of learning and agree how they will be used throughout the course. We decide what is permaculture and why do we need it. We look at design methods.
How can we record information? Mapping and energy flows. Some design tools: Understanding energy. True yield, patterns and climate.
Assessing and analysing what we have. More design basics: soil, tools, plants and trees, gardening techniques.
Praciticalities of design. Social systems and communication. Built environment. Real Wealth. Understanding Money and resource management.
Site visits. Ecological building and structures. Water.
Design project. Next steps.
The above six modules complete a 72 hour PDC
A full curriculum is here.
Places are limited to 12 so please book early to avoid disappointment!
The cost of the PDC is dependent upon your personal circumstances. Please visit the Course Charges page for details. These are under review, so early booking may well save costs. We do not consider you have booked unless you have paid or made an arrangement to pay in instalments.
If you are unable to attend any modules, as described above, we will repeat modules throughout the year, or alternatively direct you to other teachers who offer the same six modules. (Module 1 also works as an Introduction to Permaculture and can be taken on its own). In addition to the modules that make up the PDC there are further courses available;
Module 7 Forest Gardening
How and why Forest Gardens express permaculture approaches to food production.
Module 8. Real Wealth
What constitutes wealth, and how can we create it? Understanding our asset base and growing it.
Module 9 Transport Futures
How do we get from A to B. Do we need to anyway? What are the options and what can we do differently.
Module 10 Renewable energy sources.
How do they work and how can we harvest them?
Module 11. Ethical Business
How do we create sustainable living systems based on right livelihood and honest reward?
Module 12. The Permaculture Way
An open workshop addressing the issues that PDC graduates face a year on down the line. The course was pioneered last year on the inspiration of Tracey Hay. It’s a course with a very open weekend format which allows people who have completed the Permaculture Deisgn Course to think a year down the line about how their future plans are going. Helps get back on track, consider priorities and re-set goals.
Module 13. Food Preservation Course
When the growing season is so short we really need to know how to preserve peak season harvests.
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