Permaculture is not just growing food in a sustainable way. It is a complete design methodology in which we we learn from nature how to manage systems in order to fulfil human needs with minimal negative environmental impact. Sure, it usually starts by wanting to grow our own food but soon develops into ideas about working together to sustainably management of all our society needs.
The PDC course is held at Garden Cottage in Britains’ oldest intentional food forest garden. There is nowhere better to learn about permaculture. You will be learning in a place where permaculture principles have been put into practice for over 27 years!
The course will be led by Graham Bell. There is no-one better to start your permaculture journey with. 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, Australia and the Adriatic.
Run over 6 weekends, the course covers all aspects of permaculture design, forest gardening and sustainable growing and permaculture principles.
Module 1 (Introduction to Permaculture)
3rd/4th December 2016 or 4th/5th February 2017
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.
If you wish to take just this module, then see HERE.
25th/26th February 2017
How can we record information? Mapping and energy flows. Some design tools: Understanding energy. True yield, patterns and climate.
8th/9th April 2017
Assessing and analysing what we have. More design basics: soil, tools, plants and trees, gardening techniques.
20th/21st May 2017
Praciticalities of design. Social systems and communication. Built environment. Real Wealth. Understanding Money and resource management.
24th/25th June 2017
Site visits. Ecological building and structures. Water.
5th/6th August 2017
Design project. Next steps.
Full details of the Core Curriculum can be found here
Places are limited to 12 so please book early to avoid disappointment! You can book your place, HERE
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.