Brookside Permaculture Design Course

19th May - 2nd June 2018

Camping with options to stay in local B&Bs

Brookside Farm, Warwickshire



  • Aranya


    Completing his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in 2003, Aranya started teaching the following year. He discovered this made his heart sing, so he made it his main focus. Since 2004 he has taught over 80 two-week design courses, something he has no intention of stopping. He feels that it's a privilege to have the opportunity to teach "something that can make a real difference in all our lives".
    Aranya is also excited about new ways in which permaculture thinking can help us, developing new courses on using its principles to help us design for optimising our health and creating ethical livelihoods.
    In the spring of 2012 Permanent Publications published his first book 'Permaculture Design - a Step-by-Step Guide', which evolved from a set of design course worksheets. He also writes occasionally for magazines and from time to time shares interesting items on his blog. Aranya is currently writing a second book, about a subject he’s especially fascinated by, the application of systems thinking and patterns in permaculture design.
    ‘I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been under the tutoring and guidance of such an inspiring and knowledgeable teacher as Aranya’  -Mel Chambers (PDC Graduate)
  • Jay Abrahams

    Jay Abrahams

    Initially trained as a Microbiologist/Biochemist, Jay spent some time in the UK water industry designing and building conventional, energy and materials intensive, wastewater treatment systems. In 1990, upon reading Bill Mollison's magnum opus, Permaculture: A Designers Manual, he left the industry to use Permaculture Design Principles in order to design and create both Wetland Ecosystem Treatment or WET Systems (which are Regenerative Systems for Low-Entropy wastewater purification) and also water system designs within Sustainable Settlements for Human Habitation.

    In 1992 he established and now continues to run Biologic Design Ltd, his ‘vehicle’ for the creation of both Whole Site Water Reticulation Systems and WET Systems, multispecies, soil based, constructed wetlands for integrated wastewater purification, resource production and habitat creation for enhanced biodiversity. These are both 'Functional Landscapes’ which are designed and constructed ‘natural systems’ comprising earthworks, densely planted with a wide variety of useful and appropriate species. These 'recombinant ecologies' are able to embed within the fabric of the land functions such as wastewater purification, rainwater harvesting and resource production.

    Having lived with no mains services (off-grid) for over 30 years Jay has both practical and experiential knowledge of low-impact living. He's a member of the ‘Blueprint Alliance’, a loose confederation of Regenerative Technology Practitioners based in Tamera, under the auspices of this group he has worked with both established and nascent Ecovillages in the UK, Greece and Portugal, as well as looking at the inclusion of Biologic Design systems during the reconstruction of villages destroyed by the earthquakes in Nepal. Jay is about to start the second year of a PhD research project at CAWR (The Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience), in which his aim is to introduce the concept of 'Low-Entropy Systems Design' into the peer reviewed literature.
  • Les Moore

    Les Moore

    Les holds the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and specialises in urban regeneration.

    Community currency design
    He's an internationally recognised visiting expert in community currency development and responsible for innovation and the development of registration services using open money protocols across Europe. He has over 20 years of experience within community currencies, having set up and run a LETSystem and incentive programmes.

    In the UK he broadens the interest in Sociocracy (applied dynamic governance) and practices the techniques of sociocratic governance methods during facilitation and workshop sessions. He facilitates strategic and operational working circles of Sociocracy UK and delivers sociocratic training at permaculture courses and events.

    Social Enterprise
    He is the co-founder and managing director of UK social enterprises Common Resource Ltd and East London Food Access Ltd, where he leads on design, development and research. Using his experience of the UK social enterprise and community sectors, he specialises in applied CSR and innovation, and facilitates, chairs and manages a portfolio of community projects.

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