Sark Permaculture Design Course
1st - 14th September 2018
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Why do a PDC?
If you are looking to make significant positive changes in your life, then the permaculture design course will almost certainly help you. This practical course provides you with a broad introduction to the applications of permaculture in a number of different situations, from food production to community structures, and alternative currencies to eco-housing. The course culminates in the main design activity that helps to consolidate all of the learning and empower you to take permaculture back into your home, life and community.
We will be using practical, experiential and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun, lively and inclusive experience. In addition to traditional lecture-style teaching, we use group work, discussions, observation exercises, guided walks, practical activities, videos, and slide shows as learning methods. These are supportive of different learning styles and for people with learning difficulties. We also visit projects where permaculture theory is being put into action.
As a group we will benefit from collaborative learning and from spending time together. We don't expect any previous knowledge and recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge and areas of interest to bring to the course.
This course is for anyone who believes that we need to find ways to better care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth.
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What you will learn
- Why permaculture is particularly relevant today
- What nature can teach us about meeting our all needs more effectively and sustainably
- The ethics and principles that underpin permaculture and inspire harmonious designs that work with nature
- Simple techniques for caring for soil, water, trees and animals
- How to improve your own food security, including permaculture gardening and farming methods
- How permaculture can make cities healthier and more productive places to live
- Techniques for building eco-friendly, low impact homes and how to design them into the landscape, minimising both pollution and unnecessary work
- What really constitutes ‘appropriate’ technology
- Some effective, low-tech surveying tools to analyse and map the landscape
- How to make the best use of space and slope in land-based permaculture designs
- How to apply permaculture thinking to social structures, including alternative economies
- How to achieve bountiful yields with a minimum of effort and create win-win situations rather than trade offs
- How to start using permaculture in your own life and community, to create a more sustainable lifestyle
- And much, much more!
During the second half of the course you will be guided in small groups through a permaculture design process, applying what you have learned to produce an original design on the site. This experience will help you to later apply it in creating further designs for your own home, garden or business.
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Venue and themes
Lying 80 miles off the south coast of England, visiting Sark is like stepping gently back in time. All cars are banned, the island's transportation being limited to horse-drawn carraiges and a few tractors. Bicycles can easily be hired and are the best way to get around the 3 mile long island, though it's not impractical to simply journey on foot - the best way to enjoy the abundant blackberries!
The island has a spectacular coastline, with always at least a couple of sheltered beaches regardless of wind direction. Sark has also been declared the first "dark sky island" in the world (something celebrated in an album of music by Enya). There are no public streetlights and few, if any, buildings are floodlit.It is a truly beautiful place to hold a permaculture design course.
Travel to the island is by boat only, from Guernsey or Jersey, the two largest of the Channel Islands. These in turn enjoy a regular ferry service. There are also flights to Guernsey and Jersey from mainland Britain and France.
For those who are especially interested, the Sark PDC offers an extra emphasis on food production
(Roz Rolls has created a fantastic permaculture garden at the Stocks Hotel) and localisation (island living)
For more details about the course
contact Aranya on 01297 20908.
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Dates and Times
The course will run from 7.00pm (please arrive by 6.00pm for an evening meal) on Saturday 1st September to 6.00pm on Friday 14th September.
There will be a day off mid-course on Saturday 8th and a half day off each week, usually Tuesday afternoon in the first week and Wednesday morning in the second.
Sessions start each day at 9.00am and continue on until the evening meal around 6.30pm. We also have a light session most evenings of slides or a video to reinforce the day's learning. We have an hour and a quarter for lunch and evening meals, plus tea breaks during the mornings and afternoons.
The Sark Roots festival
(Friday evening 14th - Sunday 16th) immediately follows the design course. Course participants will get free access to the event (worth £55) if desired, in exchange for an afternoon's help setting up the site.
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On successful completion of the course, all participants will be awarded the Permaculture Association (Britain)'s internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design.
Attendance of most sessions, plus participation in the design activity is necessary for accreditation.
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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)