Course formats

Learning energy efficient planningI currently teach a selection of courses that accommodate different levels of learning in permaculture. These range from occasional taster days and introductory weekends, to regular full design courses (90hrs) that provide participants with an opportunity to learn about and to start to apDiary greyply the principles and tools. I also teach more specialist courses for design course graduates, that advance permaculture learning and provide tools and skills for teaching and facilitation. While I always have a fairly full course programme, if you think that I could help with teaching a course that you are convening, Contact me with the details and I'll let you know my availability. Thanks.


Permaculture Design Course (90 hours)

PDC design workIf you're looking to make significant changes in your life, then the full permaculture design course will almost certainly help you. It provides a broader introduction to the applications of permaculture in a number of different situations. It's for anyone who believes that we need to find ways to care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth. This practical course, offered both in a two week residential format and as six weekends spread out over several months, Latest course dateswill bring the possibility of significant and positive life changes. Although permaculture is most commonly thought about in connection with gardening and farming, its principles, ethics and design methods can be adapted and used in each individual's own work, interests and home to bring about a more harmonious and sustainable lifestyle.

Permaculture Training of Teachers Course

Training of Teachers course at Ourganics in 2006The course is suitable for all abilities: both apprentice and experienced teachers and also for those who have just completed their Permaculture Design course (PDC). During the course we will be focusing on the tools and techniques for teaching and facilitating permaculture learning and the practicalities of convening and running courses. We won't be revisiting the topics on a PDC in any depth, so it is recommended that if your permaculture Latest course datesknowledge is a bit rusty you do some preparatory background reading before the course. The ToT will concentrate on permaculture training but the techniques covered can be applied to any other subject and hence the course would be valuable for any teacher wanting to expand their creative teaching techniques.

Design Support Events

Design support eventIf you have recently (or not so recently!) completed your Permaculture Design course and are looking to further your learning, then a Design Support Event may be just the thing that you are looking for. Useful whether or not you are currently on the Diploma process, these will provide you with design advice tailored to your own situation, while also connecting you into a support network of peers.

For those either already following or thinking of signing up to the Diploma, we'll also clarify anything you are still unclear about. I really valued the support I got from following the Diploma process and would love to help you enjoy the same.

I currently only run a couple of design support events a year, but am happy to be invited to run more, if you feel that you have enough interested people.


On-Site Design Training

Aranya introducing site surveying This training has been developed to assist participants in understanding how to take the basic principles of permaculture design and apply them on a land-based project. While a few days is insufficient time to fully observe a site and come up with a design that optimises energy use there, a lot can still be learned. Hence this training takes participants through an albeit brief hands-on land-based design process on a real site, bringing permaculture theory to life. While this is primarily offered as a training to groups and organisations, I'm also happy to hear from anyone with a venue who would like to facilitate this as a public course. It is useful for anyone stewarding land, from gardeners to smallholders and farmers and is offered in formats between 3 and 5 days.

Taster Days & Introductory Weekends

Outdoor session at a community gardenThere's plenty of places now that you can get an introduction to permaculture, which is why only run them occasionally. When I do I offer them in either a one or two day format. For Taster days, I combine a bit of theory with a site visit in a single day - which is a bit of a whistle-stop tour! For introductory weekends, I have more time to introduce permaculture theory and include some creative methods of teaching in my indoor sessions on the Saturday. The site visit then takes place on the Sunday, providing along with a tour of principles put into practice, an opportunity to engage in some simple activities that participants can put into action at home. In both situations I provide some simple tips to start you to bring permaculture into your own life and guidance upon where to go next to learn more.


Advanced Permaculture On-Site Training

Advanced permaculture on-site trainingThis advanced training is intended for students who have already completed a Permaculture Design Course or done significant reading and begun applying the design tools to their own projects. Permaculture basics will not be covered. The five days include on-site design practice and time for participants to develop their own designs with feedback from the tutor and their peers. By taking a detailed look at the design process, we'll remind you of anything you've forgotten and fill in any details that may have been overlooked in your reading or on your design course (this is not as uncommon as I would hope). In addition to participating in a guided design on the site you will have the opportunity to further develop one or two of your own designs. I hope you will leave with inspiration, and a new peer support network (friends!) to help keep you on track.