design your site with permaculture
new online course
step-by-step support to create your own permaculture design

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‘Instead of feeling hopeless about our beautiful planet, permaculture opened my eyes to the many simple solutions that can be adopted and applied to create a better world’

Mel Chambers (PDC Graduate)

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New to permaculture?
What's it all about and how can it help you improve your life?

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Ready to design?
Aranya's step by step guide may be just what you need!

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Upcoming courses

  • Design Your Site with Permaculture

    Design Your Site with Permaculture

    Online: 40+ hours of video and practical activities
    This course will teach anyone who wants to live a more sustainable life how to effectively design their home or garden and increase their personal resilience
     
    Options for 1-2-1 sessions with Aranya

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  • Permaculture Design Course

    Permaculture Design Course

    High Heathercombe Centre,
    Manaton, Devon
    6th - 20th November 2021
    A 2-week residential on the edge of the moors on beautiful Dartmoor that provides an overview of the application of permaculture in many aspects of our lives.
    (Residential / non-residential options)
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  • Permaculture Design Course

    Permaculture Design Course

    High Heathercombe Centre,
    Manaton, Devon
    2nd - 16th April 2022
    A 2-week residential on the edge of the moors on beautiful Dartmoor that provides an overview of the application of permaculture in many aspects of our lives.
    (Residential / non-residential options)
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  • Permaculture Design Course

    Permaculture Design Course

    Sunflowers Barn, Widegates,
    Looe, East Cornwall
    18th June - 2nd July 2022
    A 2-week residential course at Aranya's own home near Looe in East Cornwall. Come and see what permaculture can do in a variety of small spaces. There will be extra emphasis on home food production and  small-scale forest gardening.
    (Residential / non-residential options)

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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.

Longer formats offer participants the opportunity for a more detailed look at the process. While smaller groups will inevitably get more individual support, participant numbers up to 16 or more are possible. No former permaculture training is required, although those who have previously received some will be a step ahead. Some pre-training reading can be provided to ensure that all participants start the course with at least an understanding of permaculture basics. This will allow us to get more quickly into the essence of the training.

Observing the sun's path through the yearTraining Content:

The training takes the participants through the following design stages:

  • Identifying site design aims and objectives.
  • Site surveying and observation.
  • Maps and mapping.
  • Interviewing stakeholders.
  • Analysis of information gathered using permaculture tools and methods.
  • Concept design and feedback.
  • Implementation and maintenance planning.
  • Final design proposal and presentation.
  • Project management

What this training doesn't cover: While this training includes the application of permaculture prinicples and methodologies to site design, it doesn’t go into the level of detail around subjects such as soil, water, energy and buildings provided on a full permaculture design course (PDC).

Making design overlaysTraining Outcomes:

By the end of the training participants will:

  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of how to apply permaculture principles and methods on a real site.
  • They will have experienced using a number of physical and conceptual design tools.
  • They will have learned where to go to deepen their knowledge and fill in the gaps.
  • They will feel more confident about going through the process again elsewhere.

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For more information please contact me for my full on-site training information pack.