Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you concerned about climate change, peak oil and future generations? Are you interested in changing how we interact with other species, ecosystems and our human communities?
Then this full permaculture design course is for you.
The course will be covering universal permaculture ethics, principles and design methods, however please note the focus will be on non-animal based and stock-free systems & alternatives to animal exploitation.
The broad curriculum introduces all aspects of regenerative design and living in a participatory & enlivening way through group work, design practice, practicals & site visits. Areas of learning include the permaculture design process, surveying skills, soils, kitchen gardening, climate & microclimate, agroforestry & forest gardening, energy, water & sewage management, sustainable economics, bioregionalism, community organising, systems thinking, sustainable building, energy & transport plus much more…
Empowerment is the essence of this Design Course, and practical and theoretical teaching methods are used to create an experience that is fun, lively & inclusive, using group work, discussion, observation, guided walks, ‘hands on’ practical activities, lectures, videos, and slides as learning methods during course sessions. Participants will also work together on applied design activities that will consolidate all of the learning content and empower students to take permaculture back into their own homes, gardens, lives & community, providing essential skills for thriving in the post-peak oil world.
Course Dates & Location
Part one: 11 – 15 July (5 days)
Part two: 8 – 12 August (5 days)
Brook End, is a 4 acre smallholding and LAND demonstration centre designed & managed on plant-based permaculture principles 5 miles from Glastonbury in Somerset. Accommodation is camping, with hot showers, wood-fired sauna & beautiful local walks. Local B&Bs can be recommended. All catering will be vegan with as much as possible grown on site & sourced from local growers.
Lead Tutor Graham Burnett has been teaching permaculture since 1998, is a holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design and author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide and the forthcoming Vegan Book of Permaculture. He runs Spiralseed an ethical venture working in partnership with others who share concerns around social and environmental justice. www.spiralseed.co.uk
Supporting Tutor Nicole Vosper is a vegan organic grower, community organiser and permaculture practitioner based in Somerset. She sees land-based struggle & living as an essential step towards animal liberation. www.emptycagesdesign.org
£550 for 10 day course. There are also three 50% subsidised places & two expenses only places. These are on a first come first served basis. Please enquire for more details.
Course participants will be awarded the Permaculture Association (Britain)’s internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design (NB, to be awarded the certificate you must attend a minimum of 70% of the course and complete a group design presentation at the end of the course).