Permaculture Design

Ref: C3528282

The permaculture design course gives you the necessary information and tools to design a more sustainable life for yourself. Through a deeper understanding of natural systems you will be able to work with nature to enable efficient earth & people friendly projects.

Additional information about this course

Course fee: £315.00 (no course fee for students on means tested benefits). Accommodation and Food: Students usually take the option of accommodation and vegetarian food for the period of the course (camping in own tent) but welcome to make own arrangements, if preferred - £340.00 (students on means tested benefits may apply for a limited number of discretionary award of up to £120.00 towards food and accommodation costs). Instalment plan available – Contact regional office for details: 01392 457300

Course aim

This course provides a grounding in permaculture to enable students to make positive changes in their lives in support of a more sustainable world.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

An introduction to permaculture; permaculture ethics and principles; ecological principles and observation skills; trees, agroforestry and forest gardening; soil, water and composting toilets; wild food and fungi in permaculture; people care, urban permaculture and legal structures.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Use the Permaculture principles & underlying ethics. 2. Carry out a Permaculture design. 3. Demonstrate understanding of how to make a more sustainable lifestyle. 4. Conduct research to find information.

How will I know I'm making progress?

There will be ongoing teacher student interaction and many practical activities that will enable students practice. In addition the students will carry out several design exercises with feedback.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Tent and camping equipment (full list to be provided upon application) Notebooks and pens, including colouring pens/pencils, paints Working boots, protective clothing for all weathers Musical instruments (optional for evening social events/activities)

Reading and information sources

not essential we will start for scratch

What could the course lead to?

Completion of the PDC qualifies students to start the Diploma in Applied permaculture design.

Download full course outline

Permaculture Design Course Outline

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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