Introduction to Permaculture

Ref: C3670372

This course will introduce students to permaculture, what it is and how to apply it in our lives. It shows how to work with nature not against it, by following simple ethics and principles.

Course aim

The course aims to show how Permaculture can be used to create a more sustainable lifestyle for ourselves and our families following natures principles.

Who is the course for?

All welcome

What topics will this course cover

The course will contain a brief history of the development of Permacuture, with an explanation of the ethics and principles and how to apply them to our everyday lives. Permaculture is a simple design system which enables us to create sustainability in every walk of life, the most popular being the growing of foodcrops without the use of chemicals and pesticides. This results in healthier eating habits. The ethics of Permaculture are very much community based, with people living and working in harmony. Students will be put into groups and given the task of designing a permaculture growing area.

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:

Be able to define the term Permaculture and describe the history of its development. Describe the ethics of Permaculture and relate them to their own lives. Explain the principles of Permaculture and how they can be used to produce designs that bear features ofnatural systems. Produce a simple design using the ethics and principles of permaculture.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will be given individual and group feedback throughout the course. Everyone will be encouraged to ask questions and volunteer information and knowledge. Assessment will also be continuous.

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

Pens, pencils, writing materials will be required. Some visits to a local allotment will take place, so please wear suitable footwear and bring appropriate clothing ie: waterproof! Please bring something for lunch on Saturday and if possible something on the Sunday to contribute to a shared lunch. (To be arranged). Please bring smiles!

Reading and information sources

Not neccessary, although there are many books on the subject and info on-line. The Permaculture Association website is interesting and helpful

What could the course lead to?

Further permaculture courses with the Wea, eg: a Permaculture Design Course, or many other gardening courses, woodland management etc.

Download full course outline

Introduction to Permaculture Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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