Permaculture For Sustainable Living - Part 1
Permaculture is the art of making beneficial relationships between ourselves and nature, of living a rich life that doesn't cost the earth. This course will give you a full overview of permaculture, an opportunity to gain skills and time to practice them using real-life design challenges. These 12 days can make a real difference to your personal and professional life and be a great investment towards a real sustainable future.
Additional information about this course
Permaculture 1: 9-11 and 23-25 May Permaculture 2: 6-8 and 20-22 June (all Tuesday to Thursday)
To introduce the basic concepts of permaculture theory and practice To introduce aspects of ecology, and enable learners to apply them to situations in their own lives To enable learners to integrate ethical, ecological and design thinking into their everyday lives
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
Ethics and principles of Permaculture Permaculture design process, surveying skills, client interview process, design tools and methods, presentation skills Patterns in nature, and their application in designing productive landscapes and communities Practical permaculture from local kitchen gardening, urban and rural examples in different parts of the world Producing a permaculture design for your own home
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. Apply permaculture ethics and principles to situations in their own life. 2. Describe some of the principles, patterns and elements working within natural systems, and apply them to situations in their own life. 3. Describe the process of design and a variety of tools and methods within it, and use it in a variety of situations.
How will I know I'm making progress?
There is no formal assessment during this course. Progress will be checked by observing practical and design activities, through question and answer sessions, quizzes and other methods. Feedback will be given throughout the course, by the tutor and through peer group assessment.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Some sessions will be outdoors, and sturdy footwear will be needed for those.
Reading and information sources
The Permaculture Magazine and a lot of books are available through the Green Shopping Catalogue. Good beginners books are "Beginners guide to permaculture" by Graham Burnett "Permacultrue Design step by step" by Aranya A good contact point is the Permaculture Association www.permaculture.org.uk
What could the course lead to?
Students who go on to complete part 2 of the course will receive the Permaculture design course certificate, accredited by the Permaculture Association. The certificate carries a small administration fee. It enables students to enrol on the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. The skills and knowledge gained during the course can be used in the home, at work or in the local community, and there are a lot of resources available to study the subject further, including books, magazines, films, websites and real-life projects.