Permaculture for Sustainable Living - Part 2
Building on part 1 of this course, we will explore how permaculture is applied in a number of situations in gardens and larger scale agriculture as well as in urban and social context. Group and individual design exercises will allow you to put new knowledge into practice.
Additional information about this course
Permaculture 1: 9-11 and 23-25 May (C3839615) Permaculture 2: 6-8 and 20-22 June (all Tuesday to Thursday)
To apply permaculture theory and practice to a variety of situations in the home, garden, community and work To enable learners to integrate ethical, ecological and design thinking into their everyday lives
Who is the course for?
Attendance of Part One course (C3839615)
What topics will this course cover
Patterns in nature, and their application in designing productive landscapes and communities Practical permaculture from local kitchen gardening to urban and bio-regional solutions Green building and retrofitting, energy and water use Applying permaculture in an urban and social context Producing and presenting a permaculture design in a team with other participants
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. Apply the principles, patterns and elements working within natural systems to situations in their own life and their communities 3.Apply the process of design and a variety of tools and methods within it, in a variety of situations 4.Apply their learning within their home, garden, community and the wider world
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 involve working with soil. Sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing should be worn.
Reading and information sources
Aranya "Permaculture Step by Step" Permaculture Magazine Many more books are available through http://www.green-shopping.co.uk/ The best contact for further involvement in permaculture is the Permaculture Association www.permaculture.org.uk
What could the course lead to?
Students who complete both parts of the course can receive the Permaculture design course certificate, accredited by the Permaculture Association. The certificate carries a small administration fee. This 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. The best point of contact is the Permaculture Association www.permaculture.org.uk