Permaculture Design Course - Part 1

Ref: C3840591

Permaculture design for sustainable living is an inspiring course that explores ways of improving our personal lives at the same time as the community and the wider environment. Part 1 will 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

Course aim

Introduce basic concepts of permaculture theory and practice Introduce aspects of ecology, and enable learners to apply those to situations in their own life To enable you to integrate ethical, ecological and design thinking into your everyday life

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Apply permaculture ethics and principles to situations in your own life
  • Describe some of the principles, patterns and elements working within natural systems, and apply them to situations in your own life
  • Describe the process of design and a variety of tools and methods within it, and use it in a variety of situations
  • Apply your learning within their home, garden, community and the wider world

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will carry out a design exercise based on your own garden, home or another space you can choose.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • You will get feedback on your design project from the tutor and the rest of the group. This is not a formal assessment and none of the work will be marked.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Bring a notebook and pen, and additional material for creative work.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • You can go on to the Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design with the Permaculture Association.

Download full Course information sheet

Permaculture Design Course - Part 1


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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