Introduction to Permaculture

Ref: C3675071

On this course you will be introduced to the ethics and principles used in Permaculture to design sustainable systems from gardens to lifestyles.Over the 2 days you will gain skills which will enable you to create your first permaculture design. The course consists of a variety of enjoyable tasks both theoretical and practical, some of which will be outdoors.

Course aim

To introduce students to the concept of Permaculture,and its origins together with its ethics , principles and design methods used in the field. it will demonstrate how to apply Permaculture to our everyday lives.

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:

  • Define the term "Permaculture and describe the history of its development.
  • Identify 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 of natural systems.
  • Produce a simple design using the ethics and principles of Permaculture.

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Some parts of the course will take place outdoors on a local community allotment run on Permaculture principles.

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

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Pens and notebooks will be useful. Please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear for outdoor sessions. Bring your lunch (There are shops about 10 minutes away if necessary)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Introduction to Permaculture


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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