Permaculture Design Course – Spring Term 2013

This full permaculture design course will look at the ethics and principles behind permaculture and will enable learners to use this ecological design thinking in their everyday lives.

We will be looking at natural systems such as energy, soil, water and plants in detail and will be looking at how to apply permaculture design tools in the home, garden and community.
Tutor: Paul Paine & Joe Atkinson
Venue: Eco Works, Brewsters Road, Nottingham, NG3 3AG
Date: Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th March 2013
:9.30am – 3.30pm
Duration: 14 sessions
: £280.00 (£252.00 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income

Course aims
To introduce the basic concepts of permaculture theory and practice
To enable learners to integrate ecological and design thinking into their everyday lives. This course follows the Permaculture Association set syllabus and is certificated by the Permaculture Association.

Topics to be covered
• Permaculture basics – ethics, principles, design
• Understanding natural systems- energy, soil, water, ecosystems, plants, animals, climate and microclimate
• Permacuture application in the home, garden, community and beyond
• Design practice and group projects

Learning outcomes
As a result of this course it may be possible for you to:
• Apply permaculture ethics and principles to situations in your own life
• Describe some of the principles, processes and elements working within natural systems
• 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 your home, garden, community and the wider world

Teaching/learning methods
Guided discussions
Work in small groups
Practical activities and Demonstrations
Group and individual design projects
Presentations and slide shows
Others as appropriate

Assessment methods
Through quizzes, discussions, individual and group presentations, observation of practical activities and other set tasks the tutors will ensure that learners are making progress.

Previous learning required
Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge is assumed.

Recommended books, materials or equipment
Learners may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials.

Recommended books
Permaculture for Beginners, Graham Burnett and Permaculture in a Nutshell, Patrick Whitefield– both simple and accessible introductory texts, but the former one has more pictures in it.

Earth Users Guide to Permaculture, Rosemary Morrow – covers more or less the content of the course, but is written from an Australian perspective

The Earth Care Manual, Patrick Whitefield – comprehensive guide to permaculture in cool temperate climates

Please indicate further activities to which the course could lead, eg progress to an improvers’ course, join a relevant club or society, home study using relevant internet sites or publish work.

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice County Leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or Programme Organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your Programme Organiser.

Financial help
If you need help with paying for registration fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with learning
If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills
You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask you tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

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