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: St.Anns Allotment Visitor Centre,121 Ransom Road, Nottingham, NG3 3LH
Date: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th January
Time:9.30am – 3.30pm
Duration: 14 sessions
Fee: £273.00(£245.70Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income
The aims of the course
To introduce the basic concepts of permaculture theory and practice
To enable learners to integrate ecological and design thinking into their everyday lives
Topics to be covered
Permaculture basics – ethics, principles, design
Understanding natural systems- energy, soil, water, ecosystems, plants, animals, climate and microclimate
Permaculture application in the home, garden, community and beyond
Design practice and group projects
As a result of attending 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 methods, learning activities
Work in small groups
Practical activities and Demonstrations
Group and individual design projects
Presentations and slide shows
Others as appropriate
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.
Essential materials or equipment
A notebook and pen or pencil. You can bring along other drawing and writing material if this helps with your note taking.
Where the course may lead
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.
At successful conclusion of the course you will receive the internationally acknowledged Permaculture Design Certificate, registered with the Permaculture Association. You can then study towards a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.
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
If you need help with paying for fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor or programme organiser 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 your 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.
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org