Design Course Outline
Permaculture design principles extend from the position
that "The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for
our own existence and that of our children" (Mollison, 1990).
The intent is that, by rapidly training individuals in a core set
of design principles, those individuals could become designers of
their own environments and able to build increasingly self-sufficient
human settlements — ones that reduce society's reliance on industrial
systems of production and distribution that Mollison identified as
fundamentally and systematically destroying the earth's ecosystems.
2-week course explores patterns in nature - revealing the building
blocks of sustainability; Soil, water, plants, animals, microbes and
energy, diversity, cycling and patterning - the key being how they
work and interact together in complex ecologies to create sustainable
and abundant environments: be they natural ones like forests, or wild
spaces or designed ones like gardens, buildings, communities and economies.
Permaculture deisgn invites us all to apply the insight of natural
sustainability to our lives, in whatever we do.
is a very hand-on course which offers the potential of a unique and
immensely valuable experience. Spending 2 weeks as part of a group
of like minded people initself can be an infectious and up lifting
experince, especially when those involved have all reached a similar
stage in their convictions to begin to put their thoughts into action.
Get with it, get sustainable, get permaculture!
venue for the course (pictured above) is a 5 acre small holding
known as Brynllwyn, which is owned and managed by the folk of Chickenshack
housing co-operative. We are situated on the southern and coastal
edge of Snowdonia national park in Mid Wales. Pictured above is
the view to the south east, looking over our property towards Cadair
Idris, the highest local peak. [Getting
here] Its easy to get here by train, or its a lovely car drive
through the Welsh hills, Birmingham/ Manchester/ Cardiff and Bristol
are all about three hours away.
The course will be based here for the fortnight, with field visits
and practicals at various projects and plots around the area. We
will also be working closely with fantastic new project at the Llanfyllin
Workhouse and have long standing links with the Centre for Alternative
Two weeks Camping (live in vehicles and caravans, by arangement)
and delicious local fresh food all including in the price. There
is a course common room and library and access to the main house
with solar hot water, internet/ phone connection.
For the less hardy don't worry, there is a selction of B+B's and
holiday cottages in the wider area, if you don't wish to camp. There
is the possibility of some fall back accommodation in the house.
meals, drinks and snacks are provided, just bring your tent, sleeping
stuff and a good pair of boots. [what
to bring] You will need plenty of pens and paper and feel free
to bring a favourite book or two for the course library. Also bring
details of your land or project if you have one to share with the
permaculture design course's core curriculum is laid out by the
international permaculture institute and its copyright vested in
its course graduates. Permaculture is a global network of people
and projects dreams and aspirations all dedicated to working for
productive harmonious relationship with nature. Permaculture design
is a mixture of language, concepts, ideas and practicals that enables
a deeper and more active understanding of sustainability.
for this year! We are working closely with the Llanfyllin
Workhouse project for our design exercise and a practical exercise.
This is an exciting and groundbreaking rural project in the Welsh
borders and an excellent chance to have input into a ground breaking
project such as this. A real life focus for the design exercises.
The Workhouse hopes to grow into a regional centre for creativity
and innovation -arts, music, events, permaculture and so much more!
and practicals featured during the 2-week course include;
growing, sustainable forestry, principles of ecology
to CAT, Dyfi Valley Eco Park, micro and macro scale projects and
Wild food and coastal walks
energy and energy efficiency
looking at personal, social and economic development issues e.g.
herbs and health,
business and co-operatives
practical gardening sessions and a 'real life' design exercise
certificated two week course includes a year's membership to the
Association, joining you to a national network of people working
including sessions from
Covent House Alternative Therapy centre
Maclennan *(Centre for Alternative
Technology) Head gardener
Condron* gardener and small holder
(**denotes, Diploma in permaculture design, & *Pc graduate /Diploma
is a max number of 16 students
£420, a deposit of £120.00 secures a place. There
is a small bursary fund* for SY20 and LL36 residents, sponsored
by Sonwdonia National Parks and Machynlleth fringe festival (*TBC)
(this includes, the course itself, all meals; vegetarian wholefood,
local and mainly organic and yummy camping for 2 weeks with transport
for trips, materials for practicals and entry for all site visits)
days are structured for a 9.00 am start with a mid morning tea break.
fresh soups and salads from the garden
by the afternoon session, which usually includes a pracitcal session
or a walk
is an evening session from 8 - 9 on several evenings
which is usually a slide show/ video presentation
Field trips inlude;
to Centre for Alternative Technology and a meeting with head gardener
to Y Felin Permaculture plot
to Dulas Limited and the Dyfi Eco trading park. Dulas are a leading
renewable technology company with a rapidly expanding interest in
Penrhos Isaf - a mature permaculture plot in North Wales
Harper's gardening experiments
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