Course 1: Sat 19 - Sun 20 November 2016
Course 2: Sat 28 - Sun 29 January 2017
Course 3: Sat 8 - Sun 9 April 2017
This two-day course runs from 9.30am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
This course introduces the basics of permaculture design. It aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life.
(Can't make these dates? Click here if you would like us to email you when future courses are scheduled.)
What will the Introduction to permaculture course cover?
This course will cover the history, various definitions, design process, ethics, principles, other design tools and case studies from a range of applications.
You will use this theory to co-create a design over the two-day course.
Please note that attending this course does not qualify you to use the term 'permaculture' as part of your work as a professional or with the public, such as being a gardener, a teacher, a designer, giving talks about permaculture, etc. In order to do this you need to go on to complete a permaculture design course such as our Permaculture design course (Building sustainable communities).
Who is the Introduction to permaculture course for?
This course is for people concerned about the state of the world, who want to look at those challenges and create solutions. It is open to anyone aged 16 or over. No prior knowledge of permaculture is needed.
Learning methods and outcomes
The course will be taught using a variety of methods; group work, games, presentations, discussion, video and slides. We will visit Stanmer Organics project. There will be some linkwork to help you reflect on what you are learning and put it into practice. By the end of the course, you will have a basic knowledge of some of the permaculture ethics and principles and how to apply them. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.
What does the Introduction to permaculture course lead on to?
This course is an ideal starter for anyone interested in a full permaculture design course. It is now necessary to have completed an Introduction to permaculture design course in order to take Brighton Permaculture Trust's Permaculture design course (Building sustainable communities). You can also go on to explore other specialist courses.
The courses will be led by the following tutors, with assistance from trainee teachers.
19-20 November 2016: Christine Wiltshire and Tracy Hind
28-29 January 2017: Stephan Gehrels and Fran Pickering
8-9 April 2017: Chloe Anthony and Stephan Gehrels
Chloe Anthony is a permaculture teacher and designer who is passionate about design, forest gardens, community living, sustainable organisations and Transition.
Stephan Gehrels also received his Permaculture Diploma in 2009 and runs school environmental projects in Brighton.
Tracy Hind works freelance in youth and community development and has a long-held belief that community activism is the only thing that really changes anything.
Fran Pickering received her Permaculture Diploma in 2009. Her main areas of interest are local food production, grass root catering, green building, and community building.
Christine Wiltshire is a new permaculture teacher enjoying and learning all aspects of design, with a passion for wildlife, diversity and textiles.
We usually run one or both days of this course at:
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England
Sometimes we run one or both days of the course at other locations within 15 miles of Brighton.
Get directions to our meeting point near the church in Stanmer Park.
If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.
Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
Recommended introductory material
The following provide good introductions to permaculture. It is not essential to have covered this material before the course.
- series of short films introducing application of permaculture design: Living with the Land
- Introduction to permaculture by David Holmgren, co-founder of permaculture, free download: Essence of permaculture
These books are recommended, but it is not necessary for those attending to buy or read them.
- Permaculture design - step by step, Aranya
- The Permaculture Way, Graham Bell
- Permaculture - a beginner's guide, Graham Burnett
- Introduction to Permaculture or Permaculture One, Bill Mollison
- Permaculture In A Nutshell, Patrick Whitefield
Fees include tuition, refreshments, handouts and information sheets.
- £247.50 - Sponsored/organisation rate
- £247.50 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
- £200 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
- £152.50 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
- £105 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)
We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.
See the cancellations and refunds policy.
Booking the Introduction to permaculture course
Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.
Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.
Paying for your place
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When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven't received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.
You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the 'Pay later' box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked. If you choose to pay later, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.
If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.
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