Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 April 2024
Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 June 2024
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 September 2024
Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 October 2024
This two-day course runs from 9.30am to 5pm in Brighton.
This course introduces the basics of permaculture design. It aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life.
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 spend some time outdoors at one of our community food growing projects. 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.
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. You need to have completed an Introduction to permaculture design course to take Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Permaculture design course (Building sustainable communities). You can also go on to explore other specialist courses.
The course will be led by some of the following tutors, with assistance from trainee teachers:
Stephan Gehrels received his Permaculture Diploma in 2009 and runs school environmental projects in Brighton.
Hannah Wilde completed her Permaculture design course in 2014, is working towards her Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and has been teaching on courses since 2017.
Tracy Hind completed her Permaculture design course with Brighton Permaculture Trust in 2011.
Fran Pickering has been with Brighton Permaculture Trust since 2003, received her Permaculture Diploma in 2009 and is a long standing member of the Management group.
April and October 2024 courses:
Old Boat Corner Community Centre
Carden Park, Carden Hill
June and September 2024 courses:
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England
Get directions to 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 of 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
- £84 – Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)*
* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.
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.
If you have completed the booking process but you haven’t received a confirmation email from us please contact us to check your booking has gone through.
If you are booking within two weeks of the event, or the event is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay by BACS. Instead, you will need to pay immediately using a credit/debit card or PayPal.
*To be added to the waiting list for a course that is fully booked please use the Make an Enquiry button at the bottom of this page.
“It was an amazing experience and hoping to go back soon. The venue is great, and teachers are awesome. Can’t wait for more.”
“I came away feeling inspired, wanting to know more, wanting to get involved, pondering much on the importance of a relationship with the land and also with community, and generally struck with the profound beauty of our ancient, staggeringly diverse home.”
“I liked the fact that the course covered some elements of allowing us to look, discover, and learn for ourselves.”
“I thought the site was beautiful. I loved spending a lot of time outside…. A really lovely group of people, relaxed atmosphere, delicious lunches and an inspiring course.”
“I found the course very powerful…. I came out of the course feeling empowered and motivated to apply permaculture principles to all aspects of my life and learn more.”
“The course was what I hoped it to be – a design course – so not too airy, and specific and directed enough to be useful and practical … I thought for an introduction course it was perfect.”
“All in all a great weekend, learning a great subject which, thanks to the enthusiasm of the team, has left me hungry to learn more and more importantly put it into practice and pass the lessons learned onto my family.”
“Really well taught, structured and thought through. Amazing to be brought from knowing very little to having a go at your own design in two days.”
“Been seeing every aspect of life differently since.”
“I enjoyed the exercises, the way the trainer encouraged people to get involved, the mixture of theory and practice, etc. Being a trainer myself, I can fully appreciate the high standard applied both in the design of the course and the delivery.”
Maria Esperanza Sanchez
“The teachers and the delivery and the content was just right for first timers to feel permaculture can be for them.”
“This is a great course, fully supported by the tutors … the potential is almost overwhelming, the sense of inclusion that comes from them and the trust helps ground you in its principles which allows you to learn and think about its application.”
“The course left me feeling really positive. The problems of climate change, peak oil, and our all-consuming culture often leave us feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. This course showed practical steps can be taken, which gave hope.”
“All of the tutors were amazing. They had a very personable manner about them and were great at listening to what everyone said and valuing it. They created a space in which anyone could say what they wanted to.”
“A fantastic two days that I would recommend to anyone.”
“Brighton Permaculture Trust is a revolutionary organisation for the times that we are we in. I can see the change and impact of what I am learning transforming my way of living.”
“Very helpful to attend a class – information stuck much better than home reading on its own…. Good to be amongst doers, not just talkers.”
“Even if you can get the information covered on the course from books, you can’t buy enough books with the course fees to get access to the range of practical expertise the course teachers have, or the valuable second opinions from other course participants.”
“My interest and study of permaculture over the last year or so has been an autodidactic solitary endeavour. So it was lovely to attend a course and meet people who not only actually knew what permaculture was ? but also were just as eager and interested.”
“Really enjoyed this course, strongly focused on Permaculture principles, superbly structured, well delivered supported progressive learning. Thank you.”
“The tutors were very approachable, knowledgeable & enthusiastic. They allowed us to make our own minds up, rather than forcing their opinions on us. The tutor:student ratio gave us the chance to get to know each other, contribute and network.”