Introduction to permaculture
A two-day introduction to permaculture design
Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2013
Thurs 15 - Fri 16 August 2013
Sat 2 - Sun 3 November 2013
Both days of the course run 9.30am - 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
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This course will introduce the basics of permaculture design and show how this approach can be applied.
What will the Introduction to permaculture course cover?
This course will offer information about, and some hands-on experience of, the basics of permaculture design; designing for sustainability in all walks of life. Whether your interest is gardening, farming, planning, building homes, community work, economic regeneration, business or green lifestyles, the application of Permaculture principles empowers you to make a positive contribution towards a sustainable future. The course will enable you to apply permaculture principles in your individual circumstance to help move towards sustainability.
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 Building Sustainable Communities course.
Who is the course for?
This course 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.
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).
The course will be led by Bryn Thomas and Hedvig Murray with assistance from trainee teachers.
Hedvig Murray, Dip Perm Des, is a permaculture designer and teacher. She set up and runs a social enterprise, Get Growing (www.getgrowing.org.uk), that trains people to grow food in their own homes and communities, using permaculture design and organic methods. She has also done many land based designs as part of her diploma work. Find out more at hedvigmurray.co.uk.
Bryn Thomas, Dip Perm Des, is a permaculture trainer and designer. Passions include growing fruit, forest gardening, green building and organisational design.
We often run one or both days of this course at Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex). Sometimes we run one or both days of the course at other locations within 15 miles of Brighton. Click here for directions to our meeting point at Stanmer Park.
Click here for details of local accommodation and to find out about Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
These books are recommended but it is not necessary for those attending to buy or read them.
Fees include tuition, refreshments, handouts and information sheets.
Fees for 25-26 May 2013 course
£190 - Sponsored/organisation rate
£190 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
£152 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
£114 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
£76 - Individual, concessionary rate (please read below)
Fees for 15-16 August and 2-3 November 2013 course
£210 - Sponsored/organisation rate
£210 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
£170 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
£130 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
£90 - Individual, concessionary rate (please read below)
Concessionary rates are available to people in receipt of a state pension, means-tested benefits (including housing benefit, council tax benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit (income does not exceed £16,190) and/or Child Tax Credit), and full-time students. Please bring evidence of this to the course.
We endeavour to make our courses/events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and as such rely on large amounts of voluntary input to run courses/events.
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 tick the pay later box, 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, 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. This will also be the only option available if the course is nearly fully booked.
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