Permaculture design is all about creating ecologically sound ways of living & working based on observing natural systems and applying ecological principles.

It equips you to care for the earth, yourself, and others in ways that are resilient, abundant, and rewarding. It can be a truly life-changing and empowering approach, whatever your circumstances.

This course introduces permaculture as an approach to designing sustainable ways of living and working. It will give a grounding in the core elements of a permaculture design approach including the ethical framework or values that underpin it, the principles from nature that it draws on, and a design framework for applying them.

This course includes:

  • Understanding what permaculture is and how it differs from some other approaches.
  • Learning about permaculture ethics and principles as tools to guide the process of design and decision making.
  • Knowing how to apply zones and sectors in designs.
  • Undertaking a design questionnaire & site assessment.
  • Preparing a simple design for a land-based project.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 8 and 16 participants.

Outdoor activities are restricted to gentle observational walks around the venue grounds.

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Tutor: Dr Angie Polkey

After training & working as an ecologist, Angie first practiced permaculture in a tiny urban garden in Sussex before moving to Wales with her husband in 1997. Their small acreage has forest gardens, vegetable beds, various wildlife habitats, and hard-working chickens - all interconnected to minimise inputs and optimise benefits over the longer term

Please note, the fee is for tuition and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at FSC Flatford Mill, please email [email protected]

Example Timetable

The timetable will be designed to make the most of the venue and follows the approved Permaculture Association curriculum.

Teaching will be carried out through a variety of classroom based and outdoor sessions, with a mix of theory and practice. The general approach will be participatory and experiential.

If you have booked accommodation at the Centre, please arrive between 8:30am and 9:45am on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before the course begins.

If you are a non-resident, please arrive by 9:45am.

The course will end at 17:00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9:30am.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Up to 6 hours of tuition a day.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
  • Use of resources and facilities including workrooms and the Centre grounds.

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Outdoor clothing and footwear (boots and/or wellingtons).
  • Might need suncream and a sunhat if the weather is sunny.
  • Insect repellant might be useful.
  • Lunch and drink containers.
  • Notebook, pencils, pens.
  • Camera - optional.
  • Binoculars - optional.

Recommended Reading:

  • Permaculture in a Nutshell, Patrick Whitefield.
  • Permaculture, A Beginners Guide, Graham Burnett.
  • Permaculture Design Companion, Jasmine Dale .