Permaculture Design Course November 2013
charlotte at tuxdeluxe.org
Wed Oct 23 16:13:00 BST 2013
Blowing in on the autumn winds is news of a Permaculture Design Course on
Dartmoor in November. There are a couple of places left, and it would be
really great if you could send this email through your networks so we can make
up a full house.
Top teachers and a beautiful setting.
PS The photos can be seen on the Designed Visions website.
High Heathercombe Residential Permaculture Design Course
High Heathercombe Centre,
(90 hours over two weeks)
2nd - 17th November 2013
Tutors: Aranya & Klaudia van Gool
Permaculture is about solutions. There are plenty
of things to worry about, but permaculture helps
you to focus on the things that you can do to
make a difference."
Come and find out how....
"It was the best two weeks of my life" *
This practical course will bring the possibility of significant and positive
life changes. Although permaculture is most commonly thought about in
connection with gardening & farming, its principles, ethics and design
methods can be adapted and used in each individual's own work,
interests and home to bring about a more harmonious & sustainable
lifestyle. Permaculture offers a perspective on all aspects of building a
sustainable future. Permaculture encourages us to use our individual
skills, knowledge and interests, whilst drawing on traditional wisdom,
science and our innate ability to observe and learn from the world
Course participants will be awarded the Permaculture Association
(Britain)'s internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design.
"I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and informal teaching styles" *
The High Heathercombe Centre is situated at 1250feet, high in the
Dartmoor National Park, backing onto the open moor and adjoining
Heathercombe woodlands. The centre looks out over the valley
towards Easdon Tor, providing a beautiful, tranquil setting for a
variety of activities and courses throughout the year. We offer self-
catering facilities to youth and community based charities, and run
a wide public programme of courses and events, including Creative
Family Weeks, Retreats, Arts and Crafts Courses, Permaculture
Training and Volunteer Weeks. The developing vision for High
Heathercombe incorporates permaculture principles, sustainability,
arts and crafts, forest school and an embryonic organic vegetable
garden. The Centre is run on a charitable basis by the High
To observe patterns in nature & apply what we learn to create guiding
To use permaculture ethics, principles & design tools to create sustainable
To understand the importance of caring for soil & water, & to know techniques
for doing so.
To start using permaculture in your own life, towards creating a more
To understand how to apply permaculture design to both land-based & non-land-
"I'm amazed by my change of thinking" *
Spirals of erosion & points of intervention ~ Boundaries &
limiting factors ~ Observation skills ~ Site surveying ~
Permaculture ethics & principles ~ Design methods ~ Soil
conservation, types, texture & factors in fertility ~ Green
manures & dynamic accumulators ~ Kitchen gardening ~
Integrated pest management ~ Water & sewage treatment ~
Fruit tree growing ~ Agroforestry & Forest gardening ~ Trees &
their Microclimates ~ Permaculture & future generations ~
Patterns in nature ~ Food choices ~ Ecological footprinting ~
Sustainable economics ~ Urban permaculture ~ Green
architecture ~ Bioregionalism ~ Non-land based design ~
Accelerated learning techniques ~ Seed saving & plant
propagation ~ The Permaculture Association & Diploma WorkNet
~ Where next? & lots more......
"Eye opening" *
We use group work, discussions, videos, slide
shows, observation, guided walks & practical
activities as learning methods. These are
supportive of different learning styles & for people
with learning difficulties. We will also be visiting
projects where permaculture theory is being put
into action. Planned site visits include trips to
Steward Community Woodland, the Agroforestry
Research Trust, Landmatters Permaculture Project,
& the Proper Job Recycling Project.
Design courses are not just about imparting
information to the students, there is plenty of
knowledge out there, the important thing is
knowing how to use this & feeling confident to do
"I've enjoyed the positivity and enthusiasm on the course" *
Empowerment is the essence of the course. We will be using
practical and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun,
lively & inclusive course. The course culminates in the main
design activity that helps to consolidate all of the learning &
empower students to take permaculture back into their own
homes, lives & community. As a group we will benefit from
collaborative learning & from having fun together. We don't
expect any previous knowledge & recognise that everyone
has their own unique skills, knowledge & areas of interest to
bring to the course.
"Learning should always be like this" *
* Comments from previous years' course participants.
Full rate: £760*. Fee is fully inclusive of tuition, food, accommodation, site
visits, handouts, end of course CDROM & one years' membership of the
Concessionary rate: £525* (available for those on low incomes / means-tested
benefits but limited to only four places).
* Non-residential rates (includes lunch & evening meal): £670 full fee / £435
Booking: To reserve your place, simply download the relevant version of the
course booking form on the website (www.designedvisions.com), fill it in &
return to us with a £100 deposit payment (full details of how to do this are
on the form).
PDF version (for printing & posting to us, together with a cheque / postal
Microsoft Word version (for typing into & emailing to us) - please contact us
to arrange deposit payment.
For more details & booking (residential places limited to twelve, so book
early) please contact:
Mel: 01326 251302 / 07768 193848 or email (bookings and course content) via
the Designed Visions website.
High Heathercombe Centre: 07791 601737 (venue or catering)
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