Introduction to photovoltaics

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The course will cover the basics of photovoltaics, from system design and load calculation through to the various types of solar panels, batteries and inverters and their suitability in different situations. The afternoon will be spent setting up a small photovoltaic system and will include a tour of the award winning Earthship Brighton.

Dates: 
15 June 2010
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9.00am - 5.30pm
Teachers
Alex Saunders
Cost: 
£72-£162

Introduction to photovoltaics

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The course will cover the basics of photovoltaics, from system design and load calculation through to the various types of solar panels, batteries and inverters and their suitability in different situations. The afternoon will be spent setting up a small photovoltaic system and will include a tour of the award winning Earthship Brighton.

Dates: 
20 April 2010
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9.00am - 5.30pm
Teachers
Alex Saunders
Cost: 
£72-£162

The Living Landscape

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This course gives you a practical grounding in reading the landscape. It helps you to understand what makes a particular landscape the way it is, how it works and how it changes through time. It can make a walk in the country much more enjoyable and full of meaning. It's also a vital part of the permaculture design tool kit: observing and understanding what's already there is the essential first step towards designing new landscapes.

Dates: 
10 September 2010 to 12 September 2010
Teachers
Patrick Whitefield
Cost: 
£225 inc tuition and board & lodging, conc. available
Contact Name: 
Patrick or Cathy Whitefield
Telephone number: 
01458 832317

Trapese- Tools for Social Change

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This dynamic and engaging week long course will provide training in grassroots organising, including tools for direct democracy, facilitation, using consensus, popular education techniques and how to plan, communicate and implement effective campaigns. It will also explore how these tools can be used to set up community initiatives, ecological and social projects, and consider how we can work together more effectively.

Dates: 
27 March 2010 to 3 April 2010
Teachers
Paul Chatterton, Kim Bryan, Alice Cutler
Cost: 
£175 - £350 depending on income

Biodynamic Plant Breeding and Seed Production Workshop

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This workshop on biodynamic seeds is an opportunity for newcomers to learn more about growing and saving seeds on biodynamic farms and gardens and for those already involved in producing seed and maintaining varieties to share experiences and deepen their understanding.

Dates: 
18 February 2010 to 20 February 2010

Ruskin Mill in Nailsworth, is an educational establishment with extensive biodynamic gardens, fish ponds, farm and woodlands. The on-site cafe provides delicious vegetarian meals sourced largely from the land.

Cost: 
£95 (£85 concessions) includes one meal each day
Contact Name: 
BDAA Office
Telephone number: 
01453 759501

Various courses at LILI

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See website for details. A range of courses including:

using & fitting a wood stove;
pruning & care of old fruit trees;
edible forest gardening;
make your own natural skin-care products;
batteries for renewables;
recycling computers & open source;
people care and permaculture;
natural paints;
cheesemaking;
pork butchery and the 5th quarter;
low-impact smallholding;
establish & maintaining a willow coppice;
living in communities;
DIY for beginners;
sustainable energy for the home;
solar electricity;
sausage making;
introduction to plumbing;
introduction to biogas

Dates: 
23 January 2010 to 27 March 2010

One day Introduction to Forest Gardening

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This is an opportunity to see a Forest Garden in it's dormant state and to see clearly how the planting is designed, something difficult to see when the garden is lush. Winter is the time for planning, and this course will be ideal for anyone thinking of planting a forest garden over the next year.

Dates: 
6 February 2010
Teachers
Rachel Benson
Cost: 
£45 per person including lunch, £40 for PAB members
Contact Name: 
Rachel Benson

Ditch Your Day Job - A Permaculture approach to escaping the 'Nine to Five'

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A collaboration between Spiralseed, Dial House and The Idler, this residential weekend workshop will explore alternatives to the drudgery of 'Work'. Emphasis will be on a permacultural approach to overcoming the everyday barriers that come between us and our dreams, and practical ways of creating our own 'right livlihoods'.

Dates: 
4 June 2010 to 6 June 2010
Teachers
Graham Burnett & Tom Hodgkinson
Cost: 
£150 - early bird discount available before April 2010
Contact Name: 
Graham Burnett
Telephone number: 
01702 303259

Earthbag Dome Intensive Workshop

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Gain skills to create healthy, practical and sustainable structures!

Learn about earthbag dome design and construction, earthen plasters, and methods of roofing using locally available plants. Complete a 13 x 13 foot earthbag dome that will be a bedroom. While you are there, learn about the local rainforest ecology and demonstrations of sustainable agriculture and forestry.

Gain the skills you need to build your own Earthbag dome: Dome design, Permaculture Design (as it applies to buildings), Earthbag and Gravel Foundations, Earthbag and Cob Wall systems, Passive Solar, Window placement, Earthen floors, Earthen plasters.

Preregistration is required.

Taught in English and Spanish by the instructor.

Tuition = $1400

10% discount for bringing a friend!

Dates: 
10 April 2010 to 20 April 2010
Teachers
Scott Howard & Patricia Boyko
Cost: 
$1800 for tuition, and about $2000 travel expenses
Contact Name: 
Scott Howard