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* 6 x Saturdays - one per month starting 16th March 2024 (10am to 5pm)
* Pre-recorded sessions - in your own time
* Zoom sessions - Tuesday evenings

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*Unwaged(students/unemployed) £267
*Low waged (household income of up to £15k) £477
*Waged £687
*Full Price (pay it forward) £807
Course summary

The Permaculture Design Course is a 72 hour course which covers:

  • The Permaculture Design Process (SADIMET), and the theory and practice of different design tools from mapping to implementation. This includes different opportunities to use the design tools and create an entire design in a small group.
  • Permaculture ethics and principles and their application
  • Learn in detail about each of the essential themes of soil, water, plants & trees, growing your own food, the built environment, resource use, and social systems and contexts. Each one is explored in detail with a combination of student research and sharing from all participants.
  • Site visits to five different permaculture sites - each Saturday at a different location with different co-teachers. 

Course structure:

  • This course is a mix of online and in-person practical sessions. In person sessions will take place over six Saturdays 10am-5pm. Online sessions are a combination of set content (videos to watch or articles to read) and fully interactive Zoom (online teleconference) sessions on Tuesday evenings.
  • It is a 12 day (72 hour) course. This is composed of 6 Saturdays (36 hours = half of the course), 18 live online (Zoom) sessions of one hour (one quarter of the course) and 18+ hours of pre-recorded content using the Permaculture Association's Comunity Hub. Online sessions will be together with the Glasgow permaculture students.
  • The Saturday sessions will be fully interactive with lots of practicals and tours of permaculture places. The Zoom sessions will be an opportunity for participants to share their work and research, to ask questions (including about the content on the Community Hub), and to have dynamic discussions on content. The pre-recorded content will be completed each week in advance of the sessions to enable a dynamic discussion of the content. This is expected to be one hour per week. The benefit of this structure is that you can have all the core content available for you to refer back to again and again as you need it, you can absorb this in your own time, in the way that suits you best, and that you can learn from different permaculture educators from around the world.


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The venues

The Hidden Mill, in Balmaclellan, is a Permaculture Association ScotLAND Centre which is a paradise of edges. It has pasture, woodland, waterways, ponds, forest gardens and orchards. It's a centre for education and experimentation in radical growing, green building and energy systems.

Auchencairn Link Park Forest Garden is a 10 year old edible forest garden aka food forest in the community park. There is a community allotment adjacent. 

Suie Fields is a Small family farm producing fresh and nutritious local food using natural and regenerative methods in Auchencairn

Gatehouse of Fleet - we visit Lusi's  permaculture forest garden to see small scale permaculture, and the beautiful Cally Woods for nature connection.

St John's Town of Dalry - we will get involved in designing with and for the local community projects at the community centre and/or local school. 

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No apprentice teacher places available on this course
Course type
Permaculture Design Course
Course is face to face
Postal address of venue

Hidden Mill
United Kingdom

Course contact email
Contact name
Lusi Alderslowe
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