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Shift Bristol's full design course is tailored for those leading busy lives, as you join us for weekly evening classes, plus learning and field trips over some weekends.

Evening Sessions: 6.15 - 9.30 (Doors open at 6.00 for a cuppa)

Sept: 2 / 9 / 16 / 23 / 30

Oct: 7 / 14 / 21 / 28

Nov: 4 / 11 / 18 / 25

Mapping Sessions:

Oct: Option of 12 or 13, for a whole day on essential mapping and surveying skills.

Field-trips: (fieldtrips will last approx 4hrs, with travel time either side)

Each student to choose at least two of the below dates

Sept: 15 / 28 / 29

Oct: 26 / 27

Nov: 9 / 10

Group Design Projects:

Some availability between from Nov 11 to 25, to work collectively on design projects outside of course hours.

From September to November you will spend time with what we hope will be a large learning community (up to 35 students); sharing the development journey with others who are also passionate about sustainability, learning from nature and building confidence in 'doing' permaculture.


Full Fee: £435
Part-Concession: £325
Full-Concession: £225

Visit the Green Bottle Sliding Scale ( as a guide to deciding what tier of course fee you should pay. We no longer ask people to prove which tier they fall into, and instead trust students to choose with honesty.

There is also the option to pay for the course fees in installments (over 3 / 6 / 9 or 12 months). Visit here to find out how! (
Course summary

Sign up for an inspiring exploration of the principles and practice of Permaculture Design. Immerse yourself in an integrated, simple and common-sense design approach to low-impact living.

Learn skills to apply Permaculture thinking to organic growing, sustainable land management, green building, creating resilient communities, and much more.



  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Permaculture Design - spirals, linking, zone & sector, observation, mapping & surveying, design frameworks, stakeholder Interviews, limiting factors
  • Permaculture in action in the home & garden; soil, compost, applying Nature's patterns to growing, green building and energy usage
  • Permaculture in action in the community; social permaculture, appropriate technology, permaculture economics, group skills
  • Signposting and Next Steps - development pathways

We have a strong belief that 'the whole is greater than the sum of its parts' and all design project work is carried out in groups; each student bringing a unique perspective and skillset to the task. We also believe that permaculture can be a powerful tool for empowering and meeting needs within the community. We find 'real life' green spaces in the network of Bristol for our design project sites; ensuring students learn to design within the context of complex, living systems of people and land.

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Course type
Permaculture Design Course
Engagement style
Face to face

Postal address of venue

The Pickle Factory - 13 All Hallows Road
United Kingdom

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Contact name
Laura Corfield
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