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🗓️ **WHEN:** June 25th - July 2nd, 9am - 5pm daily.
==== COST ====
We want this course to be accessible to all and are therefore working in a conscious contribution system, inviting you to pay what you can afford towards meeting the needs of the facilitator(s). We therefore invite those who can pay more to help those who cannot afford as much.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

Suggested contributions for all 8 days is between £200 and £500 (ideal contribution £350)

The 2 day introduction to forest gardening can be attended as a separate course to learn how to design your own low maintenance biodiverse rich food forest. Contributions from £50 and £200 for the 2 days £120

Or for single days between from 27th June to 2nd July contributions of £30 to £90 per day, with an ideal of £60

If you cannot afford this then PLEASE get in touch and we will work something out that is mutually beneficial.

==== FOOD ====

To keep the cost of food affordable all participants are invited to bring food ingredients to share. If you cannot bring food, then bring money which we will put into the magic hat to buy food with. This is a tried and tested way to make sure everyone regardless of their financial status can participate. Typically this way we keep the food cost to between £3 and £5 per day.


Accommodation in tents or in your own vehicle is £10 per day (£80 for all 8 days)

For those wanting a little extra luxury there are a few bell tents that will be set up and available for £300 (for the 8 days).
Course summary

🌱🌿 Dive Deeper into Forest Gardening & Permaculture Design! Join our 8-day immersive course led by renowned permaculturist Rakesh Rootsman Rak. Whether you're new to permaculture or a seasoned designer, this is your chance to enhance your skills and contribute to helping make a real community forest garden space at Crops Not Shops.

🗓️ **WHEN:** June 25th - July 2nd, 9am - 5pm daily.
📍 **WHERE:** Crops Not Shops, Glastonbury, UK.

Rakesh Rootsman Rak will lead on making a real design for Crops Not Shops with the help and inspiration from all the participants. So you will be fully engaged and invited to add your creativity and knowledge to the design.

This is an opportunity to see how Rakesh works while also sharing what you know or learning the many tools Rakesh has in his permaculture toolbox

We will look at advanced design tools and processes, as well as various techniques.
The course is set up so you can come and help for all eight days or attend individual days

Tue 25 + Wed 26 June     Introduction to forest gardening (how to design a low mainteannce, biodiverse food growing system in back gardens up to farm scale)
Thu 27 + Fri 28 June     Design exercise to design a real forest garden at Crops not shops
Sat 29 June     Applying permaculture design to a forest garden
Sun 30 June     Applying permaculture design to a forest garden
Mon 1 + Tue 2 July     Hands on implementation of a forest garden at Crops not Shops


==== WHAT TO EXPECT ====
**1. ** Hands-On Learning:
Active Participation: You won't be a passive listener. Expect to get your hands dirty, figuratively and possibly literally. You'll actively engage in the design process.
**2. ** Collaborative Environment:
Teamwork: You'll be working in a team, learning how to collaborate effectively to create a cohesive design.
Sharing Knowledge: Participants will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and ideas, fostering a collaborative and inclusive learning environment.
**3. ** Advanced Tools and Techniques:
Exploration: You'll delve into advanced permaculture design tools and techniques, exploring methods that go beyond the basics.
Practical Application: You'll learn how to practically apply the standard tools like input output analysis, zones and sectors, along with more advanced tools like random assembly, community asset maps, planning for real, etc in real-life design scenarios. You will also learn Rakesh's own design methodology RRiDeM which compliments and simplifies SADIM.
**4. ** Project Focus:
Community Project: We will make a design of a specific community project. You will see how permaculture principles can be applied practically to this real-world projects.
**5. ** Holistic Approach:
Systems Thinking: Permaculture is all about interconnected systems. You'll learn to think holistically, considering how every element in a system affects and depends on every other element, so we can place elements in the right places to benefit automatically from other elements, thereby creating low maintenance biodiverse rich solutions.
**6. ** Environmental Awareness:
Nature Observation: You will engage in exercises like observing natural patterns and understanding ecological principles, which are fundamental to permaculture design.
**7. ** Ethical Considerations:
Ethics and Principles: You'll revisit and deeply understand the core ethics and principles of permaculture, ensuring that your designs are environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically viable.
**8. ** Creative Expression:
Creative Design: Permaculture design often involves creativity. You'll have the chance to express your creativity through various design exercises and techniques such as wild design.
**9. ** Practical Implementation:
Implementation Strategies: Expect discussions on how to turn design concepts into practical, actionable plans for implementation.
Opportunity to further engage: After the course you will be in a strong position to help the venue implement many of the elements we design.
**10. ** Networking and Community Building:
Networking: You'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, building a network within the permaculture community.
Inspiration: Hearing about others’ experiences and projects can be inspiring and provide valuable insights into your own endeavors.
**11. ** Reflection and Feedback:
Feedback Sessions: There might be sessions where designs are presented and constructive feedback is given, fostering a culture of learning from both successes and failures.
Self-Reflection: You'll likely have time for personal reflection, allowing you to consider how your newfound knowledge can be applied in your own projects or community.
**12. ** Empowerment and Inspiration:
Empowerment: You'll leave feeling empowered with practical skills and knowledge to create positive changes in your community.
Inspiration: These sessions often leave participants inspired and motivated to continue their permaculture journey.
Remember, every permaculture design session is unique, and the exact activities and focus can vary. However, the core elements of active learning, collaboration, practical application, and community building are usually consistent across these sessions. Enjoy your permaculture design experience!
**13. ** Fun:
Above all expect to have fun while designing. Rakesh has a lot of experience in making designs and engaging people to unlock their creativity, and its done with lots of fun and laughter. Maybe even a reggae party at the end (he is a reggae DJ).

To register for this course, please fill in the following form. If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to contact Rakesh 



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Forest Garden Design Course, Glastonbury 2024
Course type
Advanced Design Skills
Engagement style
Face to face

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Crops Not Shops
United Kingdom

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Rakesh Rootsman Rak

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