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We are working in collaboration with Northaw Community Orchard to deliver 2 of our usual 3 day, Introduction to Permaculture course. You will learn how to use permaculture design in your garden and home. You will discover the holistic approach permaculture offers, and have a chance to work on a practical design of your choice, incorporating the permaculture techniques. 

Some of the elements you will discover on this interactive, and transformative course:

  • What permaculture is?
  • Why use permaculture?
  • How to zone your garden for efficiency of use?
  • Understanding energy inputs
  • The importance of working with nature rather than against her
  • How to use permaculture for social situations

You will meet others who are sharing this journey with you, to make change to their lives, towards a better future. There will be a brief introduction to social our new Active Resilience for Community and Earth course.  

The Introduction course is residential at the orchard, set in a residential, but rural location.

The course class room is a beautifully homemade yurt, which looks out on to the orchard. Sitting behind the yurt are the orchards bees.  If you wish to stay over night, you can  bring your own tent. Limited to 6 tents. We encourage  car and tent sharing, where it is feasible.  [Small tents only] Car parking is limited so we do encourage the used of the local public transport. 

There is a compost toilet with sink onsite. Both the yurt and toilet are surrounded by the orchard and nature reserve. The site can get quite muddy if wet so we encourage you to wear appropriate footwear. You are welcome to walk around the site. It is open to the public so please be respectful of this and anyone you encounter

There is no gas or electric.

The orchard is located in the village of Northaw approximately 13 miles north of central London. Cuffley is a short walk away with shops, supermarket and a coffee shop. There are one or two really nice, local walks and there may even be a chance to meet the Seed Sistas, who are directors of Northaw Transition and trustees of the orchard -

There are two pubs within walking distance. 

You have two options for payment of this course. Cost includes vegetarian/vegan meal. 

Residential: (max 12 places only, if sharing a small tent. 6 if single occupancy)

£200.00 pp

This includes  Friday evening meal & breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Non residential: (no breakfast)

£180 pp

Our food for this event is provided by an amazing local social enterprise, The Nestaurant. Kimmie and River offer fantastic, ethically sourced meat free food. Please see their Facebook pages for more info on their catering and what they do.

If you require an evening meal, we recommend you bring your own food or visit the local pub. There is a supermarket in the town. If you would like to offer a tent share please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your kindness to share your tent space, to those without a tent. 

There is no shower on site. 

If you would like to include a donation towards our Permaculture and Mental Health project, please add this to your chosen cost. [This will help us to grow our mental health project, supporting individuals & community with their mental health]

To book on this course please complete the booking form through our website or by email. For further details please email [email protected] 

Directions to the orchard and other course information will be given once you are booked on the course. Max of 18 places available.


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Introduction to Permaculture
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Northaw Community Orchard
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