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Dates and times
Price includes refreshments and a vegan lunch.

Cost: £240 payable in advance. Reserve your place with a deposit of £80, then pay in two further installments. Final payment due by 26 July 2023.

Early bird price (pay in full before 1 June 2024) £230

Super Early bird price (pay in full before 14 January 2024 £220

Low income – please get in touch to go on the low-income list. We allocate these places nearer the date as we know that people’s circumstances change. Two low-income places are available at £120.
Course summary

We associate woodlands, forests and other natural ecosystems with resilience, longevity and harmony, but often struggle to experience these in our own lives.

By exploring principles derived from nature, this programme will guide you step-by-step through a design cycle that can be used for a wide range of personal circumstances – relationships, health, wellbeing, leisure and work.

You may want to make a significant change, some small improvements, or just want to be more content or effective in your everyday life, and whatever your circumstances this course has something to offer.

This programme comprises three full day sessions with optional activities to do at home.  During the programme you will be given tools and resources to be able to build up a design that is personal to you to complete after the course is finished.  All course materials are provided and you will go away with a toolkit of tools and principles that can be used again and again.

  • Tutors: Sarah Spencer and Milly Carmichael


This programme can be a stand-alone programme or the first step on your journey to becoming a Think like a Tree facilitator.

If you are completing a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design this is an ideal course to complete one of your 10 designs.

Our venue is the beautiful permaculture woodland, Whistlewood Common in south Derbyshire.  An inspiring venue that has been created from a bare field over 10+ years.  The organic straw bale roundhouse is charming and an ideal venue for reflecting and being creative.

There are various accommodation options including camping, yurt, campervan and local B and Bs.

Milly Carmichael
Apprentice teachers
No apprentice teacher places available on this course
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Course type
People / Social Permaculture
Engagement style
Face to face

Postal address of venue

Whistlewood Common
The Common, Melbourne
DE73 8DH
United Kingdom

Course contact email
Contact name
Sarah Spencer

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