An excellent way to find out more about permaculture is to attend a two-day introductory course. This 'taster' will provide an opportunity to actively learn about the principles and see examples of designs being implemented by groups and projects in this country and abroad.

The course provides the opportunity to discuss vitally important issues in a positive, creative and supportive space. The course is lively, participatory and thought provoking.

An introductory course is usually held over a weekend, and most courses will include sessions on:

  • Ethics and principles
  • Design
  • Examples of permaculture
  • An observation exercise
  • A video
  • A practical exercise or walk
  • An overview of the permaculture network and how to find out more.


Courses are led by people who have completed a permaculture design course, sometimes by experienced teachers. It is worth stating that Introductory Courses are primarily a way of sharing skills and knowledge, and building interest in an area.They are an excellent way of starting a local group, or getting other people in the area together to start or get involved in a project.

Introductory courses don't cover topics in great detail - it is a taster and overview. If you already know you want to find out about permaculture in more depth, it may be better to go straight on to a full permaculture design course. Some people however have found that attending an introduction to permaculture course was enough - with the enthusiasm generated by the course, plus books and their own knowledge, people have gone on to create some incredible projects after attending the weekend course.


Learn the basics of permaculture design with the Foundations of Permaculture course. You will get a basis for how to apply permaculture in your life and do your own designs. Sign up to the teacher-led course now. Permaculture Association members benefit from discounted fees.

We also have a new online, self directed course on 'Growing Food in Small Spaces'. Join hundreds of people who have taken this course since it launched in 2021 and start growing your own food. You will be surprised how much you can grow even without a garden or allotment. Watch a video about this course here!


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