Monkton Wyld Residential Permaculture Design Course
Monkton Wyld Court

Monkton Wyld Court,
Charmouth, Dorset

(90 hours over two weeks)
28th January - 11th February 2012

Tutors: Aranya, with Abby Frary

Permaculture is about solutions. There are plenty of things to worry about, but permaculture helps you to focus on the things that you can do to make a difference."

Andy Goldring

Come and find out how....


"It was the best two weeks of my life" *

Surveying slope using an A frame
Permaculture Association design course certificate

This practical course will bring the possibility of significant and positive life changes. Although permaculture is most commonly thought about in connection with gardening & farming, its principles, ethics and design methods can be adapted and used in each individual's own work, interests and home to bring about a more harmonious & sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture offers a perspective on all aspects of building a sustainable future. Permaculture encourages us to use our individual skills, knowledge and interests, whilst drawing on traditional wisdom, science and our innate ability to observe and learn from the world around us.

Course participants will be awarded the Permaculture Association (Britain)'s internationally recognised Certificate in Permaculture Design.

"I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and informal teaching styles" *

The Old Library teaching space
Walking in the grounds
One of the bedrooms
Stained glass view from Monkton

Our host, Monkton Wyld Court is a community of 12 people running a holistic centre, based in an old rectory and 11 acres of grounds. We will be exploring the site, including gardens, a strawbale house and reedbed sewage system as part of our observation and design work. Accommodation is in shared rooms within the main building all of which have wash basins and electric heaters. We will have the use of 2 group rooms heated by wood burning stoves for the duration of the course, the Old Library for teaching sessions and the beautiful piano room where we can relax in the evenings. There is also a meditation hut, healing room and library for our use. Monkton Wyld has a commitment to a sustainable lifestyle and respect for the environment and has its own water supply with reedbed sewage system. The catering is vegetarian, mostly organic and much of it comes from their own sun-filled walled garden.

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Monkton cows Monkton in the evening
Monkton outbuilding

"Inspirational" *
Learning outcomes:
  • To observe patterns in nature & apply what we learn to create guiding principles.
  • To use permaculture ethics, principles & design tools to create sustainable systems.
  • To understand the importance of caring for soil & water, & to know techniques for doing so.
  • To start using permaculture in your own life, towards creating a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • To understand how to apply permaculture design to both land-based & non-land-based systems.

"I'm amazed by my change of thinking" *
Trees session flipchart

Subjects covered:

Spirals of erosion & points of intervention ~ Boundaries & limiting factors ~ Observation skills ~ Site surveying ~ Permaculture ethics & principles ~ Design methods ~ Soil conservation, types, texture & factors in fertility ~ Green manures & dynamic accumulators ~ Kitchen gardening ~ Integrated pest management ~ Water & sewage treatment ~ Fruit tree growing ~ Agroforestry & Forest gardening ~ Trees & their Microclimates ~ Permaculture & future generations ~ Patterns in nature ~ Food choices ~ Ecological footprinting ~ Sustainable economics ~ Urban permaculture ~ Green architecture ~ Bioregionalism ~ Non-land based design ~ Accelerated learning techniques ~ Seed saving & plant propagation ~ The Permaculture Association & Diploma WorkNet ~ Where next? & lots more......

"Eye opening" *

We use group work, discussions, videos, slide shows, observation, guided walks & practical activities as learning methods. These are supportive of different learning styles & for people with learning difficulties. We will also be visiting projects where permaculture theory is being put into action. Planned site visits include trips to Five Penny Farm & Ourganics Evolving Systems, both inspiring established local food enterprises where permaculture is being put into practice.

Design courses are not just about imparting information to the students, there is plenty of knowledge out there, the important thing is knowing how to use this & feeling confident to do so.

The community barn at Five Penny Farm
"I've enjoyed the positivity and enthusiasm on the course" *

Learning the principles using cards

Empowerment is the essence of the course. We will be using practical and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun, lively & inclusive course. The course culminates in the main design activity that helps to consolidate all of the learning & empower students to take permaculture back into their own homes, lives & community. As a group we will benefit from collaborative learning & from having fun together. We don't expect any previous knowledge & recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge & areas of interest to bring to the course.

"Learning should always be like this" *

* Comments from previous years' course participants.

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Surveying at Monkton Wyld


Full rate: £875**. Fee includes all tuition, food, accommodation, site visits, handouts, end of course CDROM & one years membership of the Permaculture Association.

Concessionary rate: £665* - for those on low incomes / means-tested benefits (includes same as above).

* Concessionary places limited to four places only.
** Non-residential rates (includes lunch & evening meal): £443 full fee & £293 concessions.

Booking: To reserve your place, simply download the relevant version of the course booking form (see links below), fill it in & return to us with a £50 deposit payment (full details of how to do this are on the form).

PDF version (for printing & posting to us, together with a cheque / postal order).

Microsoft Word version (for typing into & emailing to us) - please contact us to arrange deposit payment.

For more details & booking (places are limited to sixteen, so book early) please contact:
Mel: 01326 251302 / 07768 193848 or email (bookings and course content)


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