High Heathercombe Centre,
|(90 hours over two weeks)|
|16th June - 1st July 2012|
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."
Come and find out how....
"It was the best two weeks of my life" *
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
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 High Heathercombe Centre is
situated at 1250feet, high in the Dartmoor National Park, backing onto the open
moor and adjoining Heathercombe woodlands.
The centre looks out over the valley
towards Easdon Tor, providing a beautiful, tranquil setting for a variety of
activities and courses throughout the year.
We offer self-catering facilities to
youth and community based charities, and run a wide public programme of courses
and events, including Creative Family Weeks, Retreats, Arts and Crafts Courses,
Permaculture Training and Volunteer Weeks.
The developing vision for High
Heathercombe incorporates permaculture principles, sustainability, arts and
crafts, forest school and an embryonic organic vegetable garden.
The Centre is run on a charitable basis by the High Heathercombe Trust.
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- 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
- To start using
permaculture in your own life, towards creating a more sustainable
- To understand how to apply permaculture design to
both land-based & non-land-based systems.
|"I'm amazed by my change of thinking" *|
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......
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 Steward Community Woodland, the Agroforestry Research Trust, Landmatters Permaculture Project, & the Proper Job Recycling Project.
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.
|"I've enjoyed the positivity and enthusiasm on the course" *|
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.
| Click here to view a slideshow of photos from previous residential courses |
Full rate: £740*. Fee is fully inclusive of tuition, food, accommodation (choice of a hostel bed or camping), site visits,
handouts, end of course CDROM & one years membership of the Permaculture Association.
Concessionary rate: £510* (available for those on low incomes / means-tested benefits but limited to only four places).
* Non-residential rates (includes lunch & evening meal): £650 full fee / £420 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 £75 deposit payment (full details of how to do this are on the
(for printing & posting to us, together with a cheque / postal order).
For more details & booking (beds limited to twelve, so book early) please contact:
Mel: 01326 251302 / 07768 193848 or email (bookings and course content)
High Heathercombe Centre: 07791 601737 (venue or catering)