Blended (part online) Introductory Course Print E-mail
Learning about zones and sectors This is a 'blended learning' course. It consists of two 6 hour face-to-face days over eight weeks with 18 hours online in between. The course is informal, based indoors with practical outdoor sessions to back up the theory. There are taught sessions, plenary discussions and work in small groups. Time and value are given to learners' personal experiences and skills. The programme is inclusive of a wide variety of learning styles. No prior permaculture knowledge is assumed, though internet access and basic IT skills are required for the on-line part of the course.

Learners will gain:
  • A greater understanding of the ethics, attitudes and principles used in permaculture design for sustainable living and community development.
  • Some practical experience of applying your new skills and understanding.
  • An idea of how to apply these in your own life.
  • An idea of where to go for further information.

Course content:
  • Latest course dates The ethics and attitudes of permaculture.
  • The guiding principles of permaculture design.
  • Observation skills.
  • Simple mapping techniques.
  • Inspiring case studies.
  • A design exercise, working with nature not against it.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Show an understanding of the ethics and principles of permaculture design.
  • Be able to identify how some of these ethics and principles can be applied to your own circumstances.
  • Be able to identify some of the options available to develop your knowledge of the subject.