Design Courses Information
Introduction Print E-mail
Students studying a landscape profile There is so much advice being given these days about how to be ‘greener’, but with so many different viewpoints, where do you start? The truth is that what’s good for one person isn’t so good for another, so we need to learn how to identify the best choices in any given circumstances. Permaculture offers us the tools to be able to do this, both for ourselves & for others & we'll show you how it can help you design a lifestyle that is both more sustainable & at the same time more abundant.
We currently run a selection of courses that accommodate different levels of learning in permaculture. These range from our taster days & introductory weekends, to full design courses (90hrs) that provide participants with an opportunity to learn about & to start to apply the principles & tools. In addition we run more specialist courses for design course graduates, that advance permaculture learning & provide tools & skills for teaching & facilitation. We also run more specialist courses such as our popular Forest Gardening courses.
Taster Days & Introductory Weekends Print E-mail
Outdoor session at a community gardenThere's plenty of places these days where you can attend an introduction to permaculture event, but we still occasionally run them in either one or two day formats. For Taster days, we combine a bit of theory with a site tour in a single day - which is a bit of a whistle-stop tour! For introductory weekends, we have more time to look at some permaculture theory & include some creative methods of teaching in our indoor sessions on the Saturday. The site visit then takes place on the Sunday & provides along Latest course dateswith the tour, an opportunity to engage in some simple practical activities that participants can also later put into action at home. In  both situations we provide some simple tips to start you to bring permaculture into your own life & guidance upon where to go next to learn more.
Full Permaculture Design Course Print E-mail

If you are looking to make a significant change in your life, then the full permaculture design course will almost certainly help you. This course, delivered in both two week residential & six weekend formats, provides you with a broader introduction to the applications of permaculture in a number of different situations. This course is for anyone who believes that we need to find ways to care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth. This practical course will bring the possibility of significant and positive life changes.

Design course site visit to Ourganics
Training of Permaculture Teachers Course Print E-mail
Training of Teachers at Ourganics The course is suitable for all abilities: both apprentice & experienced teachers & also for those who have just completed their Permaculture Design course (PDC). During the course we will be focusing on the tools & techniques for teaching & facilitating permaculture learning & the practicalities of convening & running courses. We won't be revisiting the topics on a PDC in any depth and so it is recommended that if your permaculture knowledge is a bit rusty that you do some preparatory background reading before the course. TLatest course dateshe ToT will concentrate on permaculture training but the techniques covered can be applied to any other subject and hence the course would be valuable for any teacher wanting to expand their creative teaching techniques.
People & Permaculture Course Print E-mail

People and Permaculture book coverThis exciting new week-long course has been developed by Looby Macnamara, following on from her pioneering book 'People and Permaculture'. We will be looking deeply at the questions - how can we grow ourselves, our friendships, our communities, our human family? We will focus on ourselves as people and how we can dedicate our energy to finding solutions for ourselves and the world. We will be looking at how we can improve all aspects of our lives - from our health and well-being to our friendships using permaculture principles and design. Participants are invited to bring a design project with them to work on with support, using Looby's new design framework - the design web. There will be support throughout the design process in different forms - one to one coaching, peer support and tutor led activities. This support will lead us all to a deeper level of understanding as to how to use permaculture design in our own lives as well as challenging and stretching ourselves.

Permaculture Design Support Intensives Print E-mail

These two or three days offer you an opportunity to polish up your design skills in the company of your peers. It is intended to help anyone just starting out learning design and those following the Diploma, at any stage between induction and close to accreditation. Come to learn, share, make new friends and to be inspired! The core of this event will be to provide you with the feedback you need to become a better designer by taking you though a full design process. Either bring a design that you'd like to finish or come & start one afresh at the venue.

On-Site Permaculture Design Training Print E-mail
A client interview process

This training has been developed to assist participants in understanding how to take the basic principles of permaculture design and apply them on a land-based project. While a few days is insufficient time to fully observe a site and come up with a design that optimises energy use there, a lot can still be learned. Hence this training takes participants through an albeit brief hands-on land-based design process on a real site, bringing permaculture theory to life. While this is primarily offered as a training to groups and organisations, we're also happy to hear from anyone with a venue who would like to facilitate this as a public course. It is useful for anyone stewarding land, from gardeners to smallholders and farmers and is offered in formats between 3 and 5 days.

Forest Gardening Course Print E-mail
Robert Hart's forest garden Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems (Jacke). The aim is to create a low input, high output system that benefits people and the environment, providing a great range of products. A forest garden is designed and established according to site and the needs of the client.