Applewood Permaculture Centre

Regenerating lifestyles, landscapes and livelihoods

Our big vision & how we are making steps towards it

Welcome to Applewood Permaculture Centre

Our big vision is for an abundant and fair world where Earth and people are treated with respect.

Our mission (i.e. our positive steps to reach this big vision) is to provide inspiration, motivation and tools to enable people to be proactive in growing the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares.

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What is Permaculture?

Permacultre is a way of thinking about ourselves and the world differently. Through shifting our thinking and using the permaculture principles and design tools we are able to create the world we want.

While permaculture is often thought of as just a gardening and farming methods, it has many more applications for our well-being, effectiveness, community building, social structures, education, health-care and businesses.

What is Cultural Emergence?

Cultural Emergence is an invitation to create cultures of personal leadership, collective wisdom and Earth care.
It is a toolkit and book written by Looby Macnamara Emergence initiates breakthroughs that expand our thinking and enable us to build personal and collective resilience, and embody new ways of being and interacting. It nourishes and empowers us to design the world we want to live in.

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Meet the Applewood Team

Looby Macnamara and Chris Evans own and run Applewood Permaculture Centre. They are highly experienced facilitators, designers and authors, who have dedicated their lifetime's work to developing and sharing regenerative solutions for people and the planet.

Looby has published 4 books; Cultural Emergence, People and Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity.

At Applewood we create learning environments that enable and empower people to bring forth their own gifts and wisdom to manifest positive change in their lives and communities. We run courses at our training and demonstration centre, Applewood Permaculture Centre as well as online and internationally.

Updates to Our Website

Like a well tended garden, occasionally websites need weeding, mulching and to be reimagined, with new seeds sown and plants removed. At the moment we are in the process of making updates to our pages. If you can’t find what you are looking for or have a question please email us at

Our Current Courses

Here is our Course List for 2024

To let us know which course you would like to attend in 2024 please complete our Expression of interest form here

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Cultural Emergence Courses Information Call

Recording from the 10th April 
With Looby Macnamara, Leona Johnson & Guests

We had an amazing Cultural Emergence courses information call in April. Do check out this recording to find out more about Cultural Emergence and all the courses we have on offer in 2024. You also get to meet some of our course tutors too. 

2024 Online Courses

Cultural Emergence Taster Course with Looby FREE: enroll any time

ACE - Activating Cultural Emergence Course with Looby: enrolments open - starts April 2024

CEED - Cultural Emergence Effective Design Course with Looby & Jon Young Autumn 2024

Group Diploma Adventure with Looby & Delvin next in take tbc

Live Leading Mother Nature Circles Course  with Looby and Emma Gorbutt NEW DATE Autumn 2024


2024: In person Courses


ACE - Activating Cultural Emergence Course: with Looby & Kate Gathercole 10-12th May

Forest Gardening Course: with Chris 18-19th May


Mothers as Natural Leaders Course: with Looby & Emma Gorbutt 7-9th June

PEACE - Peace, Empowerment And Cultural Emergence Course: with Looby & Leona Johnson 18-23rd June

Introduction to Permaculture Course: with Chris 29th-30th June


Fruit Tree Budding & Pruning Workshop: with Chris 6th July

Practical Permaculture Volunteer Week: with Chris  & Looby 23rd-28th July


Forest Gardening Course: with Chris 7-8th September

Advanced Design course: with Looby & Delvin Solkinson 20-22nd September


Apple Harvest & Juicing: with Chris  & Looby 3-7 October

Cultural Emergence Empowerment & Design Deck - The CEED Deck

Open for Orders

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Looby has created a hand drawn card deck that shares thinking tools, design tools, connection tools and reflection tools. Each of the 96 cards has beautiful artwork and wisdom for playful engagement and easy access. While it is a great companion to Looby’s books, People and Permaculture and Cultural Emergence the deck is also accessible for those completely new to Cultural Emergence and permaculture.

The card deck is here and you can now order it directly from Looby! 

What is Permaculture?
What is Cultural Emergence?
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