Weekend Permaculture Design Course Tmpl


Dates for 2021 TBC

Normally the course runs over 6 weekends. Here is an example of dates from 2020

Weekend 1: 29th Feb-1st March
Weekend 2: 28th-29th March
Weekend 3: 25th-26th April
Weekend 4: 16th-17th May
Weekend 5: 13th-14th June
Weekend 6: 4th-5th July

(minimum attendance 5 out of 6 weekends or 10 out of 12 days; 1st weekend essential)


Chris Evans 
Tomas Remiarz 
Lucy Walton


6 Weekends

Course Description

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.

“We must think, speak and build new worlds into being. Worlds which centre on care, vulnerability, desire and a dedication to preserving democracy in its deepest sense.”    Kieran Goddard, 8 minutes on the Climate Crisis

Permaculture gives you a set of practical tools and concepts for living in an uncertain world.

It helps you develop the skills necessary for adapting to rapidly changing conditions and enables us to develop personal and collective responses to the global crisis we live through. Permaculture designs help us to accept the limits inherent in the world around us, while identifying and transforming situations that are needlessly limiting. Permaculture is already used by ordinary people around the world to restore eroded landscapes, communities, economies and cultures.

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.

Course content

Spirals of erosion & points of intervention ~ People based designs ~ Boundaries & limiting factors ~ Observation skills ~ Site surveying ~ Permaculture ethics & principles ~ Design methods ~ Soil conservation & improvement ~ Green manures & dynamic accumulators ~ use of Micro-climates ~ Kitchen gardening ~ Integrated pest management ~ Water in the Landscape ~ Agroforestry & Forest gardening ~ Trees & their Microclimates ~ Patterns in nature ~ Sustainable economics ~ Urban permaculture ~ Green architecture ~ 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.

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.

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.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

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

Anyone wishing to bring positive change in their lives

I have really enjoyed the [PDC] course. I particularly liked sitting in the woods and seeing layering reflected in nature. I really enjoyed making the [practice] design with my team and was surprised how quickly we were able to create it!
there was a very clear progression of ideas and delivery, a very good mix of practical and theory to reinforce learning, and I particularly liked the structured way of approaching design.


We will have bring and share vegetarian lunches.

Covid 19 restrictions permitting, we may have some indoor accommodation available for those that travel from a distance. (at an additional fee of £15 for 2 nights and £8 for 1 night)


Each weekend runs as follows: Saturday 9.30-6pm and Sundays 9.30 -5.30pm

If you are unable to make all of the weekends please let us know - the minimum is 5 out of the 6 (the first being essential)


Concession price £395 (earlybird £365)

Low waged £495 (earlybird £465)

Waged £595 (earlybird £565)


Covid 19 restrictions permitting, we may have indoor accommodation available on Friday/Saturday nights there is an additional  cost by separate payment - £15 for 2 nights and £8 for 1 night- please let us know if you would be interested 

Earlybird discount for bookings before 30th November 2019 (Ended)

The first weekend is available as a stand alone Introduction to permaculture course. Click here to find our more

10% discount if you bring a friend !
Who do you know that could also benefit from learning permaculture skills for life? We are offering a 10% discount on your course fee if you can bring a friend to attend the course (this offer is available any time after you book your own place, right up until the course starts).


For enquiries and booking please contact:

Emma 07786 262 864

Email Emma

Coronavirus update

With regards the coronavirus, we don't know what the situation will be by the time this course will take place and we aim to let you know in plenty of time if things are going to change. If we have to cancel we will offer the option of a full refund. If you have to drop out and the course is still going ahead, we will refund minus an admin fee. Alternatively you can transfer your fees already paid to a future course, without an admin fee.

Postcode is SY8 4JG - Orleton Common (more details provided on booking)

Nearest train stations are Ludlow or Leominster

Facilitators & Venue

Chris lives at Applewood with his partner Looby and children Shanti and Teya. He has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, Nepal, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

Tomas has been working in permaculture since 1997. He is author of Forest Gardening in Practice. Over the years he has designed and helped to create private and communal gardens, commercial and amenity woodlands, wildlife reserves and ecological restoration sites.

Tomas has co-facilitated with Looby and Chris on Permaculture Design Courses and the Training of Teachers at Applewood. He lives close to Applewood Permaculture Centre and has plenty of connections both professionally and socially with Looby and Chris.

I came across Applewood Permaculture Centre, which was closer to my home, in early spring 2017 and have completed the Training of Teachers course, the year-long Cultural Emergence  Facilitators course, and the Activating Cultural Emergence Course. I have co facilitated Permaculture courses in Bristol, Cornwall, Shrewsbury and Hereford. I am currently an apprentice of the Diploma in Applied Permaculture and, am now part of the team at Applewood and a member of the Permaculture Association.

The Venue

Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding, Waterloo Farm, in the beautiful hills of North Herefordshire. Here, the owners, Chris Evans and Looby Macnamara, are developing a  permaculture demonstration and training centre. We feel that with permaculture, you need to see it to believe it, and then need to be able to learn it, and then acquire the resources (seeds, plants, books, friends and networks) to do it!

The site includes woods, pasture, a lake, kitchen garden and an orchard of heritage apples. A converted barn and outbuildings provide indoor accommodation and the grounds a peaceful campsite.

For regular updates and photos see our facebook page 

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