Introduction to Permaculture Course 2024

Want to know about Permaculture?

This introduction to Permaculture weekend will give you a taste of permaculture: what it is, why it's essential to create an abundant world, and how to get started on what can be a life-long journey to participating in the great turning!


Date TBC


£95 - £135 - £155 sliding scale


Chris Evans
Guest Looby Macnamara
planing courgette plants

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 every 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. It 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.

Based at the beautiful Applewood Permaculture Centre in the Welsh borders, the weekend will provide inspiration, information and ideas that enable you to develop you design thinking, and to link up with others with similar visions. Participants are encouraged and supported to follow up the course with on-going learning and development.


What you will learn

We will be using practical and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun, lively & inclusive course. During the course you will:

  • learn the history & background of Permaculture
  • observe patterns in nature & apply what we learn to create guiding principles.
  • use permaculture ethics, principles & design tools to create sustainable systems.
  • 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.

Appreciation from Past participants


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.

Plenty of sunshine, laughter, fires, building, digging, new friends and copious amounts of fellowship, sharing and reconnecting. Thanks for another episode on my life's journey. Ali

Practical Information

Food & Accommodation

Camping is included in the fee; there are limited spaces in dormitory accommodation if you’re not able to camp - please let us know your needs.

Please bring vegetarian food to share for lunch on both days, teas and snacks provided.

If you stay over you will need to bring your other meals too

Facilitators & Venue

Chris Evans

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.

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