Introduction to Permaculture Course 2021


Dates for 2021 TBC


Chris Evans 
Tomas Remiarz 
Lucy Walton


2 full days

Course Description

"Permaculture is about solutions. There are plenty of things to worry about, but permaculture helps you to focus on the things that you can do to make a difference."

Andy Goldring

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.

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.

“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

This introductory course doubles as the start of a longer, full permaculture design course (PDC) that runs on 1 weekend a month up to June (see details here) and participants of the introductory weekend will have an opportunity to continue onto the full PDC if they wish.

Course content

Introduction to permaculture: Boundaries & limiting factors ~ Observation skills ~ Permaculture ethics & principles ~ Design methods ~ Patterns in nature ~ Food choices ~  & 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.

Permaculture 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. 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:

  • 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.

".... it's like a Forest School for adults ..."

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.


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

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)- please apply (you will need to self-cater).


Dates for 2021 TBC

Please arrive by 9am on both days for a cup of tea and ready for a prompt 9.30am start. The course will end at 6pm on Saturday and 5.30pm on Sunday.


Concessions £75 (means-tested benefits, limited to 4 places) and local (<15 miles);
Low waged (<£12K ) £95;
Waged (>£12K) £135

We offer this sliding scale on an honesty basis and to try and make courses more available for low-income groups. We trust that you will pay what is right for you. Payment by installments are also accepted - please let us know.

(if you need indoor accommodation 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)

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 sign up and 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 on 07786 262 864

or 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 2017and completed the Training of Teachers course, the year long 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, recently acquired in the beautiful hills of North Herefordshire. Here, the owners, Designed Visions partners 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 

Click here for location map