INformation on the PDC at Sabina school here   My personal permaculture journey began in 1990 in Zimbabwe, in Chimanimani, so I was thrilled to find these videos on line. With political change happening there at the moment it feels like a good time to revisit the ideas of […]

Permaculture Zimbabwe and beyond

Please contact us for more on our rolling permaculture education courses Talks and short courses can be specifically arranged as required. See courses diary for more details Permaculture introduction weekend the Workhouse in September Chester Cathedral course starts in October, series of evenings Residential PDC in Mid Wales November Full […]

Next courses and events

pdc work
Here are just a few outcomes from PDCUG17 in Kamuli, a 2 week course sponsored in part by Hub Cymru Africa and Welsh Government. We delivered a full PDC to 25 participants, mainly teachers, project workers, NGO staff, farmers and outreach workers from across the regions and age groups of […]

Feedback from #PDCUG17: Kamuli, Nyero, Rakai, Paris

It was a pleasure to be interviewd for the Roots project podcast yesterday. I have been invited to talk at the Roots event in August and Olly Boon was keen to get some words out there to generate some interest in the upcoming event.

Sector39 on the Roots project podcast

These pictures are from Sabina school, Rakai Uganda. The first permaculture school in Uganda and where we are planning to hold a full PDC in May 2018 followed by the first to our knowledge East Africa permaculture conference. We want to bring together permaculture enthusiasts and educators with funders and […]

Sabina school commentary, PDCUG18 and convergence

“The next generation will judge us very harshly” Prince Sebe Maloba This is a fascinating interview, with warm sounds of African life in the background. The picture is of biochar, a pure carbon source that can be used to sequestrate carbon and rebuild damaged soils. If you go to Busia […]

Rama Mutebi and Prince Sebe talk of environmental restoration and ...

Thanks to Jagwe Gerald and Bakka Edward for making us so welcome at the PRI-UG farm in Buwama wen we visited a couple of weeks ago The farm is a wonderful example of ecological land management with an amazingly a broad range of yields, fromrare local breed chickens, to fruits […]

Visit to Permaculture Research Institute – Uganda. PRI-UG

Permaculture isn’t explicitly political, it requires no belief or political persuasion. In fact permaculture transcends traditional boundaries as everyone: no matter their political outlook has to agree on the importance of soil, water and plants for prolonged human survival. It has been really exciting and reassuring to make connections with […]

Permaculture Politics

Permaculture embraces chance as the single most constant force. How we interact with change is our opportunity to shape things, to meet needs and to build productive and mutually beneficial relationships. Seeing change as an inevitable and as an opportunity is a shift in the way the work with the […]

Day 12 Designing for change

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After 12 days of tuition, study, reflection and practical work the groups are finally ready to present their design ideas. The PDC gives participants the opportunity to work on a real design, giving them real hands on expereince. To me this feels an essential component of the course, albeit a […]

Day 11: Use edges and value the marginal. Presentation day

Day 10 was a day of study and hard work by the teams as they worked on their design ideas. We were all working on the same task, to design forest garden for Busoga High school in the area we had surveyed last week. It is a hard task to […]

Day 10: Use and value the diversity of plants, people ...

“The bigger they are the harder they fall” If our carbon based energy systems collapse too quickly what we will we have left? Diversity and different approaches will hel cushion us from the huge changes when they can. If thousands of families were to cook with biochar and use it […]

Day 9- Use small and Slow Solutions

“Many hands make light work”   In permaculture principle 8 we look at how every element performs many functions and how to support key functions with many elements!   we began by looking at integrated pest management, using a biological rather than a chemical approach such as sacrifical planting to […]

Day 8-Integrate Rather Than Segregate

“Can’t see the wood for the trees”   Today we examined the 7th principle which covers design patterns found in the natural world, these are a source of inspiration for permaculture. ‘Pattern thinking’ can be used in a wide variety of situations, unlike specific techniques which can only be used […]

Day 7 -Design From Patterns to Details