Following on from this open evening talk, a full PDC at Chester Cathedral 4
Arranging this at short notice, and we need a minimumm of 10 peope to proceed, but this is really exciting opportunty to take permaculture into a new area. Please get in touch with me directly if you are interested. Plan is to run a full PDC based on a series […]

Full PDC @ Chester Cathedral, 12 evenings + 1 weekend

PDC vision for abundance and diversity at Pen Y Bryn 1
I like to say that change is the only constant in life that we are guaranteed, although I was corrected by Geoff Lawton at this year’s PDC where, in his earthworks session he pointed out that the fact that water always moves at right angles to contour is the constant […]

PDC Day 12: Change is an unstoppable force

The path to regenerative growth
Following the well beaten and establish path is leading us over the precipice, what worked for previous generations is now failing us. Climate change looms as a spectre that reaffirms the increasingly pressing need to end the age of excessive consumption, yet from within the current economic paradigm it is […]

PDC Day 11: Exploring edges and valuing the marginal

Bill Mollison unleashed permaculture back in the 70's, it has now permeated 140 different countries as well as the imagination of millions. Bill MOllison, i salute you. RIP I guess you have earned yourself some rest! You will be missed.
Day ten is the point of the PDC where the participants take the controls to lead on the design workshop. It is always interesting, challenging, engaging and more whilst bing as a chance to start to apply some of the learning and ideas explored on the course to a real […]

PDC day 10: Embracing diversity

The 'A' team, mapping contours
We enjoyed another lovely site visit today to the, “Honeypot”, children’s Charity Pen Y Bryn near Newtown. The charity offers respite care support to young carers and vulnerable children, many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn. The Pen Y Bryn chapel has been refurbished and a new swimming […]

PDC Day 9: Site visit to Pen y Bryn

Learning in the field
Nature is all about connections. Nothing exists in isolation, life is a direct result of interactions between things and this is an essential observation and lesson to be integrated into our design perspective. If we want to emulate nature in design and receive the benefit of natural resilience and abundance […]

PDC day 8: Integration rules

Principle 7 is about design, about moving from seeing the over-arching patterns before focussing on the detail and risking becoming bogged down in the minutiae. Permaculture teaches us that the way to eliminate waste is by design. Analysis of the inputs and outputs of each element allows to identify where […]

PDC Day 7: Seeing the wood for the trees

Permaculutre in Timor, designed systems produce no waste by lining systems together and turning imputs into outputs.
Today we explored the principle ‘produce no waste’, and examples of how closed loop systems can materialise in two strikingly different ways: from the high-tech ecological urban systems of the Biospheric project in Salford, to post-independence Timor Leste, where permaculture design helped communities to rebuild and thrive. Another consideration of […]

PDC Day 6: Reducing waste and finding consensus

The compost toilet at Garth Organic Garden
I love language and its origins. Today we’ve been discussing permaculture principle No.5: Use and value renewable resources and services. For part of the day we’ve been looking at the flow of food intake into our own bodies and the inevitable output. How do we use and value that? The […]

PDC Day 5: Talking Crap All Day

Exploring Garth Organic, a permaculture designed community garden
    ‘There are no such things as pests only systems out of equilibrium’ really made me pause for thought. Day four’s principle concerns ‘applying self-regulation and accepting feedback’ and saw us on a day trip to Garth Organic situated 1000ft above sea level near the village of Glyn Ceiriog. […]

PDC Day 4: Pest management or restoring equilibrium

Exploring Llanfyllin's sustainable urban drainage system, willow coppice, and forest garden.
“We are three days into the PDC and I’m enjoying the way the permaculture principles introduce the learning topics and set the tone. The third principle of permaculture is ‘obtain a yield’. Or, put more poetically, ‘you can’t work on an empty stomach’. The core idea in this that spoke […]

PDC Day 3: Rebuilding Soil, Rebuilding Community

Hello Paul, message to Paul Ogoloa in Kenya, whose visa to attend the course was denied
If you can read the writing on the poster it is a message to our colleague Paul Ogola, was was due to attend this course, joining us all the way from North Kenya, only to have his visa denied at the last minute by the Britisah Embassy. We are not […]

PDC Day 2: Hello Paul! Storing energy and building connections

garth organic
We can be sure about that, as we have an actual rocket scientist on the course we began yesterday. My impression is that people from increasingly diverse backgrounds are finding their way to permaculture. We have had medical doctors and architects before, and indeed we have an architect this time […]

PDC Day 1: Its not rocket science, making observations

There is much to plan and think about in advance of a PDC and one essential element is a good design project for the students to get thier teeth into. It is of course only an acedemic exercise, a practice, but often what comes out of a design process can […]

September PDC in Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant

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This PDC builds on a long-standing personal connection between RISC and Sector39, bringing 25 years of practical experience in permaculture teaching and project work to Reading. The course involves 80+ hours of study via presentations, workshops and practical sessions that will provide a clear and practical framework for all participants […]

Permaculture in Reading