A permaculture design course covers an internationally recognised 72 hour curriculum. Here at Sector39 as we prepare to deliver our 30th PDC we have come to recognise it takes more like 120 hours to cover our core content; we like to pack it in! Not that the learning ends when the course ends, permaculture is a study of life for life as a cumulative learning process; one that builds on its own foundations as each new personal experience or perspective adds depth and meaning to permaculture’s principles and ethics.
Permaculture is essentially about affecting meaningful change, doing this by building consensus via observation and feedback. Permaculture has the power to reconcile economy with ecology and where better to start than in our own communities?
Steve Jones, lead tutor Sector39
Sector39 are offering a really special course this September in the Welsh mountain village of Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant. We aim to give each PDC a focus or flavour that reflects where we are based and makes best use of local resources and here in the Welsh borders it is all about community and economy. We will be visiting communities, co-operatives and community gardens, we will hear of self-build projects, One Planet Living alternatives and much more.
Week one of the PDC is about natural principles and making active observations. Ecology, soils, water, ecosystems, exactly how does the living world work?. Slowly it works a path through gardens and forests to how we choose to interact with these dynamic living systems to meet our various needs as well as to process our outputs.
Week two is about implementation. Moving from patterns to detail, permaculture design is an empowering and positive process that does demand engagement and time to mature but opens up whole vistas of new possibilities. Evolution is a powerful model and what we learn from studying how it works can be applied to almost anything, be it landscape and gardens or abstracts like management systems and economies.
The final course section is the Design Workshop, where participants work in small teams working on a real life design challenge. They present a fully formed design plan as a group on the final day to an invited audience.
There is no assessment, however the course is designed to give you first hand experience of working in this way, using the permaculture design model to create a new sustainable enterprise in a real life situation.
Places are limited and the guide price is £450 pp with camping accommodation, meals, drinks, field trips, tuition and certificate included. If you earn over £18k as an individual then we will invite you make a donation to the course Crowdfunder campaign to help support those on lower incomes.
Other accommodation options: It’s great to camp, you wake to bird song, make random observations of nature in the night-time and enjoy the uncluttered nightscape of the Welsh sky. Perfect for a permaculture course! You supply your own tent to place in a great local camp-spot, 10 minutes walk from the village and where we will have a full-sized tipi with fire for evenings and as your communal space.
Camping can be a big part of the experience. We also admit this is Wales and the weather is always varied so we do know some of you might be reluctant to camp, so we do create options. There is 4 bed bunk house to be block booked in the village, and a range of b+b options as well as space for camper vans etc. all at various prices, all budget range.
We have a network of local friends who sometimes accommodate if you ask nicely and offer to help out. So there are many choices.
It is a chance to be immersed in the ideas and to explore the possibilities in a supportive and creative environment. The food is all from quality ingredients and we regularly have guest sessions on subjects as diverse as making sour-dough, spinning, or green wood work skills.
Sector39 are based at Dragons co-operative a new community focussed enterprise in Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant which combines a housing coperative and craft shop. Our most recent PDC was in East Africa and we also hope to be linking to our Ugandan and Kenyan partners there, offering teacher training opportunites.
Reserve a place to avoid dissapointment, or get in touch to ask questions. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Stop Press: International dimension. We are hoping tht we will be joined by Richard Onyai from Uganda and Paul Ogola from Kenya, 2 participants from our previous course who both want to go ahread and become dpermaculture teachers and project leaders and are seeking broader experience.
You can support Paul though this GoFundMe campaign he is running to cover his airfare and visa costs.