Permaculture in Reading

risc-bannerThis 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 to bring permaculture into their own lives and work.

A PDC is challenging, insightful and inspiring and for many it is life changing.

Reading has long been my second home. I came here to study sustainable development in the early 1980’s and Reading remained a base for me until I finally moved to Wales in 1994. There I helped start a permaculture designed housing cooperative in 1995 and I have been immersed in the world of permaculture ever since. In my early days in the mid 80’s, I worked for the charity behind RISC on their schools outreach programme and returned to work for RISC in the 90’s briefly before returning again in 2002-5 to work on the RISC roof garden project.

PDC-a-RISC-800Since then I return most years to Reading to teach permaculture introduction and forest garden courses, in 2014 I taught my first Reading PDC at RISC using the now fully established roof garden as a model for design.

As much as edible landscaping and organic gardening remain a passion for me I am especially interested in how permaculture design applies to communities, local and national economies. I honestly don’t believe we can avert climate catastrophe and escape our economic woes without a radical change in our thinking and I am convinced permaculture design is that change.

I can highly recommend this course. Did the PDC that Steve ran at RISC in 2015. I was already thinking along permaculture lines but Steve’s PDC pulled everything together for me and enabled me to rethink how I could apply permaculture principles to living in an urban/suburban environment. It was great fun and I’m still in touch with many of the new friends I made on the course. Karen Blakeman

Permaculture is a starting point for resilience, for personal and community change, yes we can apply the ideas to gardens and landscapes but more vitally and more importantly permaculture contains a set of ideas we can apply to our selves, homes and families. Permaculture is powerful and personally empowering. Its clarity of vision helps make sense of the world and offer pathways forward.

In addition to the 6 weekends at RISC I will be offering an optional 7th weekend, with the chance for participants to visit leading permaculture projects and sites in the Mid-Wales region where I live and work.

The price for the course is £350 or £300 for low incomes (<£18,000) this includes certification and resources. £50 a weekend for a life changing experience! (Price reflects costs of room and facility hire at RISC) If you are on a very low-income and still wish to attend please contact me directly.

Lunch at Tutu’s Ethiopian Table on Saturdays at a special discounted price, and bring and share lunch on the Sundays.

More about Lead Tutor Steven Jones.

Steve works for Sector39 a collective of permaculture teachers and activists with many years of hands on experience. Sector39 is based at Dragons Co-operative, in Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant. He first encountered permaculture in Zimbabwe in 1991 and trained at Fambidzanai in Harare and Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth. Steve holds a diploma in permaculture design from the Permaculture Association (Britain) and is a qualified teacher in business studies and economics. Steve has a long-standing interest in permaculture in Africa and recently started working with Ugandan partners to develop permaculture training and a model teaching farm in Busoga district.


Permaculture Designers Manual cover

This book, based on ten years of case study work using permaculture design represents the definitive handbook on how to live to this planet without damaging and destroying the ecology. It is hugely insightful, intelligent and inspiring and it offers a template for a different relationship with both our planet and each other. The PDC is based on the core content of this book, and although all the ideas and course materials needed for study are available on-line for free, the course brings it to life and links you with like-minded people whilst showing positive contemporary examples of the many permaculture ideas and applications in use.

Please get in touch with me directly if you have any questions about this course and the opportunities it represents.

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