Permaculture is a global phenomenon. It is the fastest growing and most dynamic grass roots movement around the World. It is a bottom up development philosophy which focuses on empowering the individual to create change from the self outwards. Permaculture challenges us to observe and interact.. to actively observe the living planet and understand how it works and to accept that we are part of it, not apart from it and try and harmonise with its patterns and processes. The natural world is one of infinite bounty and possibilities.. and our current view of chopping it all down and turning into consumer durables is a very limited interpretation of what is possible.
Permaculture One was a seminal book, one that literally started a revolution.. albeit a quiet, organic revolution. One that has been spreading its mycelium like tentacles under ground for the last 35 years.. joining together a growing body of people interested in finding sustainable and ethical ways to challenge and resolve the pressing problems of the era.
Climate Change, Peak Oil, economic turmoil, de-forestation, biodiversity, racism, gender inequality, the disconnect between the world of work and one’s own conscience and ethics. It all boils down to relationships and choices. .. seeing the problem or the solution, seeing the planet as a pile of resources ready to be exploited or a living natural system that we can harmonize with. Permaculture teaches us to value life in all its forms and to learn how to build a productive partnership with those processes that perpetuate nature.
The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 72 hour curriculum that lays a foundation of understanding of how we can work together to build a society harmonious with the energy and requirements of the natural world. To discover abundance instead of scarcity, new possibilities beyond physical limitations.
Sector39 are a partnership of permaculture teachers, crafts workers, gardeners and horticulturalists working for sustainable world built of social equity, cooperation and an active observation of natural organic principles. The Sector39 teaching partnership have been invited to become part of the Cwm Harry & Get-Growing family of enterprises working to create working solutions and responses to the challenges of the sustainability transition
We are busy developing a series of courses for 2013 in a range of settings and with a slightly different target audience for each one.
A design course usually means 72 hours of study, camping or staying on a farm and enjoying a mixture of the Welsh countryside, theory sessions, practicals site visits and demonstrations. For many people it is a turning point in their lives, giving them the knowledge, tools and convictions to turn their aspirations in practice and to become part of that network of people working for change.
Permaculture is the study of natural systems and the application of that insight as a design system
There are 2 week courses in May and October this year.. the May one is farm based, and the October one is aimed at pioneers, project workers, key volunteers and activists working in the area of community growing, transition etc.. More of that later.. but we are working with The National Botanic Gardens of Wales to be able to offer 10 subsidised places for community activists and growers.
We will also be offering a summer special.. camping and activity based experience for families.. whereby there is an activity camp and learning by doing activity with a parallel PDC running for those who want to cover the whole syllabus. \more of this here. The fourth PDC of offer this year is based on a 40 acre small holding an we will using this as a focus for the design practical as we try to get to grips with the holding and find ways and opportunities we can use permaculture design to make a more productive, low maintenance and nature friendly environment.
Booking and more info here.
Permaculture Design Course