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Introduction to Permaculture

July 13 - July 14

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This two-day course runs from 9.30am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.

The course introduces the basics of permaculture design. It aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life.

What will the Introduction to permaculture course cover?
This course will cover the history, various definitions, design process, ethics, principles, other design tools and case studies from a range of applications.

You will use this theory to co-create a design over the two-day course.

Please note that attending this course does not qualify you to use the term ‘permaculture’ as part of your work as a professional or with the public, such as being a gardener, a teacher, a designer, giving talks about permaculture, etc. In order to do this you need to go on to complete a permaculture design course such as our Permaculture design course (Building sustainable communities).

Who is the Introduction to permaculture course for?
This course is for people concerned about the state of the world, who want to look at those challenges and create solutions. It is open to anyone aged 16 or over. No prior knowledge of permaculture is needed.

Learning methods and outcomes
The course will be taught using a variety of methods; group work, games, presentations, discussion, video and slides. We will visit our plot at Stanmer Organics project. By the end of the course, you will have a basic knowledge of some of the permaculture ethics and principles and how to apply them. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

What does the Introduction to permaculture course lead on to?
This course is an ideal starter for anyone interested in a full permaculture design course. It is now necessary to have completed an Introduction to permaculture design course in order to take Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Permaculture design course (Building sustainable communities). You can also go on to explore other specialist courses.

Course tutors
The courses will be led by the following tutors, with assistance from trainee teachers:

6-7 April 2019: Stephan Gehrels and Christine Wiltshire
13-14 July 2019: Tracy Hind and Stephan Gehrels
7-8 September 2019: Chloe Anthony and Hannah Wilde
16-17 November 2019: Christine Wiltshire and Tracy Hind

Chloe Anthony is a permaculture teacher and designer who is passionate about design, forest gardens, community living, sustainable organisations and Transition.

Stephan Gehrels also received his Permaculture Diploma in 2009 and runs school environmental projects in Brighton.

Tracy Hind works freelance in youth and community development and has a long-held belief that community activism is the only thing that really changes anything.

Fran Pickering received her Permaculture Diploma in 2009. Her main areas of interest are local food production, grass root catering, green building, and community building.

Christine Wiltshire is a new permaculture teacher enjoying and learning all aspects of design, with a passion for wildlife, diversity and textiles.

Hannah Wilde is a new permaculture teacher and is particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of nature and the use of permaculture as a tool for social change.

Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England

Get directions to our meeting point in Stanmer Park.

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.

Recommended introductory material
The following provide good introductions to permaculture. It is not essential to have covered this material before the course.

These books are recommended, but it is not necessary for those attending to buy or read them.

Fees include tuition, refreshments, handouts and information sheets.

  • £247.50 – Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £247.50 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £200 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £152.50 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £52.50 – Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)*

* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Introduction to permaculture course
Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.


July 13
July 14
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Brighton Permaculture Trust


Stanmer Park
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9QA United Kingdom + Google Map