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A weekend introduction to permaculture design

Ever wondered what permaculture design is?

Or how it could benefit your project, livelihood or community?

Fat Hen, in association with the Northern School of Permaculture, presents a weekend taster course for people interested in how they might unleash the creative potential of permaculture design within their lives.

When: Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2013

Time: 10am–5pm both days

Cost: £60 for the weekend, to include a hot lunch both days (bring any other snacks to share).

Where: Hulme Community Garden Centre / Homes for Change (starting venue tbc)

How to book: Book a place on this course

What: Traditionally applied in horticulture and farming, permaculture is a design philosophy that generates abundant thinking and reintegrates people and natural systems. It encompasses diverse but inter-related fields including architecture, ecology, community development, systems theory and local economics. Taking a common sense approach, permaculture design provides both the impetus and methodology for taking responsibility for creating healthier and more resilient relationships and communities, that are firmly embedded in the wider web of life.

As well as getting a feel for the approach as a whole, this taster will focus in on people and permaculture and consider some of the ways the design process can be applied to diverse aspects of urban living. As such it will be relevant to anyone, whether or not they work directly with the land.

The aim is that by the end of the weekend you will have:

  • Gained an understanding of the core ethics and principles at the heart of permaculture design.
  • Begun to look at your own life, livelihood and surroundings with new eyes, noting where energy is being used efficiently and where it is being wasted.
  • Met a group of likeminded people starting out in permaculture design.
  • Gained a deeper understanding of some of the useful templates observable within nature.
  • Become inspired to find out more by enrolling on a full permaculture design course and/or have a bunch of new ideas for immediate ways to get growing in your life and projects.

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