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Design Course at The Parsonage, Didsbury (2016)

Note: This course is now full. To get on the waiting list, you can phone Teresa on 07790 386869 or Angus on 07973 856528 to discuss. We also have courses starting in Clitheroe  on 21st August and at Chorley in November.

This full Permaculture Design course, certificated internationally by the Permaculture Research Institute will run over 6 weekends, one per month, starts on September 3rd/4th 2016 and continues on one Sunday per month through into 2017  This course is also open on a modular basis.  A full list of dates is given below.

The course will be held at the The Parsonage in Didsbury village, south of Manchester. This has good public transport links and is easily accessible from the M60 and north Cheshire towns by car.

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The course is open to all, regardless of any previous experience or literacy levels. We will follow the international guidelines to cover the course syllabus in full. The content and teaching style is aimed at those wishing to apply permaculture in urban and sub-urban settings, as well as those in rural locations. The course content has a wide and flexible application, not only for home and garden design, but also for those wishing to apply the permaculture design techniques within their business or career. We aim to provide you with the tools to enhance and facilitate community-based projects of all kinds, including Transition Towns and Incredible Edible initiatives. Many of our students go on to set up permaculture-inspired initiatives of their own. You can read more about people who will benefit from the course.

The course will be led by Angus Soutar and Teresa Pereira with support from visiting teachers. Angus has rich experience of guiding and implementing permaculture design in a variety of commercial settings. He is keen to share this growing body of knowledge during, and after, the life of this course.

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What will we study?

The aim is to help you to make the transition to a practical and peaceful future, in the way that you want it to. You can read more about the course topics here.




What will it cost and how can I pay?

The "early bird" price for the complete course (12 days) is £490, if paid in full in advance. This applies to bookings made up to 31 July 2016. After this date course price is £600. We will ask for a deposit of £150 when you book to secure your place.

You may read more about our pricing policy and what you can expect from us. We are offering several ways to make this affordable for people on low income and, if the fee is difficult for you to find, you are encouraged to negotiate with us.



The course will be held at the The Parsonage in Didsbury village, south of Manchester. Detailed directions are here (scroll down). Public transport is convenient here, there is also some free car parking. We can facilitate car-sharing or lifts with fellow students as the course gets underway.



Dates and times

We start on Saturday the 3rd September 2016 and continue on Sunday 4th September. Subsequent days are usually, but not always, the first Sunday of the month: 1st October (Saturday), 6th November (Sunday), 4th December (Sunday), 7th January (Saturday) , 5th February (Sunday), 5th March (Sunday), 2nd April (Sunday), 7th May (Sunday), 10th June (Saturday), 2nd July (Sunday)

The day starts at 10.00 am and finishes at 5.00 pm. We enjoy a shared lunch together in the middle of the day.


Additional information

View some feedback from previous course participants

For further enquiries, contact Teresa on 07790 386869 or Angus on 07973 856528 or e-mail Teresa or e-mail Angus

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