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Who should attend the permaculture design course?

Our participants share the permaculture ethic of care and respect for all the living systems on the planet, together with a desire to put right any damage caused in the past. People from all backgrounds are welcome, we are not asking anyone to change any of their beliefs, just to consider the evidence in front of them.

There are no other particular requirements or qualifications that you need before you can join us on this course. It is not "academic", but it does involve learning about ideas as well as objects, and the ability to reflect and think creatively.

If you are a more "practical" person, you can use the opportunity to be more reflective (don't just do something - sit there!) If you are more of an ideas person, then this is the chance to start putting those ideas into practice.

Whatever your background and your experience, you are welcome to attend. If your experience is around homes and gardens, your work is important, and we would hope to make your activities even more effective. If you work in farming or forestry, have a craft or trade, you could explore how to develop your business further. If you are a professional, an architect, an engineer, a teacher, you can work out how to make your practice meet the challenges of a changing world.

Many of our participants are already involved in community initiatives, such as "Transition Towns". They have found the course useful in helping them get more organised and run local projects more effectively.

Physical ability is not so important on our courses. The "practical" side of the course is about doing design work, and we don't have to do much work outsdie during the course. Having said that, it is good to get fresh air (and even sunshine) whenever we can, and we plan to do some observation walks and outdoor activity. (But none of the activities are compulsory).



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