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Permaculture Design Course - Bristol

  • Baggator The Pickle Factory, 13 All Hallows Rd , Bristol BS5 0HH, United Kingdom (map)

Part Time Permaculture Design Course. Certificated by The Permaculture Association.

An inspiring, informative exploration of the principles and practice of Permaculture Design.  Learn a simple, commonsense approach to creating healthy, sustainable and productive systems.

9th January to 26th March 2020  6.45pm to 9.30pm. 12 weekly Thursday evenings plus a choice of weekend field trips and practical sessions at weekends

 Led by Sarah Pugh with Mike Feingold, Caroline Aitkin, Rich Wright, and other guest tutors.

  Cost   £435 Full fee, £345 Low wage and £165 unwaged. 


Course Content

Ethics, principles and design methods and how to apply them to organic growing, soil, building, energy, community, waste reduction, local economy and sustainable living. Practical how-to tutorials, inspiring case studies and participatory workshops, activities and discussions. Field visits give you the opportunity to see Permaculture in action in a range of pioneering and innovative settings. The course culminates in real design projects on local sites of your choice.


Course Structure

 12 Thursday evening sessions + 6 weekend days. (2 weekend classroom days  + choice of 3 weekend field trip days + 1 optional practical day ) + a group design project in your own time. Total 72 hours.

 Field visits include;  Ecovillages, Intentional Communities, Farms, Eco-buildings, community projects, orchards, domestic gardens, Community Supported Agriculture and woodlands.


Learning Outcomes

Understanding of the principles, ethics and practice of Permaculture Design.

Experience of practical design solutions to apply to your own house and garden or community environment projects.

Practical methods to minimise your ecological impact.

Make links within your community and participate in positive changes.

Signposting to further study, volunteer opportunities, local and regional networks.



Some of the course involves outdoor activities and walks. Please contact us before booking to discuss any special requirements or concerns. The classroom venue is fully accessible. but some of the field trips have more limited access. We can advise on accessibility of field trips and will do our utmost to make the course as accessible as possible.


Concessionary Fees

Unwaged concessions are for people on Job Seekers Allowance or other benefits.  Please email us to request a place, giving a brief outline of your circumstances. You may be asked to provide proof of benefits on registration.

Low wage concession = household income less than £12,000 p/a including tax credits.

Email us if you are unclear about your status. Concessionary places are limited so please book early to secure your place and tell us why you need a concession.

In special cases we can also arrange payment by instalments. Please ask for this before you book. 

Additional Costs

You will need to pay towards travel costs, and one optional overnight field trip accommodation and food. We car-share, cook communally and stay in low-cost accommodation. All visit costs are stated in the course welcome pack and the overnight stays are between £10 and £25. Not all trips involve staying over.