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Introduction to Permaculture course

13th July 2023 - 14th July 2023

So what IS permaculture? Join us here at Asthall Manor to find out and learn how you can apply permaculture ethics, principles and design to your own garden, community and life!

Permaculture is a holistic and solutions-oriented approach that has many applications to all aspects of life. It stresses patterns of co-operation rather than competition, with principles that can be applied to gardening, agriculture, building, ‘green’ economics, transport, waste treatment, health care, creating a livelihood, community development or personal lifestyle. As well as providing the tools to create greater sustainability within our lifestyles, home environments, gardens and on our land, permaculture is just as importantly about finding ways of mending community and rebuilding our fragmented society.

Course content includes –

  • What is permaculture?
  • Ethics, principles and context
  • Observation skills
  • Links and connections – the Web of Life
  • Thinking in systems
  • Permaculture design process
  • Design Exercise

This two-day workshop can either be considered as a ‘stand-alone’ introduction to Permaculture, or else can be a lead-in to the more in depth full 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The day will be led by experienced permaculture teacher Graham Burnett (author and illustrator of ‘Permaculture- a Beginners Guide’ and ‘The Vegan Book of Permaculture’, former Trustee of the Permaculture Association (Britain) and holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design).

About Graham

Graham Burnett is an artist, writer, permaculturist and community practitioner based in Southeast Essex. An activist for social and environmental justice since leaving school in the late 1970s, he has regularly co-organised and taught permaculture workshops and courses for over 25 years, working with projects and organisations including Comic Relief, Bioregional, Capital Growth, Naturewise, OrganicLea, Birmingham Decoy, Trust Links, Green Adventure, the Vegan Organic Network, Empty Cages Design, Thrive, Metal, Focal point Gallery, Ars Terra (Los Angeles), Ekosense Eco Village (Croatia), NuArc (Puglia), Wild Earth (Kentucky), as well as a number of Transition Town initiatives.

As well as cultivating his own garden and plots, he is actively involved with his local community in Westcliff on Sea, including setting up several community gardens and projects and has extensive experience of working with adults with learning disabilities in horticultural settings. Graham has held the Diploma in Permaculture Design since 2001 and was a member of the Council of Management of the Permaculture Association (Britain) from 2006 to 2011. He founded Spiralseed in 2001 and is a regular contributor to publications as diverse as Positive News, The Sunday Times, Permaculture Magazine, Permaculture Activist, New Leaves, The Raven, Growing Green, Funky Raw, The Vegan and The Idler. He has written The Vegan Book of Permaculture and Permaculture A Beginners Guide and is currently writing ‘The Regenerative Allotment and Garden’ for Permanent Publications.

Ticket Options Supported General Supporter
Permaculture Course (no accommodation) £45 £125 £175
Permaculture Course + camping ticket £70 £150 £200
Permaculture Course + accommodation in the house (sharing) £110 £190 £240
Permaculture Course + accommodation in the house (not sharing) £130 £210 £260


All ticket options include lunch, tea and coffee

Camping and accommodation tickets include a one night stay on the evening of the 13th with dinner and breakfast

If you would like a place on the course, please email us here: [email protected]