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An Introduction to Permaculture Design
Pictures from past courses at Braziers Park
The September 2016 course was another magical weekend with a very diverse group who are all pursuing permaculture further, see photos and quotes. Both weekends in 2017 were full and everyone had a great time and gave excellent feedback.
“Wonderful weekend of beautiful ideas, lovely conversations and loads of food for thought for the future. An excellent taster that leaves you craving for more! ” (Karin)
Following the Permaculture Association curriculum tutors will guide an introductory exploration of the ethics and principles of permaculture through exercises and mini projects. During the weekend we will examine a varied range of large and small projects around the world as well as many on site examples and you will gain inspiration and guidance as well as discovering how to deepen your knowledge and continue on the permaculture path. This is just a first step, you will not become a permaculturist or gardener in one weekend – but you will learn a huge amount and find the tools and inspiration to create a first design and explore further .
You will learn how to create designs and systems for sustainable living in harmony with nature. Permaculture has been described as ‘the revolution disguised as gardening’ and has been used for everything from pots and small gardens to large farms and communities, work projects, life plans, relationships and general problem solving. Permaculture tools bring innovative, ecological and methodical thinking to all kinds of situations and enable us to devise creative, thoughtful, sustainable and regenerative solutions.
If you have a problem or a project in mind we can help you start designing a sustainable solution or we will have a variety of ideas to get you started and give you experience of this innovative design process, something that you will continue to use throughout your life.
Braziers Park talks, tours & taster sessions included
The timetable will be quite tightly scheduled to complete the official curriculum but at the Braziers weekends we will endeavour to fit in short talks /tours and taster sessions contributed by residents and friends of Braziers Park
Talks & Tours possibilities:
- Water Harvesting
- Wood pellet sustainable heating system
- Organic veg garden tour, composting talk & harvesting activity
- Community kitchen – tour of this large old kitchen, with its cool larders and Aga, short talk on cooking for large numbers, storing, preserves, links to garden etc
- History house tour- learn the origins of the house, its famous past residents, the start of the community in 1950 its philosophies and how it operates today
- Basics of scything
Course Fee: £150 includes lunches and refreshment breaks. Some concessions available for people on low income – please ask.
Timings and breaks
Course start time 9.30am each day and usually finishes at 5.30pm. Refreshments at 11am and 4pm, lunch break 1pm-2pm.
Braziers Park (November)
Lunch at Braziers Park is included and prepared using mostly home-grown, local & organic ingredients. Refreshments: organic ground coffee, organic teas and foraged herbal infusions. Home-made organic cookies. All food is vegetarian, we can also cater for vegan and gluten free diets and minor allergies – with notice.
Optional evening activities on Saturday at Braziers Park – Bonfire with musical contributions welcomed from 8.00pm. Participants invited to bring a song, poem, dance, story, reading, drinks – or simply sit back and enjoy the offerings, the big night sky and friendly gathering after an intense day of ideas and learning!
No knowledge of gardening or permaculture is needed. This introductory course is the Permaculture Association standard curriculum and is also the first step on the Permaculture Association study path – it counts toward the first 2 days of the certificated PDC (permaculture design certificate -70 hours) and you need the PDC if you want to undertake the Applied Permaculture Design Diploma – or teach the introduction yourself – full details on Permaculture Association website. If you already have a project in mind please bring details with you, but this is not necessary – you will get lots of ideas during the course, choosing which areas of your life you want to permaculture first will be the hard part!
Travel to Braziers Park – OX10 6AN
Braziers Park is just over an hour from London by train and bus. The bus stop is approx 8 minutes level walk down a narrow country lane. Buses between Reading and Oxford are every half hour until the evening when it’s hourly or longer see timetable – we don’t recommend the train to Goring unless you are up for a long hike as there are no taxis and its a very long and hilly walk (great views though). Reading is 25 minutes from London Paddington and the bus to Braziers is right outside the station, the X39 takes approximately 25 minutes, X40 35 mins. There is plenty of parking and we’d like to match up cars and lift sharers so if you are driving please give your route, arrival & departure and number of spare seats when you book. We will let you know of any potential matches – but it’s not compulsory! Full travel directions and advice here
Accommodation June & November
There are 15 guest rooms – 4 singles and the rest double/twin pricing is on a sliding scale according to income- Ask for rate sheet and book early as there is another course running at the same time. There are B&B in Ipsden and Wallingford. There is also the option to camp on Braziers’ beautiful secluded 15 acre campsite in June.
Any questions: Contact Trish 07974 916954 pgwhitham (at) gmail.com