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Winter entertainments

Join us for engaging and thought provoking talks on Zoom, every Thursday, from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. In these socially-distanced times, we still need to connect, debate and network to continue working for a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities. This season, our theme is resilience and how to cultivate wellbeing in challenging times.

The programme starts on Thursday November 5th with some indoor fireworks from Angus Soutar. Angus will kickstart the season with the provocative 'Onward into the Darkness'.

evening talks photo "It is unlikely that aliens will arrive from Outer Space to help us in our current predicament. Likewise, we must abandon ideas of help from Westminster, let alone places further away. We are on our own. The question is, "How do we respond to this inconvenient truth?" Let's talk about it!"
Be prepared: Angus talks about "Plan B" in Manchester

You can see the full winter schedule here. This explains how to register and get your entry links.

The sessions are open to newcomers, to the "permaculture curious" and to prospective students wishing to survey our social landscapes. Forget social media - this is the place to connect with us.

PDC Online

Following the success of the transfer of our courses to an online format, The Northern School is now running a complete online Permaculture Design Course, which extends the excellent support and community created in the classroom into a safe and socially distanced format. This course began last August, but it remains open to those who are studying with us on a "modular" or a "catch up" basis. The course is led by Angus Soutar who is certificated internationally by the Permaculture Research Institute.


Delivered online, via live video conferencing, the course also provides access to a virtual learning environment to consolidate and expand learning. Regular Q&A sessions with tutors on Zoom are also enhanced by group chats and discussions between sessions. Booking and further info is available here.

Classroom PDC at The Parsonage

Unfortunately, The Parsonage cannot safely provide accommodation for us at the moment. In any case, our coronavirus policy states that we have abandoned the idea of indoor meetings for the rest of this year. The situation remains under review and we will make a further announcement as soon as we can. You can still register your interest here. In the meantime, if you would like to join the online course, you also have the option of continuing in the classroom once it is safe to do so.

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Classroom PDC at Manchester Road, Bury

We are planning to start the next course at Manchester Road Community Centre on the 13th February 2021, running one session each month until January 2022. The venue is well suited for socially distanced activities, as it has a large hall with plenty of space inside, and some outside space we can use when the weather permits. More details of how to register your interest for this course will be available soon.

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Tell your friends! Poverty need not prevent people from attending. Payment plans may be negotiated with those who have difficulty finding the course fee. For more information, see our website.

More about the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

The Northern School of Permaculture delivers, amongst other things, the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC). This is open to anyone who wants to create a sane and safe future for themselves, their friends and their families. The course is based on the pioneering work of Bill Mollison and follows the international curriculum of 72 course hours, as originally designed by Bill himself. Our lead trainer is Angus Soutar who has over 25 years experience of practising and teaching permaculture design. Angus is accredited internationally by the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI).

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The ethics of caring and sharing

Ecological Gardens Design Course

Eco Gardens Design Course

The Ecological Gardens Design Course is suitable for students who are new to permaculture design and for students who have completed Permaculture Design Courses. Due to the current situation, the course is moving into a blended learning format, and for this reason, the start of the next course has been postponed until early 2021. We will be including outdoor sessions as well as using online tools to build skills in designing Ecological Gardens. Booking and further information about the course can be found here.

The bumpy road ahead... Roots and Pioneers