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Advance notice

Northern School Office Party in Manchester

We don't have an office, but why should we miss out on the traditional Christmas office party? This is a call-out to our graduates, students and friends to come into Manchester and join us for a few hours on the evening of Thursday 13th December. There will be something to eat, in return we are making a small charge for the event. Details are available on our main website.

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).

Permaculture graduation
Cake by Joanne Atherton

PDC in Bury

Our next PDC will be at Manchester Road Community Centre, an historic building situated between Prestwich and Bury, which is convenient for people travelling from Manchester, Rossendale, East Lancashire, Yorkshire and Liverpool. Transport links are good and previous participants have often travelled long distances to get there. The course starts on Saturday 16 February 2019, and follows our "extensive" format of one meeting per month through into 2019. For details see here.

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 more on our website.

At Manchester Road Community Centre
Paul O'Keefe tells the 2018 course about The Black Barn

From Local to Global - and back again

Northern School event

Bioregional - the the kick-back against globalism

Angus will talk about the Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution, bioregionalism and the the kick-back against globalism at The Eighth Day Cafe, Thursday 15th November at 18.00 - 20.00.

It's a chance to get together for an early evening at Manchester's long established vegetarian cafe. The evening is part of a series of talks on sustainability, themed as ART - FOOD -COMMUNITY, that they are hosting at the cafe. More here, including link to facebook event page.

Design Practice Events

Like the PDC's, these events are open to all. For newcomers it is an exciting opportunity to learn about what permaculture has to offer. Or, if you are a permaculture design certificate holder, you can contribute to the design of the site and also take the opportunity to get feedback on your existing design work and discuss your projects with the Northern School team.

Earlier this year, we had a very successful series of design events at Brindhurst Farm, near Macclesfield. A series of Open Days is now running at Brindhurst, wherby we are get together to make progress with implementing current plans and continuing with the site design.

The next Open Day at Brindhurst Farm is on Sunday 2nd December.

Lawn conversion in progress near the Brindhurst Farm summerhouse.

Introduction to Permaculture Design

The next introduction, run as a course, will be at the Parsonage in Didsbury next year.

An alternative is to attend one of our design practice events, where you will be able to see permaculture design in action.

Future certificate courses

PDC's can be taken either as a modular or as an intensive programme. We will publish the dates of up-and-coming courses in future issues and also on the main Northern School website.

Formats include:

  • one day a month over a 12 month period
  • over six weekends
  • intensive in a block of 10-12 days.

All courses are modular, if you miss a day you can take it again on another course without incurring any extra fees.

Get involved

If you haven't been involved with us before, consider attending one of our events or courses..

If you are friends and colleagues, old and new, we invite you to:

  • help out on one of our courses
  • drop in on our PDC sessions to catch-up or update your knowledge
  • help organise an event near you
  • recommend our courses to your friends and help create some lively and dynamic course groups.
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