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PDC at The Parsonage

This full, modular Permaculture Design course, certificated internationally by the Permaculture Research Institute will run one Sunday per month from October 2019. We start with a full weekend on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2019 and continue on one Sunday per month through into July 2020. Learn more and booking information

PDC at The Parsonage

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.

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

Introduction to Permaculture Design

Hulme Community Garden Centre in Manchester

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If you are curious about what permaculture design is but are not ready to commit to the full Permaculture Design Course (PDC), this course is the ideal way to learn about what permaculture has to offer.

Over two days we will provide you with an introduction to permaculture design and a basic understanding of how whole systems thinking can be applied in ecological and genuinely sustainable design. By the end of the weekend you should be aware of some principles of permaculture design and a few tools which you can use to facilitate permaculture inspired initiatives in your community. We aim to empower people to design sustainable solutions for themselves and with others rather than simply follow current trends. Find out more

A further opportunity will be to attend the first day or two at the Parsonage in Didsbury this October.

You are also welcome to attend one of our design practice events, where you will be able to see permaculture design in action.

Urban Gardening and Practical Permaculture Skills

Last chance to book on the current series! The workshops on this programme enable the implementation of a specific permaculture designed garden. The current series supports the tiny urban garden project that focuses on growing plenty of food for a family of 3 on a very small space whilst also generating habitat for wildlife and a relaxing gathering space for family and friends. The garden has been designed to achieve the highest possible level of self sufficiency in terms of the resources it uses. Everyone who has taken part on any or several workshops will be invited to attend the event that launches this urban garden space at Homes for Change housing coop in Manchester.

Self-watering Systems 22.06.2019 - Learn the theory and practice of efficient self-watering systems for any size garden. Drought proof your garden and go on holidays knowing your plants shall be well watered. Read more and booking information

The Art of Composting 04.10.2019 - Unlock the mysteries of soil to design efficient polycultures. Soil is the foundation of the garden. How would you design efficient composting systems that fit your site's needs, your lifestyle and available time and resources? If you want answers, you will find them on this course. Read more and booking information

Gardening with Perennials 05.10.2019 - learn how to apply the ecological patterns found in forests to design permanent edible and medicinal cultivated habitats. These patterns of cultivation can be applied to any scale, from a patio or balcony garden to any acreage, although the focus of this workshop will be on urban settings, ranging from private to community garden spaces. Read more and booking information

Urban gardening

Ecological 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.

From November 2019 to March 2020, over eight sessions we will guide you step by step on the journey to accomplish a final designed plan to create your dream green space. The next course will take place at the Parsonage in Didsbury, south Manchester. Places are limited and the upcoming course is almost full, if you are interested please book soon to avoid disappointment. Find out more and booking information.

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.

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Design event at Incredible Farm (Walsden site)

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. These are very sociable get-togethers, making progress with implementing current plans and continuing with the site design.

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.

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Lunchtime at the course

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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