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Full Permaculture Design Course 2014/2015

Permaculture is a design process for developing sustainable systems modelled from natural ecosystems. It has 3 aspects: an ethical framework, understandings of how nature works, and a design approach. Combined together these support creating sustainable, productive, non-polluting and healthy agricultural and social systems. Marina O'Connell teaches Permaculture at the Apricot Centre at all levels. The farm itself is a living example of a fully functioning permacultural fruit farm. We also invite other inspiring teachers in permaculture to contribute to the learning.


Permaculture is a practical design system for sustainable living that offers an ethical, creative and inspiring response to the global challenges of climate change and peak oil. It stresses working with nature and helps you identify steps for positive change for yourself, your family and your community.

The 12 day course is run on Saturdays and Sundays through the winter to summer 2014 allowing time to study in between weekends.

25th & 27th Oct 2014

15th November 2014

6th December 2014

10th January 2015

7th 8th February 2015

7th March 2015

18th April 2015

9th May 2015

6th & 7th June 2015



£600 (concessions and stepped payments may be available on application) A place is booked on receipt of a £50 deposit.

PDC 2014 2015 leaflet

Each year between October to June, we run the course in bite size chunks so that you can digest the information, and read and watch youtubes in between the sessions. We organise you into local study “guilds” so that you can meet up with your peers to give the course more structure.

The permaculture course is set on a permaculture designed commercially running farm and we visit other local livestock farms as well as a part of the training. WE have very strong links with the local permaculture community so you can see a wealth of sites / designs that range from the tiny garden, community garden, buildings, whole communities (Old Hall), farms and business models in action.

The course will cover

·      Permaculture principles and ethics

·      Renewable energy and sustainable building

·      Simple vegetable growing and fruit growing

·      Forest gardening

·      Simple livestock management

·      Transition movement

·      Design skills

·      Visits to inspirational sites

All delivered with creative and practical teaching methods.

Marina O’Connell is a Horticulturist and for 25 years has trained people in sustainable food systems originally at Dartington Halls’ School Farm, then Suffolk Agricultural college and now at the Apricot Centre in North Essex. She also runs a 4-acre, organic market garden growing fruit, flowers salads and preserves, all sold into the Growing Communities Farmers Market in Stoke Newington, Hackney. The farm is organic and a demonstration permaculture site. Marina is a permaculture diploma teacher and tutor and designer and is a part of the Transition Stour Valley group on the edge of the beautiful Dedham Vale

Bob Mehew is an Italian Architect and a Permaculture Diplom

Marina - Mark O'Connell,
13 Jun 2014, 11:16