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High Nature Introduction to Permaculture 4-day Course, South Devon

Friday, 14 June '24   4 days
The High Nature Centre, East Portlemouth, Salcombe, TQ8 8PN
16 years and over
10 spaces available
High Nature Introduction to Permaculture 4-day Course, South Devon


Many of us want to live more sustainably, but with so many 'green' options and such busy lives it can be really hard to know where to start. Permaculture offers us an approach that helps us to identify the best tools and techniques for each of our own unique circumstances. This course covers the key principles of permaculture and how we can apply them in redesigning our homes and gardens to be both more sustainable and abundant. You'll learn about green building, energy efficiency, Permaculture gardening and much more.

This is course is designed to introduce permaculture principles but with an emphasis on supporting participants with designing their own homes and gardens.

We use group work, discussions, video, slide shows, observation and practical activities as learning methods. These are supportive of different learning styles and for people with learning challenges. Our courses are not just about imparting information to the students, there is plenty of knowledge out there, the important thing is knowing how to use this and feeling confident to do so.

Empowerment is the essence of the course. We will be using practical and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun, lively and inclusive experience. As a group we will benefit from collaborative learning and from having fun together. We don't expect any previous permaculture knowledge and recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge and areas of interest to bring.

Day One - Permaculture Basics:

Permaculture ethics
Principles of attitude
Principles of ecology
Energy efficient planning tools

Day Two - The Permaculture Garden:

Soil basics
The Soil food web
Permaculture gardening factors & techniques
Building soil and fertility
Fruit tress and forest gardens

Day Three- The Permaculture Home:

Buildings & structures: materials, energy efficiency
Retrofitting homes
Water harvesting and conservation
Real wealth and wiser money

Day Four - The Permaculture Design Process*:

The permaculture design process
Site observations & client needs
Tools & methods for data analysis
Getting ideas down on paper
Sharing initial design ideas to develop later at home

  • Day four is focused upon supporting participants in developing designs for their own homes and gardens.


The 2024 course will run from 9.00am on Friday 14th June (arrivals welcome on the evening of the 13th) to 6.00pm on Monday 17tth. Sessions start each day at 9.00am and continue on until 5.30pm. There will be four one-and-a-half hour sessions each day. We'll have an hour for lunch and tea breaks during the mornings and afternoons.



Residential (bed in shared glamping yurt) - deposit payment

10 available
**COST £300, this £75 deposit payment reserves your place until the remainder is due 4 weeks before the course begins. The fee is fully inclusive of all tuition, handouts and digital resources.On-site accommodation is an additional cost: Camping (bring your own tent or live-in vehicle) is £10 per person per night. Yurt options are: THRIFT: SMALL YURT (sleeps 3, 1 x double, 1 x single beds - Could be shared with others) 3-night weekend / off-peak = £370 BLUEBELL: MEDIUM YURT (sleeps 4, 1 x double, 2 x single beds - Could be shared with others) 3-night weekend / off-peak = £390 CELANDINE: LARGE YURT (sleeps 5, 1 x kingsize, 3 x single beds - Could be shared with others) 3-night weekend / off-peak = £415 Call Cat on 0796 771 7003 for more details.


The High Nature Centre
East Portlemouth

The High Nature Centre is an ‘Experimental Biotope’ for eco-tourism, ecological learning & regenerative culture. It offers unique glamping holidays set atop a coastal plateau overlooking a beautiful stretch of the South Devon Coast. Located between the villages of East Prawle and East Portlemouth in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it's just a few minutes walk from the awesome South West Coast Path.

Founded in 2009, the Centre continues to be an ever-evolving ecologically and socially inclusive project focusing on eco-glamping, permaculture, organic food growing, well-being, nature connection, rewilding, and social outreach.

For those who are especially interested, the High Nature Centre offers an extra emphasis on social permaculture and on food production in a challenging environment.


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