Introduction to Permaculture Course, Dartington

Written by Caroline Aitken on . Posted in

Date(s) - Saturday 30th September 2017 - Sunday 1st October 2017

THIS COURSE WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2018, dates will be confirmed soon!

This weekend introduction course offers a chance to get to grips with the core principles of permaculture, its origins and its applications. Permaculture has developed into something that can be applied to every aspect of our lives from self-development to agriculture….so what’s it all about?

It is a set of design principles, inspired by natural self-sustaining systems and based upon the ethics of caring for people, planet and our combined future. In our introduction you’ll learn about these principles and how they are relevant to your own situation, and how to apply them to your daily life. The introduction course will include the following subjects:

Earthcare:    Permaculture Principlesintroduction permaculture
Linking – creating systems

Peoplecare:  Communication

Fairshares:  Ethics

Methods:     Observation – land and people
Design methods

Gardening  Composting, mulching, polycultures, perennials



The course will be held at Foxhole Community Garden, a beautiful 0.7 acre site on the Dartington Estate alongside Old School Farm. In the garden is an orchard, fruit bushes, annual and perennial vegetable beds, a wildlife pond and  wildlife habitats, willow domes, a firepit cooking area and mud kitchen play areas for kids.


The introduction course will be taught by Seema Patel and CarolineAitken.

Caroline has been teaching permaculture at Ragmans Lane Farm and other centres around the country for several years and originally trained at the farm with Patrick Whitefield, with whom she worked for 8 years. Caroline has a background in market gardening, horticulture, smallholding and design and teaches with clarity and experience.

Seema is a Forest School Leader and community gardener and works with people of all ages outdoors. She has over 15 years’ experience in facilitating arts and environmental education and is particularly interested in experiential learning. She has worked with numerous groups in urban areas to set up food growing spaces and has worked on other community initiatives including a food waste kitchen, a forest garden and a local Transition Town. She is particularly interested in People Care, forest gardens, local food and natural/upcycled crafts.


The course is non-residential and will run between 9.30am and 5.30pm on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017.


The course is non-residential, but there are many B&Bs in the area, and a campsite within walking distance of the Foxhole Garden on Dartington Estate. You can find out more about the prices and facilities on their website. They offer a 10% discount to those arrive by bike or on foot.


We will provide hot drinks and biscuits, but there are no kitchen facilities on site, so we ask that participants bring their own lunch on both days, or you might want to check out the eateries in the near-by Shops at Dartington.


£80 per person.

You can secure your place by paying the £30 deposit or the full fee when you fill in a booking form below.

If you would like to request a concession rate please contact us to discuss your circumstances.

Permaculture Design Course on Dartmoor