Date(s) - Monday 15th July 2019 - Sunday 28th July 2019
Residential Permaculture Design Course at Ragmans Farm, Gloucestershire
15th – 28th July 2019
Continuing the land-focused approach of our namesake, Patrick Whitefield, our PDCs are renowned for a high standard teaching and depth of content. Based at Ragmans Lane Farm, a permaculture research venue with a 25 year history, our residential Permaculture Design Course gives you what you can’t get from books: the experience of permaculture design. It centres on a series of practical exercises in which you develop a design for an actual piece of land, either a domestic garden or a smallholding according to your choice, with guidance from your tutors throughout. There’s no better way of learning than by doing, and by the end of the course you will be ready to go home and design your own place for real.
In the orchard at Ragmans Farm
In addition there are shorter desk-top exercises, slide shows, talks and discussions. As well as focusing on permaculture as a design system we also explore it as a guide towards more sustainable living in this time of great change.
The course is certified by the Permaculture Association of Britain. This is a qualification recognised by the permaculture community internationally.
For more details on the course contents, including a sample timetable, click here.
The main tutors are Caroline Aitken -director of Patrick Whitefield Associates and Matt Dunwell -a pioneer of permaculture and regenerative agriculture practice and the farmer of Ragmans Lane. Additional teachers include Juanfran Lopez -researcher at Ragmans and co-teacher with Jairo Restrepo, Simon Cutter- innovative farmer of Model Farm, and Sue Clarke at The Resilience Centre.
The venue, Ragmans Farm, set in the glorious countryside of the Wye Valley, Gloucestershire, has long been noted as a leading permaculture site. A particularly interesting aspect of their work at present is holistic orchard management, a probiotic approach which avoids the pesticides used in organic orchard management. Matt and Juanfran are working on evolving biofertilisers and educating farmers in their applications and benefits.
We will be making two trips during the course, one to the brilliant Resilience Centre where we hear about and see community energy initiatives in action and visit a community wind turbine, and to Model Farm where we see regenerative agriculture being practiced with a focus on local resilience for land and people.
While our courses have a land-focused approach we include something for everyone whether they are in the middle of a city or have land in the country. Permaculture principles can be applied to any situation and we provide useful information, practical skills and clear understanding that you can apply to your life and your surroundings. This includes people-care sessions to help us with working in groups, community and in our personal relationships in acknowledgement of the importance that good communication and co-operation have in a sustainable future.
Fees cover all costs including wonderful home-cooked meals made from local organic produce (where ever possible); bunkhouse accommodation in a beautiful converted barn or camping with a stunning view and access to all facilities (you choose); teaching and tuition from experienced teachers; day trips to educational and inspiring projects; a wonderful experience and learning that will enrich your life! If you are local and won’t need to stay or join us for breakfast and dinner we can arrange a discount for you.
Full rate: £820
Concession rate: £600.
Please book via the online booking form at the bottom of this page.
On receipt of your booking form we will be in touch to arrange payment and discuss any specific requests such as concession rates, payment by installments of special requirements.
Trainee Teachers and Volunteers
We accept trainee teachers who want to shadow the course and possibly contribute to a session or two. We are also open to having volunteers to help with cooking and housekeeping and have the opportunity to sit in on some sessions and meet permaculture people. If you are interested in doing either of these things, please contact us to discuss.
Fees for trainee teachers and volunteers:
This contributes to your food and accommodation costs for the two week course.
Volunteers can apply directly to Ragmans Lane Farm regarding a ‘wwoof’ type arrangement.
“I have been satisfied beyond all expectations.”
– Daniel Kronenberg
“The wide variety of learning styles employed and well balanced timetable were unique.”
– Julia Groves
“The course was taught extremely well – professional, yet fun and personal at the same time. One of the most amazing experiences of my life!”
– Alison Ensor
“There’s nothing I’d rather have been doing for the past two weeks of my life and nowhere in the world I’d rather have been.”
– Chris Klasinski