Totnes Permaculture Design Course Evening Class

Written by Caroline Aitken on . Posted in Permaculture Courses

Date(s) - Wednesday 8th January 2020 - Thursday 26th March 2020

BACK IN 2020!

We’re afraid there will be no Totnes course in 2019 due to our tutor Caroline Aitken being committed to other projects, BUT we’ll be back in 2020 with an even better course, so if you’re interested drop us a line and we’ll put you on the waiting list and let you know when bookings are open.

This Totnes Permaculture Design Course is in a part-time non-residential format in order to make it more accessible to those on low incomes or with work and family commitments which make a residential course unfeasible. The course is run over 12 consecutive weeks with one evening per week and 6 days of practical activities over 4 weekends. These will include a tour of Martin Crawford’s forest garden in Dartington, a Transition Town Totnes tour with Hal Gilmore and the REconomy project with founder Jay Tompt. The course will be led by Caroline Aitken with additional guest tutors- read about our tutors on the About Us page.


About The Course

A 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 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 space.

In addition there are shorter desk-top exercispermaculture course totneses, 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.



We understand that over a 12 week period there may be sessions which students are unable to attend. While we strongly recommend attending all sessions if at all possible, we are able to offer access to parts of our Online PDC so that students can catch up on material they have missed. Below is the timetable for 2018:




The venue for 2020 is yet to be confirmed, but we will aim for somewhere which is accessible to people living in and around Totnes by foot or public transport. If you have any recommendations, do let us know!



This course must be taken in full in order to qualify for a certificate in Permaculture Design from the Permaculture Association UK.

Full Fee: £320

Concession: £280

This works out at around £10 per evening session and £30 per day session. If you are on a low income or are unemployed please contact me to request the concession rate.

You will need to pay a deposit of £100 when making your booking on the form below.

Special Offer!

The Earth Care Manual, Patrick’s major permaculture book, at discount price of £30. You can order your copy and collect it on the course. Simply tick the box on the booking form and add the cost to your payment.

Our refund policy

Permaculture Design Course on Dartmoor