Monday, 25 November 2013

Free Places allocated - New Installment options for payment

The two free places we were able to offer on the 2014 PDC have attracted overwhelming interest and it has been a challenge to allocate them, in the end there were 15 people applying meeting the selection criteria and in the end we had to put the names into a hat and pull two out.

If you applied, we should already have contacted you to let you know if you were successful or not this time around.

We have done as much as we can to make this course as accessible as possible, if you are still interested, and it is a challenge to find the fee all in one go, then we can offer an instalment payment option, which would start this month or in December.
The final payment would have to be before the final weekend of the course- 10th May 2014.

To do this please fill in the booking form here first.

On the booking form please state if you would like to split the cost by paying:

1) over 7 months starting in November
2) over 6 months  starting in December

If you wish to choose this option, we will send you bank details once you have filled in the booking form.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Free Places [Please note - these have now all been allocated]

UPDATE: 25th November 2013: Please note - these have now all been allocated.

The Spring into Action! Permaculture Design Course is mindful of the inequalities in our society and we will work to alleviate disparities while respecting difference. 

We are reinvesting a surplus raised from a previous Permaculture Design Course in order to be able to offer 2 Free places on the 2014 course.

These places are offered to learners who meet the following criteria:

  • Unwaged
  • In receipt of benefits
  • Otherwise unable to fund a place on the course
  • Committed and able to attend all the course dates
  • Living in London

In order to apply for one of the 2 Free places on the course, please contact us before filling in the booking form giving a brief account of your situation (no need to go into detail!), how you meet the criteria above and why you wish to attend the course. Email this to and we'll get back to you.

Don't met the criteria?

If you do not meet the criteria above, please consider joining the course at the appropriate fee level.
We offer a scale of fees reflecting the income disparities among our attendees and ask all those booking to make an honest assessment when placing themselves on this scale. We have endeavoured to make this course affordable to all. We do not receive any external funding and must balance inputs and outputs, setting fees at a level that cover our costs and provide a fair recompense to our teachers and organisers.

Living like you in our current economic system we could not afford to run a course that was free to all.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

A Weekend Introduction to Permaculture

Thinking about joining the Spring into Action! Permaculture Design Course but want to test the water first?

Claire White and Graham Burnett will be teaching a 2-day Introduction to Permaculture at Spitalfields City Farm on the weekend of January 25/26 2014.

This amazing course will cover origins, ethics & principles of permaculture and focus on how working with nature is a viable solution to environmental problems.  Permaculture uses wholesystems thinking to create productive environments that work with ecology & community. You will take away a rounded understanding of what permaculture is and be able to apply permaculture methods to home, work, garden or community projects. No experience necessary!

The weekend  will be a lively, participatory and thought provoking experience with Graham Burnett & Claire White forest gardeners & permaculture teachers. The course will take place in the inspiring setting of Spitalfields City Farm. 

Cost: Full: £130.  Cons: £70.

For more info & booking contact Claire:

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Interview with a lead tutor: Claire White

Third in the series of interviews with our course tutors on Shoreditch Radio's 21st Century Permaculture, Claire White on learning from Nature.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Interview with a lead tutor: James Piers Taylor

The second interview with one of our lead tutors, James Piers Taylor this time, taken from Stef Geyer's 21st Century Permaculture show on Shoreditch Radio, James talks about the ethics of permaculture:

Friday, 18 October 2013

Interview with a lead tutor: Graham Burnett

Listen to an interview on Shoreditch Radio with one of our lead tutors, Graham Burnett, talking about permaculture, succession and more:

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Permaculture Design Course - Spring 2014

Join us in spring 2014 for a permaculture design course in North London, based at LAND learner site the Meadow Orchard Project and visiting a number of other local permaculture sites including London’s oldest forest garden and Food from the Sky, the pioneering edible garden on the roof of a supermarket.

Participants attending the entire course qualify for the Permaculture Design Course certificate awarded by the Permaculture Association (Britain).

Six weekends, fortnightly. 1/2 March; 15/16 March; 29/30 March; 12/13 April; 26/27 April; 10/11 May


£360 - Individual, concessionary rate (unwaged)
£560 - Individual, waged (income less than £25k)
£760 - Individual, waged (income more than £25k)
£760 - Sponsored/organisation rate