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Shift Bristol's full design course is tailored for those leading busy lives, as you join us for weekly evening classes, plus learning and field trips over some weekends.

Evening Sessions: 6.30 - 9.30 (Doors open at 6.15 for a cuppa)
Jan: 8 / 15 / 22 / 29

Feb: 5 / 12 / 19 / 26

March: 4 / 11 / 18 / 25 /27

Weekend Sessions & Field-trips:
Feb: Option of 10 or 11, for a whole day workshop of mapping and surveying skills.

Each student to choose at least two of the below dates to attend field-trips

Jan: 20 / 21

Feb: 3 / 4 / 24 /25

March: 9 / 10

Some availability from 11 to 25 March, to work collectively on design projects, outside of course hours.

From January to March you will spend time within a large learning community (up to 35 students), sharing the development journey with others who are also passionate about sustainability, learning from nature and building confidence in 'doing' permaculture.

Full Fee: £435
Part-Concession: £325
Full-Concession: £225
Course summary

Immerse yourself in an integrated, simple and commonsense design approach to low-impact living.

Sign up for an inspiring exploration of the principles and practice of Permaculture Design. Immerse yourself in an integrated, simple and common-sense design approach to low-impact living.

Learn skills to apply Permaculture thinking to organic growing, sustainable land management, green building, creating resilient communities, and much more.



  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Permaculture Design - spirals, linking, zone & sector, observation, mapping & surveying, design frameworks, stakeholder Interviews, limiting factors
  • Permaculture in action in the home & garden; soil, compost, applying Nature's patterns to growing, green building and energy usage
  • Permaculture in action in the community; social permaculture, appropriate technology, permaculture economics, group skills
  • Signposting and Next Steps - development pathways

We have a strong belief that 'the whole is greater than the sum of its parts' and all design project work is carried out in groups; each student bringing a unique perspective and skillset to the task. We also believe that permaculture can be a powerful tool for empowering and meeting needs within the community. 

We find 'real life' green spaces in the network of Bristol for our design project sites; ensuring students learn to design within the context of complex, living systems of people and land.

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Permaculture Design Course
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United Kingdom

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Laura Corfield

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