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DATE: June 28th 6:30-9pm and July 12th, 19th and 26th 6:30-9pm

VENUE: Bedford Fields Community Forest Garden, Woodhouse cliff, Leeds, LS6 2HF

'It is one thing to vision a positive future, it is another to know the steps and feel empowered to get there' (Looby MacNamara, author of People and Permaculture)

COURSE CONTENT: People and Permaculture involves using permaculture ethics, principles and design for people with the aim of restoring our personal, social and planetary well being. It makes permaculture relevant to everyone, even if you don't have land or have not yet grown your own food!

Over 4 eves we will guide participants through the Design Web, a cohesive framework to use in design work which helps to facilitate change and turn ideas into reality. We will pause at each of the 12 anchor points in the Design Web and lead activities to help participants to deepen understanding of the framework and apply it to your own lives, livelihoods or projects. The Design Web is appropriate for designs within any 'zone'- from the personal to the global. It can be used for anything from short term discrete projects, to designs for finding balance across a stream of activities that make up your livelihood, or designs for your life- long wellbeing*! In June/July the Forest Garden will be in full bloom a beautiful place to inspire design which reflects natural systems.  Depending on weather, we expect the course to run with much of it outdoors and to bring in as much of nature as possible!

*See here for some examples of designs using the Design Web

COURSE SUITABILITY: This is an introductory course, suitable for people who have a basic understanding of permaculture and limited or no experience of doing permaculture design. If you have already done your permaculture design course but have not done much designing for people, you could still find the course useful. If you are completely new to permaculture, we recommend that you have a look at the course reading material in advance.  If you are unsure about the suitability please get in touch and we can have a chat.

COST: We will take payments for the course on day 1. We ask course participants to pay a financial contribution based on the cost of the course and what they are able to pay. As a guideline, we expect the average cost to be between £80 and £100 depending on number of participants. In order to ensure that basic costs are met, we will ask for a minimum contribution of £80 but leave it to participants to decide the exact amount they wish to give. If you are able to pay a solidarity price of above £100, this will go towards subsidising the minimum price for anyone who would otherwise be unable to attend because of price. Please get in touch if you are unable to pay the minimum financial contribution. We will do what we can to support people for whom the cost would be a barrier to attending.

BOOKING A PLACE: The booking system is conducted in trust. We request that you fill in the booking form available below (scroll down to the end to find it) if you would like to attend. The booking form includes a statement that you are willing to pay a minimum contribution of £80 (or to indicate if this is going to be difficult). We ask that you let us know immediately if you decide not to come so that we can offer your place to someone else.

ABOUT THE FACILITATORS: Joy Howard and Charlie Gray have both completed their permaculture design course certificates and both trained as People and Permaculture course facilitators and coaches. Charlie is working on her permaculture diploma. She runs three permaculture growing and food projects along with others and conducts permaculture training in Bradford. Joy has done permaculture teaching training and is working on her own livelihood designs for facilitation, mediation and natural cosmetics, and is co-running permaculture courses and socials in Leeds.


COURSE READING: The course will be based on the book People and Permaculture by Looby MacNamara. If you would like to buy a copy of the book to dip into in advance of the course, copies are available from Joy and Charlie at £14 each. It is not necessary to read the book but you might find it helps you to get more from the course.

FOOD: There will be a short tea break with cake but please bring any other snacks you know you will want and snacks to share is welcomed

ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR OVERNIGHT STAY: If you are coming to Leeds from elsewhere and need to stay at Cornerstone Housing Cooperative during the course, there are some beds available and we can offer them on a first come first served basis. We would ask for a contribution of £3/ night per person for additional meals not included in the course.

ACCESSIBILITY: We are planning to hold the course at Bedford Fields Forest Garden, which is wheelchair accessible.  We are yet to receive confirmation about the availability of an accessible compost toilet (otherwise the toilet facilities are as yet unfortunately not accessible). If you would like to attend a People and Permaculture course but would need wheel chair accessibility please let us know and we can endeavour to hold the next course (in the coming months) in a place which is more appropriate. We are sorry if this makes it difficult for you to attend this one.



Please copy these questions and email them with your replies to


Participant contact information






Participant further information

What is your prior experience of Permaculture and Permaculture Design (or anything related to this)?

Any ideas for how you'd like to start using Permaculture Design (e.g. projects you're working on, or ideas for designs for your life or livelihood)?

Any access needs or requests that would help your participation on the course to be as comfortable, easy and enjoyable as possible

Financial contribution: please copy one of the following statements

I am willing to pay at least the minimum financial contribution of £80 towards the cost of the course

I would like to attend but will struggle to pay the minimum financial contribution


Please send your answers to these questions to Charlie at

For any questions, phone Charlie on 07403394142

Many Thanks

Charlie & Joy