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Child and Parent Friendly 90 Hour Permaculture Design Course
Monday 28 September 2020, 09:00 - 18:00
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2020 09 Permaculture Design Course Child and Parent Friendly England


Child and Parent Friendly 90 Hour Permaculture Design Course

Part 1 Sat 26th September to Sun 4th October
(2 days off Wed 30th and Thu 1st)

Part 2 Sat 17th October to Sun 25th October
(2 days off Tue 20th and Wed 21st)

It is with great pleasure we announce this special Family Friendly Social & Vegan food growing, Permaculture Design Course at this beautiful country estate in Wiltshire.

Come and learn as a family with full childcare, educational activities and great facilities.

The course is split over 2 sessions. The first part imparts knowledge and inspiration on how to understand systems (natural / human made as well as social patterns). You will then be given an opportunity to reflect and see the world through this lens, so that when you return for the second part you will be better prepared to work on your final designs.

Sat, 26 September Sociocracy (collaborative working)
Sun, 27 September Introducing permaculture
Mon, 28 September Water
Tue, 29 September Soil
Wed, 30 September Day Off
Thu, 01 October Day Off
Fri, 02 October Plants and trees
Sat, 03 October Putting it all together (design)
Sun, 04 October Livelihoods

Sat, 17 October Forest gardening
Sun, 18 October Urban permaculture
Mon, 19 October Buildings and structures
Tue, 20 October Day Off
Wed, 21 October Day Off
Thu, 22 October Design work
Fri, 23 October Design work
Sat, 24 October Present your designs and celebrate
Sun, 25 October Next steps

This fully certified course (certified by the Permaculture Association Britain) will delve deep into how we can use permaculture to create rich beneficial relationships between people, communities and their surroundings, including how to grow food, build houses and create economies, while also enriching and taking care of nature.

Special emphasis will be put in creating a temporary community for the duration of the course, where we use social permaculture tools and sociocracy to make sure everyone's needs are met, so we can all enjoy living together in a joyful, supportive learning environment.

=== Family Friendly ===
We are creating this special Family friendly course to meet the needs of those who want to share this amazing experience as a family or reflect on permaculture in relation to being a parent (although everyone is welcome).
Parents will have time apart during the learning sessions to focus, the children have time for self initiated play, guided activities and games and learn about Permaculture in a fun and creative way. There will be times in the programme where the whole family can learn playfully together, and evening and free times together to share and reflect.
This is a great chance to explore how permaculture can be integrated into your family life, benefit from the unique insights and perspectives of each family member, and create a design that is relevant to you all.

This course includes full childcare during the teaching times. This includes one full time and one part time person who will be:
1. Keeping a watchful eye on the children whilst also respecting their freedom to play and create together safely.
2. Making daily session plans for activities which are relevant to the PDC so the children learn as they play, and are in sync with what is being taught on the PDC.
This will include a lot of outdoor and creative activities with natural materials; music, songs and games. We will also explore collective decision making with the children to co-create an experience which is fun and meaningful to them and appropriate to their ages and interests.
3. Helping to ensure the food for the kids is what they will eat and is ready on time, so the kids eat before we do.

The adults get a full PDC training and the children get a fun green school permaculture experience.


Permaculture is a design system for creating abundance in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how to build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more.

The word 'permaculture' historically comes from 'permanent agriculture' and has evolved into 'permanent culture' - it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can live in harmony with nature while sustaining human activities for many generations to come.

Permaculture is a rigorous and systematic set of tools, ecological principles and methodologies, underpinned by ethics, which help us to design and create this culture of permanence. A culture that allows us to design how we cater for all our needs and the needs of the planet and all its creatures, without exploiting or depriving other humans or creatures of their needs.

The ultimate goal is to create systems that create abundance for all humans, creatures and mother earth, without exploitation of humans, animals or earth’s non renewable resources.

With permaculture insight we can design our inner tranquillity, it can be applied to creating integrated and supportive communities, building or retrofitting houses to be more energy efficient, creating ethical businesses and livelihoods, as well as creating rich abundant low maintenance food growing spaces.


Right from day one the course will put into practice social permaculture. We will create a community, practically explore how we ensure everyone's needs are met, and how everyone can safely express themselves, without conflict. Having found our inner balance and balance within our newly forged community, we then move into exploring the traditional permaculture syllabus, including environmentally friendly food growing; soil generation; water management; house building; alternate economics and livelihood etc.

Having explored the theory of permaculture ethics, principles and approach to challenges, we will then move on to in-depth design work and practicals (hands-on work), which solidifies the theory.

The emphasis remains on learning the patterns and concepts that are applied in permaculture, so you can apply this to all aspects of your life after the course has finished. Hence the practicals will be a way to reinforce the theory and design work that we cover. Typically this will be no more than 10% of the course.

Where and when appropriate we will visit nearby intentional communities and projects that integrate permaculture in their design (subject to consent by the students).

=== TEACHERS ===

Lead Facilitator of Learning

Rakesh Rootsman Rak - An experienced Permacultre designer teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher, homeopath and reggae DJ. Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture to individuals and communities since 2009, and has taught hundreds of permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses. His design portfolio ranges from large scale forest gardens in eco villages through to many urban community food growing gardens, private farms and back gardens as well as designing collaborative businesses, urban water retention systems and even computer software and documentation systems. Rakesh is also passionate about building communities, and the social side of permaculture, hence using sociocracy, dragon dreaming and other great tools and processes to create strong social bonds with clear ideas of how to creatively meet your needs in a project or community. He is also passionate about sharing his journey of self empowerment (learning how to make all the things you need for yourself rather than relying on the system to provide for you), this includes eco architecture (low impact housing); capturing and storing energy (electricity, heat, lighting, etc); fuel efficient heating systems (rocket heaters and stoves); water capture, purification and recycling systems and so on.
He is one of the founders of the Children in Permaculture project (CiP), and is also one of the founders of the Youth in Permaculture (YiP) project. So be prepared to go off on inspirational tangents occasionally.

Co-Facilitator of LearningFacilitator of Learning
Sophie Rostas Reeve
Lives in a developing intentional community, in Bulgaria, designed using Permaculture principles. She is one of the core team creating an off-grid model of low-impact co-sufficiency and voluntary simplicity. Including cob tiny houses, ram pumps, rocket mass heaters, forest gardens, year round annual food systems, an ethical apiary and woodland trails and bridges. She is involved in running the community childcare cooperative and informal green school.
She is a founder member of the NGO “Ura Gora: Hurray for the Forest” and has been working with and teaching volunteers, youth groups, children and short courses for the last 6 years.
She has a background in fine art, design and performance and loves finding creative ways to share knowledge and experiences of Permaculture, personal development and the joy of connecting to nature,
She is part of the Roots n Permaculture Teachers Network and Learning Community.


To meet the needs of the trainers we kindly request the following recommended contribution, however if this is outside of your ability to contribute then please let us know of your circumstances and we will find a way to get you on the course.
Ideal £550
Average donation £400
Minimum £250


The cost for 2 people inspiring, teaching, feeding and taking care of the children is a total of £1100

This needs to be covered collectively by people who are bringing children to the course.But in the spirit of permaculture and solidarity we propose people donate whatever they think is they can afford.

We calculate if people give an average of £150 per child, we should be able to raise this if we have 6 to 8 children coming. So please give what you can from between 100 and 250. If you can afford more and pay for someone else, then that would be very considerate.

If there is a significant shortfall we will present this to the group and leave you to make a decision using sociocracy on what (if anything) to do about it.

=== VENUE ===

The venue is a 9 bedroom house in rural Melksham, Whiltshire, UK. There is a large garden and nearby forest and farm for practical activities, walks and play. There is also a large dedicated activity room for the children parallel to the teaching space.
There is space outside for camping and camper vans to park.
More details upon registration, but suffice to say it is a beautiful place that is perfectly equipped for such an event.


The hosts have generously opened their luxury abode to host us. The accommodation cost for the course is a recommended amount, which we feel is very reasonable for this standard of accommodation, however if this is not affordable, please get in touch and let us know what you can afford

Accommodation to stay indoors at this luxurious house is £140 for the full duration.
Camping is £70 for the full duration

=== FOOD ===

To ensure we keep the food costs and quality at a level the students require, we are adopting the tried and tested self organising method. This means we will ask you to either bring enough food ingredients to cover your food needs for the duration of the course or bring a mix of food and cash.

The food could include home grown veg, grains, preserves, etc. The cash will go into a pot which will be used to buy food as and when required, which will be managed by an elected group of participants. We can also discuss ordering in advance some bulk foods from a wholesaler and fresh organic produce from a local supplier, which has been useful on past courses.
We kindly request everyone to only bring vegan food, which we will pool together and collaboratively cook in teams.

This method has proven to be very successful, as it promotes collaborative decision making and collaborative working. It also allows people to contribute in a way that suits their budget.
Participants from previous courses have taken well to this method and noted how the food budget was significantly less than what they would have expected on any other course.

As there will be children participating in this course, we will have a dedicated person to prepare food with the children to meet their needs in terms of timing and menu (simple, kid friendly healthy dishes). If there are very specific things your children will eat (or any allergies/ avoids) you can list this in the sign up sheet and bring their favourite foods where possible.. .

The venue hosts are all vegan and satvik (no onions, mushrooms or garlic). So to honour our hosts request and keep the food simple we suggest all food is vegan and satvik.


Bank transfer to a UK bank account
Paypal (£ $ USD)
Bank transfer to a Euro bank account
Cash by arrangement


To register for this course, please click on the ticket section below and fill in the form (make sure you hit the submit button, after which you will get an email confirmation). If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to contact Rakesh


This course adheres to the Permaculture Association Britain's accreditation criteria for Permaculture Design Courses (PDC's). However due to the rising cost of the certification and in order to make the course affordable we consulted with the Permaculture Association Britain (PAB) and concluded to give the participant the choice of being accredited via the Permaculture association Britain (£20 for the certificate and additional administration) or by the Roots n Permaculture Collective School (for free).

The Roots n Permaculture Collective School certificate affords you the same privilege as the certificate from PAB, meaning with this certificate you can still teach intro courses (after at least 1 year of putting permaculture into action) and can also apply to do your diploma (with any association anywhere in the world). The only difference between the two is that the PAB certificate helps to pay the learning coordinator of PAB to develop and maintain their high standard curriculum.

=== CONTACT ===

Course and Content, please contact Rakesh:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Venue, Food and Accommodation, please contact Lakshmii

Location Melksham, Wiltshire, UK (full address to be disclosed to attendees)