Introduction to permaculture course (on an allotment) FULLY BOOKED

Course summary

I’m running another one day introduction to permaculture!

Skills for gardening, skills for life. Learn to design, inspired by nature.

You’ll learn tools to help you live a positive life, the way you want to. The day will open many doors for discovery and help demystify permaculture.

Secure your place

5 October course fully booked! I am planning my course offering for 2020 and hope to run more introductions to permaculture, as well as forest gardening practicals; please contact me if this interests you.

Register on the 5 October course for £35. Your place is confirmed once payment is received.

Date & times

Saturday 5 October 2019, 9.30am – 5.30pm, including lunch (provided).


Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7…
To be confirmed after booking. Community centre + allotment plot.

Alfreton has a train station, good bus services, a limited amount of cheap car parking near the venue, and ample secure cycle storage.

You will learn:

  • Ethics and principles of permaculture
  • How to apply the principles in a garden and at home
  • Observe and assess a site
  • Applying a design process to a garden or project

Plus, we will go on a site tour of an allotment plot designed with permaculture (including a forest garden). And we’ll watch some short films. I will also provide a delicious lunch made from fresh, local produce.

If you have any questions, please use the contact form.

Earth care, people care, fair share - permaculture ethics. Illustration by druidsgardenart of instagram
Permaculture ethics

5 things permaculture helps people you with

This course is for anyone – no experience necessary! Here’s some reasons I think you should be interested in learning about permaculture.

  1. Garden design – gardening is often how people come across permaculture and rightly so, it’s a great toolkit for planning beautiful, bountiful spaces that suit your needs.
  2. Garden confidence – with some basic principles, you can be adaptable to face challenges in the garden, whilst being sustainable and meeting your wants and needs.
  3. Other designs in life – people who have studied permaculture often say it has changed their life and the way they look at things, reducing debt and increasing happiness. The skills you will learn on this course will help you to start designing within the ethics of permaculture.
  4. Climate action – with permaculture people create lifestyles with a positive impact, for you, your family, and others in your community.
  5. A network – you’ll meet people on this course and will find you have things in common (learning about permaculture, for one!). This is just the start of it, there’s a whole global movement of permaculture activists. In the UK thousands of people are joining the Permaculture Association – they run an annual convergence, this year in Oxford, where you can meet many others and learn more about permaculture. You might like to join the fledgling Derbyshire Permaculture Facebook group now.

Access statement

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning more about permaculture. You will be welcomed whatever your age, gender, ethnicity, employment status, home location, or ability level.

The indoor venue is wheelchair accessible and allotment plot quite level.

Infants are welcome. It is your choice whether you bring your children on the course – please contact me if you’ve any hesitations or questions. No childcare can be provided.

More about the course content

The curriculum is based on the Permaculture Association’s introductory course materials, licensed under the CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales license. Some activities come from/are inspired by the Permaculture teachers guide.

After this course, you may be interested to develop your skills further by taking a Permaculture Design Course.

Learn more about permaculture before the workshop

A 9 video playlist introduction:

Get a free (cost: sign up to an email newsletter) permaculture principles colouring book

Refunds and cancellation:

Should I have to cancel this workshop, I will let you know at least 5 days in advance and you will be entitled to a full refund.

If you cancel your place for any reason, you should do so by email to me, at least 14 days in advance of the workshop and you will be entitled to a full refund; if within 5 days then a 75% refund, if within 2 days then a 50% refund. You agree to these terms when you pay.

About Ryan, your workshop coordinator

Ryan framed with plantsI’m Ryan Sandford-Blackburn. I taught myself to garden and cook through observation, inquisitiveness, and trial and error.

I’m an experienced presenter and workshop leader, with a train the trainer qualification. Yes I’ve read a fair few books and blogs but have also worked on different gardens, with lots of different people over the past 10 years.

A one year old guild of: apple tree, raspberries, rhubarb, foxgloves, peppermint, lemon balm, chives
A one year old guild of: Bess Pool apple tree, raspberries, rhubarb, foxgloves, peppermint, lemon balm, chives

I garden several days a month on a large allotment plot, plus my garden at home (with help from 2 hens). I have a plant nursery and busy kitchen at home. I no longer use peat products, have never used slug pellets or insecticides, and still get delicious, nutritious food from the garden!

I have held a Permaculture Design Certificate since 2017 and love sharing positive, practical solutions. My work in the last 5 years as strategic communications coordinator for the Permaculture Association (Britain) means I have learned lots and been introduced to some truly inspiring people and projects.

I’m also human so don’t always eat homegrown vegetables and often binge watch TV boxsets using someone else’s Netflix login.

Ryan tweets and posts on instagram.