Intro to Permaculture

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Intro to Permaculture

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Sat 06Jul
Sun 07Jul

Permaculture principles, ethos, design and practical application

Facilitator: Emily Howgate & Shila Fletcher

This is a great place to start your permaculture journey! Drawing on the beautiful surroundings of Hawkwood and using an engaging and accessible range of learning techniques, you will gain a good understanding of the numerous benefits, and enormous potential, of Permaculture – described as providing “embarrassingly easy” solutions to complex problems. This certified course will explore ethics and principles and then move into taster sessions covering practical design, application, tools, and tips.

Early bird pricing available until 5pm, 31st May.

Event time: Sat 6th Jul 2024 at 10:00am - Sun 7th Jul 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • An accessible, interactive introduction to Permaculture
  • Focusing on the ethics and principles of making good choices in a difficult world
  • Includes practical tips, examples, and design techniques to help you grow well

Participants Will Gain

  • An course certificate from the Permaculture Association (UK)
  • Practical knowledge and skills they can apply immediately to their own projects
  • Contacts, connections and confidence to practice permaculture effectively, regardless of your entry level

This course gives you the opportunity to engage with vitally important sustainability solutions amongst like-minded people in a supportive, beautiful space. Permaculture is relevant whether you have land, a garden, window boxes or just an open-mind and a love of nature-centered thinking.

This course is led by Emily Howgate and Shila Brown of Muck & Magic. Both are permaculture practitioners and attentive facilitators, with experience working in national conservation groups and local community organisations.

A real ‘essentials of permaculture’, this course is a great springboard to start putting permaculture in to action; to take your projects to the next level; and to be part of an international community of people committed to taking manageable steps towards protecting the planet and all living things who share it.

You will be learning in a small group, with everyone invited to share their own skills, experience and knowledge.

The course is a content-rich stand-alone training, and can also be a helpful foundation for people thinking of undertaking a full Permaculture Design Course.

What will be covered:

What is permaculture – principles and ethics: Making good choices in a difficult world.
Design: Maximum yield for minimum cost and effort.
Observation exercises: What is already working well for you?
Practical exercises: Walks, group-work and solo reflection time.
“A lovely pace of facilitation from both tutors – created such a warm, relaxed open space. A great mix of practical and theoretical learning, and it was good to be both indoors and outdoors.”
Persephone, Intro to Permaculture Participant
“I would absolutely recommend this wholesome, supportive and informative course to everyone who wants to connect more with the environment and community around them. There was a broad range of learning topics and resources, I now feel more able to act on my purposes to bring permaculture into education for young people.”
Tom, Intro to Permaculture Participant


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£160 Earlybird Non-Residential
£190 Full Price Non-Residential


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Earlybird Deposit
£ 100.00
10 available
Full Price Ticket
£ 190.00
10 available

Practical Information

Earlybird prices are available until 5 pm on the 31st of May.

We’ll be in an Outdoor Classroom with large sheltered areas. Please consider both rain and shine in your planning. Handouts are provided; please bring your own notepad, pens and your own lunch (there are no shops on site).

We will be walking around the grounds which are uneven in places and might be muddy so please wear sturdy shoes/boots. Get in touch if you have any concerns or need any further detail about this or other access queries.

B&B options are available, please contact for more information.

Emily Howgate

Emily is a sustainability consultant and permaculture teacher. A nature kid at heart, her ecology degree and leadership MSc root her work in the natural world and systems thinking. She’s spent her career in sustainable food and conservation - leading projects in the UK and internationally. She is trained in compassionate communication and ‘Active Hope'.

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Shila Brown

Shila is a freelance consultant and coach, with a love for nature-based gardening. She delivers community focused projects for National Trust, the Long Table, and Grace Network amongst others, plus works alongside clients in their gardens across Stroud. She is a mum of teens - and also guardian of an off-grid island small holding.

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