Geoff Lawton Permaculture Masterclass

Tony Rollinson
Friday, 15th June 2012

One of the world's leading permaculture teachers and practitioners, Geoff Lawton, is in Britain and teaching at The Sustainability Centre, Hampshire in July. Read on for details on how to take part in an unmissable opportunity to meet a true permaculture pioneer.

A rare chance to catch Geoff Lawton, Managing Director of the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) of Australia on a short visit to Britain in July. The event is being run in association with the Permaculture Association (Britain).

Geoff is already very well known to many here, initially through his work in Jordan, highlighted in the inspiring short film 'Greening the Desert' and subsequently through a series of DVDs covering topics such as Food Forests, Water Harvesting, Soils and Urban Permaculture (each available via www.green-shopping.co.uk). Geoff is Bill Mollison's successor and has a huge amount of experience teaching and consulting in many different countries around the world. He is well known for his passionate delivery and his ability to inspire people to create permaculture projects and make a big difference in the world.

Geoff will be delivering this masterclass for people who have already taken a permaculture design course and who are wishing to take their designing to the next level. The subject matter will reflect the needs of participants, being drawn from the pool of questions harvested from, among other places, the course booking forms. We are looking forward to enjoying a very special couple of days, learning from a master at a great venue.

The Venue for Geoff's course on Thrusday 26th and Friday 27th July 2012 is The Sustainability Centre, three miles from the picturesque village of East Meon, is situated on the South Downs Way and surrounded by a network of footpaths and lanes. It sits in 55 acres of woodland and natural chalk downland & has a wide range of habitats: rough grassland, chalk grassland, native woodland, coniferous woodland, ponds and hedges. All of which they are actively restoring, maintaining and researching to increase biodiversity.

The Centre teaches the public that economic development can be achieved without degrading the rural environment. We will be using the beautiful outdoor classroom (above centre & left), designed & built by Ben Law using roundwood timber construction. Overnight accommodation is available in Wetherdown lodge, which has been refitted using sustainable building materials and boasts an integrated solar photovoltaic roof and a wood chip biomass boiler. There is also plenty of camping space, including yurts and tipis that can be hired. There's also room for live-in vehicles on site. The Centre also now boasts a recently built Wetland Ecosystem Treatment system, installed by Biologic Design. It is also the home of the Permaculture magazine offices. 

Please note that participant numbers are limited.

The full fee is £175.00. But, there are low income concessions (15 places available): £105.00

Fees include all tuition and course materials plus lunch each day and evening meal on the Thursday. A deposit of £75 is required to secure your place, the remaining balance is to be paid three weeks before the course starts. Please note: fees do not include the cost of Eco-lodge accommodation or camping, which can be booked separately through the Sustainability Centre by calling 01730 823 549. A single room in the lodge is £30 per night, a bed in a shared room is £23 per person per night and camping / camper vans are £10pppn.

Five bursaried places are also being made available - contact Mel at Design Visions for more details and an application form.

To reserve your place, simply download the relevant version of the course booking form see the links on the Design Visions website. Fill it in & return to them with a £50 deposit payment.

You can also ask for a PDF version which you can post. For more details contact: Mel: 01326 251302 / 07768 193848 or email her on [email protected]

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