Permaculture Design Course at Keveral Farm, July 7-23 2017
Dates: Friday July 7th - Sunday July 23rd 2017
(arrive by 5pm Friday July 7th, last day Saturday July 22nd with a party in the evening, depart Sunday July 23rd)
Tutors: Bryn Thomas and Klaudia Van Gool
Full fee: £655 (EU/EEA residents)
Concession fee: £340 (means-tested benefits and tax credits)
(If you do not live in the EU/EEA, different course fees may apply. Please ask us for more info about this)
The full fee consists of: course fee £315, plus camping and food £340
It may be possible to pay by installments.
There may also be some funding available towards the camping and food costs (if you are on benefits or your income is less than £15000). You can ask about this when you enrol.
About the Course and Venue
The 2017 Permaculture Design Course at Keveral Farm marks 23 years since our first design course.
The course is a unique opportunity to live and learn with like-minded people in a supportive and beautiful environment.
It is set at a co-operatively run housing and land project with several ecological businesses. At Keveral Farm, you will see permaculture in action.
Students of the design course at Keveral have gone on to implement permaculture in many ways and many places.
Keveral is only 15 minutes away from the beach at Seaton, so you can combine your permaculture learning with time by the sea!
Accomodation is camping in your own tent. We may be able to provide a tent if you do not have one.
There may also be a yurt or a gypsy wagon available for an extra cost of approx £12 per day.
The Content of the Keveral Permaculture Course
an introduction to permaculture
permaculture ethics and principles
ecological principles and observation skills
trees, agroforestry and forest gardening
soil, water and composting toilets
wild food and fungi in permaculture
people care, urban permaculture, and legal structures
The course includes a farm walk, a water walk, a woodland walk, and various practical tasks.
And it looks at various activities happening at Keveral, such as running a veg box business, growing mushrooms on logs, greenhouse crops and micro-leaves, and fruit growing.
It looks in depth at the permaculture design process and is followed by a design exercise and presentation, in small groups, looking at a specific area or aspect of Keveral Farm.
Below are photos of the site visits that are usually undertaken as part of the course.
What the course fee covers
teaching (72 hours, plus evening presentations and videos)
site visits to local projects
food (mostly organic, including Keveral vegetables and salads)
camping (bring your own tent, or we may have one we can lend)
Permaculture Association membership and certification.
The Course Leaders
Bryn Thomas is an ecological design consultant with many years experience in Permaculture Design. He has been teaching Permaculture for 20 years and is a regular teacher at Keveral Farm. He is founder member of the Brighton Permaculture Trust, a voluntary organisation promoting greener lifestyles and sustainable development through Permaculture design.
Klaudia Van Gool has a degree in Environmental Science, and worked as an Environmental Business Adviser for many years. She has been teaching Permaculture since 2007, and this has taken her to Ireland, Estonia, Lebanon and Palestine. She also provides Diploma tutoring and design. She has a particular passion for native plants and their uses, and for People Care. She incorporates deep nature connection and bush craft activities in her teaching.
For further information about the course and venue, please email with the subject heading PDC July 2017
Mobility / Disability Issues
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate people with limited mobility on the Keveral Farm Permaculture Design Course.
Approximately half the course is spent outdoors around the farm or on field visits and we often walk a few miles in the course of the day.
Keveral Farm is hilly with many areas of rough ground.
The toilet and bathroom are large with good access, but do not have all the features associated with disabled facilities such as hand-rails.
There is no accommodation on the farm other than camping (or possibly a yurt or a gypsy wagon).
Booking Your Place
The bookings are taken by the WEA (Worker's Education Association), who subsidise the course fees, especially for people on benefits or tax credits.
We will probably not be able to take bookings until February.
Bookings must be made by phone to the Exeter office of the WEA:
tel: 01392 457300 / 0845 4582758
If you wish to contact the WEA by email: email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: If you live outside the EU/EAA, the course fees given above may not apply, in which case, please email Keveral at
(also if you have any problems with the booking process, or if you would like any more information).
The Daily Timetable and Days Off
We meet up at 9.00 each day for the day's introduction followed by any work that needs to be done around the site or to help with the running of the course.
The morning sessions are from 10.00 til 13.00.
Lunch is 13.00 till 14.30.
The afternoon session is 14.30 till 18.00.
After dinner, there are evening sessions, which are mostly presentations and videos.
There are 3 full days off.
(Please note that due to the limitations of the WEA computer system, they may give you different and incorrect info.)
You may arrive early or stay on after as a self-catering paying camper. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.