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Poster for 2024 PDC at Trust Links

Full Permaculture Design Course with Trust Links, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, 2024 - 25

Our first Permaculture Design Course to be held in Southend on Sea, Essex in over a decade offers positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! Running between June 2024 and January 2025 at Trust Links' 'Growing Together' site in Westcliff, this course is about regenerative learning, enabling individuals, organisations and communities to come together over six weekends to create empowering solutions to the real world challenges we are all facing in these times of change.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about Permaculture with  instructor Graham Burnett, author of The Vegan Book of Permaculture and experienced Permaculture Designer. The course and the content are Vegan-friendly.

Book your place or find out more here!


Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn!

Are you tired of 'the problems' and want to be more solutions-focused? Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you concerned about climate change and future generations? Create the change you wish to see in this world with permaculture!

Our focus is on active learning, designing innovative courses and workshops that are participatory, fun, lively and inclusive.

Adapted from the Permaculture Association (Britain)’s PDC core curriculum and much more, we create  learning experiences that empower you, your organisation or your community to make positive change happen today.

So What IS Permaculture?

’PERMACULTURE’ is a word that was coined in Australia during the 1970s to describe a design system pioneered as a response to what many globally saw as serious challenges to the survival of all of us. It has since become a worldwide movement encompassing all aspects of how human beings can live harmoniously in relation to our Earth and it’s finite resources.

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  • polycultural gardenEdible Flowers for the Permaculture Garden
    Edible and useful Flowers for the Permaculture Garden One of my favourite permaculture principles reminds us that “Yield is limited only by your imagination.” Indeed, the kitchen gardener often tends to think of ‘yield’ as the quantity of potatoes, beans or berries grown on the plot, thus favouring vegetable and fruit crops over ‘space wasting’ ornamentals. But this spring why not consider giving that mindset a bit of a nudge to the side by […]
  • Allotment40 Years of Veganic Growing…
    This Spring marks the 40th anniversary of taking on my first allotment as a vegan organic grower. Back in 1984 I was part of the Southend Libertarian and Anarchist Group, a loose collective of punks, eco-activists and idealists who believed a better world was possible. Rather than just protesting about ‘The Problems’ (which we did plenty of) we also wanted to demonstrate self-reliant alternatives to capitalist ways of living, and what could be a […]
  • David Graham 1932 - 2023David Graham, founder of the Vegan Organic Network, 1932 – 2023
    I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of David Graham, a lifelong campaigner for peace and social and environmental justice, and founder of the Vegan Organic Network in 1996. I was put in touch with David by Kathleen Jannaway of the Movement for Compassionate Living shortly after he had proposed the idea, and in spring 1997 he drove down from Manchester to attend the first ‘VOHAN South East Regional Gathering’ held in my […]


Upcoming courses from Spiralseed

What people are saying about Spiralseed’s courses…

  • “In truth, I did not know much about Permaculture when I booked onto my PDC and thought it was some sort of ‘clever way to grow more food’. Little did I know that it would turn my plans on their head and slingshot me into a totally different life and almost a totally different person” - Tricky Wolf, Design 4 ACTION Permaculture Design Course participant and founder of Wyrdwood Acres Permaculture Project, Spain

  • "This has been an amazing week of learning. I'm going back feeling inspired, and with so much to reflect on" - Camila Barbosa, Vegan Permaculture Design Course participant

  • "I would like to applaud Graham Burnett for his interactive teaching approach and patience, and just wish that more schools would take on this style of teaching as I learned so much in a short time." - Jasmine Kime, Vegan Permaculture course participant

  • "The mapping and surveying sessions this weekend will be a great help in my upcoming Maths GCSE as it makes maths feel like something genuinely useful with practical applications in the real world rather than just something abstract" - Lizzy, Design 4 ACTION! course participant

  • "Thanks for a superb Vegan Permaculture Design Course! I'm telling everyone about it and you may need to run it more often in future!" - Piers Warren, Vegan Permaculture course participant and author of The Vegan Cook and Gardener, How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-Sufficiency and 101 Uses for Stinging Nettles

  • "Positive feedback on my presentation has been extremely encouraging and motivating and a huge confidence boost!" - Zophia, Design 4 ACTION! course participant

  • "Loving your work!" - Sherry Fuller, Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner and founder of Southend Soup

  • "Absolutely brilliant weekend! Thanks to Graham and everyone for making it great" - Jamie Mack, Design 4 ACTION! course participant and Earth Educator

  • "Covering such a range of issues, skills and fields within permaculture has allowed me to explore lots then see which I am really drawn to" - Hannah Simpson, Design 4 ACTION! course participant

  • "The course design and attitudes of the tutors helped create an open, receptive, non-judgemental atmosphere - very supportive and conducive to iterative design" - Basheera Khan, Design 4 ACTION! course participant

  • "Loving my permaculture design course! Brilliant group - Super peoples, great vibes and a good teacher!" - Jody Schroeder, course participant

  • "I feel less like a consumer, more like a designer equipped with tools and skills to create bespoke solutions" - Hagop Matossian, Design 4 ACTION! course participant and Passive Natural green building consultant.

  • “I believe that we all left richer for the experience and, speaking for myself, happier and more hopeful. I am now just looking for an excuse to return, because the whole experience was just too good to have only once” - Natalie, course participant
  • "Thank you both again for a deeply inspiring and core-shakingly eye opening Permaculture Design Course at Brook End this Summer. Wow!…" - James Atherton, Vegan Permaculture course participant and manager, Lush Oxford

  • “Graham’s teaching style is open, non-ego, relaxed, positive and BRILLIANT – A natural educator, thank you!” - Claire, Introduction to Permaculture course participant and Organic Lea volunteer
  • "I have been given a new positive perspective on issues such as climate change and peak oil, which I have often found too daunting to act upon as an individual. I have learnt to start at the end of my nose and build upon my ways of living harmoniously with the natural world using permaculture techniques. If anyone reading this is considering the course I would really recommend it." - Laura Waugh, Permaculture Design course participant, Forest Schools educator and founder of Firefly Forest Environmental Education
  • "My Permaculture Design Course left me motivated and inspired like nothing else before. It led me to the development of Food Up Front, an urban food growing network, and everything else I have done over the last 10 years started with that course. While I wouldn't count myself as a Permaculture practitioner, the ethics and principles are always in the back of my mind, keeping me on course and helping me to take positive steps forward" - Seb Mayfield, Permaculture Design course participant and founder of Food Up Front.

  • “I’ve done a lot of training courses and Graham is by far one of the best trainers I’ve had” - Martin Osbourne, course participant
  • “I can totally recommend this. I’ve done 2 courses at Dial House under Graham’s tutelage and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. The second changed my life (for the better) and gave me the courage to ditch a a job that was wearing me down, in favour of self-employment that has left me happier than ever before as an adult. The Introduction to Permaculture course I did opened my eyes and broadened my outlook. Worth it for that alone, but when you add in a weekend of fun with like-minded people – priceless” - Catherine Kay, course participant
  • "Hi Graham - I wanted to tell you that as of five days ago Josh and I have 16 acres and a small house in Southwest Michigan on which to make our vegan permaculture homestead dreams come true. The course with you this summer really helped us make this gigantic step forward and will continue to inspire and help our path, so I wanted to thank you! We are now stewards to woods, meadow/field, and wetland. One day we hope to show you around!" - Kerry and Josh, Vegan Permaculture course participants, Wild Earth, Kentucky