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Vegan Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Somerset, Summer 2016

Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you concerned about climate change, peak oil and future generations? Are you interested in changing how we interact with other species, ecosystems and our human communities? Then this full permaculture design course is for you! This Full Permaculture Design Course will be held over two weeks over the summer of 2016, and is suitable for all. The content will be covering universal permaculture ethics, principles and design methods, however please note that the focus will be on non-animal based and stock-free systems.

Dates; Summer 2016, 10 days total, Sat 9 – Weds 13 July (5 days) + Sat 6 – Weds 10 August (5 days) in August (NB attendance at both blocks is required in order to complete the course).

Venue; Brook End Land Learner Centre in Compton Dundon, near Glastonbury in Somerset, a 4 acre smallholding designed and managed on plant-based permaculture principles.

Tutors; Graham Burnett, holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design and author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide and the  Vegan Book of Permaculture and Nicole Vosper, vegan organic grower, community organiser and permaculture practitioner based in Somerset.

Cost; £550 for 10 day course. There are also three 50% subsidised places & two expenses only places. These are on a first come first served basis. Please enquire for more details.

Please note that this course is not organised by Spiralseed – all queries re. booking and accommodation should be made to the course organisers.

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Vegan Permaculture Design Course, Puglia, Italy, Spring 2016

Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you concerned about climate change, peak oil and future generations? Are you interested in creating a Sustainable human Communities? Fed up with the problems and want to start looking for solutions? Then this full vegan-friendly Permaculture Design Course led by Graham Burnett at the NuArc International Eco-educational and Wellness Centre in Puglia, South Italy is for you! This Full Permaculture Design Course will be held during spring of 2016, and is suitable for all.

Dates; Spring 2016, 10 days total, 30 April – 4th May (5 days) + 4th – 8th of June (5 days) (NB attendance at both blocks is required in order to complete the course).

(NB, attendance at both weeks is required to complete the full course) – See more at: http://spiralseed.co.uk/old/vegan-permaculture-design-certificate-course-somerset-summer-2014/#sthash.g6DP4XlD.dpuf

Venue; NuArc educational and wellness centre. Puglia, South Italy.

Tutors; Graham Burnett, holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design and author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide and the  Vegan Book of Permaculture plus guests.

Cost; £625/€815. includes 10 days tuition all meals, snacks, refreshments & camping.

Early bird £550/€720. Before 1st January 2016.

£485/€630. Includes 10 days tuition and only lunch and without camping/accommodation

Living within 100km of Martina Franca €665.

10% discount for 2 booked together. 10% discount & we plant a tree for travel overland. Also we offer limited shared occupancy accommodation in trullo for €15 a night or €20 for 2 sharing a double bed.

Please note that this course is not organised by Spiralseed – all queries re. booking and accommodation should be made to the course organisers.

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Permaculture: a Beginners Guide – French edition

A French edition of our popular publication ‘Permaculture a Beginner’s Guide’ translated by Stephane Grolueax is available from our friends at Editiones Ecosocietie.

La permaculture une breve introduction

Cultiver un jardin de ville ou une terre agricole sans perturber les écosystèmes ni trop se fatiguer. Habiter une maison qui consomme moins et qui produise même un peu. Mettre sur pied des réseaux d’échanges dont les bénéfices resteront dans la communauté. La permaculture permet à chacun de concevoir et de réaliser ces projets – et bien d’autres – simplement en imitant les modèles déjà présents dans la nature.

Dans ce micromanuel abondamment illustré, Graham Burnett montre en effet que la permaculture consiste d’abord à travailler avec la nature et non contre elle, en minimisant l’effort requis. Le niveau d’intervention optimal, selon l’auteur : « ne rien faire »! Car la nature est économe, pour ne pas dire paresseuse. Son principe est de multiplier les interactions fertiles, d’employer des éléments qui remplissent plusieurs fonc tions, de tendre vers l’autosuffisance et de ne rien jeter.

Apparue en Australie dans les années 1970, la permaculture (de agriculture permanente) a évolué audelà de la seule recherche de stratégies de production alimentaire viables pour devenir une véritable méthode de design écologique aux multiples applications.

 
A Croatian edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at Zmag. – See more at: http://spiralseed.co.uk/old/products-page/product-category/permaculture-a-beginners-guide-croatian-edition/#sthash.ewcGQLJK.dpuf
A Croatian edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at Zmag. – See more at: http://spiralseed.co.uk/old/products-page/product-category/permaculture-a-beginners-guide-croatian-edition/#sthash.ewcGQLJK.dpuf
A Croatian edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at Zmag. – See more at: http://spiralseed.co.uk/old/products-page/product-category/permaculture-a-beginners-guide-croatian-edition/#sthash.ewcGQLJK.dpuf
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Full Permaculture Design Course with Graham Burnett, 5 Acre Farm, Downe, Kent

Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you concerned about climate change, peak oil and future generations? Are you interested in creating a Sustainable human Communities? Fed up with the problems and want to start looking for solutions? Then this full Permaculture Design Course led by Graham Burnett and guest tutor Jo Barker at 5 Acre Farm, Downe, near Orpington, Kent is for you! This Full Permaculture Design Course will be held over two weeks during spring 2016, and is suitable for all.

Dates; Summer 2016, 10 days total, Sat 18 – Weds 22 June (5 days) + Sat 23 – Weds 27 July (5 days) in August (NB attendance at both blocks is required in order to complete the course).

(NB, attendance at both weeks is required to complete the full course) – See more at: http://spiralseed.co.uk/old/vegan-permaculture-design-certificate-course-somerset-summer-2014/#sthash.g6DP4XlD.dpuf

Venue; Five Acres Farm, Downe, Kent.

Tutors; Graham Burnett, holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design and author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide and the  Vegan Book of Permaculture. Guest tutor Jo Barker, is also a holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design.

Cost; Sliding scale – £800 – £600 depending on income which will include all food and all teaching costs and materials.

Please note that this course is not organised by Spiralseed – all queries re. booking and accommodation should be made to the course organisers.

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The Vegan Book of Permaculture by Graham Burnett

A vegan cookbook packed with wholesome recipes, veganic growing, forest gardening and eco-friendly living.

How we eat is such a fundamental part of what we are; yet in our present time-poor culture of pre-packed fast foods, food can become an expensive symptom of alienation and disempowerment. It doesn’t have to be this way!

The Vegan Book of Permaculture gives us the tools and confidence to take responsibility for our lives and actions. Creating a good meal, either for ourselves or to share, taking time to prepare fresh, wholesome home or locally grown ingredients with care and respect can be a deeply liberating experience. It is also a way of taking back some control from the advertising agencies and multinational corporations.

In this groundbreaking and original book, Graham demonstrates how understanding universal patterns and principles, and applying these to our own gardens and lives, can make a very real difference to both our personal lives and the health of our planet. This also isn’t so very different from the compassionate concern for ‘Animals, People and Environment’ of the vegan way.

Interspersed with an abundance of delicious, healthy and wholesome exploitation-free recipes, Graham provides solutions-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health, eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing, reafforestation strategies, forest gardening, reconnection with wild nature and community regeneration with plenty of practical ways to be well fed with not an animal dead! This is vegan living at its best.

Published: 21st November 2014
ISBN: 978-1-85623-201-2
Size: 240mm x 170mm
Format: Paperback, 304pp. Authors line drawings

AVAILABLE NOW!

Special online introductory offer – buy a signed copy at the reduced price of £13.99 (normally £14.99) and also receive a FREE copy of Graham’s Towards An Ecology Of The Self booklet plus exclusive greetings card featuring artwork by Graham Burnett.

OR buy signed copies of ‘The Vegan Book of Permaculture’ AND ‘Permaculture a Beginners Guide’ together for the special price of £21 (saving almost £3.00 on their cover prices) and receive two extra free booklets, ‘Towards An Ecology Of The Self’ AND ‘Top of the Crops’ plus exclusive greetings card featuring artwork by Graham Burnett.

Also available as part of our Special Gift Package!

Download a sample from the book here

This is book is about practical, ethical, and compassion approaches to life, a handful of beautifully crafted common sense. It is an inspirational gift to humanity that can liberate you. It can shake you up, wake you up, and raise your consciousness. Some of us try hard to do the best for ourselves, our families, our animals, and our planet. Sometimes we need help. Here is help. After reading this book I didn’t just think, yes I can, I said, yes I will.

– Benjamin Zephaniah, Poet, writer, lyricist, musician and trouble maker

Long time permaculture practitioner and activist Graham Burnett has written a very practical guide to living lightly using permaculture design within the ethical constraints and opportunities of a vegan diet. Based on lived experience rather than ideology, the strong focus on food, complete with recipes, helps vegans and omnivores alike make better use of the diversity of plant based ingredients in cool temperate climates. For vegans wanting to reduce their ecological footprint, maintain nutritional balance and increase their autonomy and resilience in a rapidly changing world, this book is the ideal introduction to permaculture living and land use.

– David Holmgren, Co-originator of the Permaculture concept

Hugely inspiring and fantastically useful. I love the mix of Graham’s cheerful tone, quirky pictures and hard-won experience. The book will interest anyone seeking to live more enjoyably and with greater autonomy whether vegan or not.

– Tom Hodgkinson, Author of How To Be Free and founder of The Idler Academy

In his inimitable maverick fashion, Graham Burnett has jumbled together the pragmatism of Permaculture with the DIY ethos of punk, and come up with an essential and practical guidebook for anyone even remotely interested in the true nature of cultural (r)evolution.

– Penny Rimbaud, Performer, philosopher, writer, and founder of the band/collective, Crass

Wanting to create ways of living that respect, protect and enrich the awe-inspiring diversity of life and culture on Earth is one thing; actually setting about doing it is quite another. In The Vegan Book of Permaculture, Graham Burnett gives you many of the practical tools you need to live in a healthy, connected relationship with both the human and non-human world around you.

– Mark Boyle, Author of The Moneyless Manifesto

A refreshing, radical approach to sustainable living, it is absolutely bursting with interesting, inspiring and engaging snippets.

– Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, Authors of Becoming Vegan: Express Edition and Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition

Graham has pioneered vegan permaculture and this book is testament to his knowledge and passion. Graham integrates a desire for social justice for non-humans with the ethics, principles and practices of permaculture in a beautiful and accessible way. Its applications worldwide for social change are clear and I hope this book inspires a movement to change our landscapes and society to radically change how we interact with animals and each other.

– Nicole Vosper, Permaculture designer, gardener and community organiser

 

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Forest Gardening Course at The Naturally Vegan Plot, Cornwall

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. The design principles can be replicated in even the smallest of urban gardens – find out how!

This course is in two parts held over two weekends and will cover

  • What is forest gardening?
  • Principles of forest gardening
  • Designing a forest garden
  • Practical hands on activities
  • Create a forest garden!

NB. Although both parts will include hands-on practical activities, the second part of the course will be focused mainly on applying what’s been learned in terms of design from the previous weekend and creating a new forest garden project at the 3.5 acre Naturally Vegan plot. Part two will be open to folks who have or haven’t done Part 1, eg, for those who want a recap and / or want practical experience or who aren’t really that interested in studying the theory side and would prefer to get stuck into a hands on learning experience

Dates; Part 1; Sat 30th and Sun 31st July  Part 2; Sat 10th and Sun 11th September

Venue; The Naturally Vegan Plot, Nestled in the Tamar Valley, Cornwall, this 3.5 acre field will become a centre for research, demonstration, dissemination of information, education and practical implementation of Veganic Horticulture, woodland gardening, low impact land management initiatives, Vegan Permaculture and sustainable land use.

Tutors; Graham Burnett, holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design and author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide and the  Vegan Book of Permaculture

Cost; Full cost £95 per weekend, OR  take advantage of our ‘Early Bird’ special offer, and book both parts before 28th of May for the discounted price of £175.00. Cost includes Vegan Food and Accommodation.

Please note that this course is not organised by Spiralseed – all queries re. booking and accommodation should be made to the course organisers.

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Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide

Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide by Graham Burnett

“Everything I have come to understand about the principles of permaculture is summed up in this wonderfully readable and accessible book.”
– From the foreword by Brigit Strawbridge of BBC TV’s ‘Its Not Easy Being Green’.

What is ‘Permaculture’? This graphic guide provides the answers, and more importantly encourages the reader to apply it’s ethics and principles of sustainability and working with, rather than against, nature to their land (whether it’s a windowbox or a 1000 hectare farm), their community or their life. Newly revised, updated and expanded edition.

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Special online offer – buy a signed copy at the reduced price of £7.99 (normally £8.99) and receive a FREE copy of  ‘Top Of The Crops’, a 24 page guide to growing your own vegetables and fruit at home plus exclusive greetings card featuring artwork by Graham Burnett.!

OR buy signed copies Permaculture A Beginners Guide and The Vegan Book of Permaculture for the special online price of £21 and receive extra booklets ‘Well Fed Not An Animal Dead’ and ‘Top of the Crops’ plus exclusive greetings card featuring artwork by Graham Burnett here.

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Introduction to Permaculture Weekend with Graham Burnett, Dial House, Essex

Dates; 2 – 3 July 2016

Venue; Dial House, North Weald, nr Epping, Essex

Led by: Graham Burnet (Dip Perm Des)

Details; Held at the idylic setting of Dial House in west Essex, home to the political punk band CRASS, this residential weekend workshop can either be considered as a ‘stand alone’ introduction to Permaculture ethics, principles and design, or else can be a lead-in to the more in depth full 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The weekend is led by experienced permaculture teacher Graham Burnett (author and illustrator of ‘Permaculture- a Beginners Guide’, Trustee of the Permaculture Association (Britain) and holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design).

Accommodation: Camping in the Dial House gardens. You are welcome to arrive on the Friday evening (after 18.00 please) to put up your tent and get settled plus join us for a bit of a social session. There may be VERY LIMITED places to stay inside the house, please contact us for details or to enquire about availability.

Cost: Full cost £140. Fees include, tuition, light refreshments, camping and handouts. We also have a LIMITED number of subsidised/bursary places available for people on lower incomes, please contact us for details. £40.00 (non-refundable) deposit secures your place, balance to be paid 3 weeks before course begins.

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What folk have said about previous courses by Spiralseed and about Dial House;

“Graham’s teaching style is open, relaxed, relaxed, positive and BRILLIANT – A natural educator, thank you!”

“If anyone is considering this course I would really recommend it”

“The course was terrific and was paced in such a way as to ensure maximum benefit”

“A wonderful weekend”

“I’ve done a lot of training courses and Graham is by far one of the best trainers I’ve had”

“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”

“Dial House is a lovely chilled out site with welcoming hosts”

More information about this course and Dial House

 

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Spiralseed Special Gift Package!

Buy The Vegan Book of Permaculture, Permaculture A Beginners Guide, an exclusive Salvage™ Spiralseed T-shirt plus extra booklets and special exclusive greetings card for the special price of £39.95 including postage and packing!

Our special offer bundles together the most popular Spiralseed products, including Graham Burnett’s Vegan Book of Permaculture, a vegan cookbook packed with wholesome recipes, veganic growing, forest gardening and eco-friendly living advice; Permaculture A Beginners Guide, that will provide plenty of clear answers to the question “‘what exactly is ‘Permaculture’?”, an exclusive Salvage™ T-shirt, created from 100% salvaged materials by our partners at Sunrise Screenprint Workers Cooperative plus additional booklets and more.

This exclusive gift package includes;

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T-shirt designs below – ‘Make Compost Not War!’ or ‘Permaculture Mandala’ as featured in Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide – select your choice below

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BUY THE SPIRALSEED GIFT PACKAGE AT THE SPECIAL LOW PRICE OF £39.95 INCLUDING FREE POSTAGE AND PACKING!

(NB FREE P&P APPLIES TO UK ORDERS ONLY)

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Vegan Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary, Kentucky, USA, Fall 2016

Are you concerned about climate change, peak oil and future generations? Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you interested in changing how we interact with other species, ecosystems and our human communities? If you answered yes to any of the above, then this full permaculture design course led by Graham Burnett and William Faith is for you! The internationally-recognized, 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course yields the Permaculture Design Certificate. The course serves as an introduction to permaculture design as developed by concept co-creator Bill Mollison, which opens the door to further practice, work and advanced education.

Venue: Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary, Kentucky, USA

Dates: October 1-13, 2016

Tutors: Graham Burnett, William Faith, Joe Kilcoyne, Heather Patrick and guest tutors

Please note that this course is not organised by Spiralseed – all queries re. booking and accommodation should be made to the course organisers.

 

 

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Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N. Permaculture Course, South East Essex, Jan – June 2016

Venue; The One Love Centre, Morbeck Farm, Arterial Road, Wickford SS12 9JF.

Led by: Graham Burnett (Dip Perm Des) and guest tutors.

Details; Held at the newly set up One Love Centre in South East Essex, Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) – is a different kind of permaculture course – positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us!

The course will be taught by leading permaculture teacher Graham Burnett (author and illustrator of ‘Permaculture- a Beginners Guide’ and ‘The Vegan Book of Permaculture’, former Trustee of the Permaculture Association (Britain) and holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design) and some great guest teachers. It will be a person-centred, fun, lively and inclusive learning journey, held over one weekend per month from October 2015 to March 2016. We will explore and utilise concepts such as Permaculture Design, Systems Thinking, Community Empowerment, ‘Whole Person’ Health, Skill Sharing, Right Livelihoods and much more, and work towards solving real life challenges by developing practical design solutions.

The Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N course is participatory and dynamic, using diverse visual, audio and kinesthetic learning methods such as group work, games, problem solving, discussion, observation, field trips, practical activities, lectures and slideshows during course sessions. 

Participants are encouraged to further their learning through home study during the breaks between modules, which can include further research, personal reflection, and application of what’s being learned in practice. Participants will also work together on applied design projects relevant to their own situation that will consolidate the learning content and empower students to take solutions-based thinking back into their own homes, gardens, lives & communities, providing essential skills for effecting positive change whatever their concerns.

Dates: The course runs over 6 weekends between January and June 2016 on the following dates:

16 – 17 January 2016
20 – 21 February 2016
19 – 20 March 2016
16 – 17 April 2016
14 – 15 May 2016
11 – 12 June 2016

Cost: Full cost £380 for the full course – concessions including LIMITED expenses only places are available for those on lower income/unwaged. Please contact Chay on 07925 819178 for more information or any other booking enquiries, or have a look at our article on creative ways of raising your course costs.

 

What folk have said about previous courses by Spiralseed

“I can totally recommend this. I’ve done 2 courses 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!”

“Thank you both again for a deeply inspiring and core-shakingly eye opening PDC at Brook End this Summer. Wow!”

“Graham’s teaching style is open, non-ego, relaxed, positive and BRILLIANT – A natural educator, thank you!”

“If anyone is considering this course I would really recommend it”

“The course was terrific and was paced in such a way as to ensure maximum benefit”

“A wonderful weekend”

“I’ve done a lot of training courses and Graham is by far one of the best trainers I’ve had”

“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”

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Make Compost Not War! Unisex recycled T-Shirt

These T-shirts are created from 100% salvaged materials, consisting of shredded waste cuttings from organic cotton clothing blended with recycled plastic bottles!

£20 (FREE UK POSTAGE!)

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Hand printed in the UK onto Salvage™ shirts by Sunrise Screenprint Workshop exclusively for Spiralseed.

Salvage™ shirts are manufactured from waste product using 60% pre-consumer recycled organically grown cotton and 40% post-consumer recycled polyester. The fibres are blended into fine yarn to produce 100% recycled clothing. The shirts are then screen-printed by hand using long lasting, high quality water-based inks, that are better for the environment than solvent or formaldehyde based inks.

Salvage™ products have the Global Recycle Standard Mark, and use certified organically produced cotton and certified Fair Wear Production ensuring decent local pay and working conditions.

For more information on the T-shirt manufacturing process visit: www.salvagefashion.co.uk

All T-shirt orders include a free mystery booklet and exclusive greetings card designed by Graham Burnett!

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Permaculture Mandala Unisex recycled T-Shirt

These T-shirts are created from 100% salvaged materials, consisting of shredded waste cuttings from organic cotton clothing blended with recycled plastic bottles!

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Available *S *M *L *XL *XXL

Hand printed in the UK onto Salvage™ shirts by Sunrise Screenprint Workshop exclusively for Spiralseed.

Salvage™ shirts are manufactured from waste product using 60% pre-consumer recycled organically grown cotton and 40% post-consumer recycled polyester. The fibres are blended into fine yarn to produce 100% recycled clothing. The shirts are then screen-printed by hand using long lasting, high quality water-based inks, that are better for the environment than solvent or formaldehyde based inks.

Salvage™ products have the Global Recycle Standard Mark, and use certified organically produced cotton and certified Fair Wear Production ensuring decent local pay and working conditions.

For more information on the T-shirt manufacturing process visit: www.salvagefashion.co.uk

All T-shirt orders include a free mystery booklet and exclusive greetings card designed by Graham Burnett!

£20 (FREE UK POSTAGE!)

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Creating A Positive Revolution – A Six Week Appreciative Inquiry Course, Southend on Sea

The world’s full of big problems. You want to do something, but where to start?

Start with something small. Something that makes best use of your unique set of gifts. Something that begins on your doorstep – that tackles the problem in front you – and grows from there. 

This course, an enhanced version of one I ran in 2012 – and this time co-delivered with Permaculture teacher and author Graham Burnett – will equip you with the skills and inspiration to Make Something Happen in your community.

I’m an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner with 10 years of working with this philosophy to help people make a difference. You don’t need to know anything about Appreciative Inquiry (have a Google!) except that it’s originator – Dr David Cooperider – describes it as a way to seek out what gives life in order to ignite the imagination of what could be. It’s used with communities all over the world: working especially well in rural communities in developing countries.

At its heart is story-telling, and finding the best in every person. Everyone has something they can DO. To quote Cooperider (because this is great and I’ve nicked a bit for the course title):

“[Appreciative Inquiry] deliberately seeks to discover people’s exceptionality – their unique gifts, strengths, and qualities. It actively searches and recognizes people for their specialities – their essential contributions and achievements. And it is based on principles of equality of voice – everyone is asked to speak about their vision of the true, the good, and the possible. Appreciative Inquiry builds momentum and success because it believes in people. It really is an invitation to a positive revolution. Its goal is to discover in all human beings the exceptional and the essential.”

Over six weeks you’ll learn how AI works and will be encouraged to build your own project. The course is interactive and practical, and the fee includes a folder with detailed handouts of each session and all exercises. We encourage a certain amount of ‘homework’ but this will be light, fun and optional.

Places are restricted to 16, and will be allocated first come first served. (We’ll start a waiting list if we get over-subscribed!)

Tutors: Sherry Fuller, Appreciative Inquiry practitioner and founder of Southend Soup, Graham Burnett, Diploma of Permaculture Design

Venue: Upstairs at The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road (opposite Southend Central Station), Southend on Sea,

Dates: One evening a week for 6 weeks, Thursday 28 April through to Thursday 2 June

Time: 7 – 9pm

Course fee: Cost for full course £30.00 for concessions (ie students, and those not currently working.)

£50.00 for everyone else

A deposit secures your place and you can pay the remaining balance on the first night. £5 deposit for concessions, £15 deposit for non-concessions.

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Spring Into Action London Permaculture Design Course

London’s Permaculture Design Course – Spring Into Action! and Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) are a different kind of permaculture course – positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! The The format is participatory and dynamic, using diverse visual, audio and kinesthetic learning methods such as group work, games, problem solving, discussion, observation, field trips, practical activities, lectures and slideshows during course sessions. This course will be hosted at Furtherfield Commons in Finsbury Park, a new and exciting partnership project:

‘We believe that through creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology people are inspired and enabled to become active co-creators of their cultures and societies.’

Venue: Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London

Led By: The course will be taught by Graham Burnett (Dip. Perm Des), Claire White (Dip. Perm Des), James Taylor (MSc. Human Ecology) and some great guest teachers.

Dates: 6 weekends, March – May 2016

Cost: We are pleased to announce that we are holding our course fees for another year £780 full cost, £580 – Individual, waged (income less than £25k), £380 concessions/low waged

The booking form for the course is now live and we are accepting participants.Please note that this course is not organised by Spiralseed – all queries re. booking and accommodation should be made to the course organisers.
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Towards an Ecology of the Self

Towards an Ecology of the Self – ‘Zone Zero Zero Design Notes’ by Graham Burnett

“You start with your nose, then your hands, your back door, your doorstep. You get all that right, then everything is right. If all that’s wrong, nothing can ever be right”

-Bill Mollison

A small booklet exploring the role of the ‘personal’ in permaculture design systems. The interconnected permaculture ethics of earthcare and peoplecare imply that wholeness and earth repair is not just about the wider ‘out there’ of our gardens, farms, forests and oceans, but is just as importantly to do with the ‘ecology of the self’. Paying attention to our own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs and development is fundamental to good ‘Zone Zero Zero’ design. Just as peace is not simply the absence of war, so too health is not just about being free from disease. Therefore self-care – setting up holistic mind and body systems in order to avoid sickness, depression, stress and burn-out – is a vital part of enhancing well-being and developing personal effectiveness.

A5 booklet format, 20 pages

PRICE £3.00

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Top of the Crops – How to Make Your Edible Garden Grow

Top of the Crops – How to Make Your Edible Garden Grow by Graham Burnett

A no-nonsense guide to producing fresh and tasty vegetables in your own back garden. This booklet contains all you need to know to start you off growing crops that are good for your health, good for your children, good for your community, good for wildlife, good for your planet and good
for your pocket!

A5 booklet, 24 pages

PRICE £3.50 or FREE when you buy a copy of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide!

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Earth Writings

Earth Writings by Graham Burnett

“In the quarter of a century since Johnny Rotten’s chant of ‘no future’, people like Graham Burnett have categorically proved that there is one; in short, if you’re not looking for the solution, you’re part of the problem… To those of us who see today’s supermarket commodity culture as anti-creative and anti-life, there’s no alternative. In its bold optimism, this book is designed to inspire action: read on, and then get out there and Do It”

– From the forward by Penny Rimbaud, former drummer and lyricist of CRASS

Collected in this volume are Graham’s articles, artwork, songs and conversations spanning 3 decades of involvement in ‘Earth Right’ activities, from animal rights protest to compost toilet building. It features material that has appeared in publications as diverse as Green Anarchist and Permaculture Magazine to Attitude Problem and The Idler, as well as his own self published (and some previously unpublished) work.

Herein Graham provides commentary, practical advice, and his own unique and often witty personal takes on issues including guerrilla gardening, permaculture, allotmenteering, forest gardening, punk and DIY culture, LETS and community economics, veganism, ecological building and rustic furniture making and low impact living, as well as his graphic visions for a post energy-descent future… MAKE COMPOST, NOT WAR!!!

PRICE REDUCTION! Was £9.99 – Now only £5.00!

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Teaching Permaculture As If People Mattered – free PDF download

Teaching Permaculture As If People Mattered – A Gathering At Dial House June 23 – 26 2004

In the summer of 2004 a group of permaculture teachers from around the UK and Europe came together at Dial House in Essex for an open space gathering around the theme of ‘teaching permaculture creatively’. Over the four days the 15 of us took part in sharing and discussing our teaching practice as well as ways to strengthen our teaching networks. This PDF publication collects the notes from this event, serving as a useful documentation of the development of permaculture teaching.

Free PDF download

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Permaculture Mandala poster

Permaculture Mandala signed full colour poster by Graham Burnett

This popular poster and tee-shirt design illustrating the ethics and principles of permaculture is now available as an A3 colour edition suitable for framing or laminating.

A perfect gift, or a useful tool for public displays, stalls, events or Permaculture design courses in order to explain the basics and diversity of the permaculture philosophy in a simple yet attractive way.

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Printed on high quality recycled 120gsm paper using vegetable based eco inks, signed by the artist.

PRICE £4.50

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Permaculture a Beginner’s Guide – Croatian edition

Permaculture – a Beginner’s Guide – Croatian edition

A Croatian edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at Zmag.

Permakultura – Vodič za početnike

S konzervativnih stanovišta mainstream znanosti, koja kod nas još uvijek kroji “stvarnost”, permakultura može izgledati kao “džungla” čiji se smjerovi razvoja na širem društvenom planu jasno ne raspoznaju. No za nove modele, kakav je i permakultura, ne vrijede zakoni linearnog, ograničenog svijeta.

Price: 30 kn, available directly from Zmag

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Permaculture – a Beginner’s Guide – Spanish edition

Permaculture – a Beginner’s Guide – Spanish edition

A Spanish edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at EcoHabitar magazine.

“La historia está plagada de sociedades que sobre explotan sus recursos y que ya se extinguieron. Nos estamos acercando rápidamente a esa situación. No obstante, gracias a un diseño racional, podemos crear los sistemas necesarios para vivir correctamente, sin causar destrucción o contaminación.
La permacultura es el método más coherente concebido hasta el momento “

Steve Read, profesor y diseñador de Permacultura

¿Qúe es la Permacultura exactamente ?
Este libro dará algunas respuestas, y lo que es más importante, te animará a aplicar sus principios de sostenibilidad y como trabajar con la naturaleza en tu entorno, ya sea un balcón o una finca de 1000 ha, tu comunidad y tu día a día…

Price 10,00€, available directly from EcoHabitar

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Lifting the Lid of the Compost Toilet DVD

Lifting the Lid of the Compost Toilet – a film by Nick Fenton

Made by BAFTA award winning Nick Fenton (whose credits also include ‘Taking Liberties’ and the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary ‘The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off’), a documentation and demystification of the building of the compost toilet at Dial House (once the home of radical punk band Crass). This film explores permaculture pollution solutions, with a strong message that Anyone Can Do It!

Warning – features strong language, nudity and dubious puns that some may find offensive!

Read article about the making of the compost toilet

Main feature approx 19 minutes + approx 30 minutes of extra features.

PRICE: £7.00

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