Design 4 ACTION! Permaculture Course, Finsbury Park, London, Spring 2018




London’s Permaculture Design Course – Design 4 ACTION (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! 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. Adapted from the Permaculture Association (Britain)’s PDC core curriculum, this is a person-centred, fun, lively and inclusive course, exploring and utilising concepts such as Systems Thinking, Holistic Design, Community Empowerment, ‘Whole Person’ Health, Skill Sharing, Critical Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, Right Livelihoods and much more.

The format is participatory and dynamic using diverse visual, audio and kinesthetic learning methods such as individual and group work, games, problem solving, discussion, observation, field trips, practical activities, lectures and slideshows. This course will be hosted in Finsbury Park in north London at Furtherfield Commons, a new and exciting partnership project at the cutting edges of dynamic cultural change, and Edible Landscapes London, an inspiring and flourishing urban forest garden project created by local community activists and volunteers.


Venue: Furtherfield Commons and Edible Landscapes London, Finsbury Park, London

Led By: The course will be taught by Graham Burnett (Dip. Perm Des) and some great guest teachers.

Dates: 6 weekends, May – July 2018.

5 – 6 May
19 – 20 May
2 – 3 June
16 – 17 June
30 June – 1 July
14 – 15 July

Times: 9.45am – 4.30pm

Cost: Full cost £590 for 12 days. Note that we are able to offer a strictly LIMITED number of subsidised/bursary places for people on lower incomes. We also offer a higher rate payment option in order to help support a subsidised place for those less able to pay.

Below is a suggested scale of fees that we feel fairly reflects the income disparities among our attendees. Before booking we ask you to make an honest assessment of where you place yourself on this scale. We are committed to providing training at an affordable rate for everyone, however please note that our courses do not usually receive external funding or subsidies and need to be self-financing, with course fees covering all of the costs such as venue hire, teacher’s fees, catering, materials, certification, etc. Concessionary places are limited so please only take one if you really need it. Please contact us  if you wish to apply for a subsidised/bursary place. We would also ask you to read our article ‘Can’t Afford A Course?’ for other creative ideas for raising your fees such as crowdfunding, available grants, etc before applying for a subsidised place.

£590 – Individual, waged (suggested income more than £25k)
£390 – Individual, waged (suggested income less than £25k subsidised place)
£250 – Individual, concessionary rate (suggested unwaged subsidised place)
£790 – ‘Pay It Forward’ Supporters rate – paying our upper rate will help to sponsor a subsidised place for somebody less able to pay.

Please note that currently there are 3 (almost) free places available for people on low incomes on this Permaculture Design Course – click here for details of eligibility and how to apply.

NB. Your place on the course will be reserved upon receipt of a £95 deposit and secured upon receipt of full payment. Please contact us  if you wish to apply for a subsidised/bursary place. If you have further queries relating to the course, please check our Frequently Asked Questions to see if they are answered there, if they are not then contact us and we will get back to you.

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!”

“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”

Can’t afford the course fees? Have a look at some ideas here or fundraise for your tuition with We The Trees!




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Pay deposit £95 (non-refundable), Pay full cost £590, Pay outstanding balance £495, Pay supporters rate £790