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Grow Back Better: Full Permaculture Design Course


Grow Back Better – London’s Permaculture Design Course offers positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! Running between April and September 2023 at OrganicLea’s Hawkwood site in Chingford, 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 is hosted and organised in partnership with SpiralSeed. 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.


Location: OrganicLea, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, London, E4 7UH

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

Dates: Spring – summer 2023, 6 weekends (total 12 days) on the following dates:

Sat 29 – Sun 30 April

Sat 27 – Sun 28 May

Sat 24 – Sun 25 June

Sat 22 – Sun 23 July

Sat 19 – Sun 20 August

Sat 23 – Sun 24 September

Times: 10am – 4.30pm

Cost: Full cost £590 for 12 days. Some subsidised places may be available, please contact us for more information. We also offer a higher rate payment option of £790 (or whatever you can afford)  in order to help support a subsidised place for those less able to pay.


NB. Your place on the course will be reserved upon receipt of a £95 deposit and secured upon receipt of full payment.  If you have further queries relating to the course, please check SpiralSeed’s Frequently Asked Questions to see if they are answered there, if they are not then contact SpiralSeed and they 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 fundraising ideas here.


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