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Grow Back Better 2024: 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 during 2024 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, practical activities, lectures and slideshows. This course is hosted and organised in partnership with OrganicLea  at Hawkwood Nursery; a 12 acre Certified Vegan Organic community food project run by a core workers cooperative, which is located on the edge of East and North London in Chingford amongst Epping Forest. 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: Six weekends from May to October 2024:

Sat 11th – Sun 12th May

Sat 8th – Sun 9th June

Sat 13th – Sun 14th July

Sat 10th – Sun 11th August

Sat 21st – Sun 22nd September

Sat 12th – Sun 13th October

Times: 10am – 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. Concessionary places are limited so please only request one if you really need it. We would also ask you to read our article ‘Can’t Afford A Course?’ https://spiralseed.co.uk/cant-afford-a-course/ for other creative ideas for raising your fees such as crowdfunding, available grants, etc before applying for a subsidised place.


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 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”

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