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Permaculture Design Course with Aranya

June 3 @ 5:00 pm - June 18 @ 12:00 pm

Vegetable beds at Laya Point, Duddon Valley, Lake District, Cumbria

A dog's eye view of the Veg beds at Laya Point Permaculture.

Permaculture Design Course in the Lake District National Park

Join us for our third Permaculture Design Certificate, here in the stunning beauty of the Duddon Valley in the Lake District National Park.

We are delighted to welome back one of the UK’s most experienced Permaculture educators and designers, Aranya Gardens. He is returning to us for his second PDC at Laya Point Permaculture.  Aranya has taught over 70 Permaculture Design courses both in the UK and internationally and is one of the strong guiding voices in this field. Between this and the overwhelming success of our very first PDC in 2014, taught by Australian elder, John Champagne, the bar has been set extremely high.

Aranya’s teaching domain usually prevails in the South of England and mainland Europe, so we are really pleased and excited to be able to bring his expertise to Northern England and the Scottish Borders. Join us for two weeks of life changing whole systems design, radical self-care and realistic exploration into resilient and responsive small and large scale land-based solutions.

We welcome you to join us and explore the world of Permaculture and take up the challenging to change your life, land and community.

We have organised a two week intensive PDC which we trust will challenge and inspire you. Aranya and guest teachers have built a curriculum to develop your knowledge and design skills to bring resilience and balance to land-based projects and businesses, social enterprises and community initiatives in areas as diverse as architecture, town planning, food production, agroforestry, rehabilitation and community tenureship.

We know a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)  is a big commitment but the benefits are manifold. This has been the experience of so many PDC graduates. The Permaculture principles are effective tools for the design and implementation of projects across a wide spectrum of society and environments. It is fair to say that a PDC is a life-changing event!

Benefits of a Permaculture Design Certificate

A PDC is open to anyone of all walks of life and can be the launching pad for many individuals into a new avenue of livelihood.

  • Completing a 72 hour PDC can help you to expand your understanding and implementation of sustainable design practices. This can be applied in the field of architecture, urban planning, agriculture, agroforestry, landscape design, and sustainable leadership.
  • There are also applications for Permaculture design within the field of disaster relief, community programs, intentional community/eco-village design.
  • Permaculture practices are suitable to take into schools and adult learning and therapeutic environments.
  • If you can, please feel free to bring either a hard drive or memory stick, so that you are able to take away reading materials, documentaries, learning tools and best practice guides. These will form a magnificent education tool kit to aid further self-study and supported practice for you or your local community, work team or family.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) Topics Covered

The curriculum covers the chapters contained in Bill Mollison’s book ‘Permaculture: A Designers Manual’  published in 1988 and uses content from Aranya’s own publication “Permaculture a step-by-step guide”, as well as Patrick Whitefield’s northern hemisphere/cool temperate equivalent, ‘The Earth Care Manual’. The content reflects the proven examples set out in these texts as well as introducing innovative additions to the ever evolving broad concept of permaculture. These topics include :

  • Origins, Development, Ethics & Principles of Permaculture
  • Basics of Ecology & proven knowledge on climate, water, soils & trees.
  • Soil conservation, types, texture & factors in fertility
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Design Methods & tools for creative design and process.
  • Food Production systems from an urban to rural scale & animal integration.
  • Aquaculture & Appropriate Technology.
  • Designing for different climatic zones & disaster mitigation strategies.
  • Energy Efficient Housing & Eco-Village design.
  • Bioregional & Local strategies for community resilience.
  • Spirals of erosion & points of intervention
  • Boundaries & limiting factors
  • Observation skills
  • Site surveying
  • Design methods
  • Green manures & dynamic accumulators
  • Kitchen gardening
  • Integrated pest management
  • Water & sewage treatment
  • Fruit tree growing
  • Agroforestry & Forest gardening
  • Trees & their Microclimates
  • Permaculture & future generations
  • Patterns in nature
  • Food choices
  • Ecological footprinting
  • Sustainable economics
  • Urban permaculture
  • Green architecture
  • Bioregionalism
  • Non-land based design
  • Accelerated learning techniques
  • Seed saving & plant propagation
  • The Permaculture Association & Diploma WorkNet
  • Where next? & lots more……

The texts used for the content of our Design Courses include -:

  • “A Designers Manual” – Bill Mollison
  • “Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability” –  David Holmgren
  • “Permaculture Design – a step-by-step guide” – Aranya
  • ”Earthcare Manual” – Patrick Whitefield
  • “Teachers Notes” – Rosemary Morrow
  • “Teaching Permaculture Creatively” – Robin Clayfield

Aranya Gardens

Permaculture Design Teacher – Aranya

Aranya began to get involved in Permaculture in the late 1980’s, being fortunate enough to meet and learn from some of the early pioneers in the movement.

During the 1990’s, Aranya regularly lectured and debated on environmental issues in schools and colleges and in the media for a national campaigning group over a period of five years.

In 1996, he completed the Certificate in Permaculture Design (a two week residential course), where he finally emersed himself in the subject, taking the leap from his Physics background into Permaculture.

He went on to participate in two separate week-long Teaching Permaculture Creatively courses and to complete Stage One of the City and Guilds 7307 Adult Education Teaching Certificate. Aranya now co-teaches a Training of Permaculture Teachers course with his colleagues at Designed Visions. He has also designed and implemented several major garden projects during the last decade using permaculture principles, that formed a significant part of his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design portfolio (completed in September 2003).

Aranya served as a trustee of the Permaculture Association (Britain) for five years (2000 to 2005), the Interim Diploma Development Team and Diploma Working Group (2005-2012) and currently serves on the Education Working Group. He is now a Senior Diploma Tutor, helping apprentices with their own Diploma pathways.

Aranya is a very busy permaculture teacher, leading around ten full design courses a year at present and having taught a grand total of seventy to date. He also forms part of the Permaculture consultancy team, Designed Visions, who have published Permaculture education manuals and books, and provides e-learning resources.

In 2003, Aranya initiated the Permaculture Musicians project. This has in turn produced a CD of permaculture songs called ‘Earth Stars’, that was sold to raise funds for permaculture projects at home and abroad. In the spring of 2012, Permanent Publications published his first book ‘Permaculture Design – a step-by-step guide’, and he is currently writing his second book, ”’Systems, Patterns and Principles in Permaculture Design’.

Between 2012 and 2014 he also ran RegenAG UK, which hosts courses by pioneering farmers and farm designers from around the world.

forestUlpha, duddon Valley and Laya Point

Laya Point

Laya Point is nestled in the hidden Duddon Valley of the Lake District. Based at an old school established in the mid 19th century, the school rests on a one acre plot and has been converted into a large vegetable garden of 33 beds on the former playing tarmac, as well as a fledgling forest garden. Over the stone wall boundary lies the glacially shaped fields smattered with immovable boulders. Beyond that runs the iconic Duddon River, forests and the wild heather, juniper and bilberry riddled scree and fells. With the backdrop of immeasurable natural beauty, we welcome to you Laya Point to immerse yourself in this Permaculture Design Certificate.

Lovingly prepared whole-food will be provided throughout the PDC. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is important if you are get the most out of the PDC.

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Permaculture Design Course – £650


Farmhouse – £340

Camping – £140

We have hired a farmhouse that is situated about 3 minutes walk from Laya Point – This beautiful house can accommodate between 8 – 11 people, depending on whether or not there are couples.  There are three double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms and one single room, with an option for an additional two on futon beds.  The house has nice big living areas, with a really big kitchen diner, similarly big living room with a fireplace, that leads to a roof terrace, with fabulous views of the valley.  Downstairs has another big living room with log burner.  There is a beautiful garden and the house backs onto both a wood and the open fells.

Alternatively, there is the option to camp, either in our grounds or at a local camp site (depending on numbers).


We are happy and able to collect people from either Ulverston or Foxfield (preferably Foxfield), if you are thinking of travelling by public transport.  But please contact us before booking your tickets, so that we can try to coordinate with the other participants and minimise the number of pickups.

Permaculture Design Course with Aranya


June 3 @ 5:00 pm
June 18 @ 12:00 pm
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