The word Permaculture is popping up everywhere these days. But what is it? Wikipedia says “Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.”
It was developed, and the term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978, so it’s not such a new concept after all! Mollison has said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”
At the end of this month we will be joined by Richard Webb, who has held a diploma in permaculture teaching and design for 25 years and is accredited with the Permaculture Association UK. Richard has taught full permaculture design courses in Ireland (Cloughjordan) and Hong Kong and has taught permaculture for 15 years on the DIT MSc in Sustainable Development. Richard is also the co-ordinator of Bray Grow It Yourself.
He will give a two day introduction to Permaculture and teach participants how to leave more sustainably. The course costs €65 including a forest walk on the second morning.
You can learn more about the course by visiting here. Book your place here.