Social permaculture

1-6 September 2015

Course vision

A deepening, empowering collective discovery.


Looby Macnamara, Starhawk, Robina McCurdy, Peter Cow and Robin Clayfield

Who is it for? 

This course is aimed at people with existing knowledge of permaculture. It will be useful and relevant to anyone working in group situations; from workshop leaders to transition groups, from the workplace to community groups to families. It will be valuable for existing permaculture teachers who want to develop or specialise in social permaculture.


What is social permaculture?

titleThere is a growing realisation that, while enough skills, resources and techniques for widespread planet care and repair currently exist, there are other stumbling blocks that we have yet to overcome. What has been noted time and again is the ability of people themselves to stand in the way of positive action, right through from a personal to a global level. We can observe with individual, community and larger scale projects that it is our dynamics as human beings that ultimately dictate success or stalling. Well-meaning projects can come to a stand still if people aren’t attended to.

Social permaculture has arisen out of the need to focus on us as people, how we can inter – relate, motivate, inspire, act co-operatively and effectively to bring about positive benefits for the planet and people to secure our future. Social permaculture recognises the value and effectiveness of applying permaculture principles and design to all relationships. 


Full course details

This is a one-off opportunity to learn from this constellation of facilitators. Social permaculture is being pioneered by these 5 facilitators and is currently considered to be one of the cutting edges of permaculture. This course aims to bring it more to the forefront and integrate it into the wider permaculture movement. Together there will be rich emergence, we will be creating more answers and pushing the edges of social permaculture.

titleWhat will the course give?

 * for ourselves as individuals each person will come away from this course with a toolbox of methods and processes that can be applied to any group or relationship

* each of us will have the opportunity to set intentions for ourselves and the relationships we have

* collectively we will be weaving together something that will progress the whole movement of social permaculture globally


Course facilitators

Starhawk, Looby Macnamara, Robin Clayfield, Peter Cow and Robina McCurdy

Starhawk is the author of The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups and 11 other books.  She brings forty or more years of experience with horizontal, co-creative organizing, facilitating, and teaching, a lifetime of experiences sometimes wonderful, sometimes horrific!  Her special interests are in working across the lines of diversity, and in helping groups learn the communication tools and interpersonal skills to navigate conflict.

Looby Macnamara is author of People and Permaculture and 7 ways to think differently. She is bringing an understanding of how to apply the permaculture principles and design to ‘invisible’ structures and social situations. She has created the design web specifically for people based designs. Her special interests are using systems thinking for groups and learning through creative play.

Robin Clayfield is an International Facilitator, Educator, Social Change Agent and Author. She brings over 3 decades of Permaculture Facilitation, her cutting edge 'Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning' Methodology plus abundant skills, processes, passion and a deep love of group work and caring for people.

Robina McCurdy is the author of Grounding Vision - Empowering Culture, the Localising Food Facilitators Manual, and ‘Growing Schools’ video series producer. Over the past 30 years she has worked globally as a permaculture educator within community development, focusing on ecovillages, farming co-ops, urban neighbourhoods and schools.  Through this dynamic social change work, Robina has crafted a rich toolkit of outcome-oriented processes for collective decision-making and transformative action.  Lets play!

Peter Cow is a heartfelt and cutting edge facilitator, passionate about tools that unlock personal growth, effective collaboration and regenerative cultural design. He brings community living experience, a love of music, and a deep connection to nature to all his work, leading PDCs, social permaculture courses, and trainings in regenerative culture around Europe.


The experiential feel of the course

As well as learning in the whole group, there will be affinity groups where there is further opportunity to share and try out the tools and processes. Throughout the course we will be learning through doing and reflecting on our experiences. We will be grounding the learning in people's real experience and offering opportunities for people to follow-up their learning with intentions and tool-boxes to go home with. 

We will be learning from the wisdom of the group as well as from the facilitators. Through the cross fertilisation of best practices  we will be co-creating to enhance the scope of social permaculture. 

titleThere will be plenty of learning through play, with lots of skills, processes and insights to share.

The course itself will be a living, embodied example of social permaculture, where we have the opportunity to co-create a culture that engages, enables and empowers, while embracing diversity and deepens connections. 

This course will be powerful, revitalising and inspiring. It will be a transformational personal and collective adventure.



1-6 September 2015


Capacity of the event

minimum: around 27
maximum: 50


Concession (students, pensioners, unwaged) £325 – limited places available on a first come first served basis
Low waged (under £15K/year) £425
Waged £525
Organisation rate £625  

Price includes all food, tuition. Accomodation is either camping or  in shared rooms in the eco-lodge. Camping is included in the price and  for the lodge there is an additional charge of £5 a night i.e. £25 for  the entire course.

Travel Arrangements

It will be train to Petersfield and then we would either get people to coordinate taxis, lifts or minibus


camping or eco-lodge

Tue, 01/09/2015
- £525
- £325
- £625
Low Waged
- £425