Empowering women with permaculture

CoursesWhen: 31st August-3rd September

Where: Applewood Permaculture Centre, Herefordshire UK

Facilitators: Looby Macnamara and Maddy Harland

Concessionary rate  £195
Low income rate (less than £15K/year) £265
Waged rate  £325

(this cost includes all food and camping, there is a limited amount of indoor accommodation for those that need it.)

Course Summary: An experiential journey for women who are seeking to find their voice, walk further on their journey and reach their journey

Language: English

Full Course Details

What women will go home with from the course –
*Greater clarity about their life path.
*Practical strategies for integrating permaculture more deeply into their
daily lives.
*Developing shared sense of meaning.
*An understanding of why women are powerful but often are not seen as the
*How to give and receive mentoring and support

*The opportunity to do some practical work (building, making) and expand our comfort zones around practical activities
*A safe space to share and connect deeply with a circle of women
*A chance to also connect with the sense of place and the land – an
emerging permaculture smallholding

How do men and women differ and are we comfortable with those differences? When do we as women need to become more visible and how do we develop our confidence as natural leaders? Can we empower ourselves using the wisdom of natural systems to more fully develop our potential? How do we as women learn to support each other in this process and do we fully understand the shadow aspects of this work?

Looby Macnamara and Maddy Harland want to explore these subjects with a circle of women within a permaculture context. They invite you to come to a three-day intensive at a permaculture centre, camp out on the land, and be close to nature in a nurturing and safe environment with good food. This is an opportunity for you to breathe deeply; connect with your inner potential; understand what holds you back; gain insights from natural systems that are embedded within permaculture principles; and learn with other women how you can become more empowered, more you!

There are three main strands to this course, the first is the opportunity to work through our own limiting beliefs and blocks and go on a personal journey of empowerment. The second strand is to understand the cultural constructs that govern our thoughts and behaviours and to develop ways to empower every women on the planet to offer their gifts to the world. The third is to deepen our understanding of the patterns of natural systems and how can learn from nature to live with more balanced and wisdom.

About the Facilitators

Maddy Harland co-founded Permanent Publications in 1990 and is the editor of Permaculture magazine. Maddy helped set up The Sustainability Centre in 1995, a former Naval base, now a thriving educational charity on the South Downs in Hampshire, UK where she is Chair of the Board of Trustees. Maddy is also a founder of Gaia Education. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an accredited teacher with the International Network of Energy Healing. She has a passion for regenerative food forests and wilderness.

Looby Macnamara is an experienced permaculture teacher. She is author of 2 books People and Permaculture and 7 Ways to Think Differently. People and Permaculture is the first book to directly translate the principles and design methods of permaculture from land to people. Looby is co-founder of Thriving Ways, a collective of facilitators passionate about using permaculture in personal and social situations. Looby is also one of the partners of Designed Visions, one of the UK’s leading permaculture training organizations. Looby enjoys using creative teaching methods to create a fun and collaborative learning environment.

As well as Maddy and Looby the group will be supported by apprentices from Thriving Ways.

Why this course is important

Women have come a long way in western society since the early 20th century. In 1921, women over 21 in Britain finally achieved the same voting rights as men. In 1971 in the USA, women were at last allowed to practice law. In 1997, marital rape was finally criminalised in Germany. Yet in Britain today, men earn 14% more than women and in the world there are only 22 out of 196 female head of state/prime ministers. Equality and opportunity are still contemporary issues that need attending to. One of the three ethics of permaculture is fair shares and this includes a fair share of opportunity to speak and to lead. Within the permaculture movement male teachers and authors appear to be more prominent, yet there are a growing number of women whose voices are being heard. The time is ripe for us to step up to positions of leadership and to share our unique wisdom as women to enable and enhance all three ethics to grow in the world.

Who is it for?

This course is for any women that already have some existing knowledge of permaculture e.g. an introduction course (People and Permaculture and 7 Ways to Think Differently are relevant and useful reading prior to the course).

There is an introduction course the weekend prior to this at the same venue, and people are welcome to stay on in between. Details can be found  here

Venue details

Applewood Permaculture Centre is a new project started by Looby and her partner Chris Evans. Set in 20 acres of stunning countryside in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, they are developing a permaculture demonstration and training centre. Our aims are to regenerate lifestyles, livelihoods and landscapes.

See here for our facebook page

Here is a video recorded at the Training of Teachers course at Applewood in 2015

Applewood Permaculture Pioneers from Gaiacraft on Vimeo.

What to bring

Camping equipment (if camping – there is some indoor accomodation available) poems, stories, songs for campfires in the evenings

Booking Information

Please contact Looby via the contact page or phone on 01584 831195 for more details and booking.



2 responses »

  1. hi Saleema, Applewood is a new venture and we are still developing our infrastructure and trying to do that within the restraints of planning. We can do our best to accomodate people, and it is certainly easier to do this with plenty of notice. Email me and we can discuss your needs further. thanks Looby

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