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Grow Beyond Vegan!

An Introduction to Plant - Based Permaculture

Dates: Saturday – Sunday, 31 August- 1 September 2019

Led By Graham Burnett

Cost: £160 to £200 (Sliding scale – pay what you can afford according to your income), includes food.

Concessions for unwaged - £140

Accommodation: Camping £6 and nearby B&B,

Food: 3 fab meals a day will be provided as well as hot/cold drinks, food is always nutritious & delicious, vegan and fresh – using organic produce grown at Karuna whenever possible.

Booking: please complete the booking form at the bottom of this page.

Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you concerned about climate change and future generations? Are you interested in changing how we interact with other species, ecosystems and our human communities? Then our Grow Beyond Vegan! Introduction to Vegan Permaculture Course is for you!

Grow Beyond Vegan! Reducing your intake of animal products is a powerful and positive step towards a more compassionate lifestyle, and greatly reduces your environmental impacts. Yet even a vegan diet can have a high carbon footprint if still reliant on processed foods from industrialised agricultural systems. These often remove trees and forests from land in order to grow fossil fuel dependent annual crops, or rely heavily on imported products, cash crops and exploited labour. The Vegan way combined with Permaculture design systems can create a world that is not just ‘sustainable’ but truly REGENERATIVE, restoring forests, repairing ecosystems, building soils, increasing biodiversity, developing local economies and addressing issues of social justice and animal liberation! Our forthcoming weekend course held in the beautiful setting of Karuna Insight Design Forest Garden, Shropshire, is a unique opportunity to learn about Vegan Permaculture principles with instructor Graham Burnett, author of The Vegan Book of Permaculture and experienced Permaculture Designer. Places are limited, so don’t miss this amazing opportunity to apply Ecological Veganism to your life and world!

Venue: Karuna Insight Design, Shropshire. Set within an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) on the upper fringes of the ‘Long Mynd’, Karuna is an 18 acre low impact Permaculture and Forest garden demonstration site, where visitors, students and volunteers can directly explore and experience some of the possibilities that exist to help revitalise the British countryside (creation of a nature reserve) and to help the nation accommodate, feed and power itself in the most positive way. The project has become a highly valued unique working educational resource.

Led By: The course will be taught by Graham Burnett (Dip. Perm Des). Graham has been teaching Permaculture since 1998, is a holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design and author of 'Permaculture, A Beginner’s Guide' and the 'Vegan Book of Permaculture.' He runs Spiralseed, an ethical venture working in partnership with others who share concerns around social environmental justice. He has been vegetarian since 1977 and vegan since 1984.

Details: Applying Permaculture design thinking to your cruelty free lifestyle, this weekend will focus on design skills – learning to see patterns in nature and in human and social contexts. It will give us the tools and confidence to take responsibility for our lives and actions whilst ‘doing least harm’ to our earth and her inhabitants, whether human or non-human.

This course will give participants;

Ability to define the term ‘Permaculture’ within a vegan context

Ability to give a number of examples of non-animal based Permaculture systems in action

Ability to describe a number of examples of interconnections in human and natural systems

Ability to state the ethics and principles of Veganic Permaculture

Ability to develop observation and pattern recognition skills

Ability to set personal Permaculture-based design goals

Experience in practicing Permaculture design processes and methods

Who is this course suitable for?

Open to all – no previous knowledge or experience necessary. This course will be of particular interest to those who would like to know more about Permaculture design without the use or exploitation of animals and the environment. Vegans and vegetarians are especially welcome, although following a vegan lifestyle is not a prerequisite for attendance!

We do expect people to play fair and to be considerate. We are able to offer courses at the lower rate for those who are unable to pay more because those who can afford to pay choose to pay the full amount. So please, if you are in the fortunate position that you can choose not to work, due to large savings or investments perhaps, then please pay the full course fees and not the rate quoted for those who are unwaged or on low income.

The Concessionary rate - 3 places, available for unemployed, pensioners & students, on a first-come first served basis.

If you have not heard from us within 2 days of submitting the form, please email us ([email protected] - possibly we have not received your form) thank you very much.