Green building and Permaculture Design

Stroud permaculture Course
This post is here to promote next years Stroud Permaculture Course.
Last Thursday I taught the green building session on the first Stroud permaculture design course. We’ve had 28 people book on and the sessions are held at Rodbourgh community centre every Thursday night. In addition to this there are a series of weekend trips out including a visit to Ben Law’s woodland, Five Penny Farm and a day with me at Duchy Home Farm. The course was over subscribed and will run again next year.

I highly recommend doing a permaculture course. It’s one of the best courses I’ve ever attended. To find out more about 2013 Stroud permaculture course contact Seb at

To find out more about permaculture go to the national website

Teaching and Outdoor Classroom Building

The Waldorf students building their outdoor classroom

This autumn sees the continuation of Waldorf College, Bridging the Gap course in Stroud. This is a year long full-time course for young people aged 16 -19 years old. The course emphasises learning new skills through the crafts, being on the path of self-discovery through the arts and developing a coherent world. I am working with the students building their outdoor classroom using hand tools and natural materials. During the process we are also felling trees from the woodland and learning about forestry. With the funding cuts looming on the horizon it has looked doubtful that the course will continue which has been very sad. I have met a few of last year’s students who confirm my belief that this course offers a transformative experience. It seems that the parents agree. Many have said that this is the first time their child has been motivated to participate in education. It now looks likely that critical fund raising can be met through the generosity of the local parents and that the college will survive until next year when it will once again be in a secure position. We all have our fingers crossed.

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Round Wood Timber Framing Course 2013

Our Round Wood Framing Course 2013

Our Round Wood Framing Course 2013

Our Round wood timber framing course for 2013 is set for Sat 14th – Thur 19th Sept. Venue – The Woodyard, Duchy Home Farm, Tetbury, Glos.
M4 nr Bristol, or train to Stroud direct link from Glos, Swindon, Reading & London (1hr 45).

This is a course for any aspiring self-builder, with or without their own project on the horizon. No previous experience necessary.

The course is held at our lovely woodyard where all our building projects start. Delicious organic vegetarian food is prepared fresh onsite by our chef. Camping is in the woodland or fields behind the yard. For more details and booking info visit our main website at

Round wood timber framing course 2012

The annual round wood timber framing course was an absolute delight again this year. Our wonderful students made the 5-day event feel like a cross between a festival and a rural retreat. Lots of fun was had by all. We’re feeling so inspired by the impact the course has that we plan to run it twice next year. Anyone interested see link under blogroll.

Roundwood timber framing course 2012

Sarah using the hoist on our Round Wood Timber Framing course

Marco getting in the jointing zone!