Urban Shift

Urban Shift


5 day intensive with a range of inspiring and experienced tutors. A holistic design approach to creating sustainable, productive and inclusive projects to life in our towns and cities. Led by Sarah Pugh with sessions from Sara Venn from Incredible Edible plus Transition Towns, Edventure, Urban Orchard,  and others.


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Urban Shift

About This Course

Course Content – An advanced Permaculture curriculum that explores the depth and breadth of sustainable design in urban and community settings. Within a design framework we look at

  • meeting the needs of, supporting positive development within the community – creating inclusive, responsive and relevant systems.
  • designing for economic opportunities and challenges – using permaculture to feed people, tackle poverty and generate employment.
  • dealing with practicalities of growing food and building in the city – space, soil, water, waste streams and maintenance planning.  
  • Working with the urban landscape – re-visioning our towns and cities to make room for food, wildlife, well-being and connection. 
  • Specific presentations include aquaponics, mushrooms, orchards, eco-building, working with the local council, practical urban growing, community gardening, local economy, local food systems, community engagement and inclusion. 
  • Examples from successful pioneer projects around the UK and beyond. 

Course Structure 

5 full days of presentations, workshops, discussions and design activities. Includes visits to local projects, walks and activities. Lunch included. 

Learning Outcomes

Deepen your understanding of the principles, ethics and practice of Permaculture Design and how they can be applied in inclusive, real world situations. 

Explore the application of Permacutlure Design tools to urban landscapes, practical growing and economic and social systems.  

Make links with other urban practitioners and create a reinforcing network for your ideas, learning and projects.

Who is it for?

The course is for people working with or interested in any of the following – permaculture design, community engagement and development, urban food or land projects, Transition Towns, sustainable and environmental projects or businesses. We assume a basic understanding of permaculture but no experience is necessary and we can provide pre-course reading material on request. 

Staying in Bristol

The course is non-residential but we can connect you with lovely local permaculture group members offering free couch surfing or spare room accommodation from £10 per night. Lunch is provided on the course and shared evening meals will be arranged. 

Book Now

DATE:  Saturday 14th to Wednesday 18th July 2018

TIMES: 9.30am to 5.30pm 

VENUE: Gasworks Studio, 27 Narroways Road, Bristol, England, BS5 6XP – View Map



  • Full Waged £325 
  • Low Waged £275   
  • Unwaged £165 

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