National Diploma Gathering Online

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Summary information

Join us online this Spring for an inspiring programme of workshops, design sharing, optional tutorials and making new connections. The National Diploma Gathering will be online in 2021 on the Permaculture Association's Crowdcast channel, as well as Zoom.

The gathering will take place on Saturday 6th March 2020 with an online social event on Friday 5th March.

Just like an in-person Gathering, you will be able to choose sessions that reflect your interests and there will also be informal spaces for you to chat with other attendees. All sessions will be recorded and available after the event. We will also be celebrating as an apprentice presents their final portfolio and is awarded their Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.

Sessions will run on Saturday 6th March from 9am to 5pm on both Crowdcast and Zoom. If you want to offer a session - or can help us technically produce the event - please check the link here:

There will be an icebreaker social session on Friday 5th March using the social software,, and a further chance to meet, chat and network on Saturday evening.

This event is open to existing Diploma apprentices as well as those with a PDC who are considering this route to further learning.

To find out more about the Diploma in applied Permaculture Design, please visit:

Current Schedule: Please expect some changes! 

Friday 5th March

7pm - 9pm: Social Time: Using - link and instructions will be sent to those registering. Join your friends, fellow apprentices, tutors and others in a virtual pub for the evening.

Saturday 6th March

9am: Welcome and Introductions

Session 1: 10.00am

A permaculture approach to stress - Wilf Richards
Cultural Emergence Designs - Looby Macnamara
Designing for all abilities - Liz Cussans

11am: Diploma Accreditation 

Frances Osborn will be displaying her designs with tutor Chris Evans.

Session 2: 12.00pm

A First Year Community Supported Agriculture Design - Jackie Bridgen
Heritage and Traditional Skills - Abby Fowler
Finding your own way of designing - Tomas Remiarz

Session 3: 1.30pm

Design for a Collective Design Workshop - Joe Atkinson
Using the GROWER design framework to become unstuck - Barry Jones

Quick Design - Some Strategies - Carla Moss
New Foundation Diploma course pilot design, Mini Immersion - Jo Barker

Session 4: 3.00pm

Designing the new Criteria Manual - Wilf Richards
Problem solving using permaculture tools - Ann Pole
Seed Saving - Celine Rairoux

Session 5: 4.00pm

Founding Tyddyn Teg co-operative - a journey into collaborative design - Alice Gray
Art, Imagination and Permaculture - Liz Postlethwaite
Using Permaculture as an employee? - Ursula Bilson
Cultivating calm with Permaculture - Kerry Lane

4.45pm: Closing Round and Check Out

6.00pm: Social Time: Back to - Join your friends, fellow apprentices, tutors and others in a virtual pub for the evening.

Booking and further information

£20 - £50 sliding scale
Dates and Times
Friday, 5 March, 2021 to Saturday, 6 March, 2021

More dates and times information: 
6pm - 8pm Social Evening 9am - 8pm Friday 6th March - Precise times TBC

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