Urban Shift - Transforming the City Through Permaculture

Saturday 11 – Wed 15 July 2015. 9:30am to 8pm including meal breaks.

Explore approaches that empower us to meet community needs using practical skills, commonsense design and a collaboration. Experience the connection between food, community, energy and economics.  Understand how design solutions  can tackle cultural, political, economic and social obstacles to sustainability. An opportunity to learn from educators, activists, innovators and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of sustainability. Immerse yourself in Bristol’s vibrant local food movement and grass-roots organisations and be inspired by successful pioneers from around the world.

Who is this for?

- Permaculture practitioners and teachers
- Sustainability facilitators
- Community Development organisers and workers
- ‘Transition Town’ networkers
- Organic Growing practitioners
- Anyone with an interest in community mobilisation

MAIN TUTORS:  
Robina McCurdy (Earthcare Education Aotearoa, New Zealand)
Sarah Pugh (Shift Bristol, UK)

CONTRIBUTING LOCAL TUTORS
Rob Hopkins (Global Transition Movement Catalyst & Outreach Manager, UK)
Chris Sunderland (Bristol Pound)
Sara Venn (Incredible Edible Bristol)
Trevor Houghton (Sustainable Energy Researcher)
Tom Beale (Community Engagement Trainer)

Content includes:
• Uncovering the landscape beneath the cityscape.
• The regenerative power of community gardening.
• Building city wide food resilience from household to organisation
• Building city wide food resilience from organisation to household.
• Bioregional Calendars. Linking cultural events with food systems.
• Creating positive relationships with power.
• Urban retrofitting for sustainability
• Learning from some powerful NZ social chance organisations.
• Facilitating effective groups
• Community consultation and engagement.
• Creating culturally inclusive environments
• Visioning Transition in urban neighbourhoods
• Translating Permaculture design tools for urban systems
• Community education for change.
• Inspiration from USA and Canadian urban projects.
• Protecting and enriching urban soils.
• Working with local currencies to build resilience.
• Community owned energy.
• Transition initiatives from around the world
• Creating sustainable business hubs

COST
Organisations: £435
Waged: £335
Concession: $235  
- students, unemployed, pensioners – limit of places. Evidence of concession status required on Day 1 of course.

Cost covers: food, handouts, field visit transport