Workshop Summary:

Welcome to the composty weekend of the SAWA Architecture Permaculture Workshop Series, hosting in the village of Greatham, GU33 6HA. This weekend we are studying the incredible soil life and all its benefits.

In a tea spoon of soil, there are more micro-organism than there are ppl on the planet! Soil life it a critical to all life on the planet. We can learn how to rebalance soils, regenerating land and building a thriving ecosystem. This learning will show you how to implement the wisdom of the natural world to create these amazing spaces for yourself. We will be learning on a real working Permaculture site.

Nature’s abundance of food for all!

Saturday – Compost

We will begin our day with a short check in and orientation then moving into our AM session:

  • Introduction Food Forests in Permaculture, Ethic and Principles
  • Why do we create food forests?
  • What are the advantages? – how could this food and biodiverse system re shape our wellbeing climate and
  • Group Exercise – Food web
  • Site visit to Gould Veg Garden
  • A delicious and nutritious Foraged Kitchen Garden Gould’s Lunch, shared together in the Round House

After a delicious lunch we move into our PM activities:

  • How to start a fruit tree guild – what are the key ingredients? What works best for our climate? And how to find locally sourced trees
  • Practical hands on action to create a fruit tree guild

Sunday – Planting Day

We’ll have a quick check in to see how we are integrating all the learning and then move into our AM session with:

  • Morning Warm Up – silly energiser and community building fun exercises. Expect laughter and frivolity!
  • Group Forest Garden Design Exercise
  • A delicious and nutritious Foraged Kitchen Garden Gould’s Lunch, shared together in the Round House

After a delicious lunch we move into our PM activities:

  • Our proposed Food Forest Design – what are the key ingredients? What do we need and from where? Locally sourced trees and materials
  • Mulching, planting tips and techniques
  • Practical and hands on work to create a Food Forest

This will truly be an incredibly nourishing weekend in every sense of the word. With locally sourced food grown in Goulds Kitchen Garden, showcasing how wonderful it is to have healthy food right on your doorstep. Expect to feel empowered by the abundance of nature, finding out just how much you can grow in a food forest and how to implement this in your own garden designs. You will leave feeling confident that your knowledge and practical application will be helping our planet and people, improving biodiversity and creating new food systems for many creatures as well as yourselves.


Camping is available at Greatham Village Hall, St John’s Field, but need to agreed prior to arrival. Bring your own tent and bedding etc. There are toilet facilities at the campsite, but no showers, we can offer showers at the neighbours house if needed. You are welcome to camp with us from the evening before the course begins.


We would like to make sure this opportunity is available to all people from all backgrounds, wealth, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, identity etc.

Families are welcome with children and 8-18 years plus are able to attend alone parents will need to sign a waiver at drop off.


Getting involved further along with the build might be possible. Please get in contact at to register your interest.

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Vegan/Sugar free – Lunch will be provided on the teaching days. Fresh salads from the garden, and orchard fresh apples as well as a selection of teas and coffee for break times.

Meals will be nutritionally balanced to provide an exquisite experience for your tastebuds as well as filling your bellies and giving you plenty of energy for the teaching days.

Please bring some food to add to the pot for the weekend – collaborative cooking will be encouraged throughout the weekend!

Please advise us of any dietary requirements so preparations can be made in advance or bring your own to supplement.

Flow of a Typical Day:

  • Flow of a Typical Day Morning Informal Yoga/Movement Session will be offered from 8am.
  • Breakfast Self Organised at Camp Site PotLuck Porridge (do bring something to add to the pot).
  • Followed by all meeting together at 9am for the Circle Check in.
  • Session One – 10am – 1pm (with a 15 mins tea and snack break at 11.30).
  • Lunch Break 1 – 2pm – Vegan warm Indian lightly spiced kitchari and fresh foraged kitchen garden salad lunch will be brought to the site and we will eat together there.
  • Session Two – 2pm – 5pm (with a 15 mins tea and snack break at 3.30).
  • Relax time is your own, head to camp site.
  • Dinner Self Organised at Camp Site – perhaps a potluck stew (do bring something to add to the pot).
  • The evening is your own – self organised campfires, sing songs and story telling welcome.


We are asking for £30 to cover the costs of workshop for the weekend. Concessions are available, please contact for details.

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