Workshop Summary:

Welcome to our Watery weekend in the SAWA Architecture Permaculture Workshop series. This weekend we will be looking at the element of WATER. Necessary for all living functions, the life giving force to earth and the substance we are mostly made of! Lets journey together and discover how we can use intelligent water systems design for ecosystem regeneration and in collaboration with nature.

We will be learning and immediately implementing designs in a real Permaculture site – a stunning field close to Greatham Roundhouse.

Swales + Ponds for Land Regeneration

The next two days will deliver an understanding of how we can use Permaculture design to catch, store and move water with K-lines, Swales + Ponds to accelerate regeneration and healing of the land. You will be able to implement these design systems into your own gardens and immediately see for yourself the abundance they bring!

Day 1- Greywater Day

  • Introduction and Water in Permaculture, Ethic and Principles
  • Household Water types and observation
  • How to make a grey water filter systems
  • Building a grey water filter system

DAY 2 – Swale + Pond Day

  • Blind walking – The wonderful Bat/Moth game where we learn to listen with our other senses and become more attuned to the moving world around us
  • Swale design – land works, site design
  • How to create a pond – what are the key ingredients? Locally sourced materials best fit for purpose
  • Mulching, planting tips and techniques
  • Practical hands on mulching and planting

Expect to feel full of the vibrancy and excitement that new and practical knowledge brings us. Feel the flow of water and your deeper connection to it’s movement in our world. Join us on a journey to take your learning out into your lives to create beautiful spaces in and around your homes, creating a wonderful appreciation for the magical elixir that nourishes us all – WATER.

And remember – The Knowing Is In The Doing!


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 sawa.engage@gmail.com 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 sawa.engage@gmail.com for details.

For more information please follow this link: https://eequ.org/experience/1010