Small Holding and Self-Sufficiency Courses

Do you have an interest in permaculture, organics, smallholding and the self sufficient lifestyle? If so, why not try one of our courses?

For those who don't have a lot of time available to them we offer a condensed ONE DAY COURSE the cost of which includes a good lunch and homemade cakes at the coffee breaks.

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There is also a two day course (lunches included). Self catering accommodation and evening meals are available.

Course Content

Everything is very 'hands on', guests will learn all about the construction and planting systems in our market garden, orchard, vegetable fields and polytunnel, as well as cold storage in the under croft. We will take you through the ways that you can scale these ideas up, or down, to best meet your own needs, also how to reuse materials to the best advantage.

We will tell you about the triumphs and the pitfalls, in fact everything you need to know to help you 'get it right'. This course is great as a taster to help you decide if smallholding is for you but is also a great foundation if you are just starting out or thinking about starting out in smallholding.

Permaculture and Self Sufficiency Courses - one and two day courses

Covers most of the aspects of the smallholding course, but looks in more depth at rain harvesting and irrigation, ingenious reuse of materials, coppicing and storing of wood, herbs and medicinal uses. Small scale power generation; even have a go at processing and spinning your own wool. This course is an ideal insight in to how to create a lifestyle which is easy to live and incredibly satisfying, take a look at our green credentials here to get an insight into how we live here at Tan y Foel.

All you need to know to supply your own food, water, wood, wool and power whilst reducing your eco footprint.


One day smallholding / self-sufficiency £60 including lunch.

Two day course £120 with lunch on both days and an organic vegetarian evening meal. Accommodation is available if required.