Post-graduate certificate

A new post-graduate certificate in One Planet Governance will be available via distance learning (you can take it anywhere in the world) at the University of Wales Trinity St David commencing October 2020. CPD points available for public servants. Register now >> More details.

Short courses

We offer courses to organisations and venues of any length from a single day’s workshop to a long weekend, week, or part-time year depending on the amount of depth required.

The next workshop : Sat/Sun February 29-March 1 2020; 9.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: The Centre for One Planet Living, Half Moon, 30 Stone Street, Llandovery SA20 0JP.

With a site visit to a nearby One Planet Development

Below: previous course participants.

Group photo of One Planet Development workshop April 2019

Siobhan Riordan of the Silver Co-housing OPD project at the POne Planet Development worksop July 2019

Group photo of One Planet Development workshop July 2019

What’s involved

  • You’ll be guided through an overview of the necessary stages in writing a ‘One Planet’ Development management plan.
  • We’ll discuss how to find and evaluate suitable land, the planning process, regenerative land management, zero carbon building, renewable energy, food provision, water provision, ecological sanitation, community relations and Welsh culture, business management and marketing, and low carbon transport, with examples from existing OPDs in Wales.
  • We’ll visit an almost-OPD (in the middle of a planning application) and see what they’re up to (they’ve been on site for 3 years).
  • We will also discuss the possibilities for intentional ‘one planet’ villages with affordable homes, sustainable employment and training opportunities, guided by a new community land trust.


If you wish to book, please transfer £55 for an individual or £100 for a couple by BACS (Bank transfer) to: Sort code: 09 01 56 A/c no. 24876489. Bank: Santander. Account name: DK Thorpe T/A Cyberium. In the reference field please put: OPD220 and email to inform us.

More on the short course content

The chief purpose of a short workshop is to map out a management plan for a ‘one planet’ project and understand the other requirements.

Topics include: land assessment, agroecology, renewable energy, food, land-based businesses, zero carbon building and transport, water supply, ecological sewage treatment, land management, monitoring, and planning applications.

Projects may vary in size from a single household to a neighbourhood, to a town or city. Businesses may also work towards ‘one planet’ status.

The goal of the work is to measure and reduce the project’s total ecological footprint. The plan shows how to achieve this in a sustainable fashion.

A ‘One Planet’ Living is a way of living without harming the planet – and actually repairing it.

You will turn your vision into reality by making a draft of your own management plan and by the end of the course have a thorough overview of what is involved.

A key course book will be David Thorpe’s The One Planet Life: A Blueprint for Low Impact Development.

Please contact us if you want us to run a course in your area or online.