For all those who dream of low impact living in a zero carbon home, working the land and helping to heal nature.

We offer courses to organisations and communities of any length in how to do a One Planet Development, from a single day’s workshop to a weekend, week, or part-time year depending on the amount of depth required.

The next weekend workshop is online only on Zoom, 22-24 January 2021. Price: £80, £140 couples (conc. available).
To book email Lisa Sture: or call 07971 148531. Here is the schedule:

18.30 Welcome and business
18.40 Introductions – where are you at and what do you want from the weekend?
19.30 The context for OPD (environmental, legislative, planning) and the main requirements and the planning system
20.30 Finish

9.30 Greetings and the requirements and outline of a management plan; community integration; minimum needs; ecological footprint form. Break-out rooms, and return to main group for questions/summary.
10.30 Refreshment break
11.00 More detailed look at a management plan
12.00 Lunch
13.00 What is your land-based business? Options, examples, business management, marketing: exercise and discussion. Break-out rooms, and return to main group for questions and discussion.
14.15 Refreshment break
14.30 What is a zero carbon building? presentation & design-a-building exercise using whiteboard and break-out rooms, and return to main group.
15.30 Refreshment break
15.45 What are your renewable energy options? presentation & discussion.
16.45 Day’s round up and Qs. End. Homework: calculate your minimum needs and try the ecological footprint form.

9.30 Feedback on minimum needs and the ecological footprint form.
9.45 What are your options regarding waste processing, water supply and closed loop sewage treatment? presentation and discussion
10.15 Refreshment break
10.30 Transport options: presentation and discussion
11.00 Refreshment break
11.15 Choosing & evaluating appropriate land: presentation
11.45 Breakout rooms and whiteboard land-planning exercise
12.15 Return to main group for presentations of results, questions and discussion
13.00 Lunch break
14.00 Prospects for ‘one planet’ clusters and villages with affordable homes, sustainable employment and training opportunities, guided by a new community land trust we’ve set up.

14.30 Concluding questions about management plans and discussion
15.00 Your future plans
16.00 (at the latest) Goodbyes.

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

Ongoing online training

We are also offering the same material for individuals/couples conducted by Skype/Zoom and email. Students proceed at their own pace. .

You are talked through a module with a simple and enjoyable exercise or two to help you visualise and develop your plans. Once you’ve done it David gives feedback to you and answers your questions in a 15-30 minute Skype or Zoom chat. Then you get the next module, and so on. There is final online chat

At the end you will be able to navigate the planning system, produce a management plan, and identify and evaluate suitable land. You will have focused on your house design, land-based business design, water sourcing and treatment, renewable energy demand and supply, and so on.

These cost £80 for one person, £45 each for a couple. If you can’t afford it, discounts are available. Get in touch for more information.

To sign up, please transfer the appropriate amount by BACS (Bank transfer) to: The One Planet Centre Community Interest Company
Sort code: 089299
Account number: 65893838
Co-operative bank Community Direct Plus account.
In the reference field please put: OPDOC

Then email to inform us.

Below: previous course participants.

Group photo of One Planet Development workshop April 2019

Siobhan Riordan of the Silver Co-housing OPD project at the One Planet Development workshop July 2019

Group photo of One Planet Development workshop July 2019

What else do you learn on a short course?

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 neighborhood, 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.

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