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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 in One Planet Development, how to produce a management plan for the planning application, and how to look for land.

The next real-world weekend workshop is September 4-5 in Machynlleth, Powys, near the Centre for Alternative Technology. Booking details below the section on online training.

One Planet Development workshop poster

Our online courses are done in your own time, one module at a time. More details of each below.

Online training

On Zoom, you are talked through a module and given a simple and enjoyable exercise or two to help you visualise and develop your plans.
Once you’ve done the task there is another zoom session.  David gives feedback to you and answers your questions. Then you get the next module, and so on. There is final online chat.
The topics for both online training and real-world workshops are:
  • The context for OPD (environmental, legislative, planning) and the main requirements and the planning system
  • The requirements and outline of a management plan; community integration; minimum needs; ecological footprint form.
  • What is your land-based business? Options, examples, business management, marketing: exercise and discussion.
  • What is a zero carbon building? presentation & design-a-building exercise
  • What are your renewable energy options? presentation & discussion.
  • Options regarding waste processing, water supply and closed loop sewage treatment
  • Transport options: presentation and discussion
  • Choosing & evaluating appropriate land: presentation and land-planning exercise
  • Optional extra: 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.
  • Concluding questions about management plans and discussion of your future plans.

The entire course 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.

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

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 david@theoneplanetlife.com to inform us.

Weekend workshop Sept 4-5, 2021

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.

The weekend workshop will be run at Y Plas, by the leisure centre in Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8DL.

Leader David Thorpe will go through the topics listed above for the online course. You’ll be able to share your plans and ask questions. A key course book is his manual The One Planet Life: A Blueprint for Low Impact Development.

The cost is £100 for one person, £180 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: OPD9721

To tell us you’ve booked email Lisa Sture at lovinglifesmagic@gmail.com or call 07971 148531.

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