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Listed below are a number of places offering traing courses in aspects of sustainability and self build. If you can get there, the Centre for Alternative Technology offers a wide range of short residential courses on environmental topics. Alternatively you can study self build online through Mark Wicken's site Brick and Mortar.
  • The Artful Bodger -the site of Peter Murray who specialises in enjoyable woodland craft courses. These courses are run under a roundwood timber framed shelter in the beautiful Abbey Home Farm grounds. The vast majority of the materials used on the courses are sourced from within the sustainably managed woodlands of the farm. An organic, vegetarian lunch is provided on all my courses.
  • Aryana -offers permaculture taster days as well as longer specialist permaculture design courses.
  • Assington Mill -offers one to three day courses in Suffolk on rural and traditional crafts from breadmaking to strawbale construction. They provide a friendly setting where people can enjoy learning new skills, on a 70-acre organic farm in one of Suffolk's beautiful secret valleys. Food is home-made and locally-sourced, much of it grown in the kitchen garden.
  • Brick and Mortar -web-based self-build seminars from Mark Wickens based upon his own year self build project in Ayreshire.
  • Brighton Permaculture -run courses including straw bale construction, green roofs, rammed earth, eco renovation, permaculture gardening.
  • Centre for Alternative Technology -run residential short and post graduate courses in environment and energy management.
  • Extended Introduction to strawbale building and permaculture
    - residential retreat in the South of France offering courses in sustainability and permaculture in the beautiful surroundings of the Cévennes National Park, overlooking the Cèze River. The property is located on a hilltop in eight acres of farm land encompassing a variety of plants, herbs and trees, such as olive, almond, peach, plum, mimosa, fig and apricot trees.
  • Earth Hands and Houses -residential courses in strawbale, earthbag and natural building based in Poland -combine your course with a holiday!
  • Earthed -hands on workshops on building with cob.
  • Earthworks Trust -Hampshire's sustainability centre offers courses in a range of sustainability topics, from permaculture to wattle and daub walls.
  • Ecos Trust -sustainable building and eco homes training in Somerset.
  • Green Dragon Energy -a range of courses on renewable energy topics for individuals and groups -various venues.
  • Green Register -run a variety of courses on low carbon technologies, including regular repeats of their introductory Sustainable Building and Services course.
  • Green Woodwork -run by Gudrun Leitz in his own woodland -Clisset Wood, near Ledbury in Herefordshire. Topics include chair-making, steam bending, rush seating, sculptural furniture.
  • Lower Shaw Farm - offers weekend breaks, events and courses near Swindon for adults and for families on subjects ranging from yoga to creative writing.
  • Low Impact Living Initiative -run courses on a wide range of topics from smallholdings to natural building products.
  • National Self Build and Renovation Centre -run a variety of courses for self builders on topics ranging from finding a building plot to eco build techniques.
  • Patrick Whitefield Associates -courses in Permaculture based in Gloucestershire and Somerset by Patrick and Cathy Whitefield and friends.
  • The Renewables Academy in Berlin is offering a full range of introductory and advanced courses on renewable energy technologies (technical and non-technical aspects) and on energy efficiency.
  • -two day courses on rammed earth on the Norfolk Broads by Michael Thompson, who is author of a ebook on the subject. Will arrange for accommodation in Bed and Breakfast or tent.
  • Scandia Hus offer free monthly seminars on the various aspects of the self-build process at their show home in East Grinstead, Sussex.
  • Schumacher College -short courses at Dartington Hall near Totnes on a varety of topiucs ranging from environmental issues to self build and ecology.
  • Self Build Courses -from Homebuilding and renovation magazine, courses around the country -speakers include Mark Brinkley (author of The Housebuilder's Bible) and David Snell (author of Building Your Own Home).
  • Spab -run courses on the repair and conservation of of old buildings.
  • Threshold Centre -a pioneering cohousing community and sustainable education centre at Cole Street Farm in Dorset, which aims to demonstrate a way of life which is more green, more affordable, and more neighbourly. They hold co-housing workshops, gardening weekends and open days.
  • Walter Segal Trust -self build and timber frame -short introductory courses designed for anyone interested in self build.
  • Yarner Trust -educational charity on the Devon-Cornwall border, offering a host of weekend courses in traditional country crafts, such as rush furniture, basketwork, willow structures, dry stone walling, garden mosaics, wattle & daub, straw bale building, lime rendering and herbal remedies. 

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The Green Self-build Book: How to Enjoy Designing and Building Your Own Eco-home
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