June 21, 2017 Courses, Events 4 Comments

This exciting 2-day course will help you prepare for starting and living on a ‘One Planet’ Development. Covering all aspects of the OPD planning process this is a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know to begin designing you’re own One Planet Development home and livelihood.




 Oct 14th & 15th Coed Talylan Cost: The cost of the course is banded on the basis of income and includes food, accommodation and materials:

  • Up to 14K/year £60*
  • 14K-20K/year £75
  • 20K upwards £95

* We accept payments in installments.

Who is this course for?

This is the ideal course for anyone interested in a way of living sustainably on the land, making a living from it, and demonstrating how this is possible not only without harming the planet – but actually healing it!

You may want to set up a ‘One Planet’ Development (OPD), as supported in Wales’ planning legislation, or already have a smallholding.

You may want to live on your own, or in a new neighbourhood. Horticultural, agricultural and forestry workers will also profit from being aware of the co-benefits of these practices in a world increasingly affected by climate change and soil quality loss, and of being trained in the necessary skills to tackle these.

Unique Aspects

The idea is that groups of individuals or families can set up zero-carbon homes and land-based businesses such as horticulture and agro-forestry on land where they otherwise wouldn’t be allowed for planning reasons.

The practices and skills required for ‘one planet’ development are also becoming an increasingly vital part of the transition towards more sustainable agriculture and a more sustainable economy.

What distinguishes this approach from others is that by modelling and measuring the effectiveness of what you do, you can really know and prove that it works – or where it doesn’t.

OPDs typically add value to their produce to bring in an income using a ‘one planet’ label, and provide valuable services to the local community.

At the same time they will reduce their ecological footprints, diversify what the land can produce with regenerative agriculture, and help the land adapt to climate change.

You will learn

  • How to find and evaluate suitable land, secure finance, and put together a management plan;
  • About such topics as: crops and animals, regenerative land management, zero carbon building, renewable energy, water provision, ecological sanitation, low carbon transport and generating a viable livelihood by adding value.
  • About some existing examples;
  • And about topics such as: ecological footprinting, biodiversity surveying, carbon accounting, visual impact, marketing, the cultural and community dimensions and how to navigate the planning system.

Learning methods and outcomes

You will turn your vision into reality by making a draft outline of your own management plan and by the end 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 (Routledge 2015). Copies will be on sale at a reduced price.


Course Instructor

David Thorpe: David is a founder and Patron of The One Planet Council and the author of The One Planet Life (Routledge, 2015), The Passive Solar Architecture Pocket Reference book and The Solar Energy Pocket Reference book (ISES/Routledge, 2017), The Earthscan Expert Guides to: Solar Technology (Earthscan, 2011), Sustainable Home Refurbishment (Earthscan, 2010), and Energy Management in Buildings (Earthscan, 2013). He is a former manager of the publications department at the Centre for Alternative Technology and of the Sustainable Cities Collective. He has built his own passive solar, green-roofed timber frame studio and grown much of his own food. He runs consultancy and workshops on all of these topics and is currently co-pioneering a low-impact neighbourhood in mid-Wales with the Calon Cymru Network.


Coed Talylan is a 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for our course participants to learn and explore the potential of applying agroecology within a co-sufficient community.

Accommodation is available for camping around our guest lodge, an A-frame wooden cabin with kitchen and dining/living space. We have running filtered spring water throughout the site, compost toilets and wash facilities.


We are offering a 10% discount for those that use public transport to get to us. The rail service to Llangadog is part of the “Heart of Wales Line” an historic railway running from Shrewsbury to Swansea. If you choose to arrive by train or bus we offer a collection service from Llangadog or it’s a very pleasant 2 mile countryside walk.


Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.

  • Up to 14K/year £60
  • 14K-20K/year £75
  • 20K upwards £95

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and rely on large amounts of voluntary input. Concessions are available for pensioners, unemployed and full-time students

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking and Paying for your place

To book a place on the course contact us by phone or e-mail and we’ll send you a booking form. Please note that we ask that you pay a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure a place on the course.

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