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Bespoke Workshops

Come to a Workshop

For groups of 10 or more it may be possible to organise bespoke training. Bespoke tours last 2 hours and take the Courtyard tour further and target to your group’s interests and level of expertise. Bespoke tours can be run face-to-face or online.

We customise these tours to meet your needs and interests. Examples of themes for bespoke tours currently offered include:

  • Co-housing and community organisation
  • Self-build
  • Sustainable design principles
  • Zero Carbon Homes
  • Campaigning for social change
  • The Pioneer in me

Further details of what we typically cover under each topic area are included here.

Cost Benefits

£45 for individuals

£25 concessions

  • Find out what you don’t know you don’t know.
  • Understand how to get started on your dream project.
  • Understand better what it takes to succeed.
  • Save thousands of pounds through avoiding pitfalls if you choose to embark on a project.
  • Have a more successful and less stressful journey if and when you go for it.
  • Personalised advice from sustainability, self-build and co-housing experts, that may avoid spending hundreds of pounds n consultancy fees.
  • A great afternoon!

Co-housing

  • The benefits of co-housing and community living
  • A tour of the Courtyard and its co-housing features
  • How to start and run a successful co-housing project
  • Mortgages and lending
  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Privacy in co-housing
  • Legal structures, available options, pros and cons
  • Community constitution
  • Relying on open intelligence
  • Time for reflection and discussion

Self-Build Part 1

  • An insiders tour of the Ashley Vale Community
  • How to start and run a successful community self-build project
  • Legal and policy context
  • Ownership models
  • Mortgages and lending
  • Building warrantee
  • Taxes
  • Practicalities of building as a group
  • Pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Easy wins for reducing costs
  • Time for reflection and discussion

Self-Build Part 2

  • A tour of the Courtyard and its self-build aspects
  • The benefits of self-building your home
  • The benefits of community self-build
  • Options for a better quality of life
  • Options to live more sustainably
  • Community features, pros and cons
  • What it takes to succeed
  • Relying on open intelligence.
  • Community constitution
  • The principles of Unity and Service
  • Case studies and lessons learned

Sustainable Design Principles

  • A tour of the Courtyard and its sustainable design features
  • Zero carbon design principles
  • Passive House design
  • Sustainable and natural building materials
  • Design and beauty
  • Case studies
  • Time for reflection and discussion

Zero Carbon Homes

  • A tour of the Courtyard and its zero carbon technologies
  • Energy efficiency design principles
  • Renewable energy and low carbon technologies, pros and cons
  • Indoor environmental comfort
  • Emerging technologies
  • Subsidies and grants
  • Easy wins: what you can do on a low budget
  • Options for both existing and new build homes
  • Other ways of reducing your carbon footprint
  • Lessons learned and recommendations
  • Time for reflection and discussion.

Campaigning for Social Change

  • How to get support from your local authority for self-build communities
  • Self-build register
  • New custom build and self-build legislation and its implication for you
  • Solution focussed campaign methods
  • Stakeholder communication
  • Tips of getting planning permission
  • Case studies
  • A tour of the Courtyard project and sharing our direct campaigning experience
  • Time for reflection and discussion

The Pioneer in me

  • Meet the Courtyard pioneers and hear them share their experience
  • What makes a successful pioneer?
  • Why are pioneers essential for successful eco-community building?
  • Your innate knowing
  • The pioneer in me
  • How does it work in practice?
  • What support do I need?
  • What support is available
  • Time for reflection and discussion.