Centre for Alternative Technology

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We offer a wide variety of short residential and day courses covering a range of sustainability areas.

Whether it’s renewable energy, eco-building, sanitation, ecology, woodland management, organic gardening or even specialist CPD courses for professionals we’ll provide the information and skills you need to impact your life, work and environment in a positive and sustainable way. 

 

Your stay at CAT

 

Food

 

All meals are served in CAT's wholefood vegetarian cafe, which serves up delicious dishes made with local, organic and Fair Trade produce - some of which is grown in CAT’s very own organic gardens. 

 

Unless otherwise stated course fees include all meals served during your course.  If you are arriving the day before your course or leaving the day no problem!  Let us know and we can provide additional food and board to extend your stay.

 

We are happy to cater for special diets such as vegan and gluten free - just let us know when booking. 

 

Our kitchen uses nuts, therefore we cannot guarantee that our food may not contain a trace of nuts. Please advise us if this is a problem when booking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation




 

CAT’s main accommodation is within The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE). WISE is an award-winning venue with outstanding sustainability credentials. We have 24 twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, all simply furnished in a modern, uncluttered style.  Rooms have large picture windows, which from the second floor provide wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and from the first floor open onto a decked garden terrace. Two of the bedrooms have full disabled access.  Electricity is from renewable sources, both floors have solar water heaters and waste is managed through our reed bed system. 

Included as standard for all guests are:

  • Free access to the CAT Visitor Centre
  • Complimentary organic and fairtrade hot drinks
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Free parking

B&B (Shared)

£40 per person / night

Half Board (Shared)

£50 per person / night

Full Board (Shared)

£56 per person / night

Single occupancy in a twin room

+£20/night

 

 

Make it a minibreak.  We can also offer food and board for your loved ones not on a course so that together you can enjoy all that CAT and the surrounding area have to offer.   Call us on 01654 704966 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

 

 

Bespoke Study Courses

 

We offer a wide range of bespoke tuition in theoretical and practical formats to suit the needs of small and large groups, visiting from 1 day to a fortnight.  Whether you are a work group looking for CPD training or an off-site with a difference, perhaps you are a cooperative with a project in mind, professionals looking to up-skill in new areas or just have individual needs, contact us for more details for a programme to suit your group.  Contact us on 01654 70 5963 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

For training for groups of educators contact the Education Department 01654 70 5983 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Also available are our two Eco Cabins, just off our main site, in a beautiful location overlooking the Dulas Valley. For full details visit http://learning.cat.org.uk/en/residentials

 








Course fees

Some courses have a two tier payment structure:
Waged – earning over £18,000 pa.

Low waged/Concessions* – earning under £18,000 pa.

 

*Concession - not in paid employment (retired, unemployed or full-time student).  Proof of eligibility will be required on arrival.

 

You must be 18 years or over to attend a course.


Terms and Conditions

 

Thank you for choosing CAT to study your Short course.

Please note that all course participants are kindly asked to:

  • Respect the needs of other students and other users of the CAT site
  • Behave in such a way as to not impair the engagement, learning or participation of others.
  • Turn up to class in good time, stay for the entirety of a taught session, and participate fully. Lateness or leaving early may mean you are not able to attend the remainder of the course.
  • Note that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated. This includes, for example:

• discriminatory, demeaning, abusive, indecent or offensive language or comments;

• threatening, aggressive behaviour or inappropriate gestures;

• verbal or physical harassment or bullying;

• possession of firearms, or other offensive weapons and illegal substances (ceremonial knives, which are a recognised part of religious observance, are not considered to be offensive weapons and may be worn discreetly);

• the misuse and abuse of drugs, alcohol and illegal substances, trading in drugs and illegal substances, and encouraging, or assisting, others to engage in such activities;

• wilful damage to our premises or property, and;

• wilful disregard for our health and safety policies.

 

Facilities and Accessibility

 

Dog Owners
Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs are permitted onto our Visitor Centre. Unfortunately we do not allow other dogs, as we have several monitored sites for ground nesting birds, and we have to control the exposure of these sites to other animals such as dogs and sheep. This is particularly the case during the nesting season, but important all year. This also applies to other wildlife that can be disturbed by dogs.

 

Information for wheelchair users
PolytunnelAccess to the Visitor Centre from Easter to the end of October is via the cliff railway which has carriages that are adapted to receive wheelchairs.

 

When you arrive at the Visitor Centre you will see the reception area in the car park at the bottom of the cliff railway. Parking is free. There is a short low-gradient ramp to access the reception and railway. We offer free entry to the Visitor Centre for carers.

 

During the winter months, the railway is closed and access to the Visitor Centre is via the Garden Steps. This is a stepped pathway, which takes about 10 minutes to walk, passing the eco-cabins, vegetable fields and shop.

 

Parking is provided near the visitor circuit at the top of the South Drive for those who are unable to walk up.

 

As CAT is located in a rural area with steep gradients, it has not been possible to make all paths accessible. The Garden Steps and Woodland Walk leading from the lower car park to the Visitor Centre are not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

 

The displays are located throughout a 7-acre open-air site. Most of the pathways around site are made up of compacted aggregates which are mostly level; however wheelchair users may require assistance in using these, particularly during periods of inclement weather. All the buildings have ramped or level access with doors, entrances and corridors wide enough for a wheelchair. There are wheelchair accessible toilets at the bottom car park reception building and near the shop at the top of the cliff railway.

 

We have electric mobility scooters and a wheelchair, either of which can be hired free of charge by calling 01654 705950 in advance of your visit.

 

Other access information:


Weather: While there are a number of buildings and sheltered areas throughout the Visitor Centre, please keep in mind that this is generally an outdoor experience and dress accordingly.

 

Telephones: The mobile phone signal in the area can be weak.

 

Baby changing facilities are available in the toilets close to the cliff railway and in the restaurant.

 

Bike racks and free car parking.


Free charging for plug-in electric cars.


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