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




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.









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




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.