2019 Conference

Children in Permaculture International Conference July 8th 2019 

After the success of the first ever Children in Permaculture International conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic in May 2018, the 2019 conference will take place in Cecil Sharpe House, London on July 8th 2019. Put the date in your diary now! The day before, Sunday 7th July, is the London Permaculture Festival where the topic of engaging Children in Permaculture will have a presence with speakers, workshops and activities for educators and children.


Title: Children in Permaculture International Conference 2019
Date: 8th July 2019
Times: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Cost: Sliding scale depending on income: £30 to £120
Location: Cecil Sharp House, London
Refreshments (tea and coffee) included, lunch not included.

Online Bookings will close Friday 5th July at midnight.

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About the conference

This one day conference for school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, Forest School leaders, parents, permaculture educators, policy-makers, Scout Leaders and anyone else interested in the education of children, to find out about best practice in the field of Permaculture Education, Learning for Sustainability and Outdoor Learning.

It is the day after the London Permaculture Festival at which there will be a Children in Permaculture presence with speakers appearing at both events. So book your travel and come to both the London Permaculture Festival on July 7th and the Children in Permaculture Conference on July 8th. Whilst you are in England, consider joining the International Train the Trainer course from July 10th to 14th.

This conference is being organised by the European ‘Children in Permaculture’ project in which best practice has been shared across the continent from Finland to Italy, Scotland to Romania:
​“The future of our planet depends on a change of consciousness, in which the people and the resources of the natural world are no longer taken for granted and exploited without considering long term impacts. Supporting children from early childhood to develop a sensitive, compassionate and cooperative relationship with each other and the natural world is a crucial step in generating this new consciousness” (p. 1, The Children in Permaculture Manual; Alderslowe, Amus & Deshaies, 2018).

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Online Bookings will close Friday 5th July at midnight.

The vision

The vision of CiP is that “Humans are living in harmony with each other and nature, and all children can access an education based upon the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share”.

The aim of this event is to inspire and inform educators, teachers, policy-makers, parents and carers to embed permaculture into children’s education.

Speakers and workshop leaders

There will be speakers and workshop leaders from around Europe who are experts in forest pedagogy, permaculture, sustainable living, eco-schools, and related fields. The format is plenary speakers in the morning and workshops in the afternoon.


Plenary speeches and workshops will be led on various aspects of permaculture education with children aged 3-12 years, such as:
Outdoor Learning
Learning for Sustainability
Closing the poverty-related attainment gap
Engaging the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
Embedding permaculture into education
Children in Permaculture Pedagogy
Case study examples of engaging children in permaculture
An introduction to permaculture
Examples of activities or sessions in one of the CiP six themes:
* Introducing Permaculture (learning about the ethics and principles)
* Living nature (learning about how nature works)
* Design
* Growing food
* Built environment and resource use
* Social permaculture

Conference fee

Sliding Scale/ Guidelines Recommended price Group discount (20% off)
Unwaged/poorer country £30.00 £24.00
Low waged £60.00 £48.00
Waged £90.00 £72.00
Good wage/organisation £120.00 £96.00

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To book your place, please complete this booking form and make a payment by bank transfer or PayPal. You will be contacted by email to make arrangements for payments. Online Bookings will close Friday 5th July at midnight.

If you would like more information, please email
childreninpermacultureevents gmail.com
Or you could telephone Lusi on 0(044) 7787 374675 or 0(044) 1557 814 810 although email is preferred.

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Who is this conference for?

People working with children aged 3-12 years, such as school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, people who make decisions about or influence educational policy, those working in non-formal settings such as after-school or out-of-school club leaders (e.g. scout leaders), parents (whether natural, foster, adoptive or grandparents) and others who are aware of the importance of their role in children’s education.

Children at the conference

Participants of the conference are welcome to bring their children. There will be separate activities led by experts in the field in the morning (from 9.30am until 1.20pm). Parents are then invited to collect children for lunch. In the afternoon, several workshops will be designed for children to attend with their parents/carers to give children a choice and so they can learn together.

About the venue

Cecil Sharp House is an award winning folk arts centre in central London which is a Permaculture LAND Centre.
Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Learning and Demonstration Garden is a decorative, ecological, edible low maintenance design inspired by the folk adage: one for the birds, one for the bugs and one for me which chimes very well with the permaculture values of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. It is based on working with the soil-food-web, wildlife and plants as co-gardeners to maintain health and fertility.
For more information on the location, please see: https://www.cecilsharphouse.org/

Getting there

The address is:
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road

London has been chosen for the ease of travel from the rest of Europe. There are great rail connections to the whole of the UK as well as Paris and Brussels.

Cecil Sharp House is located in Camden at the junction of Regent’s Park Road and Gloucester Avenue. It is easy to reach by rail, road and underground train and is only 10 minutes walk from Camden Town underground station. To plan your journey to Cecil Sharp House and for up to date travel information, visit Transport for London’s (TfL) Journey Planner.

The nearest train station is Camden Road. You can also reach us via Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras, then catch the underground train or bus. For more information on travel arrangements please see the Cecil Sharp website here.


Lunch is not provided as part of this conference. There are two options:
You can bring your own packed lunch (and eat in the venue or in the garden)
You can purchase lunch from the cafe in Cecil Sharp House. For more information, please see their website: https://www.cecilsharphouse.org/csh-visit-us/cafe-and-bar

Evening entertainment

The organisers would like to nominate a vegan-friendly restaurant to go to together on both the Sunday and the Monday evenings. More information will be posted nearer to the time. Watch this space!

Draft outline timetable

DRAFT outline timetable Start time Duration End time
Registration 9:30 0:30 10:00
Opening 10:00 0:30 10:30
Keynote Speakers 10:30 1:20 11:50
Break 11:50 0:30 12:20
Plenary speakers 15min each talk 12:20 1:00 13:20
Lunch 13:20 1:20 14:40
Workshops session 1 14:40 1:00 15:40
Break 15:40 0:30 16:10
Workshops session 2 16:10 1:00 17:10
Closing circle 17:10 0:20 17:30

About the speakers

To be completed as more speakers are confirmed… Please see here for More info

LUSI ALDERSLOWE is co-founder and coordinator of the Children in Permaculture project for the Permaculture Association (Britain) and Gatehouse Primary School in Scotland. A Forest School Leader, Human Ecologist (MSc) and Permaculture practitioner and teacher, Lusi has been engaging children in permaculture for 13 years in many places including an outdoor playgroup, a Children’s Garden, after-school groups, and in nurseries and schools across Scotland. Lusi has been teaching permaculture to adults since 2010, in many Permaculture Design Courses, and as a Diploma Tutor. Lusi is a co-author of the book “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual” (2018).

RAKESH ROOTSMAN RAK is co-founder of the Children in Permaculture project and is an experienced permaculture teacher and low impact living designer having taught over 200 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses since 2009. Along with Permaculture, Rakesh focuses on the human skills of communication and planning so necessary for successful communities.

GAYE AMUS is an environmental educator specialized in early childhood education and is based in Helsinki, Finland. She has had 12 years experience working in kindergartens including a Rain or Shine nature kindergarten in Finland. She is currently training educators internationally, contributing in conferences, giving seminars and consultation in nature pedagogy and outdoor education. Gaye initiated the nature movement for kindergartens and primary schools in Turkey in 2015 with Forest Schools and Forest Kindergarten Leader trainings. She pioneered and co-founded the Children in Permaculture project. Gaye is a co-author of the book “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual” (2018).

DIDI A. DEVAPRIYA, (a.k.a. Denise Deshaies or simply “Didi”) is a leader and international trainer in the Neohumanist Education movement, which aims to nurture an ecological, inclusive and compassionate worldview from the early years. She has directed nursery, kindergarten and afterschool programs since 2001 and authored the Neohumanist Education Early Childhood Curriculum for Romania. Didi has written numerous articles, and travels to train educators in Holland, USA, Lebanon, Australia and Italy as well as in Romania, where she has been based since 2005. She is also a founding member of the Association for Neohumanist Education in Romania. Co-author of the book “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual” (2018).

LARA KASTELIC from Slovenia, is a biologist curious about lifestyles that can support humans and nature. She is passionate about social tools, living in community and bringing permaculture to children, youth and adults.

ROBERTO CARDINALE from Italy will be our Master of Ceremonies (MC). As the MC Roberto will bring a professional, musical and fun air to the whole conference, keeping us all on schedule and providing entertainment.

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