Children in Permaculture Practitioners’ Training

23rd to 28th April 2020

This course will empower and inspire participants to share permaculture with children. It will equip you with the skills, understanding and other resources necessary to lead permaculture activities with children, to design gardens for children to play and learn in, and to instigate a network in your region. 

This course is intended for people who have already completed a Permaculture Design Course and a 2 day Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture Course. If you have not already done the two day introduction course, then it is possible to attend the introductory course on the 21st and 22nd April. See here for more info.


Location:   Tangleha, Aberdeenshire, UK
Dates:  Thu 23rd to Tue 28th April 2020
Times: 12 noon on 23rd to 4pm on 28th Celebration on the evening of 28th
Cost: Early bird: £150/ £350 / £488/ £613
After 6th March full price: £180/ £420 / £586 / £735

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​“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).




Anyone involved in the education of children aged 3-12 years, such as

  • School, nursery and kindergarten teachers, assistants and other staff.
  • Permaculture practitioners
  • Forest School Leaders
  • Scouting and Guiding Leaders
  • Community gardeners, School garden practitioners etc.
  • Parents (whether natural, foster, adoptive or grandparents)


  • Understanding of how permaculture can support teachers and other educators in their work with children.
  • A toolbox of ways to engage children in permaculture using a holistic, creative approach which involves children in the whole process as a partner in their learning.
  • Understanding how the permaculture design process can be used when working with children.
  • Experience creatively designing a playground/children’s garden to maximise the benefits of outdoor learning for children.
  • Experience learning both indoor and outdoors in a way which reflects the CiP pedagogy.
  • Understanding about how to apply the permaculture ethics, principles and design to education including designing session plans which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hand and head and using the process of ‘sowing, growing and harvesting’.
  • Confidence in the use of the CiP resources including the case studies, film and manual.
  • Experience of examples in good practice and inspirational stories which will motivate and encourage you to engage children in permaculture.
  • Specific skills which you can use to manage a group of children outdoors safely including risk assessments and safe tool use.
  • Opportunity to meet other people who are interested in engaging children in permaculture.
  • Knowledge about nature, and how to work with nature, including the nature of your garden and the nature of the child(ren) you are working with.
  • Understanding of a child-led and child-centred pedagogy, the differences between these and how to make sure you are approaching the child in these ways.
  • Ongoing support through use of an online networking group.
  • How to use examples from the core book ‘Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual by Lusi Alderslowe, Gaye Amus and Didi Devapriya (2018)’
  • Course handouts to take back to your work with children and teachers.


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".

CiP would like to share best practice in permaculture education with educators from around the world in order to achieve this vision.



Before the first course participants need to have experience working with children (two+ years), a Permaculture Design Course (PDC), and a two day Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture course.

Before they graduate, participants will be expected to have:

  • Relevant first aid training
  • Portfolio assessment passed
  • A current DBS/PVG/ disclosure certificate (as relevant in the participants own country)

The Permaculture Design Course is a certified course of minimum 72 hours tutor contact time. There is a more information about permaculture courses, including the PDC on this prospectus

To see a list of permaculture courses, please see here

If you are unable to do a permaculture design course, there may be an option to demonstrate an equivalent knowledge and understanding of permaculture through written work, for a small additional fee.

Gaye Amus

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. Founder of Learning in Nature, 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). More info on Gaye's website. 



Lusi Alderslowe

LUSI ALDERSLOWE is co-founder and coordinator of the Children in Permaculture project for the Permaculture Association (Britain). A Forest School Leader, Human Ecologist (MSc) and Permaculture practitioner and teacher, Lusi has been engaging children in permaculture for 14 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).

More info on Lusi's website.


Tangleha House, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK. DD10 0DQ

Tangleha is a small hamlet at a road end right on the beach, making it a stunningly beautiful location. The house includes various energy efficiency measures including two impressive rocket stoves and a pizza oven. The garden has all five permaculture zones in a small area, and they are establishing food forests in the adjoining land. They have an edible plant nursery (supplying gardens and unfarmed land in the surrounding local area), and an outdoor education business, Embark Nature School. For more info see the Tangleha website

There is accommodation available both on site and nearby, please contact Caspar to discuss. His email address is caspar.lampkin at (replace 'at' with @ and remove spaces).


This important piece of work will demonstrate your ability to integrate the main aspects of permaculture into your work with children, and to disseminate that. It will include the design of a garden space for children, and the design of a session in which you engage children in permaculture learning. There will be ongoing remote support given by other students and tutors.


Complete the registration form hereThere is an early bird discount for those who complete the form and pay (at least) the deposit before the 6th March 2020. 

When you book your place, you can pay in full, or simply pay a 50% deposit to secure your place. The full amount must be paid by the 20th March 2020.

If you would like to apply for funding please get in touch if you need any support with your application. Remember to include additional costs such as travel, accommodation and evening meals.

You will be sent an information pack with further details about the course, pre-course reading, draft timetable etc.



Tangleha will prepare delicious vegetarian food for lunch, as well as teas, coffees and snacks during the day. If you would like to bring food to share to go with this, you are very welcome. About breakfast and evening meal, these will depend on your accommodation requirements, so please discuss with Caspar (see venue). 


Early bird prices are for those who register (both completing the form and paying at least the deposit which is 50% of the full fee) before the 6th March 2020:

Unwaged £150 (maximum 2 places)
Low waged £350 (This is for people whose household income is up to £13k; maximum 10 places)
Waged: £488 
Organisations and Good wage: £613

If you complete registration after 6th March 2020 are 20% higher:
Unwaged £180 (maximum 2 places)
Low waged (up to £13k household income) £420
Waged: £586
Organisations and Good wage: £735


The 50% deposit is non-returnable. If a participant cancels:

  • Before 6th March 2020 there is no additional cancellation fee, i.e. refund will be made of any amount paid above the deposit.  
  • Between 6th March and 20th March the cancellation fee is 50% above the deposit.
  • After 20th March no refund will be given.

Children in Permaculture reserves the right to cancel the course in whole or in part if circumstances arise which would make it non-viable. In this situation the participant will be refunded in full.


For more information or any questions please write to Caspar Lampkin: caspar.lampkin at (replace 'at' with @ and remove spaces)