Children in Permaculture Training of Teachers

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This course has been devised, and we are waiting for there to be sufficient participants who are interested in order to make it run. Please get in touch with Lusi if you are interested in attending and/or hosting this course.

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, to lead the introductory Children in Permaculture training courses and to instigate a network in your region. 

Course structure

  • An initial 5 day training course with international trainers.
  • Working with children and developing the portfolio
  • A second 5 day training course with international trainers which includes assessment of ability to deliver aspects learnt in the first week and developed with children.
  • The portfolio must be returned to the tutors within 6 months of the second training week (after this date participants would be charged an additional fee).

Location:   London, UK
Dates:  10 - 14 July 2019 
Times: 9.30am on 10th to 4pm on 14th July 2019
Cost: £1,600. Early Bird Discounted rate £1400.  

Book your place

Language English
Limited number of participants.



​“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.
  • A copy of the new book ‘Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual by Alderslowe, Amus and Deshaies, 2018’ as well as badges, posters and other 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 two years’ experience working with children and a good understanding of permaculture (the best way to demonstrate this is with having done a Permaculture Design Course, and/or a two day Children in Permaculture course).

Before they can graduate, participants will be expected to have:

  • Relevant first aid training
  • Permaculture Design Course (PDC) certificate
  • Portfolio assessment passed
  • A current DBS/PVG/ disclosure certificate (as relevant in the participants own country)
  • At least 21 years of age

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).



Lusi Alderslowe

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).


The aim is for this course to be in a venue which has good access to examples of permaculture in action, and if possible to a biodiverse woodland. 


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 set of sessions in which you engage children in permaculture learning. There will be ongoing remote support given by other students and tutors.


Complete the booking form hereThere is an early bird discount for those who pay in full before the end of March 2019. 

When you book your place, you can pay in full, or simply pay a deposit of £200 to secure your place. The full amount must be paid by 10th May 2019.

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 and food.

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



There is a kitchen on site which participants can collectively use to cook food together. People will need to pay something towards the cost of ingredients and arrange to purchase the food locally. It is preferable if a pot of soup and accompanying salad etc is prepared the evening before which everyone can share at lunch time. Participants can create a rota for cooking, washing up, and general cleaning of the spaces.


The deposit of £200 is non-returnable. If a participant cancels:

  • Before 10th May 2019 there is no additional cancellation fee, i.e. refund will be made of any amount paid above the £200 deposit.  
  • Between 10th May and 10th June the cancellation fee is 50% above the deposit (i.e. if they have paid in full, students will be refunded £600).
  • After 10th June 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 Lusi Alderslowe: children(at)