Designing Creative Spaces for Children

Join us for this inspirational 16 hour training where we will learn how to design and implement creative outdoor areas for children to play, learn and grow in together.

This training will give people the skills and experience to design creative ‘learnscapes’ for children by collaboratively running through a permaculture design process in detail, with a focus on how to design a habitat that empowers our children to thrive.

This training will:

-Give participants a basic introduction to permaculture (what it is and how it can guide and inspire our work with children)

-Empower participants in recognising and experiencing the importance of nature connection

-Explore how to create immersive spaces that provide unlimited learning opportunities

-Practice creative design techniques and processes to ignite ideas and help them to become reality

-Share stories and give advice from experienced childrens educators and designers



The 16 hour course will run on Thursdays in October – the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, from 10am – 2.30pm, UK time.


This training works on a sliding scale based upon income:

Unwaged: £40

Low waged (up to £12k per year): £80

Waged (£12k and above): £120

Organisation/pay it forward: £160 (Paying this amount means that we can offer an free place to someone unable to cover the cost themselves)

We would like this training to be available to everybody, so if you are unable to pay any of the costs above but are passionate about joining us, please get in touch to see if we can work out a solution together


To register your place on this course please fill out this booking form:


Please bear in mind that our courses fill up very fast and there is a limited number of places. Your space on the course is not fully booked until we receive a completed booking form AND a payment to secure your space. After you have completed the booking form you will be sent a welcome email with payment instructions.

This course will be facilitated by Children in Permaculture trainers Nim Robins and Rakesh Rootsman Rak.

Nim Robins was the lead designer, teacher and founder of a not-for-profit school garden design company with a mission to creatively re-wild schools across the country. She is passionate about consciously redesigning outdoor areas to inspire and reconnect children to the natural world and their wild and playful natures, and facilitating meaningful outdoor learning through teacher training and advice. Alongside designing, Nim teaches and tutors students in permaculture design through the UK Permaculture Association in the UK and across Europe.

Rakesh is an experienced permaculture teacher and low impact living designer from the UK, specialising in community resilience, permaculture, creating food forests and low maintenance food growing systems. Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture to individuals and communities since 2009, and has taught over 200 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses. His design portfolio ranges from a forest garden on part of a 30-hectare ecovillage in Croatia that he co-owned through to many urban community food growing gardens, private farms and back gardens as well as designing collaborative businesses, urban water retention systems and even computer software and documentation systems. Along with Permaculture Rakesh focuses on the human skills of communication and planning so necessary for successful communities. He is one of the co-founders of the Children in Permaculture project which was launched at the international permaculture convergence in 2015. So be prepared to go off on inspirational tangents occasionally.