A two-week certificate course on permaculture principles and design practices, especially permaculture in community.
Permaculture is about living lightly on the planet and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature.
This is a two-week comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, design practices and their application, with a particular focus on permaculture in community.
Certified by The Permaculture Association (Britain), the course is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about permaculture design theory and apply it to a relevant design project here at Findhorn.
The Findhorn PDC is guided by Bill Mollison’s curriculum and delivered in collaboration with a registered collaboration with a registered ScotLAND Centre – the wonderful barrel house! Run by Craig Gibson and Maria Cooper it is an inspirational eco-home made from an old whisky barrel set in an abundant permaculture garden.
Occasional evening slots and guest speakers are offered in addition to the minimum 72 hour-programme.
The training includes varied methods that will engage the heart, head and hands: theory, practicals, designing, group work, site visits, games, reflection and group sharing.
You’ll be encouraged to observe permaculture principles in action, and experience how these processes influence systems and site development in an experimental living environment.
‘I would just say that I think that everyone would get value from doing a Permaculture Design Course. Even if you don’t want to set up a food forest or a permaculture garden. It is like a philosophy. It is a way of seeing the world and once you wear that permaculture lens it will help you in your relationships, in your working life, in your connections. It is just so valuable for everyone. It is like a holistic design for how we should be living together and how we should be interacting with the world. So that is something that is universal.’
Marcus Giles from London Kingston
‘It has just been so great. The atmosphere and the people and all the information as well. I am going to try and process everything now. It was quite full on in a good way. There was so much to learn. I am still here. I am struggling to leave. So this is a good sign, isn’t it? My three highlights were Craig’s garden and speaking to Craig. Our trip to the permaculture farm, to see the lived examples of what is happening here. And the third one is the kindness and openness of everyone here. Mari has been facilitating so well. It has just been very nice. All in all.’
Marta Lewicka from London
We look forward to welcoming you here for two weeks of learning, friendship and hands-on fun.
Prices include accommodation, meals with two weeks of tuition, outing to Black Isle Permaculture & Arts centre.
£1,990 (Tuition and single room accommodation at Cluny)
£1,600 (Tuition and shared room accommodation at Cluny)
To read more about Cluny, click here.
Lead Faculty for the PDC , Lusi is registered to award Permaculture Association Permaculture Design Course certificates.
Lusi is a permaculture teacher from Scotland with 13 years’ of experience designing, coordinating and teaching permaculture courses of different durations. She’s taught in many locations in various countries, including Scotland, England, Ireland, Turkey and online.
The theoretical basis of her permaculture work comes from studying Development Management and Human Ecology, for which she received a MSc with Distinction.
She is experienced in both rural and urban permaculture, having studied her Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design while living in Glasgow for seven years, and then living in rural Galloway for the last nine.
She is Children in Permaculture Coordinator for the Permaculture Association (Britain), and the author of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual.
Lusi loves sharing permaculture with children and adults using fun, creative and inspiring methods.
‘Permaculture is about stability, about deepening soils and cleaner water, thriving communities in self-reliant regions, biodiverse agriculture, and social justice, peace and abundance.’
Bill Mollison , ‘father’ of Permaculture
‘A very enriching, filling, nourishing experience, from the topics, the speakers, the activities, but most especially from the energy of the group and the staff team involved. I would not have experienced this diversity in a PDC back home.’
Rosemary , past PDC participant