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The Park
Findhorn Foundation, The Park
Findhorn, IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
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Learn to live lightly on the planet

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.

Certified by The Permaculture Association ( British ), the course is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about permaculture design theory and apply it to a relevant design project at Findhorn.

The Findhorn PDC is guided by Bill Mollison’s curriculum and delivered in collaboration with a registered ScotLAND Centre. It exceeds the minimum 72 hour programme through the inclusion of occasional evening slots with guest speakers.

What to expect

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.

The Permaculture Design Course encourages participants to observe permaculture principles in action, and experience how these processes influence systems and site development in an experimental living environment.

Participants on the course will have the unique opportunity to base their design projects on actual developments taking place within the Findhorn community.

The course gives participants ample time to digest the theory, get hands-on experience and become part of the daily rhythms of the Findhorn community.

Learning areas

  • Permaculture Ethics: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share ( aka Future Care)
  • Permaculture Principles: Attitudinal and ecological
  • The Permaculture Design Process: Skills, tools and methods
  • Design Practice: Group work on design projects
  • Design Presentation: Demonstrating and evaluating coursework

  • Soil: Food web, macro/microorganisms, mulching, composting, tilling, soil sampling, erosion, mycorrhizal and bacterial associations
  • Water: Hydrology cycle, rainwater harvesting, wastewater systems ( including tour of the Living Machine), drainage, water as energy store and water use
  • Plants and Trees: Tree species and their gifts, energy transactions, forest gardening, windbreaks and shelter belts, riparian buffers, indicator plants and orchards
  • Growing and sourcing your food: Polycultures, organic farming/ horticulture, bed creation, food preservation, ethical choices, ecological footprints, input-output cycles of food.
  • Built Environment: Ecological buildings, retrofitting, transport, renewable energy, and urban permaculture
  • Resource Use: Ecological and carbon footprints, asset assessments
  • Social Systems: Personal and community resilience, communication skills, economics, land tenure, governance, and decision-making.

  • Community Building: attunements, team building, morning meditation, and group singing
  • Community Service: homecare and duty rotas
  • Local site visits and invited guest presenters.
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Book your place!

We look forward to welcoming you here at The Park Ecovillage, for two weeks of learning, friendship and hands-on fun.

Visit Findhorn College for more information on your facilitators, course fees and application information.

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