Permaculture Design Course Details
30% Classroom time
40% Practical& Design time
20% Site visits (includes some practical)
10% Games, reflection and group sharing time

"The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children." Bill Mollison

Key Content:

  • What is Permaculture?
  • The Ethics: Earth Care, Peopel Care, Fair Share
  • The Principles: Attitudinal and Ecological
  • The Design Process: Skills, tools and methods
  • Design Practice: Groups work on design projects to develop design skills
  • Design Presentation: Demonstrating/evaluating course work

Key Themes covered:

  • Soil: food web, macro/micro organisms, mulching, composting, tilling.
  • Water: rainwater harvesting, natural wastewater systems, retention in the landscape, aquaculture.
  • Plants/Trees: Energy transactions of trees, Forest gardening, windbreaks and shelterbelts, indicator plants, orchards, guilds.
  • Built Environment: Buildings and home, transport, domestic renewable energy, energy efficient planning in urban context
  • Social Systems/Contexts: personal and community resilience, communication skills, finance and economics, land tenure, community governance
  • Next Steps and Further Information

Additional Themes unique to the location

  • Community building: attunement, trust building games and dances
  • Group and inner observation and celebration
  • An invitation to join in on meditation and singing in the mornings before the session begins
  • Special site visits
Time planning for the two weeks
  • Start on Saturday 22 July at 4 pm and concludes Friday 4 August at 7 pm 
  • Free day on Saturday July 29
  • Every day (except Sunday) starts at 9am with a 2 hour lunch and dinner break, ending the day at 9.30pm on three days a week
  • Free evening every Wednesday and Friday ( & and Saturday and first Monday )
Findhorn  College
Findhorn Foundation College, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3TZ, Scotland
Scottish Charity No: SCO31792. Company No: SC215385