Permaculture Design Course Details
40% Practical & design time
30% Classroom 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, soil sampling, erosion, fertility factors, mycorrhizal and bacterial associations
  • Water: hydrological cycle, water availability, rainwater harvesting, natural wastewater systems, retention in the landscape, aquaculture, drainage, water as energy store and water use
  • Plants/Trees: tree species, energy transactions of trees, forest gardening, windbreaks and shelterbelts, indicator plants, orchards, guilds.
  • Growing your own food: polycultures, organic farming, bed creation, hugelkultur, food preservation
  • Built Environment: ecological buildings and structures, retrofitting, transport, domestic renewable energy, energy efficient planning in urban context, pattern language
  • Resource Use: ecological footprints, carbon footprints, local linking, personal asset assessment, setting future learning
  • Social Systems/Contexts: personal and community resilience, communication skills, finance and economics, land tenure, community governance, decision making, culture and education
  • Further Information about The Permaculture Association and the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and Next Stepsn

Additional Themes unique to the location

  • Community building: attunement, trust building, songs, games and dances
  • Community service: helping with kitchen cleanup and room cleaning rotas
  • Observation of our personal and group Zone00 and Celebration
  • Relevant local site visits and presenters
  • Use of the sanctuaries for morning meditation and singing before the session begins (optional)
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