Children in Permaculture (CiP) project

Children in Permaculture Training in Outdoor Learning 

We are excited to announce that two new courses are coming up!

1) @ Gatehouse School, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June 2018. Book here.
2) @ Edinburgh Montessori and Arts School, in Edinburgh on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. Book here

All the details for the two courses are the same, except the dates and venues. 

Times: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Trainers: Lusi Alderslowe and Nim Robins

Price: £120 for two days. 15 subsidised places for school/nursery teachers at only £20 donation per person, thanks to European, Erasmus+ funding. Cost includes lunch and a copy of the brand new book ‘Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual’ by Lusi Alderslowe, Gaye Amus and Denise Deshaies.

Join us for this exciting opportunity to explore engaging children in outdoor learning.


“The future of our planet depends on a change of consciousness, in which the people and the resources of the natural world are no longer taken for granted and exploited without considering long term impacts. Supporting children from early childhood to develop a sensitive, compassionate and cooperative relationship with each other and the natural world is a crucial step in generating this new consciousness” (p1, Alderslowe, Amus, Deshaies 2018).
This two day training course is the finale of the three year European ‘Children in Permaculture’ project in which best practice has been shared across the continent from Finland, Italy, Scotland and Romania. In this process many resources have been created and shared including surveying existing resources, writing case studies, creating films, and writing a book ‘Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual’.

Who is this course for?

People working with children aged 3-12 years, such as school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, as well as those working in non-formal settings such as after-school or out-of-school club leaders (e.g. scout leaders), parents (whether natural, foster, adoptive or grandparents) and others who are aware of the importance of their role in children’s education.

Testimonial from Miss G. “That was the best CPD course I have ever done!”


The aims are for participants to:

* Be inspired and empowered to take children outdoors for experiential learning.

* Find positive solutions to their interests and challenges working outdoors with children.

* Learn about a holistic, creative approach which involves children in the whole process as a partner in their learning.

* Envisage how the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share can be integrated into an educational setting.

* See, hear and experience examples of good practice and inspirational stories.

* Meet other like-minded people.

* Find out how permaculture can help them in their work with children.


Lusi Alderslowe, co-author of the ‘Children in Permaculture Manual: Inspiring Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education’ and coordinator of the Children in Permaculture project for the Permaculture Association and Gatehouse School. A Forest School Leader, Human Ecologist (MSc) and Permaculture teacher (Diploma and Training of Teachers), Lusi has been engaging children in permaculture for 12 years in many places including an outdoor playgroup, a Children’s Garden, after-school groups, and many nurseries and schools across Scotland.

Nim Robins is the lead designer and founder of a school based permaculture design company 'Organic Playgrounds'. She has an educational background in both Ecological science and teaching, and worked as a primary school teacher for several years before deciding to specialise in outdoor learning. Nim is especially passionate about exploring new ways to design habitats specifically for children to inspire their imagination and connection to nature, and teaches regularly in forest schools, home education groups and after school clubs. Nim holds a Diploma and teacher training certificate in Permaculture design and is a trained Forest School leader.

Cancellation policy

The £20 donation for school/nursery teachers is non-refundable.

The £120 cost is subject to a cancellation charge:

10% if cancelled 31 working days or more before the first day

25% if cancelled 20-30 working days before

50% if cancelled 10-19 working days before

100% (i.e. no refund given) for 10 working days or less.


Venue Information:

1) Gatehouse School, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG7 2JX

Lusi has been working in this local primary school for the last six years, in which there are excellent outdoor learning spaces including a food forest, forest garden, outdoor classroom, peace garden, eco-garden, polytunnel, raised beds, willow dome, den-building area and much more! 

Book the Gatehouse Course here!


2) Edinburgh Montessori Arts School, 18N Liberton Brae, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH16 6AE

This school has beautiful outdoor and indoor learning spaces. Their little garden space is packed with interesting things for the children to play with, learn from and interact with such as little dens, raised beds, fruit trees and bushes, an outdoor kitchen and even a paddock. 

Book the Edinburgh Course here!


The Advanced Peer to Peer Training in Engaging Children in Permaculture

The advanced training course took place for a week in September 2017 in Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. This innovative training course included training adult participants and then supporting them to lead sessions with children. Educators were then given detailed feedback about improving their session/activity/pedagogical style for the future. This was a highly rewarding, deeply immersive experience for educators who came from across Europe to share their skills in engaging children in permaculture; it was wonderful to see our colleagues in action working with children. The children had a great time with several said it was their best day ever in school! The whole school is now working to integrate permaculture into school life.

Resources about engaging Children in Permaculture

CiP are delighted to announce the publication of a survey of resources about engaging children in permaculture. With 314 resources including books, websites, lesson plans across 5 languages anyone interested in the field of outdoor learning will find some useful information within. Check it out here.

We have also publisehd case studies about engaging children in permaculture in 6 different countries around Europe. You can download and read them here.

Outdoor Classrooms: A Permaculture Education with Children with Carolyn Nuttal and Janet Millington

Outdoor Classrooms

Three teacher training courses were held in Britain with two in London and one in Gatehouse of Fleet, Galloway, Scotland. Feedback from a teacher who attended the training in Gatehouse was "It was the best training course I have ever done!" Delighted with the success of this course led by international experts Carolyn Nuttal and Janet Millington, teachers across the country are now deepening the permaculture education of children throughout Britain.

To learn more about the other training courses, check out the dedicated Children in Permaculture website.


Children in Permaculture in the press

We have been delighted to read articles in the local press about this innovative project, in

The National: Australian permaculture experts help equip Scottish children for challenges of climate change.

Learning for Sustainability Scotland: This month's newsletter highlights Children in Permaculture

The Galloway News article on 26th May included a double-page spread entitled "Aussies' visit was a g'day"

About the Children in Permaculture (CiP) project

CiP is an innovative project of international cooperation bringing together key educators (from different schools, nurseries, practices and countries) in order to cross-fertilise, share and synthesise ideas, which will strengthen the capacities of all involved.

Children in Permaculture is a 3-year project funded through Erasmus+ Key Action 2: School Education, which started in September 2015. The partnership is across 5 countries: UK, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Italy. The lead partner is the Permaculture Association (Britain), and the other partner in the UK is Gatehouse School.

This international exchange will develop, test, adapt and implement practices in permaculture education with children. It will:

  •     develop a permaculture curriculum suitable for children
  •     create well designed materials for educators
  •     collect and create an open education resource
  •     foster a cohesive society through learning with people from other countries and cooperation between formal and informal education settings
  •     share best practice and new perspectives on designing kindergartens and schools, and promote better outdoor learning experiences for children.


There is lots more information about the partners, the intellectual outputs and more on the dedicated website: