Findhorn Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

Engage Heart, Head, and Hands in Sustainable Living

A comprehensive two-week course blending theory, practical skills, and community wisdom.


Permaculture is a holistic design system for sustainable living, creating systems for minimum effort and maximum effect. The permaculture philosophy is one of working with rather than against nature, and the permaculture principles are a lens through which to see the world and make our key decisions. That’s how we can sustain human activities for many generations to come. The Permaculture Design Course enables you to become a certified permaculturist, capable of creating and implementing designs aligned with the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share.

Join us at The Park Ecovillage, Findhorn, one of the biggest and oldest ecovillages in Europe, for a hands-on two-week certificate course on permaculture principles and design practices, with a focus on permaculture in community and methods that will engage the heart, head and hands.


The Findhorn PDC runs from August 26th to September 8th,
in The Park Ecovillage, Findhorn, Scotland.

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Accredited by The Permaculture Association and taught by renowned expert and certified educator, Lusi Alderslowe.


The Findhorn Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) includes:

  • Training in Permaculture Design, covering the full Permaculture Association curriculum (which is based upon Bill Mollison’s curriculum, with updates bringing it to the modern day), tailored to the unique people and place of our course;
  • Guest speakers;
  • Diverse learning methods: including facilitated group discussion, practicals (e.g. gardening, fermenting), meditation, song, site visits, students sharing their knowledge, group design projects and more – covering holistic learning through eyes, heart, hands and head;
  • Observing permaculture principles in action, and experiencing how these processes influence systems and site development.

You will gain knowledge and practical skills on:

  • Soil management: soil food web, macro/microorganisms, mulching, composting, no-dig gardening, soil tests, erosion, mycorrhizal and bacterial associations;
  • Water use and conservation: Hydrology cycle, rainwater harvesting, wastewater systems (including a tour of the Living Machine, the ecovillage’s ecological wastewater treatment system), drainage, water as energy store and water use;
  • Plants and Trees: Tree species and their gifts, energy transactions, forest gardening, food forests, 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.


  • Permaculture Ethics: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share (aka Future Care);
  • Permaculture Principles: Attitudinal and ecological principles;
  • Permaculture Design: Processes, skills, tools and methods;
  • Design Practice: Group work on design projects;
  • Design Presentation: Sharing the designs made in groups.


  • Community Building: Attunements, team building, morning meditation and group singing options;
  • Local site visits and invited guest teachers from the community.

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The course package includes:

  • 14 days of immersive tuition with hands-on practical learning, formal sessions with the main facilitator and guest trainers from the Findhorn ecovillage community;
  • A day trip to a working permaculture smallholding;
  • Experiencing one of the biggest and oldest ecovillages in Europe;
  • Welcome dinner on arrival and a closing dinner celebration;
  • Lunch every day of the course;
  • Mid-morning and afternoon refreshments;
  • A rest day in the middle to explore the area at your own pace;
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) on completion of the full course.

Registration does not include accommodation or meals (apart from the welcome and closing dinners, and daily lunch).
- Participants can book their own accommodation in the Park Ecovillage, or Findhorn village nearby. Options include camping, hostel, ecopods and B&Bs. Please see below for suggestions.
- The course starts at 3pm on Monday 26 August.
- The course closes with a dinner on Sunday 8 September. Departures on the 9th.

Please note that we need a minimum quorum in order to run the course.
The Findhorn PDC will be confirmed on July 26th (1 month in advance) OR as soon as we reach the minimum quorum (which means that the minimum number of participants have paid in full or a deposit). Make sure your travel plans are flexible!

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FACILITATOR - Lusi Alderslowe

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.


We look forward to welcoming you here for two weeks of learning, friendship and hands-on fun. Choose the price tier that suits you best. Prices do not include accommodation, breakfast or evening meals.

 £860 Early Bird - until May 31 

£1,200 (Regular contribution)

£990 (Low Income contribution)

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Each participant is responsible for booking their own accommodation. Please contact the properties directly. Below are some accommodation options:

Guesthouses & B&Bs in the Park:

Cullerne House:

Hostels, chalets and camping in the Park:

Findhorn Hinterland Trust rustic camping:

Findhorn Village Hostel (dorms & private rooms):

** Prices range from 10-24 GBP per night at a campsite to 70-90 GBP for a single room.