Online Highlands & Islands Course led by a certified and experienced Scottish permaculture teacher

Learn the basics of permaculture design with experienced permaculture teachers on the Foundations of Permaculture course. You'll get a basis for how to apply permaculture in your life and make your own designs.

This course is tailored to people living in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland for whom there is a special discount (see below).

Starts on Wednesday 26th May 2021. First tutor led session on June 2nd.

To study this teacher led course if you are not in the Highlands or Islands of Scotland - please follow this link to book on Paul Paine's course starting in August -

Interactive and transformative

  • Led by Lusi Alderslowe and Steve Marquis offering tailored support through your learning journey.
  • Apply permaculture design in your life.
  • Small group of fellow learners from the Highlands & Islands with a private communication channel.
  • Learn how to connect with people and projects in your community.
  • Present your design to your teacher and fellow learners.

Only £76 for Permaculture Association members, £95 non-members

  • Normal price £190.
  • Thanks to Pebble Trust funding we have 14 heavily discounted places.
  • Non-members receive one full year’s membership of the Permaculture Association (Britain).
  • 20% discount for Permaculture Association members (ask when contacting us).


  • Introduction to Permaculture certificate awarded on completion of the course.
  • Discounted rate for our members.
  • Discounts on 6 books from the Permaculture Magazine, chosen to complement this course.
  • 9 hours of sessions of direct online contact time with your teachers.
  • Ongoing support through a private communication channel.
  • Many hours of course resources, videos, and handouts available for you to view again and again, even after the course is finished!
  • Quizzes and plenty of screen-free activities included!

Only 20 places per course available on a first come, first served basis

The Pebble Trust are funding the discounted Highlands and Islands places on this course and is a registered Scottish Charity, number SC044593. Details of their trustees and contact details are available on their website

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  • Very interesting and useful the perspective of applying the principles to several situations, including our own life design, rather than just to land based designs. Also, great practical examples!

    — JV
  • A huge amount of rich and interesting content to absorb but it all makes perfect sense! I have made a lot of notes and will come back and learn more... It is good to get a thorough grounding in permaculture principles at this stage so we can see how they are applied in practice.

    — JO

Foundation of Permaculture modules

The course has 6 modules ready for you to view on this Coursecraft website, based upon the Introduction to Permaculture curriculum.

1. A nature based approach

  • Understand the importance of regenerative design
  • Discuss permaculture and its ethics
  • Discuss the benefits of permaculture design
  • Know where to go for more information

2. Principles of Permaculture

  • Understand that there are different sets of principles in permaculture design 
  • Understand the Holmgren principles 
  • Know how to apply the principles 
  • Understand the Holmgren flower

3. How to Apply Permaculture

  • Discover a few of the wide applications of permaculture design
  • Understand how permaculture can be applied in your community, at home and for your wellbeing.
  • Apply permaculture thinking to various areas of your life

4. Design Frameworks

  • Understand there are different design frameworks
  • Understand the value of using a permaculture design framework
  • Choose a design to apply SADIMET to
  • Understand the similarities between SADIMET and OBREDIMET
  • Understand the Design Web
  • Apply the SADIMET framework to a chosen design

5. Design Methods

  • To understand the importance of observation
  • To understand zones
  • To complete an input-output analysis
  • To present your design

6. Your next steps

  • Consolidate learning around 4 principles of permaculture
  • Understand the different areas of the Permaculture Association‘s work
  • Know where to go to find more about our teachers, their courses and how to learn more
  • Know how to connect with other learners and others that are studying and practising permaculture outside of this course
  • Understand some resilient next steps

Online Contact Sessions

There will be six sessions of 1.5 hours in which you will be with the other people doing the same course as you, learning directly from your tutors and the other students.

All starting at 19:00 (7pm) UK time

1) 2nd June

Introduction to your course, tutors, participants, and the permaculture ethics.

2) 16th June

Applying the permaculture principles in your life

3) 30th June

Introduction to forest gardening through the tale of two apples

4) 14th July

Design tools: zones and sectors

5) 28th July

Design presentations

6) 11th August

Building a network of permaculture projects, reflections and next steps

* Please note all sessions are in UK time.

Meet the teachers

We have a globally recognised certifying teachers register and an active community of permaculture teachers, many of whom have helped make this course.

Hear from some of our teachers on the importance of Designing for Resilience:

Lusi Alderslowe and Steve Marquis lead our next course

Lusi Alderslowe

Lusi has been sharing permaculture with adults and children around Scotland since 2005. An international permaculture diploma tutor and permaculture teacher who has students all over Europe. She is a Forest School Leader, a human ecologist and co-founder and coordinator of the Children in Permaculture project. She is an author of the book 'Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual'. She has been teaching online since April 2020, including this Designing for Resilience course, a montly Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture course, and several others, for which she has received fantastic feedback. She finds there are many benefits to learning from the comfort of your own home.

Steve Marquis 

I am passionate about sharing knowledge, particularly about permaculture and am driven by my own learning curve too, so it seems obvious to start teaching permaculture. They say the best way to learn is to teach.

My permaculture teaching biography is presently short but my permaculture journey has been long. I first came to hear the word permaculture in the late 70s by a chance conversation with a friend. I took on some of the principles through my engineering and systems design career, eventually coming to permaculture proper some years later.

My engineering and systems design career has taken me all over the globe and across many industries and cultures which has given me a wealth of experiences to draw upon. I bring all that together with my natural inclination to share bringing knowledge from beyond the garden, but a garden is always a good place to start.

I can be found at the Permaculture Association here where I am an active member of the team.

Our Ethics - Earth Care, People Care, Fair Shares

Key Elements to all Permaculture Association courses:

  • We are a permaculture charity - in using our platform you will be assured of fair prices, strongly held ethics and key principles.
  • Your course fee will give 10% to a Fair Shares pot, reinvesting a percentage of profits into improving education, managed by our educators.
  • All courses will showcase permaculture in practise, providing examples and places to engage, connect you to teacher profiles, events and your peers.
  • Support to use the ethics on your own purposeful design work.
  • Principles - helping you to design resiliently and regeneratively.
  • Purposeful Design - Our clients are both mother nature & future generations!
  • Action - your next steps, LAND demonstration centres, our globally recognised certified teachers network, our membership community - permaculture in practise.

More Testimonials

  • I found this reflection interesting… different threads of my life and a wealth of lived experiences in different places have woven together. The permaculture principles and approach resonate so much with where I am now and the direction I would like to go.

    — RA
  • As someone who is relatively new to permaculture, I am very much enthused by all aspects of permaculture. Much of this has to do with the fact that it is an approach that places emphasis on funding solutions to problems therefore I always find myself feeling inspired and hopeful when engaging with permaculture. This course certainly upheld those feelings of hopefulness and enthusiasm.

    — SA

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the course last?

You should aim to complete it within 3 months.

You can study at your own pace. The group sessions arranged with your teacher are listed on this page above. Your teacher will advise you what modules to complete before the next session.

Do I get any qualifications from the course?

You will get an official Introduction to Permaculture certificate delivered to you from the Permaculture Association.

The information developed in this course was created with our teaching community, utilising hundreds of years of combined permaculture research and knowledge from our dedicated members.

Can anyone participate in the course?

No prior knowledge is required for this course. The course will be in English and there will be a glossary of terms included.

Limited hearing: Subtitles are used in videos and all videos have text scripts below.

We are dedicated to engaging a diverse audience with this course.

Can I do the course in person?

You may be able to start the course at one of our events, such as the convergence or diploma gathering as lockdown restrictions ease. Blended remote elements will be offered too - webinars, creating guilds with others and online communities to enable you to feel connected.


If you would prefer to study at your own pace without a teacher supporting your learning, have a look at our self-study course here.

Already studied beyond this level?

Then share this opportunity with others! Now is a great time to start a journey into permaculture.