PRI Accredited PDC – Booking now open

Our first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) will take place from the 19th – 31st of May 2015 and will be certified by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

The full 72 hour internationally recognised PDC will be held on site at the UK’s first Permaculture Research Institute, Tap o’ Noth Permaculture, in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The course will be led by experienced UK based Permaculture educator Angus Soutar with support from Tap o’ Noth’s own James Reid. The course curriculum is based on Permaculture founder Bill Mollison’s work ‘Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual’ and upon completion of the course you will receive an official PDC certificate issued from the Permaculture Research Institute.

This 12 day intensive course is open to all levels of knowledge and is your gateway into an understanding of ecological design principles and techniques, providing a starting block for a career as a permaculture designer, consultant, educator or aid worker. The course is also suitable for those who are interested in starting their own garden, allotment, smallholding/homestead, community project or farm and who have an interest in such topics as:

  • Eco-friendly house placement and design
  • Pattern understanding
  • Agroecology
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Farming
  • Appropriate technology
  • Working with trees and forests
  • Organic food production
  • Health and nutrition
  • Water harvesting and management
  • Earthworks
  • Ecological pest control
  • Market gardening
  • Drought-proofing and flood protection
  • Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Livestock
  • Aquaculture
  • Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
  • Windbreaks and fire control
  • Alternative economic structures
  • The initiation and development of community projects
  • Running and financing small enterprises

The PDC also complements careers in ecology, landscape design, farming, horticulture, architecture, town planning and economics etc.

Course Information

Date: 19 -31 May 2015 with arrivals on the 18th of May and departures on the 1st of June.

Venue: The course is fully residential and held on the UK’s first Accredited Permaculture Research Institute and ScotLAND Centre, Tap o’ Noth Permaculture. The smallholding is located 38 miles from Aberdeen City in a beautiful rural setting steeped in agricultural traditions and ancient history. Being a fledgling site offers the chance for you to contribute and learn about the development of a permaculture project, gaining first hand experience of what is involved in setting up and establishing an ecologically designed venture.

Lead Tutor: 

Angus Soutar

Angus has been teaching Permaculture Design for over twenty years and, as well as being an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, he also holds the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design which he was awarded in 1997. Principal and founder of The Northern School of Permaculture, Angus also has over fifteen years experience in developing and running Permaculture Design Diploma programmes, supporting several apprentices who are working towards their Diplomas.


  • Mixed dormitory with en suite (limited to 6 places on a first come first served basis)
  • Camping with shower and compost toilet facilities
  • For those wishing alternative lodgings there is a choice of hotels and bed and breakfasts in the local area at your own cost.

Course Fees:

Course fee includes PRI accredited tuition, 14 nights accommodation and full vegetarian board of locally sourced and organic produce. For those who live locally or those wishing to use alternative lodgings there is a reduced price available. There is a choice of hotels and bed and breakfasts in the local area to be sourced and booked at your own cost.

  • Early bird price £680 (before midnight on the 31st of December 2014).
  • Early bird price minus accommodation £610
  • Full price £800 (from the 1st of January 2015)
  • Full price minus accommodation £730


With limited spaces available booking is essential. Please secure your place by clicking on the link below.


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