PDC – May 2015


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.

Tap O'Noth basemap(7-14)

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 the city of Aberdeen 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.

Tap o’ Noth Permaculture Team: 

Angus Soutar – Lead Teacher

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.

James Reid Host and support teacher



Tap o’ Noth Permaculture is home to James and his family who have lived onsite, developing the smallholding as a dedicated Permaculture demonstration site, since 2012. James acquired his PDC certificate twelve years ago and has since gained experience in subtropical, mediterranean and cold temperate climate zones. An enthusiastic Permaculture practitioner, James will give you first hand knowledge of the systems in place at Tap o’ Noth and guide you through any practical sessions.


Perrmaculture People

Lauren Simpson and Phil Moore – Support

Permaculture People’ Lauren Simpson, a documentary film producer and food activist and Phil Moore, a writer for Permaculture Magazine and former staffer at the Ecologist Magazine, embarked on a two year long Permaculture research journey of the Americas and visited over 40 projects within the UK. They will be joining the Tap team for the duration of the PDC to share their stories of permaculture in practice and be on hand to help make the course a valuable learning experience with real, positive solutions.


10923479_316875588436887_559120746788863025_n Rhynie Woman – Catering

An artist collective formed by Deborah Beeson and Daisy Williamson, both based in the village of Rhynie, Rhynie Woman organise food based events that look into local heritage and history,  raising awareness of our culture and place in the landscape. During the PDC Daisy and Debbi will be nourishing us with amazing home cooked evening meals and snacks, wait until you try a Tap o’ Noth bun!





  • Mixed dormitory with en suite (limited to 6 places on a first come first served basis)
  • Camping with shower and compost toilet facilities. Our campsite is set amongst mature trees and our emerging forest garden. A compost toilet block and use of hot shower is close by.

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.

Course Fees

Course fees include:

  • PDC certificate issued by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (upon completion of full course)
  • At least 72hrs of PRI accredited tuition from experienced teachers
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Full vegetarian board of locally sourced and organic produce
  • Evening screenings of permaculture films
  • Access to local historic attractions, beautiful countryside/walks/hikes, sauna and natural swimming ponds and campfire sessions


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