Rubha PhoilEarth Ways is creating a nature based permaculture community on Rubha Phoil on the Isle of Skye. You can read more here.


Earth Ways is regenerative business started by Ludwig in 2007.

About Ludwig Leòdhas Appeltans


Ludwig AppeltansI have been passionate about protecting and caring for the environment since I was a child. When I was 8, I started thinking the permaculture way when I learned that trees produce the oxygen that we breathe and I persuaded my parents to plant an oak tree in the garden. My passion for permaculture was born, even though I didn’t know the word!

Ludwig AppeltansFrom as far back as I can remember, I have felt a desire to be deeply connected with nature. Over the years my connection with nature has included playing in the rain as a child, being a scout master in my late teens, organizing survival expeditions for young offenders in my twenties and living entirely off grid in a Scottish woodland for 4 years in a self-made shelter with a wood burning stove. This 4 year long hermit phase, living on my own in the woods, gave me a unique experience. I learned to read my ecosystem to be able to live in harmony with it. I managed to unlearn the conditioning from Western Culture that doesn’t serve our development. The forest made me into the man I was supposed to be: A village builder, a mentor, a teacher, a designer for a resilient future.

About 25 years ago, the kind of challenges we as a species would face, became obvious to me. I changed the direction of my life to train myself to be ready to be part of the solution. I have always known that the solution would need to be grassroots level. I have trained -and am still on a intense learning journey- for more than 25 years, in all aspects of permaculture I can imagine: Permaculture growing and forest gardening, aquaponics, simple technology life hacks, culture and community, land management, survival skills, nature connection, peace making, mental and physical health and well-being, good food, … My on-going exploration of sustainable food production systems and ways of reconnecting people to their natural environment has led me to create Earth Ways in 2007 and I established myself as a forest garden/permaculture designer and teacher, and nature connection mentor. In 2016, I pioneered the nature-based permaculture community at Rubha Phoil on the Isle of Skye.

I can help provide solutions to the rapidly increasing demand for sustainable ways of living that work in collaboration with nature rather than continually fighting against it. I have many years experience of restoring natural habitats, re-introducing biodiversity, pioneering sustainable ways of growing food and harvesting bio fuels, designing permaculture projects of various sizes as well as mentoring in permaculture design, bushcraft and survival skills.


My permaculture journey has led me to want to create a sustainable community. And here we are, Rubha Phoil is born.



Relevant Papers:

I went to school in a classical setting. I studied Latin, mathematics, languages, sciences…. 
I have studied as a graduate in Ortho-pedagogy (pedagogy is the science of teaching and Ortho indicated a specialisation in special needs) and worked professionally in that field with people of all ages for 10+ years.

I obtained my Permaculture Designer Certificate in 2009 from Patrick Whitefield, the famous author of many permaculture books and foremost permaculture expert in Britain.

Permaculture certificate course In 2010 I successfully completed a course in Permaculture Training of Teachers organized by ‘Designed Visions‘. I also had my first encounter with the Art of Mentoring, where I learn ingenious indigenous ways of passing on knowledge and assisting nature connection in my first Art Of Mentoring. I have since taken part in 4 of these as participant and staff member.

Permaculture association Britain certified educator
Permaculture association Britain certified educator

I am a member of the Permaculture Association and am a Registered Permaculture Teacher.

Since 2011 I organized Permaculture Design and Nature Awareness Courses that reflects my own permaculture learning curve. If I may say so myself, they are a great success! I have taught more than 12 such courses and have written more than 100 certificates. Many former students are now teaching onwards.

certificate smallIn September 2011, I completed a Natural Health Coach training with the fantastic teachers Bill Tara and Marlene Watson-Tara.

In 2012 have set up a permaculture farm near Forres, with pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens, bees and lots of delicious vegetables. After 5 years this project moved to Rubha Phoil.

In 2013 I started a Community Interest Company to help people crowdfund the funds they need for their ethically sound projects: www.earth-ways.com

I’m teaching courses, and am taking clients for permaculture design and consultation.

I purchased and took over custodianship of the paradise of Rubha Phoil. A 15 acre peninsula on the Isle of Skye. In October 2020, it finally was recognized as a Permaculture ScotLAND Centre.

Permaculture ScotLAND Demonstration Centre
Permaculture ScotLAND Demonstration Centre

This project is slowly progressing into a nature-based permaculture community.


Earth Ways in the media:


Ludwig Appeltans in HBVL
Het Belang van Limburg is a Flemish mainstream newspaper.

Polytunnel Permaculture design in PM magazine

Ludwig and Suzanne de Waard wrote an article on how to make your own permaculture polytunnel. It is published here

This article on how to live with slugs in your permaculture garden shows nicely how Earth Ways puts nature connection and ecosystem management central in the courses and workshops.

In Permaculture magazine

and in The Guardian

and on the Lowimpact.org website here