New dates for our wonderful 2-month hands-on Permaculture Design Courses in Scotland 2015

Spring  Mar. 14  – May 9th  8 weeks; £1000 – £2500 ||

Summer  June 27 – Aug. 29 (9 weeks) with special program: incl a week deep nature immersion including Greg Sommer and Dan Puplett as a extra tutors. A real treat. £1000 – £2500 for the PDC course + £300 for the week long nature immersion program.

Autumn:      Oct. 3 – Nov. 28  8 weeks; £1000 – £2500||

Prices are sliding scale according to income. Bursaries may be available. (financial support possibilities at the bottom of the page)

Certificate well and truly earned

Earth Ways is open to receive 2- 5 students to live, study and work on our permaculture farm.  For prices on a sliding scale between £1000 –  £2500 you will receive:  A warm bed in a shared and friendly home environment with me, my helpers and the rest of the students. We will live in a simple rented cottage, which includes a shared kitchen, a bed in a private space (caravan or converted van) or shared room (same gender or for you both if you are a couple), shared living room, rural internet access, heating and housing expenses, access to the extensive library, 100+ hours or tuition learning permaculture design from Ludwig Appeltans and several guest teachers, a certificate of completion from the PDC from the Permaculture Association Britain, 35 hours a week seasonal hands-on learning (working on the farm). It does not include food, that we will buy and cook together, food that we produce on the farm and local wild food are free. Food is basically mostly vegan, unless so desired, we can have some eggs or butcher a surplus male farm bird or process some road kill. (This is optional, not part of the essential curriculum, people are free to opt out or in.)

Planting and sowing
Companion Planting and sowing

Possible learning activities:

Keeping pigs, chickens, ducks, apiary, sheep; composting; growing in a poly-tunnel, Jean Pain heating systems, companion planting, sowing, permaculture design, home brew wine or beer, mushroom cultivation, home made herbal remedies and herbal organic pest, permaculture weed and fungal control, wild food harvesting, survival skills, woodland skills, designing a healthy diet, connecting and selling to a community, designing money out of the system, LETS, hydroponics, aquaponics, nature connection mentoring, observation techniques, soil identification and re-mediation techniques, plant, tree, animal identification, tracking, bird language, bird ID and mapping, site visits, Munro Climbing and much much more.

The basic program is permaculture, permaculture design and nature connection. The long duration of the course gives us an opportunity to design the rest of the program together, depending on desires, needs, leeway within the fees and extra opportunities that arise locally.
The summer course is one week longer and more expensive because we add a week long nature immersion with Greg and Dan to it.

Learning to work with Permaculture pigs

The farm is located in an unusually beautiful part of Scotland. Wedged between the bay of Findhorn, a SSSI! and a large pine forest on the shores of the Moray firth. The biodiversity ranges from Otters, Dolphins, Seals, Salmon. Deer, Badgers, Wild Cats, Pine Martin, Red Squirrel, Ospreys, King Fishers, dozens of birds (we identified 76 different species so far) and many more various rare and endangered species of wild life.

Preferably we are looking for 2 – 5 people willing to take the course together at the same time to make it viable and rich.

To apply and ask for more information and to ask questions contact Ludwig.

Testimonies from previous PDC students:

It doesn’t become any more permaculture than this! Ludwig Appeltans has a unique way of combining in depth nature connection and awareness with permaculture design. These two months at Earth-Way Farm have been quite mind-changing and a wonderful way of thinking outside of the normal “box”. Ludwig has been a wonderful teacher, mentor and, glad to say, friend. Thank you.
Patrick Maginnis

If you want to experience permaculture and nature connection on a long term basis, so you can really make it your own, this is the place to be.

When I think back to what I knew before and compare it to now, the change is quite astounding. If you’d asked me 3 months ago to create a vegetable routine I would have laughed, but I’ve just created my first reasonably comprehensive one that I feel would have some good success in reality.
This course is a must for anyone who wishes to feel empowered to actually live in a way that is more authentic. Food is a big part of this, as is nature connection, after doing this course, one is able to design and produce food systems, beautiful connections with community, self and others, while keeping ‘nature’ mother earth as the highest priority. Of course it is an ongoing learning journey and for me it feels, the journey has just begun.

Rather than emerging myself into books and papers, I emerged myself into nature. You can learn so much through simply observing and being aware. I can recommend it to anybody that loves combining practical permaculture with background knowledge. Be prepared to be a different person afterwards.

The two months gave me space to absorb all the information through practise on the farm, reading in the library and sitting room and asking Ludwig and my fellow students loads of questions. I think it is great if you want to have a good experience of life in beautiful Scotland. Learn shitloads about permaculture and everything else. Get a sense of the challenges we have on this earth and have fun.
Sauly B

Excellent presentation by course participants. Longer, participative course def enhances the learning opportunities
Ian Findley @crossgreenman Permaculture designer and inventor of the whirligrow


These are some of the things you can learn at the course:
Many more pictures and examples of what you can learn are here on this link (on flickr) 

Many hands make light work
Keyhole beds: Many hands make light work
Checking the micro climate in a key hole bed
Checking the micro climate in a key hole bed
Planting Strawberry plants
Making a Strawberry wall
Indian Runner Duckling slugwarriors in training
Learn how to train Indian Runner Duckling as  slugwarriors
Nature Connection
Connect with nature in an unusual way
massive brassicas
Learn how to grow healthy vegetables
Indian Runner ducky
Connect with animals


Please don’t hesitate to contact Ludwig for questions or more information.

(If you want to contact me, comments are not the best way.)

We look forward to hear from you.



Support with Funding

We have set up our own FREE to use crowdfunding website to help you raise funds here:


If you’re unable to pay the full fees, a suggestion is that you look for funding or apply for a bursary. Below is a list of organisations which have given funding to people on PDC courses in the past.

Princes Trust

0800 842 842

Gives grants for training to young people up to 25 years. Although these are normally limited to £500.


Princes Countryside Trust

Gives grants to projects that help support the people who care for the countryside, including grants for training.



0845 850 1122

Provides funding for  “people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better.” This is interpreted quite widely.


Thomas Wall Trust

Funds courses for individuals who have financial difficulties.


The Vegeterian Charity

Gives grants to people under 25, which have included grants for permaculture courses.


Grants for Horticulturalists

Information on grants and bursaries available from organisations in the United Kingdom for horticultural projects, exchanges and travel.


Grants for young Horticulturalists

The Trust was founded  to encourage young horticulturists and will consider any projects, long or short-term.


BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)

01302 572244

From time to time either the national organisation or regional and local branches give grants for training.


Cooperative Community Fund


Listing Websites

Comprehensive lists of funders can be found at these sites:


Job Centre Plus

If you’re unemployed and claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance it’s worth asking at your Job Centre whether they can fund you. The Permaculture Association (Britain) is registered as a supplier on ProcServe, which is used by the Department for Work and Pensions, ie Job Centres, to buy things. Our courses are certified by the Permaculture Association, so if there is any funding for courses available it should be possible to access it. In Wales you should contact ReAct.



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