Children in Permaculture International Conference


After the success of the first ever Children in Permaculture International conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic in May 2018, the 2019 conference will take place in Cecil Sharp House, London on July 8th 2019. The day before, Sunday 7th July,  is the London Permaculture Festival where the topic of engaging Children in Permaculture will have a presence with speakers, workshops and activities for educators and children. Put the dates in your diary now!



Title: Children in Permaculture International Conference 2019

Date: 8th July 2019

Times: 9.30am to 5:30pm

Cost: Sliding scale depending on income: £30 to £120 with early bird discount until end March 2019

Location: Cecil Sharp House, London

Refreshments (tea and coffee) included, lunch not included.

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About the conference

This one day conference for school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, Forest School leaders, parents, permaculture educators, policy-makers, Scout Leaders and anyone else interested in the education of children, to find out about best practice in the field of Permaculture Education, Learning for Sustainability and Outdoor Learning. It is the day after the London Permaculture Festival at which there will be a Children in Permaculture presence with speakers appearing at both events. So book your travel and come to both the London Permaculture Festival on July 7th and the Children in Permaculture Conference on July 8th. Whilst you are in England, consider joining the International Train the Trainer course from July 10th to 14th.


This conference is being organised by the European ‘Children in Permaculture’ project in which best practice has been shared across the continent from Finland to Italy, Scotland to Romania:

​“The future of our planet depends on a change of consciousness, in which the people and the resources of the natural world are no longer taken for granted and exploited without considering long term impacts. Supporting children from early childhood to develop a sensitive, compassionate and cooperative relationship with each other and the natural world is a crucial step in generating this new consciousness” (p. 1, The Children in Permaculture Manual; Alderslowe, Amus & Deshaies, 2018).


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The vision


The vision of CiP is that “Humans are living in harmony with each other and nature, and all children can access an education based upon the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share". 

The aim of this event is to inspire and inform educators, teachers, policy-makers, parents and carers to embed permaculture into children’s education.



At the 2019 conference there will be speakers and workshop leaders from around Europe who are experts in forest pedagogy, permaculture, sustainable living, eco-schools, and related fields. The format is plenary speakers in the morning and workshops in the afternoon.



Plenary speeches and workshops will be led on various aspects of permaculture education with children aged 3-12 years, such as:

  • Outdoor Learning
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Closing the poverty-related attainment gap
  • Engaging the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
  • Embedding permaculture into education
  • Children in Permaculture Pedagogy
  • Case study examples of engaging children in permaculture
  • An introduction to permaculture
  • Examples of activities or sessions in one of the CiP six themes:
    • Introducing Permaculture (learning about the ethics and principles)
    • Living nature (learning about how nature works)
    • Design
    • Growing food
    • Built environment and resource use
    • Social permaculture


Conference fee

Group discount is for when 3 or more people attend from the same organisation/school. This will help support you to implement your learning when you return to the school.

Sliding Scale/ Guidelines

Recommended price

Group discount (20% off)

Unwaged/poorer country



Low waged






Good wage/organisation




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To book place, please complete this booking form and make a payment by bank transfer or PayPal. You will be contacted by email to make arrangements for payments which can be made in various currencies including pounds sterling, Euros, US dollars, HRK, CHF, USD, AUD, CZK, DKK, CAD, NOK, RON, SEK, TRY and more.

If you would like more information, please email

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If you are unable to email, you could telephone Lusi on 0(044) 7787 374675 or 0(044) 1557 814 810 or skype lusi.alderslowe.


Who is this conference for?

People working with children aged 3-12 years, such as school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, people who make decisions about or influence educational policy, those working in non-formal settings such as after-school or out-of-school club leaders (e.g. scout leaders), parents (whether natural, foster, adoptive or grandparents) and others who are aware of the importance of their role in children’s education.

Children at the conference

Participants of the conference are welcome to bring their children. There will be separate activities led by experts in the field in the morning (from 9.30am until 1.20pm). Parents are then invited to collect children for lunch. In the afternoon, several workshops will be designed for children to attend with their parents/carers to give children a choice and so they can learn together.

Children up to the age of 12 years are free. Youth aged 13 to 20 years are more than welcome to attend and are welcome to come for as little as £5 to cover the cost of refreshments.

About the venue

Cecil Sharp House is an award winning folk arts centre in central London which is a Permaculture LAND Centre. Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Learning and Demonstration Garden is a decorative, ecological, edible low maintenance design inspired by the folk adage: one for the birds, one for the bugs and one for me which chimes very well with the permaculture values of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. It is based on working with the soil-food-web, wildlife and plants as co-gardeners to maintain health and fertility.

For more information on the location, please see:


Cecil Sharp House


Getting there

The address is:

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent’s Park Road




London has been chosen for the ease of travel from the rest of Europe. There are great rail connections to the whole of the UK as well as Paris and Brussels.


Cecil Sharp House is located in Camden at the junction of Regent's Park Road and Gloucester Avenue. It is easy to reach by rail, road and underground train and is only 10 minutes walk from Camden Town underground station. To plan your journey to Cecil Sharp House and for up to date travel information, visit Transport for London's (TfL) Journey Planner. The nearest train station is Camden Road. You can also reach us via Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras, then catch the underground train or bus.  


For more information on travel arrangements please see the Cecil Sharp website here.


Lunch is not provided as part of this conference. There are two options:

  1. You can bring your own packed lunch (and eat in the venue or in the garden)
  2. You can purchase lunch from the cafe in Cecil Sharp House. For more information, please see their website:


Evening entertainment

The organisers would like to nominate a vegan-friendly restaurant to go to together on both the Sunday and the Monday evenings. More information will be posted nearer to the time. Watch this space!


Draft outline timetable

DRAFT outline timetable

Start time


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Keynote Speakers








Plenary speakers 15min each talk








Workshops session 1








Workshops session 2




Closing circle




Call for Speakers

Call for speakers and workshop leaders who would like to share their inspirational work with the participants at this international conference, see more info here. If you are interested in leading either a short speech or a workshop, you are invited to complete the workshop leader form before the 15th May 2019. Workshop leaders are also expected to pay for their place in the usual way at the Early Bird discount price. You will then be informed by email before the end of May if this workshop has been selected for presentation at the conference.


About the speakers

The following speakers are confirmed, more to follow...

MATT WILLER, RHS SCHOOL GARDENER OF THE YEAR 2019 Matt has become famous for his 'Allotment Project' in the state school which he teaches in, in England. He will be telling us all about how the allotment project was set up, how it has run, it's successes and what we can learn from, when we are applying permaculture in schools. Matt has been a humanities teacher for six years and spent four of those creating The Allotment Project. He has completed an 'Introduction to Permaculture' and a Permaculture Design Course (which he says was an incredible experience!). The Allotment Project has featured twice in the Permaculture Magazine and has recently won a regional award: Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards (secondary school category) for best eco project. In 2018 he was nominated for the Royal Horticultural Society's 'School Gardening Champion of the Year' for the entire country and won - well done Matt! As a result, he was invited to meet with Prince Charles and has received many visitors to the project including Sir Nicholas Bacon (President of the RHS). The Allotment Project has even featured live on TV (BBC Breakfast show). The Allotment Project has also been shortlisted again for the 2018-19 Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards (secondary school category) and the school has surreptitiously nominated me for the 'eco-hero' award for Norwich and Norfolk of which I have been shortlisted to the final three. Above all these accolades (which he absolutely never ever set out to achieve as a primary goal), he is, as a person, extremely keen and determined to learn so much more about permaculture and especially how he can engage children and young people in its sound ethical principles, because it is through them that we can start to make a better world. Here are are some links to his work on The Allotment Project: Website & filmArticle 

LUSI ALDERSLOWE is co-founder and coordinator of the Children in Permaculture project for the Permaculture Association (Britain) and Gatehouse Primary School in Scotland. A Forest School Leader, Human Ecologist (MSc) and Permaculture practitioner and teacher, Lusi has been engaging children in permaculture for 13 years in many places including an outdoor playgroup, a Children’s Garden, after-school groups, and in nurseries and schools across Scotland. Lusi has been teaching permaculture to adults since 2010, in many Permaculture Design Courses, and as a Diploma Tutor. Lusi is a co-author of the book “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual” (2018).

RAKESH ROOTSMAN RAK is co-founder of the Children in Permaculture project and is an experienced permaculture teacher and low impact living designer having taught over 200 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses since 2009. Along with Permaculture, Rakesh focuses on the human skills of communication and planning so necessary for successful communities.

GAYE AMUS is an environmental educator specialized in early childhood education and is based in Helsinki, Finland. She has had 12 years experience working in kindergartens including a Rain or Shine nature kindergarten in Finland. She is currently training educators internationally, contributing in conferences, giving seminars and consultation in nature pedagogy and outdoor education. Gaye initiated the nature movement for kindergartens and primary schools in Turkey in 2015 with Forest Schools and Forest Kindergarten Leader trainings. She pioneered and co-founded the Children in Permaculture project. Gaye is a co-author of the book “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual” (2018).

DIDI A. DEVAPRIYA, (a.k.a. Denise Deshaies or simply “Didi”) is a leader and international trainer in the Neohumanist Education movement, which aims to nurture an ecological, inclusive and compassionate worldview from the early years. She has directed nursery, kindergarten and afterschool programs since 2001 and authored the Neohumanist Education Early Childhood Curriculum for Romania. Didi has written numerous articles, and travels to train educators in Holland, USA, Lebanon, Australia and Italy as well as in Romania, where she has been based since 2005. She is also a founding member of the Association for Neohumanist Education in Romania. Co-author of the book “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual” (2018).

VALENTINA CIFARELLI from Italy is passionate about permaculture for children and young people. She is a coach on the theme of authentic vocation and is enthusiastic about natural beekeeping, motherhood and living in community.

LARA KASTELIC from Slovenia, is a biologist curious about lifestyles that can support humans and nature. She is passionate about social tools, living in community and bringing permaculture to children, youth and adults.

ROBERTO CARDINALE from Italy will be our Master of Ceremonies (MC). As the MC Roberto will bring a professional, musical and fun air to the whole conference, keeping us all on schedule and providing entertainment.