Training of Permaculture Teachers Course

24th August to 2nd September 2024

Residential, with non-residential option

The Inkpot, Scredington, Lincolnshire

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Course information

Why do a Training of Teachers (ToT) course?

We know permaculture has answers, so if you've ever wanted to inspire others but haven't had the confidence this course is for you. This course is suitable for all abilities: both apprentice & experienced teachers & also for those who have just completed their Permaculture Design course (PDC). During the course we will be focusing on the tools & techniques for teaching & facilitating permaculture learning & the practicalities of convening & running courses. We won't be revisiting the topics on a PDC in any depth and so it is recommended that if your permaculture knowledge is a bit rusty that you do some preparatory background reading before the course.

The ToT will concentrate on permaculture training but the techniques covered can be applied to any other subject and hence the course would be valuable for any teacher wanting to expand their creative teaching techniques. The course will be lively and interactive on all levels using plenty of diversity in teaching styles. We intend to use the course as a working example of how much can be achieved in a short course using accelerated learning techniques. We will be looking at the whole process of running a course – from finding a venue and course publicity to evaluation and follow up.


Aranya teaching


Completing his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in 2003, Aranya started teaching the following year. He discovered this made his heart sing, so he made it his main focus. Since 2004 he has taught over 100 two-week design courses, something he has no intention of stopping. He feels that it's a privilege to have the opportunity to teach "something that can make a real difference in all our lives".
Aranya is also excited about new ways in which permaculture thinking can help us, developing new courses on using its principles to help us design for optimising our health and creating ethical livelihoods.
In the spring of 2012 Permanent Publications published his first book 'Permaculture Design - a Step-by-Step Guide', which evolved from a set of design course worksheets. He also writes occasionally for magazines and from time to time shares interesting items on his blog. Aranya is currently writing a second book, about a subject he’s especially fascinated by, the application of systems thinking and patterns in permaculture design.
Hannah Thorogood

Hannah Thorogood

Hannah is a permaculture farmer, designer and teacher. She has set up and runs her own 150 acre permaculture demonstration farm in Lincolnshire, The Inkpot. She has taken the farm from a depleted 18 acre, compacted, toxic arable field into the diverse, abundant farm it is today demonstrating permaculture, regenerative agriculture and producing nationally award winning farm.
Hannah is a senior tutor with the permaculture diploma system and was one of the lead designers in creating the current system and she co-designed and leads the tutor training within that system. She has also been teaching permaculture design courses since 2002 and has been teaching permaculture teaching courses since 2007. She has a reputation for creating a very accepting and fun learning environment, putting people from all backgrounds at ease to enjoy their learning together.
Hannah has a BSc in Environmental Studies from Manchester University & an MSc Organic Farming from Scottish Agricultural College. She also loves to knit and crochet using her own Inkpot wool.


Video - a quick aerial tour of the Inkpot from August 2016


Waged: £895*
Fully inclusive of all tuition, food, camping (or bring your own live-in vehicle), handouts, digital resources and Permaculture Association Britain's Teacher Training certificate.

Low-waged (< £15k/yr): £795*

Concessionary rate: £695*

(limited to only three places)

*Non-residential rates: £745 full fee / £545 concessions

(inclusive of everything except camping and breakfast)

Travel information

Getting here: Nearest train stations are Sleaford and Heckington – both reasonably flat and calm 6 & 5 mile bike rides to the Inkpot. You can usually bring your bike on the train (though it’s worth checking with the various train companies before you travel as some require booking bikes in advance). East Coast trains allow you to book your bike online when you buy your ticket. There is also a coach from London to the neighbouring village of Osbournby.


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Cancellation policy

The training date selected is transferable if at least 21 days' notice is given. A transfer fee of £50 will be deducted. Any transferred courses must be taken within 12 months of the original booking and any difference in fees will need to be settled 4 weeks prior to the new course start date. Payments are non-refundable if cancellations are made within 21 days of the start date, unless we are able to fill your place.