Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual

Co-authored by Lusi Aldersrowe, Gaye Amus and Didi A. Devapriya

At last, after several years of intensive collaboration during the Erasmus Plus project “Children in Permaculture” – the C.I.P. manual has been published! “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education” was co-authored by Lusi Aldersrowe, Gaye Amus and Didi A. Devapriya (the president of the Neohumanist Education Association of Romania) but many more were involved in the three year process that involved seven partner organizations from five countries – including the U.K., Romania, Slovenia, Czechoslavakia, Italy.

The manual is the fruit of a rich exchange of best practices and theory between permaculture experts, experienced practitioners of outdoor education, forest kindergarten leaders, educators and Neohumanist education experts. The manual is now available in entirety online, as well as in printed form in English, Romanian, Czech, Slovakian, and Italian!


The English version can be found on the Permaculture Association of Britain’s website:

The manual has received excellent reviews from some of the leading experts in the fields of outdoor education, nature education and permaculture including Richard Louv, Dr. (Fil lic) Anders Szczepanski, Rosemary Morrow, Janet Millington and Carolyn Nuttall.

“Earth care, people care and fair share can serve as principles for all seasons and all professions. If incorporated into the lives of enough children, and the lives of the adults who care for them, this philosophy can change the world.”

— Richard Louv, author of “Vitamin N”, “The Nature Principle”, and “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.”

“Making use of this book is a great way to start taking learning outdoors. The ‘hidden potential’ in the outdoors should be placed into the hands of conscious educators to a much larger extent. There it can provide a foundation for developing reflective learners and a paradigm for critical thinking and knowledge in action, not only in Europe but all over the globe. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to do permaculture with children because a muddy child is a happy child in an affective and cognitive way! I wish everyone an enjoyable, playful and fruitful time outdoors with this book.”

– Dr. (Fil lic) Anders Szczepanski, author of Outdoor Education, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education, Linköping University Sweden