Nim Robins - Educator Profile


I began exploring the world of permaculture back in 2007 whilst studying Ecology, and it has been an empowering journey of self discovery and adventure ever since. I completed my PDC, diploma and teacher training course over the following few years, which led to me founding and running a not-for-profit permaculture design based company, specialising in natural playspace and garden design in schools across the UK. I now work mainly with 'Children in Permaculture', a European collaboration where we create resources and a range of training courses in engaging children in permaculture through both education and design. I also work as a permaculture teacher for both adults and children, and am an assessment tutor for the UK Permaculture Diploma.

My family and I live on a 7 acre smallholding in the Pembrokeshire National Park, beside the mountains and the sea. We moved here in 2019, and I am kept very busy with a joyfully entwined life of visioning and designing the many different permaculture and regenerative systems that we are setting up here.

Hopes for the future? To learn, grow and share more every day, and to know I am doing all I can to ensure my children and I grow with respect, honour and understanding for this earth we live upon, and to share that wherever I get the chance. Totally cliche, but mainly to live the change I want to see in this world.. a life's work and an everlasting journey of discovery!

You can find out more about me through my website, or contact me by email at: [email protected]

Qualifications and skills

*Permaculture design course (PDC), 2010, with Richard Perkins, Leeds, UK.
*Diploma in permaculture design, 2011-2015. With the British Permaculture Association, UK.
*Permaculture training of teachers (ToT), 2015. With 'Designed Visions', at The Inkpot, Lincolnshire, UK.
*Children in Permaculture facilitators training, (On behalf of the CiP Erasmus project), 2016, Slovenia.
*Diploma tutor training, began 2016 and ongoing. With the British permaculture Association, UK.
*The University of Edinburgh/Open University, 2020, Bsc Hons Ecology and climate science (distinction)
*Gaia University, 2017, 'Creating regenerative livelihoods' certificate 1.
*Forest School leadership training, 2015, Archimedes, UK.

Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

One of my focus's for the past few years has been in developing permaculture design for children, re-imagining school grounds to facilitate nature connection, encourage wildlife and biodiversity, and to provide a great environment for permaculture education to take place. I now work as a trainer with Children in Permaculture, and run regular courses in sharing permaculture with children, including a PDC for educators. I balance this all out with also running a variety of courses and workshops for adults.
I live on a 7 acre smallholding and am immersed in developing regenerative agriculture practices, such as mob/rotational grazing, windbreak planning, tree management, perennial food forest planning, and no dig gardening. I love to find inventive ways to find solutions to any problems that arise.
I use the design process in all areas of my life, so have a great deal of experience in living through my designs, and especially of using the design web process, by Looby Macnamara.
I love teaching, and sharing permaculture design with those interested to learn with me. I practice action learning techniques and strive for my courses to be creative and highly participatory.

Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

Children and adult permaculture education and teacher training
Designing and implementing spaces for children to enhance their permaculture education
Regenerative agriculture practices
Edible landscape design (perennial food forests, no dig gardening)
Using permaculture design for life- decision making, relationships, business planning etc

Teaching Information
Offering teaching in the following geographical areas: 
I teach mainly online and in South West Wales, but also also travel UK wide for teaching on an occasional basis.
I teach at weekends.
I teach in the evenings.
I can accommodate families.
I can accommodate partners.
I can accommodate students.

Please contact me for details.

Email is best: [email protected]