Examples of an introduction course can be found in the two entries below:
English: Introductory Course Description
The Permaculture Educators’ Course (Permaculture Teachers’ Training) is held at Friland eco-village in Denmark by Andy Goldring.
It is an 8 day teacher training for permaculture educators. It takes you through learning and teaching theory, a lot of practice on microteach sessions, lots of games, fun, interaction, excursions and how to design and convene courses, how to create your own teacher pathway – and much more.
The timetable below allows you to see the context and flow of topics. Clicking on a topic will open the session plan for this topic in a separate window. More resources to support the course are available below.
The Scheme of Work for the course is available here.
York Introduction to Permaculture Course
17-18 April 2004
Tutor: Andy Goldring
We will start promptly at 10am on both days, please try to arrive around 9.30 so we have time to settle in before we start. Bring food to share for lunch, magazines, books or other materials of interest, and warm clothes as we will be going for a walk on Saturday.
9.30 Arrivals, tea and settle in.
10.0 Opening circle – introductions, welcome, housekeeping, timetable, expectations.
10.30 Permaculture in a nutshell – overview and starting points.
11.20 Ethics and principles (including a game and small group work)
2.20 Observational walk – ‘everything is a gift’
3.0 Video – ‘In grave danger of falling food’
4.0 Questions and answers
4.30 Thinking piece for evening contemplation – ‘Me, my greatest asset’.
4.45 Closing round
In this article I offer a “junior teacher’s” perspective to selecting content and methods for a two day introductory course. I also asked Graham Bell, one of the most experienced permaculture teachers, his take on designing a full Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.
See a separate article with timetable, core curriculum and Graham Bell’s thoughts, here.
I see the intro as a taster, as a way to get people together and get inspired to learn more. The content for an Intro isn’t “regulated” whereas the curriculum of a PDC is based on Bill Mollison’s book Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual.
Here you can find linked a sample timetable (in PDF) of a 12-day Permaculture Design Course, as delivered by Graham Bell at The Red Shed – Garden College, in Scotland over 6 weekends.
Graham Bell also writes below about his ideas for a successful Permaculture course. He’s been teaching permaculture over 25 years. More info can be found at his website: grahambell.org
We work off this as a basis:
Agreed curriculum and a timetable which we hope delivers Poetry, Inspiration, Love and Longing. But competent starting points. This timetable is adjusted for every audience we teach.
You always have to tailor the end result to the participants. So, for example, we tend to be swayed to the climate zone we are in. But you also need to teach what happens in other climate zones, but biased to the needs of the people you have there.
72 hours is a tiny amount of time to deliver the core curriculum. So don’t try and fill people full of facts. Inspire them to learn more and give them a basic understanding of how it all fits together.
A Winter School is described in the linked file that is run in 12 sessions of 4 hours (excluding travel) spread over 6 weeks. Design exercises in different contexts allow students to hone design skills and learn meta skills.
The file is a course outline – a work in progress with some obvious items lacking such as student hand-outs and rubrics, to be updated as the course unfolds.
Objectives of the course/workshop:
The course aims at introducing the permaculture design concept so that each participant, at the end of the course, has a very good grasp of it and some very solid base to start to deepen their knowledge about permaculture, either by self-study or by attending a PDC. The course does this by leading the participants through a design journey that on one hand, teaches the necessary basic ‘ingredients’ to do a permaculture design and on the other, prepares the participants to do a conceptual design of the site where the course is held so the students can a have a good feeling of what is involved in doing a permaculture/ecological design.
The course also aims at giving some practical hands-on skill, where permaculture design is applied, like the design and implementation of a synergistic garden or some other physical feature according to the site’s and owners’ needs and wants as well as the time available within the course schedule.
Course Formats: I have used at least two formats for this course:
A 4-Day workshop, developed by Mihail Kossev Permaculture design is more than just gardening, but a process of creating community. This workshop aims to emphasize the culture in permaculture.
In recent years, we have seen a boom of permaculture courses all over the world. Permaculture has gone viral, it’s infectious. The idea of living in synergy with nature among people you admire and love has become the dream and ambition of many… This wave has spurred entire libraries of information about organic growing and food production, natural building and new ways of thinking about economy. When reviewing the resources currently available, we asked ourselves, what’s missing? What needs further development? Now that we know the principles and practices of land design, how do we make these “eco-village” dreams come true?