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Accademia Italiana di Permacultura

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Accademia Italiana di Permacultura


Founded:  2006

Members: 273

Aims and Objectives: Support the members in their diploma pathway in italy and mantain the national and international permaculture network

Target Groups: PDC holders

Work Focus: Diploma pathway, convergences and other network events.

Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities (PDF)

Number of courses run in 2012

Courses & Diploma Pathways

Teachers & Trainees

Tutors List

EPT Participants

Anna Bartoli
Elena Parmiggiani
Enrico Marulli


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aardwerk-a-150pWebsite: http://aardwerk.org

Founded: 2009, sole trader, converting to co-operative association limited

Members: 1

Aims and Objectives: school for education professionals in sustainable development (e.g.: permaculture teachers, but also cleaners, cooks, administrators, developers and researchers; EQF 4-8 vocational to PhD level)

Target Groups: age 17+ with ambition to work in sustainable development education

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Needs and Yields Analysis on Educational Structures

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Needs and Yields Analysis – How could a system be even better?

A quick and very resourceful method in permaculture design is the “Needs-Yields Analysis” (or input-output analysis or elements-interactions analysis). It allows to get an idea of what is needed for a system to work and how it could grow even richer. By analyzing the needs and yields of different elements, the imagination of the system designer can really get boosted. If you want to create sustainable structures in your country, this article is for you! Continue reading Needs and Yields Analysis on Educational Structures

Update – How have the Permaculture Educational Structures changed in UK in the years 2012 – 2014?

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Interview with Joe Atkinson, British Permaculture Association, 21st July 2014 by Gaye Amus

I don’t think interest in permaculture in Britian has increased as a result of the EPT project though we have learned from seeing new ideas, projects and techniques in other countries. The intercultural aspect was fascinating. Through our visit in Bulgaria we came to realize the people in Britain are so removed from the food production. The tradition of small-scale local food prodution being still a key part of the culture in Bulgaria was really interesting.

Through the EPT, several British teachers have become more active in foreign countries, many of them leading teacher trainings as well. We often hear from other European countries that the British system is the most advanced, developed or mature and so in response to that, we want to share our experience. However, we are conscious that we don’t want to be teaching British permaculture around Europe, we want to make sure that the principles of permaculture are used and local permaculture systems are supported to demonstrate their own evolution.

The British Permaculture Association has learned some interesting ideas about diploma systems particularly from the German and French models. The German system is more financially sustainable than ours and the French model has this wonderful “companionage” system so the idea is that a student can go and work with various different tutors and gain experience. It is based on the medieval apprenticeship model. We have been considering how to use a similiar system to build up smaller accredited courses so a student who would like to learn a practical permaculture course could travel to a land centre and get a hands on experience ,which counts towards a larger qualification. During the project we also came to learn some really nice songs and games from different countries.

Answering the question to has there been any changes in our association in a national level, paradoxically, we’ve gained diploma students who are based in Europe. It helps to contribute to the capacity of the association in a small way but we are a little concerned that thıs may undermine other emerging national diploma systems. There’s an increasing demand for some of our expertise around educational systems management so people have asked for British educational consultance to advice them on issues, such as how to set up formal accreditation systems.

UK Permaculture Association

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Founded: 1983

Members: 1400

Aims and Objectives:
To enable people to have better access to permaculture training & education
To enable people to share their practice
To demonstrate the benefits of the permaculture approach to civil society and specific sectors
To promote research into the theory & practice of permaculture
To maintain an archive & library of permaculture activities and texts in Britain

Target Groups:
General public, civil society, specific sectors.

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Permakultur Akademie Deutschland

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Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities (PDF)

Questionnaire on Structures of Permaculture Education 2012 (PDF)

Courses & Diploma Pathways

Teachers & Trainees

Permakultur Akademie Tutors List

EPT Participants

Sandra Campe
Jan “Kipper” Fischer
Ulrike Oemisch
Sarah Daum
Andreas Raue

Update – How Have the Permaculture Educational Structures Changed in Germany in the Years 2012 – 2014?

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Jan Fischer, Permakultur Akademie Deutschland interviewed by Monika Frank 28th – 30th of June 2014.

The interest into permaculture has largely increased in Germany over the last two years, the Akademie has responded to this by organising more PDCs (in 2014 8 instead of 4-5 in the previous years) and has lifted the restricition on the number of PDCs, established in the past to avoid competition. Also the number of students enrolled in the Akademie has doubled which led to more persons working as tutors and on the online-structures with these students.

The idea of regionalisation takes place with more regionally based introduction courses. This development would have been taken place maybe also without the european partnership, but the regular contacts with collegues from other countries has helped the awareness to be part of a bigger network which supports each member of it. The sessions about pedagogy and teaching methods have inspired some german permaculture teachers to organise the first teacher trainings in their country which have taken place only in other european countries so far.

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EPT2: Slovenia – Education Structures

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Second EPT Meeting in Trenta, Slovenia: 22-25 October 2012

European Permaculture Education Structures is the main theme of this meeting.

Permaculture teachers and education organisers of more then 14 European countries participate in a partnership (co-funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme) to explore sustainable ways to share knowledge. Offering professional development to permaculture teachers across Europe is the main goal of this two-year project.

There are 7 transnational meetings planned, of which this meeting in Trenta is the second. All participants will share knowledge and ideas about advanced permaculture education, also known as the Diploma Pathway.

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