Introduction Brochure

The Introduction Brochure is available in several languages. The file is in PDF format and about 2 to 8 Mb in size. Bulgarian Dutch English Serbian Spanish

Permaculture College of Europe

The Permaculture College of Europe was officially launched at EUPC12 in Batak, Bulgaria July 2014. It was one specific very practical and immediate outcome of the series of EPT Conferences formulated by Leo Bakx and Steve Hart with considerable support from Martin Giannini, Dr Peter Sherwood-Roberts and Dr. Martina Petru. The challenge now is to build on this outcome to… Continue reading Permaculture College of Europe

NAPC – North American Permaculture Convergence

North America’s first convergence may not have had the flash of a Renaissance Festival, but the content of the presentations and conversations eclipsed even the intermittent thunderstorms and driving rain. Brilliant minds, diplomatic discourse, and energy by Dan Halsey The 2014 North American Permaculture Convergence was held at Harmony Park in southern Minnesota, USA. Attendees… Continue reading NAPC – North American Permaculture Convergence

EPT-intro brochure finished!

We are proud to present version 1.0 of our “General Introduction Brochure to the EPT”! Only 2 weeks after the funding period of the Leonardo Da Vinci-Partnership has ended we proudly present our “EPT intro-brochure“-brochure! This brochure provides an overview of the project and contains loads of links to the respective content on the… Continue reading EPT-intro brochure finished!

The Permaculture College of Europe

by Steve Hart, July 2014 The idea of The Permaculture College of Europe was born from discussions of objectivity  from the first series of EPT Conferences. It was recognised as a value in developing a facility that could function to serve the key future developments of Permaculture Education throughout Europe. This is but one tool in the structural tool box… Continue reading The Permaculture College of Europe

Federation or Foundation, Society or Cooperative?

By Steve Hart, July 2014 At EPT 6 in Denmark there was a strong feeling among many that a “Federation” become the vehicle to support future needs, strategies and developments desired to flow on from the EPT energy. My personal discussions of such structures has been a response to views commented on over the past… Continue reading Federation or Foundation, Society or Cooperative?


  Organisations in the EPT: For an overview of the Partners, please scroll down to find the websites and contact persons. Here you can find a poster gallery of presentations of permaculture organisations that were present at the Escherode, Germany meeting. More detailed descriptions of many of these organisations can be found under Educational Structures. If you… Continue reading Partners

Via Permacultura

The “Permaculture Learning Action Network” (PLAN) is a lean startup approach to building a sustainable network for sharing knowledge, working from available resources, developing them and growing from there. To address the issue of travel, one of its core principles is that nodes in the network need to be at a distance that can be… Continue reading Via Permacultura

European Permaculture Federation

Navigation, our group that focuses on strategy and how we relate to the outside world, hosted a couple of sessions exploring the future direction for the EPT. Throughout the Learning Partnership we discussed the possibility of a network of European Permaculture Associations and teachers, and at the meeting in Denmark a conversation cafe was held… Continue reading European Permaculture Federation

Diploma System in Sweden

GUIDELINES FOR QUALIFICATION All subject to successful completion of the 72 hour Permaculture Design Course; qualifying period can be prior to the course provided it is permaculture-related. Site design 10 designs recorded on paper (or justification of larger projects). Site development At least 3 years involvement, but can be just one site. Process of attaining… Continue reading Diploma System in Sweden

Communication is key

How stay in touch – and how to spread the word? Two questions that kept us busy. Internal communication in-between meetings In such a large Partnership, whose actors are spread out across Europe, how to organise communication in between personal meetings is a crucial question. Being part of a global sustainability movement, there were some… Continue reading Communication is key

Facilitation for smooth group work

Facilitating our process The Process-team both ensured a good flow of the meetings, using a number of techniques, and enabled newcomers to facilitation to learn, practice and improve their skills. Some of the facilitation techniques we used are listed here: Circle Work The first session of each EPT meeting started in circle, this allowed us… Continue reading Facilitation for smooth group work

Our Working Structure: Based on the VSM

Why we use the Viable Systems Model Initially at the kick off meeting of the EPT in Germany (August 2012) the group found great difficulty in deciding how it would work and move forward with delivering the stated outcomes of the Learning Partnership. Davie Philip from Cultivate Ireland suggested using the Viable Systems Model (VSM),… Continue reading Our Working Structure: Based on the VSM

What is “microteaching”?

(…) Invented in the mid-1960s at Stanford University by Dr. Dwight W. Allen, micro-teaching has been used with success for several decades now, as a way to help teachers acquire new skills. (…) Micro lessons are great opportunities to present sample “snapshots” of what/how you teach and to get some feedback from colleagues about how… Continue reading What is “microteaching”?

Strategies to Widen Participation : Survey Results

For this small survey, responses were given by only eight EPT partner countries (ES, GE, FR, BG, SLO, CZ, NL), whose educational activities are conducted in more than 17 countries in Europe and other parts of the world. Spain is exceptional in this case with reaching people in 4 continents through on-line teaching. Educational activities… Continue reading Strategies to Widen Participation : Survey Results

10 PDC handouts – design

by Aranya SADIMET design process (click here to download mindmap)  Limiting Factors in Design (click here to download mindmap) Methods and Approaches to Design  (click here to download mindmap) Themes in Design