Anyone who has recently followed the development of the Ghana Permaculture Institute knows: the warm-up phase ended long ago, now the game is in full swing and first milestones have been reached. The finish line is in sight: establishing the first Ecovillage as the core of a West African Permaculture-Network. The Institute, moving surely and… Continue reading Ghana’s GPI goes for Sustainable Goals
Books Freire, Paulo. Education as a practice of freedom Booth Sweeney, Linda, Meadows, Dennis. Systems Thinking Playbook Vygotsky. Zone of Proximal development Rogers, Carl. Student Centred Approach Clayfield, Robin and Skye. Manual for Teaching Permaculture Creatively
by Jillian Hovey Permaculturalists from the North East of North America recently gathering for their 3rd Annual Retreat. Our host, Omega Institute for Holistic Living, is located a two-hour (150km) train ride up the Hudson River from New York City. For decades, this renovated summer camp has been a mecca for people seeking knowledge about… Continue reading More Action on the North Eastern Front
Examples of an introduction course can be found in the two entries below: Danish: Introkursus hos Tove Bang på Friland 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… Continue reading Permaculture Educators’ Course
Playback theatre (PT) is a tool to share personal stories that are performed by PT actors. Audience and stage are at the same level and the link between them is the conductor/facilitator who creates a safe/welcoming atmosphere and invites people to share their stories. Main goal of PT is building community but is can be… Continue reading Community Building with Playback Theatre
During the third of the seven EPT meetings held at Quinta do Vale da Lama in Algarve, Portugal, teachers from all over Europe extensively discussed various course formats for teaching Permaculture to beginners: Introduction to Permaculture Permaculture Design Certificate Courses (PDCs) Further Introductory Permaculture Opportunities There are also advanced training opportunities for Permaculturalists (who have… Continue reading Permaculture Course Formats
by Guntra A. Aistara, Central European University July 4, 2014 Condensed summary of chapter published in Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopian Imaginaries: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages for a Sustainable Future, Berghahn Books, 2013. On a tour of organic farms in Austria in 2006, one farmer proudly showed off her raised garden beds brimming with a diversity… Continue reading Weeds or Wisdom? Latvian Eco-Health Farmers on the Road to Resilience
(…) 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”?
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
Permaculture education should be accessible to everyone, if we – Permaculture teachers – are aiming to steer the whole society to a new way of thinking and acting in the near future. Therefore it is a big question and a real challenge: “How to reach out to as many diverse groups of society as possible?”.… Continue reading Widening Participation
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
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… Continue reading Program of the York Introduction to Permaculture Course
In this article the timetable of a PDC held at Paddock Farm, Yorkshire (UK) is presented For more info click on the image Submitted by Andy Goldring
In this exercise, which can be used in a PDC, students try to identify and evaluate their involvement in and impact on food cycles. After evaluating the impacts, students are asked to implement an action plan to reduce the food consumption and sourcing from sustainable sources. The full description of the exercise can be dowloaded… Continue reading Design Course Exercise: What do I eat?
by Aranya The following pattern is a guide to what you might cover during your design. Either follow this through as described, or use it as a basis for your own ideas. Observations Describe your site Explain the context of your design, where it is located, size of site etc. Show your base map and… Continue reading Permaculture Design Process – 10. Design presentation
by Aranya Introduction The ideal that we always aim towards in permaculture is the concept of ‘harvesting as maintenance’. In reality, if we utilise low-maintenance systems to create a design that requires less energy over time to maintain, while providing increasing yields, we’ve done pretty well.
by Aranya Introduction So now you have created your map, you need to provide your client with an implementation plan. There are several factors that can affect the recommendations you make, including costs, so lets look at them one at a time.
by Aranya Introduction This is the stage where we finally put all our ideas down on paper for then client. No design is ever going to be perfect, so don’t be afraid to make some decisions – you’ll always learn from them later, even if they don’t work out as well as you’d hoped.
By Mihail Kossev Permaculture is a design science that is accessible to all. It does not matter whether you have never in your life stepped in a garden or if you have grown up on a fruit farm. There is always something a student will learn from a permaculture course. It is somewhat important to… Continue reading Teaching Permaculture Across Age Groups