Sample Session: Permaculture Ethics

Given on Wed 25 Sept 2013 by Joe Atkinson, UK, at Mas Franch, Spain

A french write-up of this workshop is also live.

Opening question: The teacher asks if the students know the ethics of permaculture, and if they can explain what they mean for them. Afterwards, the teacher summarises the main points, and can add some comments as appropriate.

Method: The teacher draws a circle on the floor (e.g. with chalk or strings) with scales to represent the “Fair Share” ethic. Then two further overlapping circles are added for “Earthcare” and “Peoplecare.” (An object can be used in each case to represent the ethics). This portrays the ethical framework of permaculture, and a brief explanation can be given on how they are related and interconnected. The simplicity and universality of this framework is highlighted, and its uniqueness to permaculture. In general there is no reason for Earthcare nor Peoplecare to be controversial; however “Fairshare” may provoke more debate. The importance is that these ethics offer a set of tools rather than a set of rules to follow.

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A Teaching Method: Groups

02-Aljaz-giving-Groups-Session Aljaz from Slovenia delivered a micro-teaching session on Wed 25 Sept 2013 at Mas Franch during the Spain EPT Meeting to demonstrate and reflect upon ‘Groups’ as a teaching methodology.


The session opens with the following question: How do you feel about working in groups?

Some possible responses could be:

  • Can be very inspiring
  • Can be difficult if there is a negative ambience
  • Depends a lot on the personailities within the group

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A Course Template: Designing a Culture for Sustainability

pallet-garden-workshopA 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?

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Beginnings and Endings

How do you start a course? How do you end it?

Discover some ways here:

  • Check-in
  • Next steps / What now?
  • Tree of life
  • Web of connections
  • Web of life exercise
  • Group process skills
  • Role play
  • Active listening / thinking
  • Introspection / meditation
  • Facilitated visions / dreaming
  • International PC
  • Introduction to PAB & Diploma
  • Introduction to the Diploma process
  • Dissemination: e.g. into schools, communities