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Permaculture Teaching Matters (PTM) is an international teachers training course offered in English and organised by Permakultur i Skåne in the very south of Sweden. The course will be available to PDC holders from any country.

Join permaculture teachers Alfred Decker and Candela Vargas for seven days of intensive training that will provide you with an invaluable toolkit to use in the classroom, as well as life in general. Together we will facilitate internationally renowned teacher Rosemary (Rowe) Morrow’s PTM training, which draws on her decades of permaculture teaching experience. Whether you’re already a teacher, or thinking of becoming one, the PTM training is designed to turn teaching into a transformative and fun exchange. Classrooms (indoor and outdoor) will never be the same again!

PTM is designed for those who want to teach based on Rosemary’s participatory learning methods. The course will help participants to:

– Change the way they think about education

– Move towards a permaculture teaching career

– Empower others with life-changing skills

– Learn to pass on knowledge of permaculture theory and practice in ways that creates real change in your students, and activates entire communities

– Make connections with an international community of permaculture teachers

This course is for PDC holders in any of the following fields…

…teachers and students of architecture, landscape design, school/community gardeners, local government community development officers, ecology and other disciplines including geography, regenerative agriculture and agroforestry as well as permaculture design. If you’re looking to do any type of sustainability or permaculture education/communication, this is the course you’ve been waiting for. This edition will on top of that have a special look into working with refugees and migrants.

You will learn how to:

  • Design a short or a long course
  • Develop clear course outcomes and ethics
  • Adopt appropriate body behaviour and use nonviolent communication
  • Prepare learning resources and use teaching aids effectively
  • Organise classroom and learning environments
  • Work with a broad range of people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Draw on strategies that promote thinking and integrate practical experience
  • Deliver clear explanations and concepts
  • Explain the structure and function of the Permaculture Design Course
  • Give engaging digital presentations
  • Debrief, appraise, and apply other teaching techniques
  • Work collaboratively in groups
  • Practice teaching in a safe, supportive community of peers

We require all students to have completed a PDC (anywhere in the world) before the course starting date.

Who is Rosemary “Rowe” Morrow?


Rosemary is known and loved worldwide as a permaculture teacher, practitioner, and activist. She has travelled the globe for four decades, often in countries shattered by war and disasters, sharing her passion for permaculture and social justice. Her belief is that access to useful knowledge is a basic human right.

Several years ago, Rosemary decided to focus on teacher training courses in order to have a “multiplier effect” believing that the bottleneck keeping permaculture from growing more rapidly is not a shortage of curriculum and experience, but rather a shortage of competent permaculture teachers. So she created this PTM course to give people the skills and confidence needed to take the big step from being a practitioner to becoming a teacher.

Her pragmatic and effective approach working with and being lead by local people has created community-scale permaculture projects and outcomes across a broad range of environments from drylands in Ethiopia, to the wet tropics of Vietnam. The knowledge and experience she brings to creating abundance, food security and successful sustainable farming models is perhap. She is the author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, the Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture, The Family Seedsaving Book, and A Good Home Forever.

The PTM Teaching Team in Sweden

Alfred Decker is an award-winning permaculture designer, a certified educator with the Permaculture Association UK, and one of Europe’s leading permaculture educators. Since his first PDC in 1998 in California, Alfred has been involved with social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the 12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, Permacultura Barcelona and the Forest Gardens project at Can Masdeu; is a co-founder of the Spanish Permaculture Academy (Academia de Permacultura Íbera); and was a member of the European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and the Permaculture Council of Europe.  Alfred holds a post graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (Centre for Alternative Technology).
After taking a permaculture teachers training with Rosemary Morrow in 2011, he undertook a two year mentorship and later co-taught six courses with her, ultimately earning a Diploma in Permaculture Education & Community Development in 2013 through the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute (Australia). Committed to furthering the teachers’ training platform “Permaculture Teaching Matters” (PTM) that Rosemary developed in over three decades of teaching experience around the world, Alfred co-edited her forthcoming PTM manual and organised a successful crowdfunding campaign to develop the platform.
Alfred currently lives in with his partner Daniella Querol on a smallholding in the Montnegre i el Corredor Natural Park north of Barcelona, Spain, where they are creating a permaculture demonstration site and educational project called Can Comú. In the coastal mountains of Montnegre, Alfred is the co-director of the community biochar project Montbio, which won a 2017 Lush Spring Prize for Social and Environmental Regeneration. He is available for educational activities, design work and consulting.


Candela Vargas has been wanting to understanding the mechanisms of life since an early age. Therefore she studied Biology at the University of Granada. She became a passionate activist and fighted for Climate Justice in Cop 15 when she moved to Denmark where she has been living for 8 years. In this country she studied a masters in Nature Management and completed a thesis on Forest Gardens Design and Implementation. She is cofounders of FFIRN (Food Forest International Research Network), was a member of the board of Permaculture Denmark for 5 years, a LAND advisor, a volunteer coordinator at a pioneer urban garden in Copenhagen, Byhaven 2200 and involved in many other projects as Seed Pop Up, Gift circle, and many Environmental / Cultural collectives. 

Candela has been teaching permaculture in Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Spain. In Italy she enjoyed with Rowe and Alfred a great PTM course that reinforced her teaching skills and got her to be today teaching this PTM with Alfred. She loves gathering wild foods, doing acroyoga, and singing her Permaculture songs. 

Course Organiser: PiS (Permakultur i Skåne)


The course is organized by the board of Permakultur i Skåne: Kicki Bobacka, Hans Ryding, My Kjellberg and Karolina Wingård. Since there have been no permaculture teacher courses in Sweden for many years we saw a need. And after Hans met Alfred at EUPC in Italy 2016, plans started to materialize, and have finally come to fruition this summer 2018.


Course Venue: Ankhult, Sambrukets cooperative farm in Sösdala (Southern Sweden)

Sambruket is a transition project and works to ensure that the neighbour area in which we are located will become more sustainable, with more connections between people and businesses. In this way, we want to contribute to the fact that our local area is becoming less vulnerable and more productive.

In the basics, we do not wait for someone else to make the changes that are needed.

Sambruket consists of 50 members and owns two properties.

The course will be held at the farm Ankhult, a farm at 6 ha where we primarily produce food to members and guests. During the warm season Ankhult is a popular place for courses and meetings. The farm is located close to a lake, 1,5 km, and even closer to the forest. Klockaregården, the other property, is a larger house used primarily for meetings and indoor activities.


Begins: Dinner on the night of August 18th.

Ends: Certificate ceremony on the night of August 25th, followed by optional dinner, party and “No Talent Show”. There will be an optional breakfast available the next morning.


Your fees include:

  • A life-changing learning experience
  • A Permaculture Teaching Matters Certificate
  • A new generation of permaculture teachers and doers for you to join!
  • A free copy of Permaculture Magazine
  • Option to buy Rosemary’s Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture at a 30% discount from the publisher. Books may be ordered with registration. An invaluable friend to the experienced and novice teacher alike
  • Option to buy a copy of Rosemary’s PTM Manual at the cost of printing (available for free download here)

The price for the course is  625-1425€ (6000 – 14000 Swedish kr). The fee is sliding scale. Pay as much as you can afford, but a minimum of 6000kr (625 euro).

Your payment for the course is required by May 15, or one week after registration if later. Contact for questions.

For payments within Sweden, 6000 – 14000 kr

JAK cl. 9670 konto 05 006 90

As message: your name

For payments from other countries, 625 – 1425 EUR


IBAN NO: SE4195000099603404062857

As message: “JAK Medlemsbank 05 006 90/29893/your name”.

Accommodation & Food

– Bring your own tent, motorhome or caravan free of charge

– Shared bigger tent

– Other accommodations may be available nearby, please ask us

– Delicious and nutritious food: self serve breakfast, dinner, lunch, and morning and afternoon tea breaks, 10 EUR/day. We don’t have facilities to prepare food of your own.


To Register for the course, click HERE