Permaculture Teaching Matters (PTM) is an international teachers training course organised by the La Bolina Regeneration Project and facilitated by Alfred Decker and Candela Vargas. The course will be available to PDC holders from any country.
PTM is designed for those who want to teach based on Rosemary Morrow’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
- Gain skills in working with students from different cultures and backgrounds
When and Where
The PTM course will take place from December 8-15, 2018, at the facilities of La Bolina restoration project in Saleres, a beautiful little village in the depths of the “Valle de Lecrin” in Granada. La Bolina is an association that works for the integration of refugees and migrants in rural environments, through the creation of sustainable livelihoods based on agroecology, permaculture and sustainable commerce.
Course Begins: Dinner on the night of December 8th.
Course Ends: Certificate ceremony on the night of December 15th, followed by optional dinner, party and “No Talent Show”. There will be an optional breakfast available the next morning.
The PTM Teaching Team in Granada
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.
Candela began investigating the mechanisms of life at an early age, and later studied Biology at the University of Granada. She became a passionate activist and fighter for Climate Justice at COP 15 when she moved to Denmark, where she lived for 8 years, completing a masters in Nature Management and a thesis on Forest Garden Design and Implementation. She is a cofounders of FFIRN (Food Forest International Research Network), has been a member of the board of Permaculture Denmark for 5 years, a LAND advisor, a volunteer coordinator at the pioneering urban garden in Copenhagen Byhaven 2200, and involved in many other projects such as Seed Pop Up, Gift Circle, and many other 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 teaching PTM courses with Alfred.
She loves gathering wild foods, doing acroyoga, and singing her Permaculture songs.
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. In addition, this course will have a special focus on permaculture for 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.
Fees & Accommodation
The price for the course is 600€.
Your fees include:
- Three healthy vegetarian meals a day and accommodation in shared bedrooms
- A life-changing learning experience
- Digital resources
- 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.
- Option to buy Rosemary’s PTM Manual at the cost of printing (free download here)