Where the content and teaching of permaculture coincide harmoniously with the ethics
Training Permaculture Teachers is an international teachers training course offered in English and organised by the Istituto per la Ricostruzione del Castello di Chucco – Zucco and 12P Permaculture Design. The course will be available to PDC holders from any country, and graduates will earn a teacher training certificate issued by the Permaculture Association of Britain.
Join us for an intensive training that will provide you with an invaluable toolkit to use in the classroom, as well as life in general. The internationally-renowned teacher Rosemary (Rowe) Morrow’s TPT course draws on her decades of permaculture teaching experience. Whether you are already a teacher, or thinking of becoming one, the TPT training makes teaching a transformative and fun exchange. Classrooms (indoor and outdoor) will never be the same again!
TPT 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 their 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!
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.
Istituto per la Ricostruzione del Castello di Chucco-Zucco
The Institute for the Reconstruction of Chucco-Zucco Castle in Stremiz, Italy pursues since 1983 a multidisciplinary and interactive international project aiming at turning an historic site reduced in ruins into a container of scientific, cultural and recreational activities of the contemporary world, based on the exploitation of local resources.
The Cucagna castle, built in the 11th/12th century, is situated on a hill in the forest, about 30 min. walking distance from the small town of Faedis, Italy. Cucagna is a building site, unique example of philological reconstruction, open to young professionals of all the world interested in historical architecture, restoration and reconstruction, archaeology and history of art, traditional working techniques and materials.
The training will take place in the nearby medieval hamlet of Stremiz, an outstanding example of traditional ecological renovation.
Course Begins: Dinner on the night of Friday, June 16, 2023.
Course Ends: Certificate ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, June 23, followed by optional dinner, party and “No Talent Show”. There will be an optional breakfast available the next morning as well.
The TPT Facilitation Team
Lead Facilitators Onsite
Alfred Decker is an award-winning permaculture designer, a certified educator with the Permaculture Association of Britain, 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 this same teacher training course with Rosemary Morrow in 2011, he undertook a two year mentorship and later co-facilitated six courses as her assistant, ultimately earning a Diploma in Permaculture Education & Community Development in 2013 through the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute (Australia). Committed to furthering the training platform that Rosemary developed, Alfred facilitated 8 more teacher trainings as lead facilitator, co-edited the course manual, and organised a successful crowdfunding campaign to develop the platform. Rosemary has asked him to organise these trainings in Europe.
Alfred has facilitated this course three times before with Anna Bartoli, and one time with Lorenzo Costa (see below).
Anna Bartoli, PhD, theoretical physicist, iris-analyst, professional naturopath, herbalist and secondary school teacher. In March 2009, she decided to attend the Permaculture Design Course with Stefano Soldati because of her passion for nature and because the ecological activism of permaculture seems to correspond perfectly to her way of thinking. In August 2009 she subscribed to the Italian Permaculture Academy Association and in April 2010 she became secretary of the association. Subsequently she consolidated her knowledge and experience in permaculture by attending the permaculture teacher’s training course with Rosemary Morrow in Austria. Afterwards, she designed and developed a personal project of 3,5 hectares in Riale Zola Predosa, near the city of Bologna, in which are designed a food forest, an orchard in olive trees and a varieties of different vegetable gardens. In April 2012, she presented and discussed her work in permaculture and received her Diploma in Applied Permaculture by the Italian Academy of Permaculture. Anna participates actively in the dissemination of permaculture through the secretary’s activities, teaching PDC courses (since 2012, she can count 18) with her colleague Elena Parmiggiani and other Italian permaculturists and their participation in the EU Leonardo project European Permaculture Teachers Partnership from 2012 to 2014, and was also a member of the Permaculture Council of Europe. Another of Anna’s new challenges is to share her knowledge and experiences and best practices, and transmit the permaculture design principles and life vision through an international teachers training course in Italy according to Rosemary Morrow’s teaching.
Lorenzo Costa holds a PhD in contemporary history, and works as a technician in the university of Siena. He grew in the sultanate of Oman, and moved then back to Italy in 1986.
His first approach with permaculture design was in 2014. In 2015 he completed his PDC with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.
In 2018 he completed his permaculture teacher training in Tuscany with Alfred Decker,, Anna Bartoli and Elena Parmiggiani.
He completed his diploma in Applied permaculture Design in 2019 with the Accademia Italiana di Permacultura, and has since 2018 been on the board of the Accademia.
Since 2018 he has started teaching PDC’s and specific courses on water harvesting and landscape reading from a historical perspective.
He has been a consultant editor for Permanent Publications, and writes reviews if books for various magazines.
He has founded since 2015 his project, La Scoscesa, in Chianti. La Scoscesa is a terraced farm that produces food and functions as an experimental center for permaculture design. His parallel project is a library that counts more than 5000 books on permaculture, ecology, water and many other topics. The library lends books in central Italy, functioning as a hub for the permaculture designers.
He collaborates with the University of Florence, and the University of Pollenzo, in courses from agroecology to water harvesting.
Guest Facilitators Online
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 training 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 unparalleled in permaculture education today. She is the author of the Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture, the Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture, The Family Seedsaving Book, and A Good Home Forever.
Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. She is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess and the ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, and its sequel City of Refuge.
Her most recent non-fiction book is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics, power, conflict and communications.
We normally offer a sliding scale for this course, and ask participants to offer what they can pay. The scale is between €750-€1100 for this professional, certified training. Those who can afford to pay more on the higher end of the scale will help those who can only pay less. The sliding scale recognises the differences in economic reality depending on what country a participant comes from, as well as their individual circumstances, so this is a practical way that people with more resources can act in solidarity. We don’t offer reduced-fee work exchange options because this is an intense course, and we want every participant to be able to able to get the most out of it and not have to sacrifice learning because they can’t pay a certain amount.
Your fees include:
- Three healthy meals a day plus snacks, tea, and coffee (all mostly organic and local whenever possible)
- A teacher training certificate issued by the Permaculture Association of Britain
- A pack of digital teaching resources
- A new generation of permaculture teachers and doers for you to join!
- Participants who subscribe to Permaculture Magazine receive a 30% discount on Permanent Publications books and free postage and packing for the UK
- Option to buy a printed copy of Rosemary’s TPT Manual at the cost of printing (free download here)
Lodging is in shared dormitory bedrooms and is included in the price of the course. If you need a private bedroom, please contact us.