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Date(s) - 19/07/2024 - 26/07/2024
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Where the content and teaching of permaculture coincide harmoniously with the ethics

Register for the course HERE

If you have questions about the training, venue, or registration, contact us HERE.

If you have questions about the Family-Friendly option, contact us HERE.  

 

Permaculture Teacher Training with Focus on Children (PTTC) is an international teachers training course offered in English and organised by 12P Permaculture Design. The course is available to PDC holders from any country.

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 training draws on her decades of permaculture teaching experience. Whether you are already a teacher, or thinking of becoming one, the PTTC makes teaching a transformative and fun exchange. Classrooms (indoor and outdoor) will never be the same again!

While this course has a specific focus in how to facilitate permaculture education for children, the PTTC is designed for anyone who wants to teach permaculture 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 

Focus on Permaculture Education for Children

In addition to the core teacher training content, the PTTC has a specific focus on how to facilitate permaculture education for children. Co-facilitator Lusi Alderslowe is the co-founder of Permaculture Children, which has in its aim “to empower educators around the world to share permaculture education and design with children. In permaculture education it is important to integrate creativity, practicals, discussions, songs, visual aids, spontaneity and other dynamic teaching methods. This is especially so with children. We want to excite and inspire people into learning without even realising they are learning! This training is for anyone involved in the education of children – school & nursery teachers, forest school leaders, nature kindergarten teachers, parents, grandparents, carers and other educators.” 

Family-Friendly

Aside from the special focus, the training will also be family-friendly. Daniella Querol is an artist, educator, and permaculturalist, and will offer childcare support for participants with activities around permaculture and art. The proposal is that parents who want to bring their kids can organise a plan together with Daniella. The training is demanding and so the working idea is that a parent could spend half of the day participating in the training and the other half with their kid(s), and then later make up for the half day through the online version of this training on the Permaculture Association of Britain’s platform (click HERE for more information).   

Daniella speaks English, German, Spanish and Catalan. For more information on her work, please click HERE.

To contact Daniella directly about the Family-Friendly option, please write to her HERE.

Where

   

The training will take place at the Permacultura Llobregat project located at an ecovillage in Catalunya, Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

This ecovillage is a community and a “cooperativa integral” – a cooperative developed to cover the housing, work, and food needs of its members. Located in an old textile factory an hour inland from Barcelona, the site is a village, inspired by the garden city movement, originally built for the workers and now being regenerated as a community. The site offers ample event and workshop spaces, 3 ha. of agricultural fields, and the enormous old factory itself. It is located alongside the second largest river in Catalunya, surrounded by forests and fields, and has a bus stop just outside the property that provides fast public transport to the city. The Permacultura Llobregat project will develop permaculture and regenerative agriculture here…and your participation will help us to grow. More info about the site HERE

When

Training Begins: Dinner on the night of Friday, July 19, 2024

Training Ends: Certificate ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, July 26, 2024, followed by optional dinner, party and “No Talent Show”. Participants are welcome (and encouraged!) to stay the night and there will be a breakfast the next morning as well.

The PTTC Facilitation Team

Lead Facilitators 

Alfred Decker

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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 lives at the site of this training and is thrilled to organise this course at his community! 

Lusi Alderslowe

Lusi Alderslowe is a permaculture design teacher, a certified educator with the Permaculture Association, a senior tutor for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, a Forest School Leader and an author of the book “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual.” Lusi has been studying and teaching permaculture since her first PDC in 2005, which she attended with her baby son in her arms. She studied the Permaculture Training of Teachers in 2010, became a tutor for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in 2011 and became a Senior Tutor in 2023, and has had apprentices from around the world. She has lots of outdoor education experience with children including co-founding and leading a permaculture parent and child group, an after school forest school group, a holiday woodland permaculture programme, and various programmes in Gatehouse & Twynholm Primary Schools including designing, creating and maintaining two forest gardens which are still fruiting deliciously. Lusi coordinated the European-wide Children in Permaculture project, in which we created useful resources about engaging children in permaculture. Since 2018 Lusi has facilitated permaculture courses for educators of children, including in schools, permaculture centres and online (including PDCs for educators of children, and CiP Practitioner trainings). She is regularly contracted by the local authority to lead outdoor learning training for school & nursery teachers. Lusi also co-authored with Gaye Amus & Didi A. Devapriya, Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual.

Guest Facilitators 

Rosemary 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 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.

Sarah Queblatin

​​Sarah Queblatin is a regenerative design specialist and therapeutic arts practitioner working with art and nature for healing. She holds a merit diploma in permaculture from the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute where she also studied Permaculture in Development particularly in precarious places. She finished her advanced certificate in permaculture at Aranya Agriculture Alternatives with Guilda Permaculture. Working with indigenous and ethnic communities in the frontlines of climate and conflict impacts and displacement, she was inspired to propose Permaculture Principle 0 to honor indigenous or local wisdom and stewardship of a place. She is the founder of Green Releaf Initiative in the Philippines, is a founding member of Permaculture for Refugees, a Global Ecovillage Network Ambassador, and member of Re-Alliance. Sarah founded Living Story Landscapes weaving the arts and nature in restoring belonging through cultural memory and imagination.

 

Starhawk

Starhawk (she/her) is the co-founder and executive director of Earth Activist Training. One of the foremost voices in Earth-based spirituality, Starhawk is an author, activist, and permaculture teacher and designer. Her 13 books include such beloved reads as The Spiral Dance, The Earth Path, and The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk drew from 30 years of living collectively to write The Empowerment Manual, which is the basis for her social permaculture course, Empowering Collaborative Groups. Starhawk has been recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) as a leading figure in permaculture and has been awarded dual diplomas for excellence in education and permaculture site design. As a teacher of magical activism and permaculture education, Starhawk’s life work takes her across the globe. She currently lives part-time in San Francisco in a collective house with her partner and friends, and part-time in a little hut in the woods in Cazadero, California, where she practices permaculture in her extensive gardens and writes. 

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.

Fees

We normally offer a sliding scale for this course, and ask participants to offer what they can pay. The scale is between €800-€1300 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.

If you want to propose a different price based on your economic situation, please share with us what you want to contribute and why you need support by applying HERE.

Your fees include:

  • Three healthy meals a day plus snacks, tea, and coffee (all of which are 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 PTT Manual at the cost of printing (free download here)

Your fees DO NOT include:

  • Childcare
  • Another parent or carer coming to do childcare. They are welcome, but will need to pay for food and accomodation

Accommodation

You can choose to lodge in shared dormitory bedrooms or in a private bedroom. The cost of the dormitory is included in the price of the course, and a private bedroom costs 17€ per night extra (17€/night @ 9 nights = 153€ extra). If you have a medical need for a private bedroom and can’t afford the extra cost, please contact us. 

Hope to see you in July! 

Sign-up For the Course HERE