This 5-day intensive course delves deeper into social permaculture thinking and practice, and aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of permaculture community project work through inclusive facilitation—empowering you to empower your community. Learn skills and effective tools for building resilient communities and transition initiatives to respond locally to the big issues of our time–climate change, resource depletion, increasing natural disaster, and food water and energy security. Local solutions through community participation require good social skills, effective facilitation and inclusive process.
• Social permaculture design & Social ecology;
• Facilitation skills for inclusive processes;
• Participatory processes for consultation, decision making & design; forums, affinity matrix, imagineering, milling, visualisations, popcorn, speak-out, conversation cafes and many more…
• Creating community contracts, protocols, procedures, accountability and governance systems;
• Developing a strategic plan for community development and project proposals;
• Promoting programs, team building, developing networks, logistic planning;
• Adapting to ethnic, cultural and human diversity in the community;
• Communications, and dealing with difficult situations;
• Nurturing sense of community, fun, cultural diversity and spirit of place.
• Insights into eco-stress and living with the grief of local and global eco-cide in the anthropocene
Course activities will include presentations, discussion, role play, group project work and participatory processes, you will learn many of these processes by doing them through your course work…
Certification: Students who successfully participate in the full 4-day course with receive a Permaculture College Australia certificate of completion in Creative Community Facilitation.
Trainer/facilitator: Robyn Francis has been working in community development and facilitation on the grass roots and local government level for over 30 years. She has worked with Australia’s leading social planners and facilitators in a wide range of projects from intentional communities, ecovillages, climate change action groups, community-based transition and sustainability initiatives, community gardens, community consultation projects and participatory design for local government and overseas developments. Robyn Francis works internationally as a Permaculture consultant and trainer and is principal of Permaculture College Australia.
Next Course: August 9-13, 2016, PCA, Djanbung Gardens, Australia
Course Details: Tues-Fri classes 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9-12, plus 3 evening meals & sessions Tues, Thurs and Friday. Participants are encouraged to arrive on Mon 8th to settle in or set up camp
Cost: $695 NB $95 discount for Earlybird Registration and payment before July 9.
Course Fee includes full tuition, course handbook, lunches, morning/afternoon teas (Tue-Fri) + 3 evening meals (NB communal kitchen available for DIY breakfasts and other non-catered meals). Fee includes onsite camping Mon-Sat. Please inquire re other accommodation options.
Check out the special Masterclass Internships following this course, commencing Aug 16. Enquire about our special discount for registering for course and internship.