Permaculture Teacher Training & Facilitation


March 23-30, 2019 at Djanbung Gardens

Teaching is an art and a skill. Whether you are a permaculture teacher, facilitator or community activist, PCA’s Permaculture Teacher Training course will improve and expand your abilities and make you a more versatile, engaging and effective educator.  Education for empowerment is central to social permaculture practice.

This course conducted by Robyn Francis, award-winning permaculture designer, educator, and presenter who has trained thousands of people from around the world. Since 1984 she has conducted over 150 PDCs, over 100 advanced courses developing professional skills in different areas of permaculture work plus 11 years of teaching Accredited Permaculture Training (Certificates III, IV and Diploma). She has taught throughout Australia and internationally and is acknowledged as one of the worlds leading permaculture teachers and pioneers. Annaliese Hordern will be support trainer for this course with her inspiring fresh energy and people skills.


Course Cost:  includes training, course materials and handbook, catered lunches, M/A teas plus 3 evening meals, and free camping on site.  Camp kitchen available for DIY breakfast and cooking or eat in town. A limited number of places are available for partial work exchange for 10% to 20% of course cost.
Are you are a Permaculture Australia member? You are elligible for a special 10% discount on all our courses. Please get your 10% discount code from the PA website Key Supporters page, NSW (NB you will need to first log in).

 Venue: Djanbung Gardens is a purpose-designed permaculture education centre and living classroom, and home campus of Permaculture College Australia. The training centre houses an extensive library of permaculture and related books. Abundance Cafe under the management of Melian Fertl, artisan permaculture chef, provides course catering featuring local and garden-fresh produce.

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Course Resources: participants will receive a PCA Teacher Training Course Handbook with notes, resources and templates. Please bring a USB stick for e-resources.


Learn to design effective and meaningful learning experiences, from theoretic concepts to hands-on practicalities. Gain confidence and skills to facilitate participatory and experiential processes, energisers, exploratory learning, effective audio visual and presentation techniques, and adjust communications and program design for different groups and learning situations. The course covers all aspects of planning, costing and delivering Permaculture training, building teaching teams and how to establish a Bioregional Campus network.

A challenging, inspiring and empowering course, it aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of Permaculture teachers and community facilitators to equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference in your work.

Topics include:

  • CCF-wild-designLearning styles and approaches
  • Participatory processes
  • Facilitation and presentation skills
  • Teaching and experiential learning techniques
  • Pattern learning and the art of story-telling
  • Facilitators tool kit and resources
  • Effective use of audio-visual materials
  • Program planning and design
  • Teaching PDC’s, short courses & workshops
  • Session planning
  • Practical hands-on learning
  • Classroom learning
  • Mentoring trainees and interns
  • Making the most of field trips and excursions
  • Dealing with special needs and difficult situations
  • Adjusting for cultural and human diversity
  • Venues and learning environments
  • Costing and budgets
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Evaluation and review
  • Bioregional Campus and building networks
  • Ethics, codes of practice and duty of care

Course activities: include presentations, interactive and participatory processes, role plays, discussions, group work and peer review.


Course Certification: participants will receive a Permaculture Teacher Training and Facilitation Certificate of Completion and Statement of Professional Development from Permaculture College Australia. All course activities will need to be undertaken for the completion certificate and statement.


Trainers:  Robyn Francis supported by Annaliese Hordern

Robyn Francis

Robyn Francis

Robyn Francis Permaculture pioneer, innovator and international trainer, shares a wealth of experience and insights from over 30 years of adult education and facilitation in Permaculture, sustainable landuse and community development.  She is founding director of Permaculture College Australia.

One of permaculture’s most experienced educators and facilitators, since 1984 Robyn Francis has taught in 13 countries including over 140 PDCs, plus hundreds of workshops and short courses ranging from bamboo building and botany to ecovillage design, community facilitation and advanced Permaculture teacher training. In the 1980s she worked closely and co-taught courses with Bill Mollison. An experienced facilitator of community participatory processes and transition workshops, she has developed a range of creative tools for participatory learning. One of the key architects of the Accredited Permaculture Training™ (APT) qualifications with the Australian national vocational training accreditation authorities in 2003, she developed curricula and conducted accredited vocational courses in permaculture for 11 years at Djanbung Gardens.

Her training centre, Djanbung Gardens, is a purpose designed living learnscape of permaculture in practice, and is home to Permaculture College Australia and the PCA Bioregional Campus. She continues to teach PDCs and advanced courses internationally, and mentor new permaculture teachers. Robyn is passionate about her work, good food, cooking, community, writing music and being creative in everything she does.

Annaliese Hordern, new generation of inspired permaculture trainers

Annaliese Hordern

Annnaliese Hordern is an inspiring, passionate Permaculture educator, committed to evolving inclusive and interactive teaching styles, fostered by some of the great Permaculture pioneers including Robyn Francis, Rosemary Morrow, Robin Clayfield, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton and Robina McCurdy. Annaliese has been teaching in PDCs with Robyn Francis at Djanbung Gardens for the past 5 years and is now supporting advanced courses. Annaliese has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Resource Management), a Diploma of Permaculture, Cert IV in Training and Assessment and has completed PDCs with several teachers and undertaken advanced permaculture courses in community facilitation, sustainable aid, dynamic groups and teacher training.


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