• practical perspectives on cultural sensitivity, ethno-ecology and social permaculture
• appropriate communications and inclusive approaches to community engagement and participatory process.
• Key issues facing the 2/3rds world and Permaculture strategies to facilitate solution processes.
• Survival security (food, water, shelter), health and nutrition, environmental health, kitchen garden and local food security programs,
• appropriate technologies and low-tech options,
• integrating permaculture with traditional production systems in humid and arid tropics.
• facilitation processes for community directed program development, project appraisal and evaluation,
• disaster preparedness, post disaster relief and recovery,
• preparing yourself for undertaking this kind of work including research, working with development agencies and NGO’s, and issues of personal security in overseas field work.
Course activities will include discussion, case studies, presentations, participatory processes, role play, group projects, practical and experiential activities.
This course can be very challenging on a deep personal level, and will provide an invaluable basis for either working in the field or with overseas aid support foundations and organisations.
This course assumes the prior knowledge of the PDC or working knowledge of Permaculture.
TEACHER: Robyn Francis shares experience and insights from three decades of working as Permaculture trainer and consultant in diverse countries and cultures including India, Indonesia, Fiji, Taiwan, Cuba, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and with indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, and as advisor/mentor to Permaculture NGO’s and activists around the world. This course was originally developed by Robyn Francis in 1991 and undergoes constant revision in keeping with global changes and their impacts on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable peoples.
Certification: Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by Permaculture Education and Permaculture College Australia.
Participants will need to bring: clip board, lecture pad, pens, colour felt pens, ruler, sensible walking shoes, sun hat. Bring useful resource books and information relating to course topics and relevant projects. Advise participants to revise their PDC notes and read tropical and dryland Permaculture articles & chapters from Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designers Manual. Recommend participants who have not previously completed a PDC to read Earth Users Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow or Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison for a basic understanding of Permaculture concepts, terminologies and practices.
Course Fee $925 (Early bird $130 discount for full payment before a month prior to start of course ) Fee covers tuition, course materials and handbook, refreshments, catered lunches and some evening meals (communal kitchen available for DIY breakfast and non-catered evening meals) Free on-site Camping. Please enquire re other accommodation options available on-site and in the village. Limited ‘Fair Share’ concession and partial scholarships available – please apply.
Pre-registration essential – please pay $200 deposit with registration/enrolment form to secure your place.Download Enrolment Form