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Creative Community Facilitation


A Social Permaculture Masterclass with Robyn Francis

Next course will be in 2019 – date still to be determined

People Care is central to permaculture ethics and practice, yet too often overshadowed by the more tangible realms of plants, animals, technology and landscape design. Social design needs to be integrated into all of our systems and a lack of good social practice and design can undermine the best projects and endeavours.  Through this course you will develop social permaculture skills for working with people and learn the art of creative and inclusive facilitation—whether you’re involved in community gardens, Permaculture groups, transition initiatives, teaching or community development work—you need effective facilitation skills and tools to harness community energy and empower people to be the change. Creative facilitation for participatory process, balancing challenge and conviviality and good planning are keys to success.

Feel overwhelmed by the negative things happening in the world? We will be exploring ways to acknowledge and work through the stages and waves of environmental grief, despair and solastalgia that can so easily overwhelm the earth activist in the face of ecocide, environmental destruction and climate chaos. We live in challenging time and need to be well equipped with strategies to move forward, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually, through the great transition.

Through this short intensive course, Robyn Francis shares 3 decades of international experience in community facilitation and participatory process in diverse situations and cultural landscapes.

NEXT COURSE    August 11-14, 2017, PCA, Djanbung Gardens, Australia

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Are you a member of Permaculture Australia?: we offer a special 10% discount for for current PA members.


This 4-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.

Topics include:

• 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 projects and 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 11-14, 2017, PCA, Djanbung Gardens, Australia

Course Details:  classes 9am-5.30pm,  plus 1 evening meal. Participants are encouraged to arrive on Thurs 10th to settle in and set up camp

Cost: $655   NB $60 discount for Earlybird Registration and payment before July 14.

Course Fee includes full tuition, course handbook, lunches, morning/afternoon teas  + 1 evening meal (NB communal kitchen available for DIY breakfasts and other non-catered meals). Fee includes onsite camping Thur 10-Tue 15. Please inquire re other accommodation options.


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