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with Robyn Francis

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.

Dates & locations: Dec 1-6 2014

Djanbung Gardens Nimbin, Australia • with Robyn Francis

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.

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.

Robyn Francis–award-winning permaculture designer, educator, and presenter who has trained thousands of people from around the world–brings a wealth of knowledge as the lead instructor for this training. Since 1984 she has conducted over 100 PDCs throughout Australia and internationally and is regarded by many as one of the worlds leading permaculture teachers and pioneers.

Topics include:

  • Learning 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. This course contributes to APT units in the Diploma and Certificate IV in Permaculture.

Course Resources: participants will receive a PCA Teacher Training Course Handbook with notes, resources and templates.


Robyn Francis Permaculture pioneer, innovator and international trainer, shares a wealth of experience and insights from 30 years of adult education and facilitation in Permaculture and sustainability.

One of permaculture’s most experienced educators and facilitators, since 1984 she has conducted over 115 PDCs, plus hundreds of workshops and short courses ranging from bamboo building and botany to ecovillage design, community facilitation and advanced Permaculture teacher training. Robyn is also an experienced facilitator of community participatory processes, transition workshops, and 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 was also innovator of the Bioregional Campus concept.

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. Since 2005 Robyn has developed a team to deliver full-time training in Certificates III, IV and Diploma of Permaculture and the Permaculture Practices Internships, producing a new generation of highly competent Permaculture designers, practitioners and activists. She continues to teach PDCs and advanced courses internationally. Robyn is passionate about her work, good food, cooking, community, writing music and being creative in everything she does.


December 1-6, 2014 • PCA, Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin, Australia with Robyn Francis & guests

Course Times: Sunday Dec 1 . Registrations 10am, course begins 11am. Course ends evening of Sat Dec 6. Course days are 9am-8.30pm plus evening sessions.  Participants can arrive Sat Nov 30 to set up camp.

Course Cost:  (sliding scale work exchange for fair-share concession) includes tuition, notes, catered lunches & evening meals, on-site camping.

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