• 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. It is suitable for anyone contemplating this kind of work and is also exceptionally valuable for those who already have some experience in aid and development work.
This course assumes the prior knowledge of the PDC or working knowledge of Permaculture.
Robyn Francis shares over three decades of experience and insights from her work as a Permaculture trainer and consultant in diverse countries and cultures including India, Indonesia, Fiji, Taiwan, Cuba, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, 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 regular revision in keeping with global changes and their impacts on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable peoples. This course will have a special focus on the challenges of climate change, building resilience and adaption strategies.
Greta Carroll has been working with displaced populations in various capacities for the last decade. Moving recently into Permaculture education, she brings experience from development and humanitarian work in Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia and Australia.
John Button, permaculture designer, educator and consultant with over 30 years experience in Australia, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. He has worked on a diverse range of projects from reforesting a sacred mountain in Sth India, designing the Green School in Bali and teaching Tibetan communities in exile to consulting on community development programs for Plan International in South East Asia. John is an inspiring person and engaging teacher bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience into his work.
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.
We 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 $995 (Early bird $945 full payment before a month prior to start of course )
Fee includes all tuition, course materials and handbook, refreshments, catered breakfast, lunches and four evening meals. Free on-site camping with your own tent/van. We also offer Tent accommodation with ground mat or stretcher bed at extra cost.
Limited ‘Fair Share’ concession and partial scholarships available – please apply.
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Pre-registration essential – Please complete the registration form