Sustainable Aid for Permaculture Development Work

Are you involved in sustainable aid, development work, post-disaster relief? This course will develop specific awareness, knowledge and skills for being effective, appropriate and culturally sensitive in this important field of permaculture activism and education.

Discover effective tools to work with communities to build resilience so they can better meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world and impacts of climate change, resource depletion, food and water insecurity, increasing natural disaster and economic instability.

NEXT COURSE  September 5-10, 2016 •  PCA, Djanbung Gardens with Robyn Francis .

Sustainable Aid for Permaculture Development Work

Course Overview – What you will learn…

• 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.

ccf-lifestylezones3• 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 support foundations and organisations.

This course assumes the prior knowledge of the PDC or working knowledge of Permaculture.


Course Facilitator:

Robyn Francis shares experience and insights from over 2 decades of working as Permaculture trainer and consultant in diverse countries and cultures including India, Indonesia, Fiji, Taiwan, Cuba, with Australian Aboriginals and NZ Maori, multicultural groups in Australia, 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 Costs $925/ $795 Earlybird Concession

Course fee covers tuition, course materials and handbook, refreshments, lunches & evening meals.

Pre registration essential – please send $150 deposit with registration form.

On-Site Camping included in course fee – other accommodation options available on-site and in the village for additional cost.


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