New Online learning platform

By Jemma Findley

The Permaculture Association Britain has started discussions around commoning its online learning platform. Testing of its first ‘Foundations of permaculture – Design for Resilience’ online course is already underway but planning how the platform and its future resources will be collectively managed by permaculture educators has just begun. The platform will launch before September this year and many educators worldwide are coming together through the permaculture associations global educators membership and its highly experienced voluntary Education Working Group to collaborate – utilising an experienced online-course / blended learning design team, our Certified Teachers Register and 30+ years of quality teaching experience. If you would like to join in with these discussions, join the global educators membership now and benefit from the twice monthly calls about all things permaculture education. They are also a great opportunity to connect with your peers during isolation. Last month we had calls in from all over the UK and France, Italy, Germany and Australia. Educators chose the topics in the NOG meetings – On the 11th we meet about ‘Maintaining teaching standards whilst teaching remotely.’ 

Earth Activist Training

15 – 28 August 2020

Facilitated by  Starhawk and Alfred Decker
Earth Activist Training (EAT) is an intensive course combining theory with practical hands-on learning. We will examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism and economic globalisation, and encourage exploration of ways to contribute to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity. 

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. 

Alfred Decker has been involved with permaculture projects and social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the 12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, and is focused on facilitating permaculture teacher trainings

Helena von Bothmer is a gardener and permaculture designer. She is one of the earliest permaculture teachers in Sweden and has given well over 20 PDC and many shorter courses.To enroll: Send mail to helena [at] kosterstradgardar [dot] se

Rakesh’ courses

Look up our courses on our new web site: http://www.rootsnpermaculture.com

Highlights coming up are a teacher training course in March/AprilA permaculture design course in Denmark August followed by a week of hands on on Jutland (promo to come soon). Preceded by 9 days of introductions and hands on in Sweden (promo to come soon).
All projects we have running under Roots n Permaculture banner are also listed on the web site
Next new project which comes online soon will be about holistic health, plus a new youth project.

All courses listed here: http://www.rootsnpermaculture.com/index.php/whats-on/courses/list-all-courses

IPEN & Education News

iLAND Centre Network

The pilot iLAND Network is taking shape with so far 3 aspiring LAND Centre projects having applied in Europe (in Latvia, Bulgaria and Ukraine), 4 across Africa, 1 in Armenia and 1 in Laos. We expect more to apply, to reach our target number of 12 projects in the pilot network, which we will provide more support to and which will help us refine the iLAND systems. We hope to have iLAND project profiles on the iLAND webpages by the end of October. From there we expect the network to expand significantly in Europe and around the world. For more information see: https://www.ipenpermaculture.org/ipen-priorities/iland-demonstration-centres/

Education Resources

A number of additional Case Studies of inspirational projects both in Europe and elsewhere are now available via IPEN’s Resources webpages, that can help provide guidance and inspiration to permaculture projects and organisations in Europe. A number of useful teaching and curriculum guides are also available, including the still highly valuable resources produced by the European Permaculture Teachers (EPT) partnership project – use the filter tool to search the topics at: https://www.ipenpermaculture.org/education-resources/

52 Climate Actions – https://www.52climateactions.com/

The webpages for the 52 Climate Actions project have now been launched.  IPEN and other EuPN members were involved throughout and IPEN drafted an outline for community-led Climate Action Training which is available through the website. With various EuPN members, we are aiming to host a number of online events that will share examples of permaculture-led climate action training and engagement activities, including a recent successful pilot that has been run in South Australia.

Ecolise BLAST Project

The 2-year BLAST project is underway to develop, strengthen and support a growing Europe-wide community of practise for community-led transformative blended learning for sustainability and climate action, with several members of the EuPN involved. This will help widen access to tools and a platform for blended learning, that can be used widely by permaculturists across Europe.

EuPN ReLeaP Project

It is hoped that the ReLeaP partnership project, taken forward by the Resources for Action Working Group, and involving 9 EuPN members, will be able to be confirmed by the end of the year. If Erasmus+ funding is approved this will deliver a 2 year ‘Regenerative Leadership Programme’ starting in January 2020 to support the pioneers and leaders in permaculture networks, organisations, projects and teaching across Europe, with the aim that at least 50% of the participants will be under 30 years old. The project will involve a series of physical and online events, and produce a number of good practice guides and resources to stimulate and support the permaculture movement across Europe.

Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture courses

In this two day course for parents, teachers and other educators to learn how to engage children in permaculture, participants will learn how the permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to education; discover some great benefits of outdoor learning; learn how to create child-led sessions which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hands and head; and much more!  

28&29 Sep @ Landmatters, Devon, England

5&6 Oct @ the Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, England

5&6 Oct @ LearningInNature, Espoo, Finland

9&10 Nov @ Montrose, Angus, Scotland

and more… watch this space:

More info: http://childreninpermaculture.com/events/  

Contact us:  cip.info.training [at] gmail [dot] com