Permaculture Teaching Matters

Date(s) - 28/10/2017 - 04/11/2017
All Day

Sunny Hill


Teacher Training Course with Alfred Decker

Permaculture Teaching Matters (PTM) is an international teachers training course offered in English, organised by Permaculture Association of Slovenia and Sunny Hill Association for Sustainable Living.
Join permaculture teachers ​Alfred Decker​, Primož Turnšek and Tomislav Gjerkeš for six days of intensive training that will provide you with an invaluable toolkit to use in the classroom, as well as life in general. Together, we will facilitate internationally renowned teacher Rosemary (Rowe) Morrow’s Permaculture Teaching Matters course, which draws on her decades of permaculture teaching experience. Whether you’re already a teacher, or thinking of becoming one, the PTM course is designed to turn teaching into a transformative and fun exchange. Classrooms (indoor and outdoor) will never be the same again!


In any of the following fields: teachers and students of architecture, landscape design, school/community gardeners, local government community development officers, ecology and other disciplines including geography, regenerative agriculture and agroforestry as well as permaculture design. If you’re looking to do any type of sustainability or permaculture education/communication, this is the course you’ve been waiting for. The PTM training is designed for those who want to teach based on Rosemary’s participatory learning methods that will change the way you think about education:

  • Move towards a permaculture teaching career
  • Empower others with life-changing skills
  • Learn to pass on knowledge of permaculture theory and practice in ways that create real change in your students, and activate entire communities.

You will walk away from this course being able to communicate clearly and confidently with any group of people. And you’ll join a learning community of teachers full of inspiration, mutual support and on-going learning.
You will learn how to:

  • Design a short or a long course
  • Develop clear course outcomes and ethics
  • Adopt appropriate body behaviour and use nonviolent communication
  • Design effective learning resources
  • Organise classroom and learning environments
  • Use teaching aids effectively
  • Work with a broad range of people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Draw on strategies that promote thinking and integrate practical experience
  • Deliver clear explanations and concepts
  • Explain the structure and function of the Permaculture Design Course
  • Give effective and engaging digital presentations
  • Debrief, appraise, and apply other teaching techniques


Rosemary is known and loved worldwide as a permaculture teacher, practitioner, and activist. She has travelled the globe for four decades, often in countries shattered by war and disasters, sharing her passion for permaculture and social justice. Her belief is that access to useful knowledge is a basic human right.

Several years ago, Rosemary decided to focus on teacher training courses in order to have a “multiplier effect” believing that the bottleneck keeping permaculture from growing more rapidly is not a shortage of curriculum and experience, but rather a shortage of competent permaculture teachers. So she created this PTM course to give people the skills and confidence needed to take the big step from being a practitioner to becoming a teacher.
She is the author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture​, the Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture​, The Family Seedsaving Book, and A Good Home Forever​, and the co-founder of the​ Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute​.


Alfred Decker is an ​award-winning permaculture designer and one of Europe’s leading permaculture educators. Since his first PDC in 1998 in California, Alfred has been involved with social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the ​12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, ​Permacultura Barcelona and the Forest Gardens project at ​Can Masdeu​; and was a member of the ​European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and the ​Permaculture Council of Europe​. In 2014 he completed a post-graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (​Centre for Alternative Technology​, Wales). Alfred holds a post graduate diploma in sustainable architecture and renewable energy (​Centre for Alternative Technology​). After taking a permaculture teachers training with Rosemary Morrow in Austria in 2011, he undertook a two year mentorship and later co-taught six courses with Rosemary, ultimately earning a diploma in Permaculture Education & Community Development in 2013 through her organisation ​Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute in Australia. He also co-edited her course manual “Permaculture Teaching Matters” and organised a ​successful crowdfunding campaign to create a PTM digital platform. Alfred has taught widely throughout Europe and currently lives with his partner ​Daniella Querol on a smallholding in the Montnegre i el Corredor Natural Park north of Barcelona, Spain, where they are creating a permaculture demonstration site and educational project called ​Can Comú​, and where Alfred is the co-director of the community biochar project​ ​Montbio​.

Primož Turnšek is a permaculture teacher, designer and president of Permaculture Association of Slovenia. Since his PDC in 2012 has taught on several Permaculture Design Courses and other permaculture workshops. In the past 4 years he has been involved in establishment and maintenance of community gardens of student’s campus in Ljubljana. His passion are plants and ecology and the ways of their integration into the regenerative system.

Tomislav Gjerkeš is a permaculture teacher and designer as well as Dragon Dreaming Trainer. Getting diploma in permaculture design in 2009 he started consulting people to build home gardens. In the last years he is focused on working with schools, supporting them to develop outdoor classrooms and school gardens. His involvement with schools also includes consulting on adopting new pedagogical approaches that foster pupils’ motivation and enthusiasm for learning.


We require all students to have completed a PDC (anywhere in the world) before the course starting date.


Društvo za permakulturo Slovenije (Permaculture Association of Slovenia) was established in 1996 with an aim to promote permaculture in Slovenia. Since then the association organised many PDC, workshops and lectures about permaculture and took part in various Slovenian and international projects as European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and Children in Permaculture. Since 2015 Permaculture Association of Slovenia is led by group of young people who are developing new ideas how to promote permaculture and use it to solve real life problems through permaculture design. Main focus of the association is education, design and creating meaningful connections between people, organisations and projects.

Sunny Hill, association for sustainable culture of living is small community situated in hilly area above slovene adriatic coast. On their permaculture garden they produce 80% of their vegetable consumption and they are aiming for more. Their 200 years old traditional building was fully renovated in 2016 and exhibits sustainable solutions such as compost toilets, reedbeds and clay plasters. The venue hosts courses and workshops occasionally and caters locally produced vegetarian food.


Course starts with dinner on October 28th, and ends with a with a party and “No Talent Show” on the evening of November 4th.


When deciding how much you can pay for the course fee think of ​Fair share​ permaculture principle.

Regular fee: 390€
This fee covers expenses of the course including food and accommodation.

Pay forward fee: 480€
Standard in European countries is uneven. In some parts of Europe 480€ equals monthly wage whereas in others is less than a third of monthly wage. This is why we ask participants from economically strong countries to pay any amount between 390€ and 480€ and support participants with low income from economically weak European countries.

Low income fee: 300€
For participants with low income. Before you choose to pay the low income fee ask yourself what is the maximum amount that you can contribute without overextending your limits.

Your fee includes:

  • A life-changing learning experience.
  • Lodging in shared bedrooms.
  • Delicious and nutritious organic food: self serve breakfast, dinner, lunch, and morning and afternoon tea breaks.
  • Digital resources.
  • A Permaculture Teaching Matters Certificate.
  • A new generation of permaculture teachers and doers for you to join!
  • A free copy of​ Permaculture Magazine.
  • Option to buy Rosemary’s​ Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture​ at a 30% discount from the publisher. Books may be ordered with registration. An invaluable friend to the experienced and novice teacher alike.
  • Option to buy a copy of Rosemary’s​ Permaculture Teaching Matters Manual​ at the cost of printing.


For application on Permaculture Teaching Matters course please fill in following ​application​. If you have additional questions please write to us on: ​