Alfred Decker courses

 “Training Permaculture Teachers” (TPT). Rosemary Morrow developed TPT in order to have a multiplier effect in the development of permaculture, with the intention to develop the course in the different European languages by teachers from those countries. The following TPT courses in Europe 2019 are facilitated by Alfred Decker and local teachers: 

– Sweden @ Kosters Trädgårdar, November 5-12, with Cathrine Dolleris and Helena Von Bothmer. This course is available to PDC holders from any country who want to teach participatory learning methods from Rosemary Morrow’s experience and from the “Permaculture Educators Course”. Read More…  (or we could put the link to the announcement on the EuPN site: https://permaculture-network.eu/events/training-permaculture-teachers-course/)

– Portugal @ Vale de Lama, October 26-November 1, with Hugo Oliveira and Patricia Pereira

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 SOIL – CITY – SOLIDARITY 

Urban Permaculture Design Course Berlin 

June 1-15 (2019) 

Facilitated by Alfred Decker (core facilitator and convener), Nicole Wolf (convener) and guest tutors: Declan Kennedy, Mojisola Adebayo, Sonja Bach, Johanna Häger, Dennis Posthumus, Robert Strauch, Bouba Touré, Raphaël Grisey, Rosemary Morrow (via videoconference) and others 

Film Feld Forschung @ Silent Green Kulturquartier and 12P Permaculture Design invite you to a two-week intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC), offering the internationally-recognized 72-hour permaculture curriculum. Our focus is on urban and social permaculture and how activist permaculture can work for climate justice and building a non-racist society where the permaculture ethic „People Care“ is practised. We will explore soil as the ground we live on and with, as a contested and extracted medium; how practices of soil regeneration connect to how we live together; and how the ethics and principles of permaculture and regenerating soil relates to arts and film practices. 

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Earth Activism & Social Permaculture @ La Loma Viva and La Bolina (Granada, Spain), September 4 – 11, with Starhawk, Alfred Decker, Alex Kruger, and members of La Loma Viva and La Bolina 

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LAND Centres in Europe

The Danish LAND logo

LAND Centres are steadily emerging across Europe, as well as seeds being sown for their later emergence. IPEN, which is acting as an EuPN Education Work Group, is keen to assist this as one of our six priorities is:

  • Supporting the development of permaculture demonstration and education projects and the iLAND Network to connect them and share lessons, education resources and good practice;
LAND centre “Træstubben” in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Felix Becker

We also want to help national associations establish their own national LAND Centres systems. We see LAND Centres as important for building the educational infrastructure within countries, including having a potential role in teacher training and development, development of education resources in the relevant language and as hubs for local, regional and national networking and collaboration.

IPEN has recently launched its new website, and within that there are a set of iLAND pages which we really encourage you to look at. These set out the criteria for LAND centres, provide useful resources on good practice from established learning and demonstration projects, and an initial application system. We already have a number of initial applications in from Europe and around the world, and will shortly start to engage with them to form an iLAND pilot network of 10-12 centres which we will work with more closely, whilst the wider iLAND network grows and learns from the pilot network.

If the EUPN Erasmus+ ReLeaP application to establish a ‘regenerative leadership programme’ is successful there will be resources and outputs from that programme to support the development of LAND Centres in Europe, although even without it, it is clear that LAND Centres are here to stay, are growing steadily, and will play an important part in the development of the permaculture movement in EuPN member countries, and across Europe as a whole, which will help inspire a wider spread around the world.

We encourage national associations and academies to sign up to IPEN’s newsletter so that we can keep you informed of iLAND Network developments and related permaculture education issues.

“Koroinen” LAND centre in Turku/Åbo, Finland. Participants of a Nordplus funded LAND training and assessment tour in 2017 are striving through the rain amongst lush vegetables. Photo: Cathrine Dolleris

Training of Teachers

Applewood Permaculture Centre, UK, June 11-20

At Applewood we have begun to put together the programme for this year’s Training of Teachers in June. A few places are still places available, so have a look at our website and book your place now!
We use methods for building confidence of the participants throughout, and you will get many opportunities to practice your teaching and facilitation skills and learn through doing. You will give two micro-teach session to put into practice what you have learned, and be able to learn from observing others do the same. The course is fun, lively, interactive and creative. It is fun and inspiring to spend time with a group of dedicated permaculturists who all bring different passions and skills related to permaculture. As one former participant put it, the course is “challenging but empowering. It gave me the courage to be the teacher I know I am.“
For bookings and more information:Training of Teachers 2019 – Applewood Courses

Permaculture Scotland Gathering

Growing the future: Practical Responses to Climate Change: 28-30 June

The Permaculture Scotland gathering 2019 will be held at Rubha Phoil, Isle of Skye, starting on Friday 28th of June until Sunday 30th June. A fascinating programme including walks, talks, workshops, practicals and music. Join us for a weekend of inspiring permaculture, campfires, music and dancing.  More info: https://scotland.permaculture.org.uk/

Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture

Two day courses:

Nottingham, England 11th & 12th May 2019

Hampshire, England, 5th & 6th October

In this weekend course for parents, teachers and other educators to learn how to engage children in permaculture, you will learn how to use a child-centred or child-led approach; find out how permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to education; discover some great benefits of outdoor learning; learn how to create sessions which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hands and head; and much more!  More info:  http://childreninpermaculture.com/events/

Children in Permaculture Training of Teachers

Starting 10th July  2019
The first ever training of educators to share permaculture with children and school teachers, including leading the two day CiP training course in their region, designing school grounds, gardening with children, holistic education with children amongst others. The format is an intensive five day course in London, followed by a period of 6-12 months during which participants work with children, then another 5 days course (which will include practical assessment) and a portfolio. More info: http://childreninpermaculture.com/events/