To kick off this fundamental discourse I’d like to start with the exploration of learnings from the European Permaculture Teachers’ Partnership project by Joe Atkinson and contributing commenters. For convenient reference included below.
One of the most significant outcomes of the two-year EU co-funded project on sharing knowledge and learning in European permaculture was Joe’s blog post from August 2014, just after the final meeting at Lake Batak in Bulgaria.
His reflections speak to core issues in the evolution of the permaculture curriculum, originally designed by Bill Mollison. Several EPT project participants pitched in and after a two year silence on the subject it has recently re-emerged.
Actually the discussion around the permaculture curriculum pops up regularly, often sparking emotional and heated arguments. Yet pragmatic progress seems glacial.
I’m moving this fundamental subject back into the spotlight here at the European Permaculture Network. I’d like to invite everybody here to share their own first hand experiences from all sides of permaculture education: organisers and conveners, teachers, curriculum developers and authors as well as students and PDC alumni and permaculture practitioners and their clients. And of course the “independent” self-taught practitioners of permaculture design philosophy.