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  1. 1. Permaculture Teaching Design•Teaching Experience•Course Structure Options• Other thoughts•Our PDCs•An Introductory Course Co-Created by Josh Gomez & Rosie Stonehill
  2. 2. Teaching experience It was really good to sit through all the PDC lessonsCo-teaching with Lesley again and to see Lesleys enthusiastic and inspiringMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea approach to teaching and to look at the whole thingda Gonçala again from a perspective of learning to teach the•General support course. Also as it was such a big group it was helpful •Personal Reflection for Lesley that we were there especially in the•Rosie taught Living Water practical sessions where we were fully hands on •Feedback helping with organising, preparing of materials and •Personal Reflection assisting in the sessions.•May 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada Gonçala•May 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmeal•June 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  3. 3. Teaching experience • Good informal, chatty styleCo-teaching with Lesley • EnjoyableMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea • Might help to learn to write and speak at theda Gonçala same time•General support •Personal Reflection • Speak up a bit especially with large groups•Rosie taught Living Water •Feedback •Personal Reflection•May 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada Gonçala•May 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmeal•June 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  4. 4. Teaching experience I really enjoyed the session, felt comfortable withCo-teaching with Lesley the content and felt that I expressed it clearly enough for all to understand.March 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada Gonçala•General support •Personal Reflection•Rosie taught Living Water •Feedback •Personal Reflection•May 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada Gonçala•May 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmeal•June 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  5. 5. Teaching experience • Pre-preparation goodCo-teaching with Lesley • Soil profile nice, liked the way you developed /March 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea adapted soil profile picture to show how sheetda Gonçala mulching fits in and works • Got the job done wellMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea • Good enjoyable sessionda Gonçala • Maybe try to get the materials together•Josh taught Soil profile and sheetmulching beforehand, especially with larger groups •Feedback •Personal Reflection•Rosie taught Living Water •Feedback •Personal ReflectionMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  6. 6. Teaching experience I felt that writing on the board before the lessonCo-teaching with Lesley helped, maybe a good way could be with big overlaying pieces of paper. Next time I will get theMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea materials and tools together beforehand. Otherda Gonçala than that I think it went well, everyone learnt what they needed to learn and really enjoyed the session.May 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada Gonçala•Josh taught Soil profile and sheetmulching •Feedback •Personal Reflection•Rosie taught Living Water •Feedback •Personal ReflectionMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  7. 7. Teaching experience • Good session, chatty and involved, inclusive.Co-teaching with Lesley • Still need to pick up speed, practise writingMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea faster, maybe write bigger and wipe more to giveda Gonçala more space. • Be careful that lower case letters stay legibleMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea • Be aware of sometimes needing to bring itda Gonçala together quickly•Josh taught Soil profile and sheetmulching •Feedback •Personal Reflection•Rosie taught Living Water •Feedback •Personal ReflectionMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  8. 8. Teaching experience It was a good fun session and I receivedCo-teaching with Lesley compliments from the students. I thought of some nice examples and generally it felt smoother thisMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea time. I need to be more careful in having correctda Gonçala information e.g trench watering is not necessarily the best to save water.May 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada Gonçala•Josh taught Soil profile and sheetmulching •Feedback •Personal Reflection•Rosie taught Living Water •Feedback •Personal ReflectionMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  9. 9. Teaching experience The decision to teach this session was quite lastCo-teaching with Lesley minute but was good for being flexible. We taught half the session together but then Josh had to go outMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea to be with Lowarn. However, generally the sessionda Gonçala went well. This was quite a large group so it was an interesting challenge to fit in all the information andMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea have time to adequately answer all the questions.da Gonçala The session was well received and prompted discussion and some interesting ideas from theMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmeal students.•We both taught Forest Garden -Zone 2•Josh - Sheet mulching and soilsamples practical •Personal Reflection•Rosie - Living water andAquaculture •Personal ReflectionJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  10. 10. Teaching experience Went very well, even though it was raining at theCo-teaching with Lesley beginning of the session people were still ready to get out there and do it. It was really an enjoyablyMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea challenging task to coordinate such a large group butda Gonçala having prepared all the materials beforehand really helped. It all worked out well and a beautiful doubleMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea spiral raised bed was the result.da GonçalaMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmeal•We both taught Forest Garden -Zone 2•Josh - Sheet mulching and soilsamples practical •Personal Reflection•Rosie - Living water andAquaculture •Personal ReflectionJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  11. 11. Teaching experience It was good to teach two sessions together to knowCo-teaching with Lesley how it would feel and to develop another subject. I was pleased that I managed to bring it together in the timeMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea even though I went quite a lot over time on the firstda Gonçala session. I didnt really manage to find a comfortable and practical arrangement of the space which made it aMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea bit les smooth in places but generally I feel I coveredda Gonçala everything and imparted the information clearly. I have now decided to only use capitals and am making aMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmeal conscious effort to do so... even though it sill needed to•We both taught Forest Garden - be bigger. It was interesting as it was a large group andZone 2 teaching space, the dynamics of the session and•Josh - Sheet mulching and soil positioning of the board and myself had to besamples practical different... all good practise. •Personal Reflection•Rosie - Living water andAquaculture •Personal ReflectionJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia
  12. 12. Teaching experience It was really positive to teach a totally different subject especially as this is another topic which I feel stronglyCo-teaching with Lesley about. I put some of the more complex diagrams up onMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea the board before the lesson to save me some timeda Gonçala although then I had to be aware that the students still needed to write it all and acount for the time theyMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea needed too. It was good to comment on the turning ofda Gonçala the neighbours field and the soil blowing away which they had seen the day before as this gave a real world example. I had some very positive comments andMay 2011 9 day PDC in Coiços everyone semed to enjoy the session. Due to it being aColmeal new subject I lost me place a few times but I think repeated teaching would make it smoother. Also thereJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mount is more information I need to know on subjects to beof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia able to answerRosie - Living Soils questions... e.g, how thickPersonal Reflection is topsoil? how manyJosh - Companion Planting million hectares isPersonal Reflection portugal - ie think of a realJosh - Soil profile and sheet mulching world example to give apractical relative understanding ofPersonal Reflection a figure like 5.4milion hectares
  13. 13. Teaching experience It was very nice to teach a new subject and a subjectCo-teaching with Lesley which I have studied and researched quite a lot. Rosie writing all the notes on the board beforehand made itMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea possible for me to go over the whole subject in ada Gonçala relaxed way, discussing and answering questions as we went along. I even tried to answer some questions inMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea Portuguese that one student was having difficulty withda Gonçala understanding. I really enjoyed this session but I know I need to formulate my own lesson plan for it and getMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmeal some more of the facts straight in my head and give a clearer example of a guild. Practise drawing chickens!June 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de AtalaiaRosie - Living SoilsPersonal ReflectionJosh - Companion PlantingPersonal ReflectionJosh - Soil profile and sheet mulchingpracticalPersonal Reflection
  14. 14. Teaching experience I felt that the soil profile went well, it was really nice toCo-teaching with Lesley have such a small group as there was lots of time for Q&A and discussion. The practical was a little confusedMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea as a lot of the materials were not prepared and were allda Gonçala over the site. I need to make a bit more preparation in knowing that I have all I need to hand, but other thanMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea that I feel it went well.da GonçalaMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiçosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de AtalaiaRosie - Living SoilsPersonal ReflectionJosh - Companion PlantingPersonal ReflectionJosh - Soil profile and sheet mulchingpracticalPersonal Reflection
  15. 15. Teaching experience It was nice to see a different style of teaching which was far more discussion based as a result of having less timeCo-teaching with Daphna constraints in this 9 week format. There was more time for9 week course games and group building activities and because it was spread over a number of weeks people had more chance to develop8th May 2010 relationships. Also, having the possibility to set a weeklyCo teaching introduction to homework meant that a certain percentage of the course ispermaculture day home, self led study coming back each week to share what we found / did / thought / read / experienced / observed with the group. Unfortunately we were unable to attend the design29 May 2010 presentations at the end due to work commitments but we feltJosh - Sheet mulching practical that everyone involved gained a lot from this approach to the PDC both communally and individually. We liked the fact that5th June 2010 each Saturday session was taught at a different participantsThe many benefits of a tree land building a greater understanding of each others lifestylesJosh - Net and Pan mulch pit and home habitats. Incorporated into this was that certainpractical sites were chosen for certain sessions, an example of this is that appropriate technologies where they had examples ofForest Garden Lesson solar, wind and a home scale biogas digester so participants could see real life examples. At the same site we talked about1st May 2010 education as they had taught their child at home and hadTwo games on Alternative forms experience to share, Lastly they had a big beekeeping workshopof Local Currency with a solar dryer / wax melter etc which fitted quite well intoTime bank - Human machine alternative technologies and was interesting to see. It is cleargame that this format of course is best suited to a fairly close localIn a circle LETS juggle community where the participants are willing to come to a session once a week.
  16. 16. Teaching experience We discussed all of the ethics and principlesCo-teaching with Daphna between ourselves including our own individual9 week course experiences, examples and interpretations of them. Daphna merely facilitated in this process and8th May 2010 then clarified and brought together these ideas forCo teaching introduction to each point with other significant examples. Wepermaculture day found this to be a really good way of enabling people to learn the ideas behind permaculture from their29 May 2010 own point of view. We were also facilitating in theJosh - Sheet mulching practical discussion process, helping clarify issues, giving other examples and observing and learning about5th June 2010 this method of teaching for ourselves. As a differentThe many benefits of a tree way to illustrate input / output analysis DaphnaJosh - Net and Pan mulch pit looked at the differences between an industrial cuppractical of tea and the most ecologically sound cup ofForest Garden Lesson tea. This seemed quite a good idea as it was something that everyone could contribute to1st May 2010Two games on Alternative forms discussion on whereas not everyone knows aboutof Local Currency chickens. The participants then also received theTime bank - Human machine parable of the chicken handout and discussed it ingame groups.In a circle LETS juggle
  17. 17. Teaching experience First of all, on this day we did a classroom sessionCo-teaching with Daphna about soil levels and composting, then we went and9 week course looked at compost heaps in various stages of decomposition. Then we went and did a sheet8th May 2010 mulch. I found it to be a slightly strange choice ofCo teaching introduction to site to put a sheet mulch as it was on the edge of apermaculture day rocky slope which was quite hard to get water to. However the site had already been chosen by29 May 2010 the owners of the land. Other than this it was aJosh - Sheet mulching practical good, fun session and I feel that everyone got the idea.5th June 2010The many benefits of a treeJosh - Net and Pan mulch pitpracticalForest Garden Lesson1st May 2010Two games on Alternative formsof Local CurrencyTime bank - Human machinegameIn a circle LETS juggle
  18. 18. Teaching experience Teaching together like this was very effective as, atCo-teaching with Daphna any one time, there is always someone to maintain9 week course discussion and conversation about the subject and answer questions which arise whilst the other is8th May 2010 drawing or writing. We took turns in these differentCo teaching introduction to parts of the lesson and it made it easier for both ofpermaculture day us, made better use of our individual skills and meant we could give a more detailed and complete29 May 2010 explanation.Josh - Sheet mulching practical5th June 2010The Many Benefits of a TreeForest Gardens – Zone 2Josh - Net and Pan mulch pitpractical1st May 2010Two games on Alternative formsof Local CurrencyTime bank - Human machinegameIn a circle LETS juggle
  19. 19. Teaching experience This was a great lesson, first we did board sessionCo-teaching with Daphna showing clearly in diagrams what we were about to9 week course do; then we split the class into two groups and one came with me to do the Net and Panning the other8th May 2010 went with Daphna to make a swale. We managed toCo teaching introduction to create pits around 5 trees on the slope and mulchpermaculture day each pit well.29 May 2010Josh - Sheet mulching practical5th June 2010The Many Benefits of a TreeForest Gardens – Zone 2Josh - Net and Pan Mulch PitPractical1st May 2010Two games on Alternative formsof Local CurrencyTime bank - Human machinegameIn a circle LETS juggle
  20. 20. Teaching experience How it worksCo-teaching with Daphna 1. Each participant thinks of a service that they want to offer to the community which can be equated in hours (e.g.9 week course cooking, carpentry, hairdressing) not a product (e.g. bread, doors, a haircut)8th May 2010 2. They each create a brief movement for their chosen serviceCo teaching introduction topermaculture day 3. The group comes together and one by one take it in turns to assemble a machine which tells the story of the hour to hour energy flow through the community, each part of the29 May 2010 machine performs its function once which then makes theJosh - Sheet mulching practical next part of the machine move - each time a movement is repeated it represents an hour of each persons time performing that service5th June 2010 Note: Throughout this game the teachers areThe Many Benefits of a Tree explaining the process and function of the time bankForest Gardens – Zone 2Josh - Net and Pan Mulch Pit Interesting additions to the game - ask all participantsPractical to add a sound when they perform their motion Intentions of this game:1st May 2010 1. To explain the idea and principles behind the time bankTwo games on Alternative forms 2. To make each participant think about what services theyof Local Currency could offer to their local community 3. To break the ice and have some fun with a living machineTime bank - Human machine of flowing human energygameIn a circle LETS juggle
  21. 21. Teaching experience Personal ReflectionCo-teaching with Daphna • This was a bit of a shambles...9 week course • People got self conscious when we asked them to perform movements one by one in the circle8th May 2010 which made the rest of the exercise moreCo teaching introduction to difficult - next time we wont do the circle bit.permaculture day • They also did not understand that each29 May 2010 movement should only be performed once in theJosh - Sheet mulching practical sequence and that each movement started the next part moving, they all kept endlessly5th June 2010 repeating their movements resulting in aThe Many Benefits of a Tree malfunctioning machine.Forest Gardens – Zone 2 • It still probably made them think about servicesJosh - Net and Pan Mulch Pit they could offer but it didnt seem that theyPractical really understood the time bank... they did all get over the self consciousness and have a laugh in1st May 2010 the end.Two games on Alternative formsof Local Currency • Next time well write a lesson plan before it andTime bank - Human machine now that Rosie actually understands thegame objective it should work better,In a circle LETS juggle
  22. 22. Teaching experience This is a game we made up to help illustrate theCo-teaching with Daphna functioning of a LETS system in the local9 week course community with real life services and products. It involves a circle of people throwing juggling balls8th May 2010 in a sequence of economic events. It shows theCo teaching introduction to various aspects of the LETS system including debt,permaculture day oversaving and how people could start such a system in the local area. It is game and discussion29 May 2010 based learning which seems to be an effective wayJosh - Sheet mulching practical to get something like this across to people new to this idea of Local Exchange Trading.5th June 2010The Many Benefits of a Tree Personal ReflectionForest Gardens – Zone 2 This went better than the other game and peopleJosh - Net and Pan Mulch Pit were generally very interested in the ideas ofPractical creating their own local currency.1st May 2010Two games on Alternative formsof Local CurrencyTime bank - Human machinegameIn a circle LETS juggle
  23. 23. Other Teaching ToolsAs well as this practical experience we havebeen looking at a variety of permacultureteaching resources and multimedia PDCs.These include:•Bill Mollison PDC Audio with notes•Jeff Lawton Videos: PDC, Forest gardening,Water Harvesting, Introduction topermaculture•Sepp Holzer Natural Farming VideosPlus many others...We also have a huge range of books which wehave been studying and taking informationfrom for our lesson plans. See bibliographyfor full details.
  24. 24. Teaching ExperienceSummer Camps at Vale Da LamaJuly and August 2010We spent two months at Vale da Lama teaching a varietyof different skills for the summer camps held on site and ata centre in a nearby town. We were teaching sessions incircus skills, yoga and stretching, marionette puppetmaking and mini tipi making. We both have a lot ofexperience teaching circus skills to children (and adults) ofall ages and it was interesting to be using on a wider rangeof our skills to share with the children.These summer camps are open for any children / youngadults to attend but was also specifically trying to provideopportunities for participants from less advantagedsituations so there were links with a youth organisation inLisbon and also with the local residential social centre /orphanage in Lagos. We always really appreciate thisapproach as it is great for young people from moredifficult backgrounds to come and try something new andwe often find that the response from them can be moreenthusiastic and genuine than in some other cases. Thefinal camp was specifically about arts and culminated in aperformance in the local town which was also nice forinteracting more with local people.
  25. 25. National / International courses Bio-regional courses
  26. 26. National / International courses PMI +Fits mostcity/conventionalworking peoplesholiday/free time•Gets people out of the city•Opens peoples minds•Changes habits / lifestyle -Reaches a widergroup of walks of life•Not just regional Encourages International travel InterestingMore biodiversity inpeople People on standard income could pay normal rates enabling people on low income to Course costs higher as pay a reduced rate•Greater cultural exchange food and catering need to be included
  27. 27. National / International courses PMI Intensive 9 day-• Can be a bit of a rush to get such a vast subject into such a short time Intensive + • Less travelling• Not so much time for practical• Can be gruelling for the teacher 9 day • Less polluting from fuel • Shortest possible time to fit in 72 hours - can be the most PMI convenient for very busy • Especially with many people people• Not much time for one to one techer / student time
  28. 28. National / International courses PMI 16 days – 2 free days Runs Saturday to Sunday
  29. 29. National / International courses PMI2- 7 day blocks Sunday to Saturday course with interval + • Only a week at a time so may be easier to fit into holiday/free time • Sunday to Saturday gives one weekend day on either side for more relaxed travel • The time between can be good for • reflection • self study • homework • Lots more time • easier for the teacher • for games, activities and discussion 2- 7 day blocks Sunday to Saturday course with - Interesting interval PMI • Even more travel • Possible to run two of these • Might be too much time for courses at the same time, some people to commit alternating weeks and groups
  30. 30. Each session could be on a different farm/land Bio-regional courses + •Participants get an insight into different applications of permaculture in different situations •Examples •A site which has various examples of appropriate technology •Solar PMI •Wind •Digester •Hydro Really forms a very strong bioregional community Could be the start of a local permaculture group which - continues regular meetings after Maybe no need for catering as people could bring food to share - you always get a better meal this way anyway Limited to local people Interesting Could have many other by-productsLots of time for •Permaculture Group•Reflection •LETS•Self study between sessions •Work Share•For communication between •Seed Swaps teachers and students Can be challenging for everyone •Free exchange markets to arrive on time and when only •Collaborative projects meeting for a day or a weekendPractical home works •Season specific recipe books this can create delays and disturbances •Play group / Home schooling group•Rain gauge •Harvest celebrations•Phonological diary •Each farm could set up a farm shop or farm kitchen for the weekend to make use of surplus•Soil sample and earn some extra money
  31. 31. Bio-regional courses 1 day every weekend or fortnight- 9 weeks+ -• No need for • Still very accomodation intense consideration schedule• May suit some people better as shorter time 1 day every frame, less weekend or commitment fortnight- 9 weeks PMI
  32. 32. Bio-regional coursesEvery weekend or every other weekend- 7 weekends - 14 days
  33. 33. Bio-regional courses28 days spread over a year PMI + •Very in depth •Lessons can be in tune with the seasons •Mud building in the summer •Tree planting in the autumn •Lots of time for practicals Interesting •As long as theyve done at least a - certain percentage of he 28 days and present a design at the end they can •Could be too much of a commitment still get the certificate for some people •Sessions could be mostly between •People would need to be willing to mid spring to early autumn for camp dependant on host site chance of better weather accommodation possibilities •Due to possible variety of sites •Could be more challenging in some careful planning could make it seasons - hard weather possible in colder/wetter times •Could fit into seasonal celebrations
  34. 34. Other thoughts Number of students • Max • 25 • Min Discounts? •6 • Early bookings Food? • Very low price for• Catering people on low or person(s) minimal income• Each brings a • Invitations to dish people from• Mixture of developing both countries • eg breakfast • Spreading ideas included but to where theyre bring a dish needed for other • Bringing a meals richness of other Venue(s) cultures into our • Botanico PDC • Soito • Aldeia Velha • Farms of participants
  35. 35. Our PDCsHere are two examples of how might run a PDC: one is a 16 day intensive course fora more national/international group (2 weeks with two free days - 16 days) thiswould be based locally, the other is a more extensive course for a bio regional group(every weekend or every other weekend - 7 weekends - 14 days) that would startand finish in Coimbra but spend the other 5 weekends on different projects within100k of the city.The intensive course would definitely need catering but the extensive course hasmore scope for flexibility and could be on a bring food to share basis or the hostfarm could give the option of individually paying for meals. For us the local coursewould cost us less in fuel then the one that is based in Coimbra and surroundingfarms but we feel that this bio regional course would have the most consequentialpositive outcomes, bringing like minded people together.
  36. 36. Catering if needed Us Our PDCs • Bought food • Three meals a day • 10 Euros/person/day • Transport if not local • 16 days = 160 Euros/person • 21cents/kilometre • Any surplus money from food • Teaching fee bought goes either to • 90 Euros per day • wages of cooks • food costs of low income participants • Drinks - Where possible Fresh Herbal teas and Juices from the land (free), Fair Trade Coffee (coffee ban may be too extreme just yet) Venue?• Depends on which venue Fees • Ideally buy organic staples in bulk • Cheaper than small quantities and better than supporting • Even in situation where venue is supermarkets free, percentage of • If not grown on site, buy local course costs will be fresh produce where possible a donation • Veg• Often venue benefits • Fruit - eg • Cheese • Associacao - selling • Milk drinks, meals... • Fuel cost • Lands - people to • If solely gas – up 50 euros buy produce or • Wage for cooks products on site
  37. 37. Our PDCs 16 day intensive costings – 18 ParticipantsUs Venue CateringTeaching 16 160€ per person fordays -2 off donation food cost@90€/day X 18 people= 1440€ = 2880€Fuel NA 40€ per day for cooks x16 days = 640€ Cooking fuel = 50 € =5010 € / 18 278.3 or 285€ for people some lee way, venue donation and to improve subsequent course facilities
  38. 38. Our PDCs 7 weekends - 14 days extensive costing – 18 ParticipantsUs Venue CateringTeaching 14 days @ 90/day Allow 5 € / weekend / N/A=1260 € person for that weekend’s venue = 90€ /weekend x 7 weekends = 630€Fuel 0.21 cents / KmAverage 146 Km (distance toBotanico and back) = 30.70 €x 7 weekends = 214.60 € = 2104 € 116.9 or 130€ for / 18 some lee way and people = improvements to subsequent courses
  39. 39. Our PDCs Advertising Magazines / Journals Wide spread and Internet Posters / Flyers Newspapers accessiblePermaculturaportugal.ning Permaculture magazine Cities Towns and Villages In Portuguese and English Venues – Formal venues and Portal de Permacultura Local Newspapers Word of Mouth Host farms Permaculture research institutePermaculture Association Facebook
  40. 40. Our PDC lesson order1. Group resource card 28. input output and relative location2. Introduction to Permaculture 29. zone 33. Basic ethics and Principles 30. Living soil4. Learning strategies 31. soil profiles & sheet mulch5. Partner Listening / Mindmapping exercise 32. Composts & worms6. Evidence 33. Compost7. lifestyle assessment 34. sheet mulch & soil samples8. Design Principles 35. no till9. Location games 36. zone 410. personal strategies 37. The Many Function of a Tree11. Zone 5 38. living water12. Web of life 39. pacing 100m13. Pattern 40. rain water calculation14. Obredim 41. aquaculture15. Zones and Sectors 42. sewage16. observation walk / living camera 43. zone 0 new natural building17. climate 44. appropriate technology18. Diary of daily phenomena 45. biological resources19. temperate landscape profile 46. wiser money20. arid 47. local economy games21. Swales 48. bioregions22. Basic surveying 49. transition23. urban 50. design methods Space fillers / Fit in sessions24. zone 1 51. base map theory •Questions for self-observation25. companion planting 52. Client interview •PMIs26. zone 2 - forest garden 53. Group tree mind map27. Parable of the Chicken 54. Design presentation
  41. 41. Introduction to Permaculture CourseWe envision that as well as running PDCs we would also like to give Introductory courses which wouldgive participants a clear idea of the reasons for, the essentials of and the potential of permaculture. Wewould help them learn about and consider some of the tools available to observe and understand thelandscape around them and encourage them to look to their own zone zeros and address their own livesand take personal responsibility for the choices they make and the action they take. We would hope topersonally inspire them to step out on their own path of learning and designing, following their owninterests and passions.We have designed a course structure which could be combined very well with the 16 day intensive PDCcourse creating very interesting dynamics, edge effects and enriching the whole course experience forboth groups. The Introductory students would participate in the first two days of the PDC, attending allthe same lessons and activities as the PDC students.At the end of the second day we would set them some homework, e.g. Diary of daily phenomena fortwo weeks, think about how you can make positive change in you life and global impact... They will alsowork on a small element design (eg How could I best incorporate chickens into my garden?) This will bechosen by them dependant on their personal situation and interests.They will then return for the last two days of the PDC. On the Saturday, while the PDC students areimmersed in the design process we will have a feedback session on their progress in, reflection on thelast two weeks and presentations of their designs just for us and the other introductory students. Thiscould then be followed, on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, by student led learningsessions of some of the selected lessons from the PDC which best reflect the groups’ interests.They will then attend the design presentations of the PDC students so that they can get a differentperspective of design in the larger scale land based designs generated by the complete design course.We then hope that these students would want to continue to the design course and, if they wanted,could perhaps join the course after the first two days, paying a little less and still attending the wholecourse.
  42. 42. Teaching Design SummaryThis design comprises some of our thoughts and plans for teaching Permaculture, as youcan see we have put a lot of thought to this subject as it is very important to us and itwas not possible to include all of the ideas we have had. We are also aware that thesecourse plans can be developed much further and after the accreditation we will continuethis process, working to improve and expand upon these proposed structures andcontent. We plan to begin by running a series of in depth introductory courses which willgive us more confidence in our teaching approach and methods and give usopportunities to test and refine our lesson plans.In doing this design we have also realised that there is probably a need to set up anethical non profit organisation to be a “sink” account for any money made from coursesbeyond the course costs and ensuring everyone is paid. This fund could be put to variousdifferent positive uses some examples are:• Furthering possibilities of involving more non paying participants from the two thirdsworld or enabling courses to be run in such communities.• Permaculture in the Lar / government funded orphanage, residential centre for youngand old people – involving orphans, socially less privileged and physically less able inprojects improving their surroundings and the grounds of the centre• Reforestation projects in Portugal• Permaculture Humanitarian Aid projects – see TPRF project proposals for more details © Copyright 2011 Rosie Stonehill and Josh Gomez