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Matthew Swainston
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I'm not sure if this is the right spot for this question or not but here it goes.
I am going to be doing several largish infrastructure projects on my property in the next 2 years, I would like to be able to have workshops connected to these projects at my place (if nothing else then to spread the "gospel of permaculture").
I don't want this to just be a ploy for free labor, I want people to actually come away with some useful skills and a better understanding of what permaculture is.

Now here is my question (or group of questions)
~ How should I lay out the day/weekends
~ How much time should be devoted to each part (Intro, how and why, tools, techniques, hands on, etc...)
~ How much written material (handouts) should I provide, and what kinds
~ Should I approach it with a larger global concept (we are doing this to save the environment and make the world and better place and hears how) or the more Simplified approach (I want to do this the save money and you can too)
 
Mike Cantrell
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It seems like this is going to vary regionally.

Have you been to any similar workshops in your area? How'd they go? What did people respond well to?

My intuition says that the best approach is going to be copying what works where you are. Best of luck!
 
christine boatwright
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A workshop is what I would call professional learning. Learning Forward is an organization focused on the topic of designing professional learning for educators, but it sounds like a perfect fit! Use all the standards when you're designing your workshop and you'll change people.

Designing great learning is so very hard to do, but worth it!

http://learningforward.org/standards-for-professional-learning#.Vo3UKPkrLIU
 
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- O.K., This is me climbing up on my Soapbox again. We are talking Adult Education here and that is a separate beast from what most people are trained for!

The Minds of young kids are like giant sponges, and are capable of absorbing Tremendous Volumes of new data. Like any other job they need breaks from

that job but mostly for physical reasons and to reset their personal learning programs.


With Adults you have to convince them that the very 1st piece of information is something they will need to know to succeed at - - - - Whatever their goal.

And then you need to convince them that the next piece of information is also critical toward getting the job done ! This cycle repeats until you take a break

and then give them ether hands on experience or a simple test !

Generally it is very helpful to use peer participants to help teach when the ratio of teachers to students gets to 1 : 5 Teachers to Students, the old time tested

See one, do one, teach one, has worked well for over 100 years !

Some great teachers understand this Auto magically some people who call themselves Teachers, or Workshop leaders, or facilitators never truly learn these

simple concepts ! For the Good of the Crafts ! Big AL
 
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Do you have room for folks to sleep? Are you thinking people will camp? How are your bathroom facilities? These questions can help determine the size of your workshop and how long it can be. Being a venue has many aspects!

Do you have a PDC? Will you be doing the teaching yourself or will you be bringing in experts? Are you planning on charging participants? Well you be paying anyone to help?

People love to eat, especially if they have been working outdoors. I suggest feeding them well. A comfortable place to eat

A handout that includes info about you, your place, and at least the permaculture principles. Some links maybe. If you are doing a specific project, info about that and how it relates to the principles.

If it's an overnight or multi day workshop, fun is a good component. A fire to sit around (maybe a little biochar-making) or some cards (with the permaculture playing cards!) Or charades, etc. Dessert is often appreciated. People like to drink alcohol but it complicates things. I limit it to parties here. I like to keep hot tea available whenever it's cool out.

 
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