Course Format and Content: This dynamic and interactive course offers comprehensive and powerful teaching methodology distilled from Robina’s 25 years of teaching experience in 10 different countries in Permaculture and Community Development. She was one of Doug Crouch’s mentors early in his journey and the two are excited to reunite and continue to work together, this time in sunny Portugal instead of Oregon or the South Island of New Zealand. Doug’s input is based off of his six years of full time teaching along with project development over the last 15 years in 11 different countries.
Furthermore, this course is for Permaculture design course graduates who want to develop their skills as holistic educators and take steps towards leading courses internationally. The techniques learned enrich oneself to become an empowered, dynamic, and effective educator. This translates to any teaching field whether it be PDC’s or short courses on the myriad of topics that encompass Permaculture. Furthermore it is relevant to both experienced and aspiring teachers as we wish to mentor you just as Robina did for Doug.
Tutors will share a range of teaching techniques, strategies, skills and approaches, when working with learners of varied backgrounds, in a wide range of educational settings. We will apply the universal principles of Permaculture to the actual teaching of Permaculture. Within this dynamic and fun learning environment, you will have the opportunity for supported hands-on teaching practice utilising a range of diverse teaching modalities; eg giving lecture-style presentations, facilitating groupwork, guiding practical sessions, and working with interactive teaching toolkits. Materials and networks gained here will give you the confidence to take next steps with forming teaching teams to further expand the much needed network of global teachers of this powerful design science and environmental literacy course.
Host Site: Terra Alta carries a vision: – a small scale intensive food forest, with a blend of young and old trees spanning two Hectares, full of innovative guilds and earthworks bringing biodiversity and land design into fruition, nestled in a green valley with flowing water amongst the hills of Sintra, Portugal, close to the Atlantic Ocean and epic beaches
– an educational center focused on off the grid living and ecological design spanning all of the permaculture ethics, social, environmental and economic dimensions. Our aim is to distribute sustainable living skills, blending the teachings of permaculture, natural building, and those of many other traditions.
– a group of people, a family and international community full of a range of skills and backgrounds: educators, gardeners, musicians, craftspeople, friends, organizers, helping hands, diggers and dreamers – sharing a commitment to holistic living and an intention to manifest this through the development of healthy social relations, and the co-creation of a permanent culture.
We live “Principle Zero” at Terra Alta, which means “All is Good” – a simple philosophy based on intention with love, and turning problems into solutions!
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