Permaculture Teacher Training Course

May 25th – 29th 2016

Minimum donation 350€ 

Permaculture Teacher Training with Peter Cow

This intensive course is suitable for all abilities: both apprentice and experienced teachers and also for those who have just completed their Permaculture Design course (PDC). During the course we will be focusing on the tools and techniques for teaching and facilitating permaculture learning and the practicalities of convening and running courses.

The course will be lively and interactive on all levels using plenty of diversity in teaching styles. We will be looking at the whole process of running a course – from finding a venue and course publicity to evaluation and follow up, as well as how to plan a session, then teach it creatively and inspirationally.

Topics covered:
Teaching methods ~ Preparing training sessions ~Training tools ~ Flowing feedback skills ~ Games & energisers ~ Facilitation skills ~ Course culture ~ Presentation skills ~ Micro-session preparation ~ Convening courses ~ Course design ~ Learning methods

Course & Session Design
Participants will learn how to:

  • Set up the space for powerful and effective learning.
  • Plan course schedules in harmony with the rhythms and cycles of nature and people, to optimise quality teaching and learning.
  • Produce lesson plans.
  • Design sessions appropriate for different sized groups, and use inclusive and effective group-work skills.
  • Set up a timeline for convening a course

Creative Teaching Tools & Techniques
Participants will learn how to:

  • Use many creative teaching and learning techniques.
  • Use a variety of teaching strategies that promote student-centred learning.
  • Teach with consideration for ‘multiple intelligences’ and ‘learning styles’ (visual, verbal, kinaesthetic, auditory).
  • Use techniques designed to assist students in retaining learning.
  • Identify stages in a group’s development and teach / facilitate appropriately.

The course aim is to empower people to realise their own skills as facilitators and we will be using methods for building the confidence of the participants throughout, including each participant having many chances to put into practice what they have learned. The aim is to support participants on their teaching career beyond the course – in Permaculture and other subjects.

Depending on their existing experience and knowledge, course graduates will have the skills to apprentice teach on a PDC or specialist course, or to convene and lead an Introduction to Permaculture course.

About Peter Cow

Peter Cow

Peter took his PDC in 1998, and went on to co-found an eco community in Devon, UK, where he lived for 7 years, putting permaculture into practice in all areas of his life and the community. He has been teaching since 2007, and has experience leading PDCs around Europe. His courses are certified by the Permaculture Association (Britain), with whom he is also an active Diploma Tutor.

Peter has wide design experience including woodland management, food forests, eco buildings, community development, personal resilience and event design, in both temperate and Mediterranean climates. Alongside leading PDCs, he is also deeply engaged in social permaculture, and was co-facilitator with Looby Macnamara at the first ever People and Permaculture Facilitator Training course in 2013.

Peter is passionate about music, travelling, connecting with the more-than-human world, helping others to be their best, and exploring and sharing regenerative pathways towards more open, healing, earth-connected living.

General information

Permaculture Teacher Training Course – Minimum donation 350€

May 25th – 29th 2016

Includes all tuition, camping space with compost toilet and solar shower, vegetarian meals (additional meals available at a small cost if you wish to extend your stay with us following the course, or are joined by a non-participating guest.)

How to book

Places are limited to 10. Contact us via email to reserve your place and we will provide you with bank transfer details. Or telephone us on (00351) 235512171 or 934542254 (mobile).

A minimum deposit of 50% is payable at time of booking for all courses and workshops, with the remaining 50% payable on arrival. When your deposit is received we will acknowledge it by email and confirm your place on the course. Payments cannot be refunded for cancellations by the student less than 10 days before the course commences or once the course has begun. We reserve the right to cancel the course and refund monies paid in the event that insufficient bookings are confirmed or other unforeseen events make it’s running impossible. We cannot be held responsible for other costs.


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