Join Rosemary Morrow for seven days of intensive permaculture teacher training that will change the way you think about education, and enable you to take action towards a permaculture teaching career.
Permaculture teacher training can build your ability to empower others with life-changing skills. Learn how to pass on knowledge of permaculture theory and practice in a way that creates real change within your students, and activates entire communities.
This intensive 7-day residential course will cover many essential and practical aspects of permaculture teaching that can then be applied to PDC teaching, community permaculture education, permaculture school garden teaching and many other forms of knowledge transfer.
Rosemary Morrow is very well known for her pragmatic and effective approach to creating Permaculture systems across an incredibly broad range of environments. We’re excited to have her back at Milkwood Farm for this special course.
Her knowledge on how to create abundance, food security and successful sustainable farming models, no matter what the country, is extensive. In addition to being a much valued permaculture designer and educator, Rosemary is also passionate about permaculture teacher training.
Rosemary has contributed the formation of community-scale Permaculture systems in such diverse biospheres as Uganda, Somalia, Thailand, the Middle East, Bhutan, Australia and northern Europe, to name but a few.
You will leave this course with an understanding of:
How to teach PDC’s and short courses effectively
Teaching methods – lectures, workshop, groups, etc.
Who are your learners – what do they want?
Principles of adult learning
Teaching tools, references, models
What makes a good teacher?
Assessments of class and teacher
Visual tools – materials, etc.
What are our desired outcomes?
Effective PDC course structures
Learners with special needs, prisoners, ethnic minorities
Rosemary Morrow’s contribution to permaculture has garnered support through a practical, humane and dogma-free approach to sustainability at the local level. – Russ Grayson, community gardens expert
Nick Ritar’s teaching demonstrates high levels of technical expertise, and he is skilled at conveying complex information to a diverse group of learners. More importantly, he continually demonstrates that values and ethics can, and should, be embedded within professional practice – Kath Albury, PDC student
About the teachers:
Rosemary Morrow has been teaching permaculture for over 20 years in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Austria and Australia (to name but a few), and is the author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture and other titles.
Rosemary is known for producing excellent and effective permaculture teachers though her Permaculture Teacher Training programs delivered across the world including Australia, Europe and the Middle East. She lives in Australia.
Nick Ritar is Milkwood Permaculture’s lead educator and consultant, and is committed to developing a new generation of permaculture educators who are professional, adept and flexible in their abilities to educate a wide variety of students.
Pre-requisites for this course:
In order to attend this course you must have either completed a Permaculture Design Certificate somewhere in the world, or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge.
Included in your course fee:
Your course fee includes a free copy of Permaculture Teachers Notes (rrp $30), Rosemary Morrow’s fabulous notes for Permaculture teachers, and extensive post-course resources. We also make available our extensive library of permaculture texts for your use during your course.
Your course also includes full catering for the duration of the course, as well as BYO camping in a rainforest setting, with access to hot showers and a beautiful common room. There is also dormitory accommodation on site for those who wish to book this in addition to their course.
We HIGHLY recommend staying on-site at this course as there are many evening sessions which, while optional, we highly recommend. It’s intensive, but wonderfully worth it.
During the course:
Classes run roughly 9am – 5pm, with a dinner break followed by some evening sessions. Outside class hours, students are welcome to explore the rainforest walks that leave from the venue, or hop on a train to the next stop, to explore nearby Stanwell Park’s beaches and beyond.
Once you’ve booked into this course, we will contact you via email regarding food preferences, what to bring along with you, and any further info you might need.
**Please note that, in accordance with the wishes of the venue, no meat, eggs of fish may be consumed onsite, and no smoking, alchohol or illegal drugs are permitted on the property.
Govinda Valley Retreat - 51 Lady Carrington Drive, Otford NSWGovinda Valley Retreat is in Otford, nestled in the Illawarra escarpment. It's one hour south of Sydney by train. Outside class hours, students are welcome to explore the rainforest walks that leave from the venue, or hop on a train to the next stop, to explore nearby Stanwell Park's beaches and beyond.
Getting there by trainTake the South coast line to Otford (1 hour south of Sydney Central). If you're on the Otford train station platform facing west, you're looking directly at the Govinda Valley property.Govinda Valley is then an easy 5 minute walk from the train station: turn right at Otford Road, and right again at Lady Carrington Drive, and you're there. You might need to take your shoes off to walk over the weir! All part of the fun.
Getting there by carTake The M1 (princes Motorway) and get off at Helensburg, then follow the map to Otford, which is between Helensburg and the escarpment.Alternatively, if you're coming from the south you can take the coast road up Lawrence Hargrave Drive, with its spectacular costal views, and turn left onto Otford road just after the Stanwell Tops lookout.There is ample parking onsite for cars.*For OH&S reasons, pets are not permitted at Milkwood courses at Govinda Valley.**Please note that, in accordance with the wishes of the venue, no meat, eggs of fish may be consumed onsite, and no smoking or alchohol are permitted on the property.
- Otford, Govinda Valley Retreat
- 51 Lady Carrington Rd
- 02 5300 4473
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