Pc for '3rd' World & Indigenous Peoples

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Tue Sep 4 06:11:39 EDT 2001

Permaculture for ŒThird' World 
& Indigenous Peoples 
Oct 22-27, 2001 
ERDA INSTITUTE at Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin NSW Australia
with Robyn Francis & special guest Rosemary Morrow

Are you ready for the challenges of working in another culture?

This course aims to prepare you for working in developing countries, with traditional cultures and indigenous communities, perhaps more importantly it will highlight what you need to know and what skills you need to refine to be effective in your work. 

The course explores strategies for sustainable development as a two-way process in which skills in facilitation, cross-cultural communication and working with people are just as important as the practical gardening, design and technical skills you take with you.

³Effective Œaid¹ is empowering people with the information and confidence 
to solve their own problems² - Bill Mollison

Course activities include case studies, presentations, in-depth discussions, role play, group work and practical activities, guest speakers, slides & videos of international projects. 

Topics  include:
-   subsistence agriculture for humid & arid tropics & the impact of green revolution technology and globalisation 
-   working with sustainable traditional cultural practices, building on what exists
-   adapting Permaculture to local conditions, cultural and social factors 
-   health and nutrition, food security & kitchen gardens 
-   environmental health and housing 
-   facilitating self-help & self-determination, community directed problem solving & empowerment
-  communications, education, working with low literacy groups
-   appropriate development & technology options
-   ethics of interference, cultural sensitivity, racism 
-   expectations versus reality
-   burn-out & taking care of yourself.

A challenging week of intense information sharing, treading on the edge of personal development.
A basic working knowledge of permaculture is assumed thus the PDC or introductory permaculture course is a pre-requisite.
(NB if you haven't done a PDC, there is one commencing at Djanbung Garden 1 week after this course - register for both and receive special discount - also special reduction for refresher students)

ŒGo to the people, live among them, learn from them, love them.
Start with what they know, build on what they have.
But the best leaders, when their task is accomplished, their work is done, the people all remark ³We have done it ourselves.² Œ   - anon

TUTOR: Robyn Francis & guests. 
Robyn Francis is an internationally respected permaculture designer and educator with an 18 year track record including founding director of Permaculture International Ltd, Permaculture Education and Erda Institute. Her experience ranges from the hands-on practicalities of food production through to eco-village and community development in diverse cultures and climates.
In this course Robyn Francis draws from her experience working in India and Indonesia, with Australian Aboriginal and New Zealand Maori as well as a wealth of knowledge gleaned from years of international travel & working with Permaculture activists involved in projects and programmes around the world and with indigenous communities.
Rosemary Morrow - well known for her excellent practical permaculture books & her incredible work in Vietnam & Cambodia.

COST:  $385/ $340 conc. ($100 deposit)
 	includes tuition, course notes& lunches 

VENUE:  Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Education Centre is purpose designed to facilitate a meaningful & quality learning experience with 5 acres of intensive working permaculture systems for practical involvement and an extensive library for research. Just 15 minutes walk from the heart of the village and it¹s facilities, close to Rainbow Power Company and next door to Jarlanbah Permaculture Community.  Some accommodation is available on site during the course and for wwoofing and internships. 

Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Education Centre
home to: 
Permaculture Education
ERDA Institute Trust
Nimbin Eco-Village Project Office
Robyn Francis - permaculture designer & educator
PO Box 379, Nimbin NSW 2480 Australia
Ph 02-6689 1755 Fax 02-6689 1225
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