[permaculture] Robina McCurdy Workshop
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Mon Jul 8 07:30:03 EDT 2002
Robina McCurdy will be coming to Australia for the Pc Designers Gathering
at Djanbung Gardens in August. While here she will be conducting a
special 1-day workshop to share the valuable experiences gained from the
Planet Organic training programme. Details below.
'SWIMMING IN THE SLIPSTREAM'
A Workshop for Educators wanting to prepare people for the challange and
fulfillment of a livelihood in permaculture.
A Workshop On: Developing, establishing and running an advanced training
course in permaculture, based on the tutor's experiences over the past 3
This is an additional, complementary WORKSHOP at DJANBUNG GARDENS,
following on from the designers/educators gathering: 'Edging into the
TUTOR: Robina McCurdy of the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa
Mon Eve 26 AUG (introductory slideshow) & Tues 27 AUGUST (9am - 4.30pm)
The workshop will include some or all of the following (participants
interests will guide the aspects we go into in depth):
* developing ethics, vision and goals
* developing learning outcomes
* developing course content from learning outcomes
* bioregional analysis, to select learning environments & field tutors
* shaping the course structure
* working the curriculum with the seasonal cycles
* learning styles, streamlined and individualised learning approaches
* teaching methodologies
* the role of mentors
* the role of guest tutors
* building the staff team
* building the participant 'learning community'
* assignments, assessment & accreditation
* financial aspects - funding, course fees, budget, formal/informal
* contracts - with staff, participants, providers of learning environments
* designing and establishing the campus
* selecting participants vocational placements
* promotion and networking
* replicability - adapting and applying this course (with consideration
for its pilot year learnings!) to any bioregion.
Social sustainability is often inadequately understood or completely
overlooked, when designing a formal learning experience. The needs of a 3
- 6 month or one year course are very different from a two week course,
which most of us have experience with. Important learnings have emerged
for us during this pilot year of 'P.L.A.N.E.T. Organic', which have
informed the course organisers of the need to restructure aspects of the
course to offer an even more diversified approach to individual rhythms
and learning needs. Consequently, how to design a course based on the
application of permaculture principles to human ecology and will feature
strongly in this workshop.
WORKSHOP COST: $65 - $95 (sliding scale - income based) Note: $95 for
participants funded by organisations; $10 for people only attending the
slideshow; cost includes teas, lunch is an additional $7).
by Mon 19 AUG, send your name, contact details and brief description of
your involvement in permaculture, plus a $30 deposit to:
'Swimming in the Slipstream' Workshop
PO BOX 379, NIMBIN NSW Australia 2480
(cheques made out to Earthcare Education Aotearoa)
(initially email only) to: robina at win.co.nz.
Website (in progress!):http://earthcare.nelson.org.nz
'P.L.A.N.E.T. Organic': background
This February, the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa, began
piloting 'P.L.A.N.E.T. (Permaculture, Low-impact Agriculture, Natural
Ecology Training) Organic' - a comprehensive professional permaculture
training, focusing on the application of permaculture in community
development and bioregional sustainablility. This practical year long
course is based in Golden Bay, South Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Half
of the 20 participants are kiwis and half from other parts of the world
(8 different countries). The course took two years to develop and
promote, including its curriculum development by a team of five people.
The course's main learning environment is our local Community Gardens,
where we follow the seasonal cycle in practical activites, including
participants working their own garden plots. Other venues are two
intentional communities (semi-residential) and several diversified
certified organic properties, which serve as living-learning examples,
with practitioners as short-term'field tutors'. Towards the end of the
year, participants are placed within an organisation in another part of
NZ, learning with professionals working 'out in the world' applying
permaculture and organics within community development, in the
participant's vocational field of interest.
Robina McCurdy - background
Robina is a founder of Tui Land Trust and Institute of Earthcare
Education Aotearoa, located in Golden Bay, New Zealand. She holds a
Diploma of Pemaculture Design and for the past seventeen years has been
engaged in broader community development, permaculture design & teaching,
eco-village design facilitation, transforming school grounds and
curricula through permaculture, organic gardening and orchard management.
Robina has developed many original participatory processes for community
scale analysis and decision making, and published several environmental
education resource guides.
As well as working extensively in NZ, her skill as a sustainable land use
and community development consultant and facilitator has taken her to
Australia, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Ireland and Scotland. Some of the
organisations which have backed her work are: New Zealand High
Commission, the British High Commission, NZ Natural Heritage Foundation,
DANIDA (Denmark), PELUM (Zimbabwe), Context Institute (USA); in Brazil:
Rio Grande du Sul & Santa Catarina Education Departments, Fundacio Gaia
(environmental NGO), and in South Africa: Global Ecovillage Network,
Village Development, Novalis Institute and Abalimi Bezekhaya.
In establishing P.L.A.N.E.T. Organic, her intention is to bring her
international work back to her home bioregion of Golden Bay - a ripe,
nurturing and stimulating learning ground for passing on the skills to
others ready to go out and work at the 'edge' as change agents in
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