[permaculture] Sustainable Aid training

Robyn Francis erda at nor.com.au
Wed Jul 9 20:37:26 EDT 2008

Effective aid is leaving people empowered with the information and skills
to solve their own problems - Bill Mollison

SUSTAINABLE AID: Permaculture for 2/3rd World and Indigenous Peoples
includes: Working with Cultural Diversity and Community Facilitation
Part 1 & 2   August 13-24, 2007
Djanbung Gardens Permaculture, NSW Australia
This program provides essential skills training for people working or
intending to work in community development programs with indigenous and
culturally diverse communities in Australia & overseas and in aid and
development programs in the 2/3rds World.
Inspiring, challenging and deeply empowering, learn skills and processes to
work effectively in facilitating community-based planning, education and
program development.
This is an important and growing area of permaculture work, which requires a
realistic approach and appropriate skills-set to work effectively in
facilitating sustainable change in areas of need. Graduates from these
courses are undertaking significant work in diverse projects all over the

The course is in 2 parts:
Part 1: Working with Cultural Diversity and Indigenous Peoples
Aug 13-16, 2007
The course deals with processes to identify & work with culturally diverse
groups including protocols, appropriate communications, community
development issues, social, cultural and historic considerations. Includes
basic principles of community facilitation and conflict resolution.
This course addresses the requirements for Cert IV unit RTD4802A Develop
approaches to include cultural and human diversity and contributes to
requirements for other units in the Community Development modules in APT
Cert IV program with Erda Institute.

Part 2 Sustainable Aid: Permaculture for the 2/3 World
and Participatory Planning Facilitation
Aug 20-24, 2007
This course is for people intending to work on overseas projects, especially
in third world situations. It builds further on the training in Part 1
Working with Cultural Diversity and Indigenous Peoples.
Topics include 
* health and nutrition,
* food security, 
* appropriate aid and technology,
* community consultation and participatory planning facilitation,
* community directed development,
* project management,
* sustainable strategies for humid and arid tropics,
* post-disaster response and reconstruction,
* personal security.
This course addresses the requirements for the Diploma of Permaculture unit
of competency PIL508A Plan management strategies for overseas development
projects, and contributes to requirements for PIL511A Facilitate
participatory planning and learning activities.

COST: Registration fee for Full 2-week Program  € $795/$695 (sliding scale)
Includes course notes & materials, M/A tea and lunch on training days
OR: Part 1 only: $375/$335 (sliding scale)
Part 2 only: $475/$415 (sliding scale)

TUTOR: Robyn Francis, international permaculture designer, educator and
innovator, brings the wealth of over 20 years experience practicing
permaculture in diverse climates and cultures into her training including
teaching and consulting in India, Indonesia, Fiji, Malaysia and Cuba, with
Australian Aboriginal communities, New Zealand Maori, and from her extensive
international travels. Founding director of Permaculture International,
Robyn has received numerous awards for her work and commitment to
permaculture and sustainability. Robyn Francis is a registered APT
(Accredited Permaculture Training) trainer and assessor and conducts the APT
Cert III, Cert IV and Diploma programs at Djanbung Gardens Permaculture
Education Centre.

VENUE: Djanbung Gardens is a purpose-designed permaculture education centre
and learnscape of sustainability in practice. The 5 acre campus of living
permaculture systems was designed by Robyn Francis to facilitate
participatory learning and bridge the gap between theory and practice. The
training centre is well resourced and participants have access to an
extensive reference & AV library, internet (broadband) and other site
resources. Located a short 10 min walk from Nimbin village centre ensures
easy access to shops, PO, laundry and other village facilities.
Great food, organic environment and diverse cultural activities, makes
courses at Djanbung Gardens a memorable learning and life-enriching

Further info & Registrations contact:
admin at permaculture.com.au
www.permaculture.com.au <http://www.permaculture.com.au>

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