[permaculture] Sustainable Aid Courses July 27th - August 6th 2009

Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network lakinroe at silcom.com
Thu Jul 2 10:53:15 EDT 2009



Sustainable Aid Courses July 27th - August 6th
Facilitating Resilient Community Development in Areas of Need
Permaculture for 2/3rds World, Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Communities

With Robyn Francis
international permaculture designer and teacher
  www.permaculture.com.au


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Permaculture and Sustainable Aid- Robyn Francis Podcast

  http://www.pdcastsusworldradio.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=488435


Sustainable Aid Courses
Facilitating Resilient Community Development in Areas of Need, 
Permaculture for 2/3rds World, Indigenous and Culturally Diverse 
Communities

With Robyn Francis international permaculture designer with over 25 
years experience throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA, India, 
Indonesia, Germany, Cuba, and Taiwan, and including projects ranging 
from outback communities to urban development, domestic gardens to 
public landscapes, ecovillage design to bioregional and state 
planning, with clients ranging from the grassroots to corporate and 
government sectors. See below for more on Robyn Francis.

This course develops awareness and skills for working in areas of 
need, and with people from other cultural backgrounds in both a 
first-world context and in overseas development work, and is 
presented in two complementary parts.

Part 1 - Working with Cultural Diversity
July 27-30, 2009
The first part deals with cultural awareness, working with people 
from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, appropriate 
communications and inclusive facilitation techniques and processes. 
This part of the course explores issues and strategies specific to 
working with indigenous, multicultural, ethnic and minority 
communities and groups in developed nations. The principles covered, 
however, provide an essential foundation for Part 2 of the course. 
Part 1 provides valuable insights for those involved in working in 
community development programs, from community gardens and schools to 
transition planning, which involve liaising with people from 
culturally diverse backgrounds and disadvantaged groups.


Part 2 - Overseas Development Work
August 1-6, 2009
Part 2 builds further on the skills-set of Part 1 for those working 
or intending to be involved in overseas aid and development work. Key 
issues facing the 2/3rds world are addressed together with 
Permaculture strategies to facilitate solution processes. Topics 
include survival security (food, water, shelter), health and 
nutrition, environmental health, kitchen garden and local food 
security programs, appropriate low-tech options, and integrating 
permaculture with traditional production systems in humid and arid 
tropics. The course also addresses facilitation processes for 
community directed program development, project appraisal and 
evaluation, disaster preparedness, post disaster relief and recovery, 
and ways we need to prepare ourselves for undertaking this kind of 
work including research, working with development agencies and NGO's, 
and issues of personal security in overseas field work. Course 
activities will include discussion, case studies, presentations, 
participatory processes, role play, group projects, practical and 
experiential activities. This course can be very challenging on a 
deep personal level, and will provide an invaluable basis for either 
working in the field or with support foundations and organizations.

Robyn Francis shares experience and insights from over 2 decades of 
working as Permaculture trainer and consultant in diverse countries 
and cultures including India, Indonesia, Fiji, Taiwan, Cuba, with 
Australian Aboriginals and NZ Maori, and as advisor/mentor to 
Permaculture NGO's and activists around the world. This course was 
originally developed by Robyn Francis in 1991 and undergoes constant 
revision in keeping with global changes and their impacts on the 
world's poorest and most vulnerable peoples. These courses now form 
part of the Accredited Permaculture Training Certificate IV and 
Diploma of Permaculture studies with Erda Institute at Djanbung 
Gardens Permaculture.

Registration details
Prices include tuition, certification, textbook, catered meals, and 
camping nearby.

Full Course (Parts 1 & 2)  $1250 ($300 deposit will secure your space**)
Part 1 only $550
Part 2 only $820
**Early registration to secure your space is advised as the course is 
expected to fill quickly
Unless otherwise indicated, prices listed are for payments made in full.

Limited work trade and payment plans are offered, please inquire 
early. Onsite Childcare program possible, please inquire early as it 
will be designed around the needs presented.

Contact to register or for more info: Kolmi Majumdar, 
<mailto:info at quailsprings.org>info at quailsprings.org or 805-886-7239



About Robyn Francis

Australian permaculture designer, educator, pioneer and presenter, 
Robyn has been working internationally for over 25 years, throughout 
Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, USA, Germany, Cuba and 
Taiwan. The founder of Permaculture International, Erda Institute and 
Djanbung Gardens Permaculture, she was editor of the Permaculture 
International Journal, and one of the key architects of the 
Accredited Permaculture Training providing national vocational and 
trade qualifications in Permaculture. Her experience has encompassed 
all climate zones in projects ranging from outback communities to 
urban development, domestic gardens to public landscapes, ecovillage 
design to bioregional and state planning, with clients ranging from 
the grassroots to corporate and government sectors. One of 
permaculture's early pioneers, Robyn has conducted over 100 PDC's 
plus numerous advanced and professional development courses. She has 
developed one of permaculture's leading education and demonstration 
sites, Djanbung Gardens in sub-tropical NSW, where she has 
established a bioregional campus for vocational training in 
Permaculture. Robyn is also an accomplished musician, 
singer-songwriter and artist, an avid gardener and enjoys getting 
dirty walking the talk. For more information and full CV visit 
www.permaculture.com.au








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