[permaculture] Sustainable Aid Course Oct 2010

Robyn Francis erda at nor.com.au
Mon Oct 4 01:21:46 EDT 2010

Sustainable Aid Course Oct 11-16, 2010
Permaculture for 2/3rds World - a Regenerative Approach to
Facilitating Resilient Community Development in Areas of Need

Great News just confirmed  -  Robina McCurdy joining the course as
co-facilitator/participant, plus Tony Jansen (Solomon Islands Kastom Garden)
as special guest....
Last chance to register, a few places left - dont miss this incredibly
unique combination of highly experienced and respected international
permaculture facilitators and activists.
Advanced Permaculture Training for Permaculture Activists & Overseas
Development Workers
Oct 11-16, 2010 with Robyn Francis, Robina McCurdy and Tony Jansen
This course develops awareness and skills for working in areas of need and
in overseas development work. The course is designed to empower Permaculture
activists, aid workers and educators to work effectively with communities to
build resilience to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world of
climate change, resource depletion, food and water insecurity and economic
Course Facilitators: PCA is honoured to confirm an outstanding team lead by
international permaculture pioneer, Robyn Francis (see below), with Robina
McCurdy of New Zealand as co-facilitator participant. Robina recently
returned from working in Africa and has a phenomenal wealth of experience to
share from over 20 years of international work in permaculture community
development, facilitation and education. Robina is a highly skilled
facilitator with an infectious energy and drive. Special guest speaker is
Tony Jansen, Australian permaculturist and activist who's been working for
over 15 years in the Solomon Islands with the successful Kastom Garden
program. Tony's experience working in a grassroots community development and
food security over a longterm period will contribute invaluable insights and
practical wisdom.

This course assumes the prior knowledge of the PDC or working knowledge of
NB We use the term 2/3rds (two-thirds) world in preference to terms such as
Developing countries, North-South, as over 60% or 2/3rds of the earth¹s
population struggle to meet essential needs

Sustainable Aid for Overseas Development Work

Course Overview ­ What you will learnŠ
€ practical perspectives on cultural sensitivity and ethno-ecology
€ appropriate communications and inclusive approaches to community
engagement and participatory process.
€ Key issues facing the 2/3rds world and Permaculture strategies to
facilitate solution processes.
€ Survival security (food, water, shelter), health and nutrition,
environmental health, kitchen garden and local food security programs,
€ appropriate technologies and low-tech options,
€ integrating permaculture with traditional production systems in humid and
arid tropics.
€ facilitation processes for community directed program development, project
appraisal and evaluation,
€ disaster preparedness, post disaster relief and recovery,
€ preparing yourself for undertaking this kind of work including research,
working with development agencies and NGO¹s, 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 organisations. 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, multicultural groups in
Australia, and as advisor/mentor to Permaculture NGO¹s 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 world¹s poorest and most vulnerable peoples.

Certification: Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion issued
by Permaculture Education and Permaculture College Australia.

Participants will need to bring: clip board, lecture pad, pens, colour felt
pens, ruler, sensible walking shoes, sun hat.  Bring useful resource books
and information relating to course topics and relevant projects. Advise
participants to revise their PDC notes and read tropical and dryland
Permaculture articles & chapters from Bill Mollison¹s Permaculture: A
Designers Manual. Recommend participants who have not previously completed a
PDC to read Earth Users Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow or
Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison for a basic understanding of
Permaculture concepts, terminologies and practices.


Course Costs 
Full course: $850/$690 (sliding scale work exchange)
Course fee covers tuition, course materials and handbook, refreshments,
delicious meals, and on-site camping.

Pre registration essential ­On-Site Camping included in course fee ­ other
accommodation options available on-site and in the village for additional

Permaculture College Australia
admin at permaculture.com.au
Ph 02-6689 1755   Mob 0429 147 138

Permaculture College Australia inc
Pathways to sustainability through
Accredited Permaculture Training
Certificates III & IV and Diploma of Permaculture
PDC and short courses

Robyn Francis 
International permaculture design and
sustainability consultant, educator & facilitator

Djanbung Gardens 
Permaculture Education Centre & Demonstration Farm
PO Box 379 Nimbin NSW 2480
02-6689 1755  /  0429 147 138

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