Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Robin Clayfield – Creative Permaculture Education is Positive Change in Action

Robin Clayfield – Creative Permaculture Education is Positive Change in Action

As suggested in the sub-themes for the IPC in India, Permaculture is a social responsibility. The best ways to act for Permaculture and for healthy change in our world is to live our Permaculture Principles while demonstrating and sharing them with others.

Teaching, training and facilitating learning are obvious ways to offer education. When we look closely at the principles and apply  them to our educational and learning environments we don’t end up with a monoculture of lectures and PowerPoint presentations. We’d probably find ourselves in an exciting, diverse and effective context where learning happens easily and everyone is inspired and confidently equipped to take the learnings home and apply them in their own backyards, neighbourhoods and communities.

Robin discovered in the late 80s that conventional lecturing of PDC’s, though almost always inspiring, often made it hard to digest all the information. The dictated curriculum didn’t fully meet the needs of participants. Years of offering PDC’s and Teacher Training courses using creative, interactive learning methods in a ‘needs based’ way has seen Robin develop her own learning methodology, with Permaculture Principles embedded in the solid foundation. This came in response to the often asked question “What is it about your courses that receives almost 100% positive feedback?” This workshop will focus on the ‘Dynamic Groups’ Methodology and how you can take that back to your Grass Roots organisations, community groups, courses or businesses while also exploring  how to offer Permaculture Education as an important social responsibility. even if it’s just one on one.