Designing Educational Ecosystems: Training for Whole Systems Permaculture Teaching ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Designing Educational Ecosystems: Training for Whole Systems Permaculture Teaching

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Date(s) - Mar/Fri/2014 - Mar/Sun/2014


Camp YI


Tags Dave Jacke, forest gardens, permaculture, Permaculture course, southeast, Teacher Training, Tennessee

Designing Educational Ecosystems: Training for Whole Systems Permaculture Teaching

March 21-30, 2014, Camp YI, La Vergne, TN
Sponsored by The Nectary Project.

This course is not a Spiral Ridge Permaculture course.  It is being organized by The Nectary Project and Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens.  Cliff Davis, of Spiral Ridge Permaculture is one of the course instructors.  There are only 9 spaces left in this course, so apply soon.

Humans and nature intertwine irrevocably: we are nature, and nature has become us. This means that every classroom is an ecosystem–even a windowless, concrete block room with fluorescent lights.  If that is true, then ecological principles operate in every classroom, and ecological design pertains, too.  Permaculture applies ecological principles to the design of human cultures in all their aspects.  How then can we apply permaculture to the design of learning environments, especially for teaching permaculture?  What are the implications of this approach?  What does this orientation require of educators—what is our ecological role in the classroom environment?

Designing Educational Ecosystems is a nine-day intensive Permaculture Teacher Training during which we’ll explore and embody these questions while training you how to design and run permaculture workshops, courses, and other educational experiences.  Learn to: quickly assess students’ niche characteristics; create effective learning environments; and design multifunctional, functionally interconnected courses where the whole experience is greater than the sum of the sessions!  We’ll also touch on organizing, the business of teaching, and other practical aspects.

Each participant in this course will design and run short lectures, classes and exercises; speak in public; plan and budget an event; and coteach a public one-day permaculture workshop at course end.  What do whole learning systems look, feel and sound like?  Come find out!  The best way to learn is to do, and to have fun doing it!  Join us!

Limited to certified permaculture design course graduates who also have significant on-the-ground experience.  Significant pre-course preparation required!

Course Staff:
Dave Jacke, primary author of Edible Forest Gardens, has taught innumerable workshops and courses across the country using the principles you will learn in this course.  This is the sixth teacher training he will lead, and represents an attempt to take his educational philosophy to a new level of embodied depth and clarity.

Farmer, educator, and designer Chris Jackson homesteads and has worked with at-risk youth and livestock in Plainfield, VT.  He teaches at Yestermorrow School, among other places.  He took this training with Dave and Jono Neiger in 2007, and has taught four of these trainings with Dave since.

Kim Almeida homesteads on the South Shore of Massachusetts.  She practices permaculture design and education, tends annual and perennial market gardens, runs an organic CSA, and teaches yoga and vegan/locavore cooking.  This will be Kim’s third time assisting this training, which she took in 2009.

Cliff Davis lives his passion to create real solutions to our cultural and ecological issues at Spiral Ridge Permaculture, where he homesteads with his family in middle TN.   He teaches with humor, a straight-forward style and determination.

Environmental educator and event planner Jessie Smith happily uses permaculture principles and her 15+ years of experience to empower people to positively create our future.  She connects children with real food and nutrition at The Farm School in Summertown, TN.

Course Costs:

  • Cost for tuition, housing, meals: sliding scale of $1,450-$1,950.  Early application discount of $50 off if completed application is received by midnight central time January 15, 2014.
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee applies to course cost if accepted.
  • An additional nonrefundable deposit of $250 is required within 3 weeks of acceptance into the program.  Full payment is required by March 7, 2014.
  • Partial scholarships will be available–and your completed application will help us fundraise!  The sooner you apply for scholarship the more likely you will get one.  Scholarship applicants who cannot get sufficient funding to take the course will get their application fee refunded.

To Apply:
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For More Information:
Jessie Smith
The Nectary Project