In 2018, we have some big plans around changing climate and on living soils. Within this there are four GROW Observatory courses running, from basic soil analysis and monitoring to using sensors and testing different regenerative growing practices. The final course will consist of a massive collective experiment in growing spaces across Europe. You don’t have to complete all of the courses, but we hope you will be inspired to take part in as many as possible.
We’ll help you build healthier soils, grow food more sustainably and better adapt to climate change. This is your chance to be part of a vibrant, inclusive community of growers across Europe learning with and from each other.
News from IPEN - International Permaculture Education Network
By Steve Charter
IPEN emerged from the IPC2015 in London, when experienced permaculturalists from around the world looked out the next big steps that need to be taken for the progression of permaculture education globally. The need for IPEN was reconfirmed at IPC2017 in India in November.
Information about IPEN here: IPEN Webpages will steadily have more resources, information and functionality added. You'll find IPEN's priorities and objectives, current activities, News, Advisory Group, and a sign-up page for anyone that wants to get involved.
IPEN at the European Convergence, Dublin, August: Steve and others from IPEN, will be at the European Convergence in August, so this will be a good opportunity to find out more and get involved, if you are there too!
IPEN international survey of permaculture education - we really thank everyone who participated in IPEN’s survey of permaculture education around the world - the very useful and interesting results are summarised here.
• Core Curricula - some initial examples here – a Working Group will collate the existing best practise examples
• Teaching Resources – IPEN's initial Education Resources page is here - we will continue to add to our list of open source and appropriate teaching resources - please let us know about good education resources to share.
• Teacher Training – the Survey clarified the need to support teacher training internationally, so IPEN plans to assist progress in this area, particularly for non-English language teaching
• Translators wanted – for Core Curricula and / or Teaching Resources - please get in touch.
Permaculture and international development – a taster event is being held in London on April 18th, and a 5-day Permaculture for Development Workers course will be held in September in Herefordshire. These are part of a process of building ongoing engagement with the international development movement, to address multiple issues including food and water security, sanitation, health and nutrition, sustainable livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction.
Permaculture and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – a group of people from around the world are working to support and promote permaculture in DRR, disaster prevention and emergency preparedness – if you want to know more and be involved please join the mailing list at https://lists.riseup.net/www/subscribe/permaculturedrr
Funding - We support iLAND demonstration projects and IPEN has been short-listed in the Young Project category for the Lush Spring Prize 2018. Any help for grant identification and applications is always very welcome, as is funding collaborations with other organisations and projects! Funding will be sought to support iLAND centres, projects IPEN is a partner in, and IPEN core costs.
CoLab update – The permaculture Collaborative Laboratory continues to develop, including a fantastic outcome from the IPC in India December 2017. IPEN looks forward to being part of CoLab projects and development as well as joining with other CoLab groups on various projects and activities.
Watch the excellent new online permaculture film under creative commons in Spanish to circulate – see Cambio Permanente (Permanent Change)
Join the Global Educators Membership today
Quality teachers are essential to the successful spread of Permaculture around the world. Be it introductions, PDCs, talks, or working with educational institutions, each year thousands of people learn how to change their world with Permaculture.
We now have a network of educators that can easily communicate and share resources with each other, no matter their location; to help bring permaculture education into the mainstream.
Teacher Training (Formation des formateurs en permaculture)
30th april - 5th may - @ Ariège/ France - with Monika Frank and Benjamin Burnley
A teacher training dedicated to those who take their first steps in teaching: introduction courses, presentations, perma-apéros, evening classes... during six days we will get to know and apply a wide range of teaching tools, learn how to create a positive learning environment, share our experience and develop new tools together! the course is held in a wonderful setting in the Ariège, close to Pyrénées mountains in France; the place has already held permaculture action weeks and courses. Course in french language, but translating into english is no problem.
Monika, active PmC teacher and designer, has followed four teacher trainings, with Rosemary Morrow, Andy Goldring and Looby Macnamara. Ben is involved with teaching Social Permaculture with his new organisation "la caravane de Permaculture".
Both have enjoyed being part of the exchanges in the project "European Permaculture Teachers"!
Mother Nature Training course aims to support mothers in their personal transformation, connecting with nature and aligning with their life path. Becoming a mother is a rite of passage into the next phase of our adult lives and into our interconnectedness with Mother Earth. It is a unique transformative experience mainly overlooked and even misunderstood in modern societies. https://mothernatureproject.org/trainingcourse/
Workshops in Croatia
Connect a holiday by the sea with inspirational learning and join one of the the seminars at the eco retreat camp Gea Viva on the Croatian Island Brač:
26.4.-1.5. Drystone walling
Learn how to build truly sustainable retaining walls with the association Dragodid. www.geaviva.net
12.- 19.6. Bullding the Eco house of your dreams
If you ever thought about renovating or building your own eco house, this seminar by the award-winning eco architect Sabine Engelhardt is for you. http://www.geaviva.net/ecobuilding.html
(Vaud +Valais): for families; on several sites; diversity!
9 - 21 july 2018 - with Monika Frank and Hubert de Kalbermatten and a big team of co-teachers. (course held in french; german translation possible)
Discover and re-inforce your knowledge about permaculture; realise a design on a wonderful site in the Valais; knit the network between humans, languages and nations and let yourself be inspired by innovating projects with a high level of people care!
Families are extremely welcome, there will be experienced people to run the permaculture kindergarden... and to include them into our sessions!
* “Permaculture Teaching Matters” (PTM) Teacher Trainings. Rosemary Morrow developed the PTM in order to have a multiplier effect in the development of permaculture, with the intention to develop the course in the different European languages by teachers from those countries. The following PTM courses in Europe 2018 are facilitated by Alfred and local teachers, :
– France @ Castel Forgues (Pau), May 28 - June 2, with Eric Ydais, Bernadette Dufour and Sylvain Eymard. More info HERE
– Italy @ Mulino Piermaggiore (Tuscany), September 3 - 9, with Anna Bartoli . More info HERE
– Sweden @ Ankhult, Sambrukets Cooperative Farm (Sösdala), August 18-26, with Candela Vargas. More info HERE
– Spain @ Granada, December, To Be Announced
* Social Permaculture @Ecodharma, July 28 - August 4, with Michel Thill. More info HERE
* Permaculture, Nature Connection & Deep Ecology @ Ecodharma, October 20 - 27, with Grace McKeown and May MacKeith. More info HERE
* Dive Deep: Permaculture for Regenerative Education
November 16 - 26, Switzerland
A 10 day intensive course for permaculture trainers, designers and facilitators to be organised with the support of the Swiss Foundation Movetia, through the interim solution for Erasmus+.
If you are a formal organisation based in Europe, active in the youth sector and interested to be part of the project, please contact us before the 22nd of April.
—Valentina Cifarelli (leader of the promoter Association “Les Coccinelles”)
Children in Permaculture Conference: Prague, Czech Republic: 4th & 5th May 2018
by Lusi Alderslowe and Lara Kastelic
The first ever international conference about engaging Children in Permaculture and the final main event of the Children in Permaculture project, sharing the results with the international community. Showcasing the Children in Permaculture project’s innovative resources including case studies, films, session plans, activities and the manual for engaging children in permaculture.
One day will be dedicated to presentations and workshops with international educators, and the other day will be child-oriented as we visit a school which has an inspirational permaculture garden.
Presenters will be educators, lecturers, teachers, pedagogues, children and permaculturists from throughout Europe: from Scotland to Romania. They will cover topics including creating an outdoor learning space, how to engage children in permaculture and how to connect outdoor learning with the school curriculum.
The conference will be an opportunity to connect with like-minded educators and organisations and to design the next steps to engage children in education based on the principles of earth care, people care and fair share.
This year the EUPC is coming to the beautiful mountains of County Wicklow just an hour from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, where we will be extending a thousand welcomes to Permaculturalists from right across Europe.
The 5 day event will take place from 8th to 13th August 2018 at Knockree Hostel, County Wicklow and will be a dynamic mixture of pre-scheduled speakers, workshops and open space on a diverse range of topics, though the theme for the week is 'New Partners for Permaculture: Reaching Beyond Our Edges' so this will also be very much a community building and networking event.
In addition to the main event in Wicklow it is also intended that there will be 'Fringe' events taking place not only in Ireland but across Europe this summer, including Permaculture courses, talks, open days, networking and permablitz's.
Attendance tickets to the EUPC cost €100 for the 5 days, or €25 for a day pass and there are a range of accomodation options onsite and nearby.
There's much more info about the programme, tickets, fringe events and volunteering on our website at www.eupc2018.ie