Permaculture Educator Program

Permaculture Educator Program

The hardest thing to do as a permaculturist is to be a permaculture educator. Not only is the material challenging to teach, but you will be faced with a number of questions, concerns, and points of view from students that are completely different than yours. Diversity of thought and making arguments for multiple sides of a point of view, especially one that is completely different and opposed to yours, is crucial for being a well rounded educator. Teaching permaculture will stretch you and your comfort zone.
Now if the first paragraph didn’t scare you away, then maybe permaculture teaching is something you can do. 
The reasons to teach permaculture are many. On one end and at the very least, those who teach retain what they learn at a much higher percentage than those who are only one time students of a pdc. At the other end, you may be learning how to teach permaculture  to potentially start your own school or a satellite School of Permaculture. Wherever you are on the spectrum of wanting to teach permaculture, this program will for surely benefit you.
Length of program: 2 years

  • General
    • Graduated as a pdc student from the School of Permaculture. Or have had a PDC from a researchable teacher/school and taken a Teacher Training Certification Course from the School of Permaculture.
    • Mandatory participation in the Higher Learning Program
    • Leadership with other Permaculture Educator Programs students, leading the monthly Higher Learning Program meetings
    • Ability to be autonomous
  • Assistant teaching
    • Organize and teach at least 6 Free Introductions to permaculture. More is better. We will help market these classes on our website and social media, but it is up to you to organize them with the venues. Make sure you are being very respectful to the venue and us as you will be teaching under the School of Permaculture’s banner.
      • These can be done anywhere but we recommend doing them on the outskirts of DFW or beyond.
      • A class photo of each intro is needed
      • Documentation of where students can learn more about how to learn about permaculture with the School of Permaculture must be given
    • Teach at least 3 half days with a senior educator of School of Permaculture during a permaculture design course.
  • Research
    • A list of books will be given to you to read by the end of the program
    • An article or video summarizing each book you read. A large portion of your article or video going into detail of some of the big takeaways you received from each book.
  • Consulting and Designs
    • Learn Nicholas’ consulting model. You can use it as it stands, or use it as a reference and hybridize your own methods for consulting.
    • Consult and design on at least 4 projects for other people. These cannot be your project or on your land or homestead.
    • Document your progress
    • Cost estimate each project’s installation cost.
    • Installation of a project is optional, but wouldn’t hurt. If you do install, documentation of install will be helpful.
  • Field work
    • Must have at least 1 permaculture installed project that is 2 years old by the end of your program. This can be your own project.
    • Project must be documented and it’s evolution presented at end of program.
    • A trip to at least 1 permaculture or organic type farm or homestead. It is best if you can help with the work at this location if possible. Document what is going on there and what you learned in an article or video. (WWOOFING or a farm internship is also acceptable here)
  • Teacher Training Certification Course
    • Attend and graduate from a 6 day Teacher Training Course given by the School of Permaculture ($1000)

At the end of the program if all criteria is met you will receive:

  • 2 year Permaculture Higher Learning Certification
  • 2 year Permaculture Educator Apprentice Certification
  • Teacher Training Certification

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