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Description & Price



August 18-27, 2017

Humans and nature intertwine irrevocably. Consequently, ecological principles operate within all aspects of human culture and our own lives—and permaculture’s regenerative design framework applies not just to landscapes, but to all aspects of culture, including the classroom. We must therefore design learning events as whole, healthy educational ecosystems for whole people.

This intensive permaculture teacher training embodies and explores this educational approach. Learn how to design and run permaculture workshops, courses, and other educational experiences as ecosystems—by designing and running them. Seasoned educator Dave Jacke and his team guide you to: assess and design for students’ learning niches; create effective learning environments; plan for, budget, and market an event; and devise multifunctional, functionally interconnected courses where the whole experience is greater than the sum of the sessions.

Together, we face fears, transform inhibiting narratives, share constructively, and grow deeply in a healthy, safe, supportive, and fun learning environment. We also engage with the business of teaching, among other practical aspects. This rigorous course culminates with you designing and coteaching a public permaculture workshop. You leave with new skills and experiences under your belt, and feel empowered to teach permaculture and embody the change you want to see in the world.

Prerequisite: Applicants must have previously completed a permaculture design certificate course.

Pre-Course Work: This training begins during the application process, and continues during the interview.  The pre-course work deepens your participation as you will already be engaged in the course when we arrive to Omega.   Detailed information on required assignments and course preparation will be sent upon registration.  Pre-course work includes:

  1. A special reflective assignment, begun during the interview;
  2. An interactive 2-hour webinar with Dave and other course participants, with a brief follow-up writing assignment (this will be held three times prior to the course, but you only need to take it once);
  3. Selection of a topic for a future evening or 1-2 day long workshop(s) you will teach after the training (you will need to communicate that selection to course staff);
  4. Development of a 10-minute lecture on your chosen topic which you will present to the class in the first two days of the training;
  5. Gathering and curating of additional informational/educational materials associated with your selected lecture/workshop topic which you will bring with you to the training for reference;
  6. A few readings; and
  7. A modicum of paperwork.

Cost: Course 3909-277. Tiered Pricing: $1230 /1155 /1080 /1005 plus Accommodations

We have kept tuition as low as possible with tiered pricing and a 35% discount on Omega's Camping & Meals package.  Please choose the price that is right for you when you register and be as generous as you are able. Your generocity helps support the course, and makes it accessible for those who require financial assistance.

Click here to apply for a partial scholarship.  You must be accepted into the program before your request for financial assistance can be processed.

A $40 materials fee is required for this course.

This program is application-only; the $50 nonrefundable application fee may be applied to tuition. A $250 payment deposit is required to hold your space in the program, with final payment due Friday, August 4, 2017.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants experience and develop the complete suite of skills needed to successfully lead short workshops and other events on their own.
    • Participants grasp how to create effective learning environments and effective learning events, especially how to create systems of learning events such that the whole course is greater than the sum of its parts.
    • Participants experience taking the seat of the teacher multiple times during the course in a variety of settings, both within the course and in a public venue. 
    • Participants clarify, articulate, and evolve their beliefs about what is a teacher and what is their teaching philosophy.  We all experience consciously putting that philosophy into practice.  We all have the opportunity to deprogram beliefs that inhibit our effectiveness as educators and learners.
  • Participants develop workshop ideas, outlines, and other materials they can use to lead public workshops soon after the training on their topic(s) of focus.
    • Participants develop and refine a short lecture on a permaculture topic of their choice.
    • Participants generate a range of workshop and session design schemes, and detail at least one of them.
    • Participants collaboratively co-create the teacher training course.
    • Participants design and co-lead a 60- to 90-minute public workshop and logistically support the running of one-day public permaculture symposium during the training. 
  • Participants leave able to contribute significantly to permaculture design courses under the mentorship of an experienced permaculture teacher.
  • Participants experience a community of learning teachers and teaching learners:
    • We cocreate a safe, supportive, fun, healthy, and whole learning environment;
    • We support each other to take risks, share ourselves, grow deeply, move through edges and perceived restrictions, explore new ideas, and try new teaching styles and approaches;
    • We share and constructively evaluate each other’s work;
    • We cooperatively develop shared resources for the larger permaculture teaching community.
    • We form structures to collaborate and support each other post-training.
  • We experience all of the above through learning events and experiences that express, embody, and demonstrate the principles of ecological design in action.
  • We have a total blast doing all of the above.

Dave Jacke is also teaching Food Forestry for Your Backyard.