We are pleased to offer a Permaculture Teacher Training in Traverse City this summer…
“Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, a simpler question, which came first, learning or teaching? Since learning does happen without teaching (it even happens despite teaching) we believe learning to be a priority over teaching.
In fact, this is our basic assumption towards education in general and our approach in this manual. Learning is what we are really interested in, teaching to us is the process of creating an environment in which people can learn. To us, the needs of the learner are more important than the needs of the teacher.” ~from Skye and Robin Clayfield, authors of Teaching Permaculture Creatively.
Consider this proposition: Events make the best teachers. The most significant learnings of our lives mostly come from situations we have experienced, and even when people lecture well, they make their presentation an event from which we learn. Given that events make the best teachers, it follows that effective educators focus their energy on designing effective learning events. How does this apply to teaching permaculture?
From June 10th-21st, this nine-day intensive Permaculture Teacher Training explores how to create permaculture learning events, applying ecological principles and processes to the design of permaculture workshops, courses, and other experiences. Learn how to quickly assess students’ learning modalities, eight intelligences, and other niche characteristics; create effective learning environments; design multifunctional, functionally interconnected courses where the whole experience is far greater than the sum of the sessions!
Each trainee in this course will design and run short classes and exercises, speak in public, plan and budget an event, and co-teach in a week of our permaculture Summer Camp for children and youth, with an opportunity to teach a workshop in a PDC in late summer/early fall. 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 15 folks with a passion for permaculture and working as an educator to pass it on. Preference will go to those who are certified permaculture design course graduates. Pre-course preparation required.
Registration open until June 8th, 2013.
This training course will be led by Penny Krebiehl, who took this teacher training in 2009 from Dave Jacke and a team of teachers in High Fall, NY. This course is directly inspired by the training model that Dave, etal designed with the course manual through “Teaching Permaculture Creatively” by Skye and Robin Clayfield. This course is also greatly influenced and inspired by Penny’s experiences with and the mentoring and teaching methods of Starhawk, Penny Livingston Stark, Peter Bane, Keith D. Johnson, Larry Santoyo, Toby Hemenway and a several hundred children, youth and adults.
Other resources used in this teacher training are:
- Permaculture Teachers’ Guide – a collection of lesson plans from a wealth of experienced teachers, edited by Andrew Goldring
- Outdoor Classrooms, a Handbook for School Gardens, by Carolyn Nuttall and Janet Millington
- Thinking in Systems, a Primer, by Donella Meadows.
- People and Permaculture – Caring and designing for ourselves, each other and the planet by Looby MacNamara
- Permaculture Design – A step by step guide by Aranya
- Teaching Creativity, Marvin Bartel, Emeritus Professor of Art, Goshen College.
Since 2009, Penny has taught dozens of workshops and courses throughout the state of Michigan using the principles you will learn in this training. This is the third teacher training she will lead.
Joining Penny in this course will be well seasoned educators, including local, regional permaculture practioners, as well as, artists, farmers, educators, and designers.
Permaculture Teacher Training, June 10-21st, M-F, 9-5 pm, with some evening presentations
Course fee: $750.00 does not include food or lodging.
Local currency, Bay Bucks accepted, some work exchange opportunities through the LLOOF program available. LLOOF positions and scholarships very limited: net proceeds from this course are very tight, so no one will receive a full funding support from us. However, you may qualify for the tuition fee through a work exchange program, so please inquire!
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION for the Permaculture Teacher Training contact Penny Krebiehl: email@example.com
This Permaculture Teacher Training will take place in Traverse City, with our main classroom at O’k Art & Permaculture Design Studio, in the Alley.
Applications still being accepted through June 8th, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application for the 2013 Permaculture Teacher Training.
SUMMER CAMP NEWS for children, youth and their families!
This is our 9th year in the Grand Traverse area, presenting a Summer Camp program and the 20th year of programming for Little Artshram. The Summer Camps will again take place in our beloved Munson Woods, meeting at Higher Grounds Trading Co. who will be hosting us at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, Michigan. Our “wild garden and outdoor classroom” is connected to over a hundred-acres hard-wood forest to explore, and this year we have plans of designing and building a micro-garden and Edible Food Forest for our hosts at Higher Grounds!
We are happy to share the curriculum and schedule outline with you. Each day we do our best to stick to the “plan”, but also allow for the “it depends” rule to apply to what emerges each day.
The basic intention of our summer camp is to be outdoors ALL day focusing on the following activities: To observe and mimic nature or learn nature’s language(s), including herbalism, and earth skills. Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.
We have 5 areas, or themes that we rotate activities, games and discussions around throughout the week(s): FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, COMMUNITY and OBSERVATION
The main objectives of our Summer Camp curriculum are similar to those that are applied to adult teachings of permaculture, although tweaked and developmentally appropriate for children and the “wild gardens and woods” that we are spending time in. And, they are:
1. To introduce students to fundamentals for sustainability.
2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism.
3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design.
4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources.
5. To study homesteading skills and off-grid technologies.
The daily schedule, Monday through Thursday, with a few variables:
8:45-9:00 Campers arrive, sign in, play a big game
9:25-9:55 Gather as a group, meet/greet, story at the Village/HG green space or woods classroom(behind HG)
10:00- 11:00 “Wild” garden time, and/or “wild”craft/art time, either in one big group or in groups
11:00- 12:30 Get into groups, head into woods for curriculum/theme bits, and lunch
12:30-2:30 Finish lunch, wander and play learning as we go.
2:30 Meet back up @ HG green space, and play big group game
2:50 Camp Story of day, Take home permaculture principal challenge and sign out.
The Friday schedule will look something like this:
10:45-11:00 Campers and at least one parent or adult helper (families are invited)
11:00-11:30 Gather as a group, meet/greet, play a big game
11:30-12:30 Hike into woods, to one of our “wild” gardens/classroom sites, share Camp Story of the Week
12:30-1:00 Meet back up @ HG green space, play a closing group game, say so-long until we meet again.
You’re invited, to join us and find out more about the Summer Camps, with a fun evening at a Summer Kick-off & Open House on Friday, June 21st, 400-5:3:0 pm@ the green space just across from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, on Red Drive in the Village of Grand Traverse Commons.
Summer Camp Schedule, three weeks to choose:
Fee: $150.00 per week