What is Action Learning?
It is the fundamental concept that governs how we teach.
It is the most direct way to learn to create PermaCulture, & the method is based in the work of many radical educators whom we have now compiled in our online Designers Manual > Learning.
Action learning is a more rigorous & supported form of self-directed learning: you aren’t alone in this process, it is done accompanied by a small community with this purpose, that includes very experienced tutors & activists, learning to give & receive good support, & to keep to the very high levels of integrity that are required of this science, that is so important that we don’t allow to dilute right now.
Isaac Asimov on Education – ahead of his time on many fronts … here predicting our courses!
So Action Learning is …
Living in a Radically Inter-Connected Way
In order to Create a Solar Economy
These native cultures were also based in “harvesting only sunshine” (solar energy – a fundamental base & permacultural saying), that is, in the art of sustainability, or of “using what there is”, within natural limits, working with a profound knowledge of the environment & the specific local conditions, without fighting against the laws of nature, but applying a commitment to studying them and living in a relationship of with gratitude & respect towards them, and the immense richness they offer us.
Relearning to Play
It consists in keeping a clear interest focus (the centre of the spiral) & taking each of the little steps that need to be taken in order to put into practice these ideals (the harmonic sequence of rainbow colours/ rays), so learning in a deep way, ‘for real’.All a cyclical processes, & if we understand the natural patterns that govern them, & something of their periodicity, we could use them with much greater effectiveness.
- In the case of the scientific process,
the sequence (one form of active learning) consists in observation > formulating an hypothesis > prediction > experimentation > observation;
- in the case of permaculture design, we say that it consists of: observing > thinking / reflection > design > implement > observe again;
- in the case of action learning, it consists of: doing project work > observing the effects > check how the theory fits > design next steps;
- in the case of creativity in general, it consists of discover > dream > design > deliver
The Classes are one Part
Action learning is characterized by active & mutual support (we also teach the tools to learn to do this in a more effective way).
And difficulties are …
simply the BIGGER STEPS
Possibly the most difficult thing about Action Learning is to re-learn to ‘do’ with our own hands, think & act logically but at the same time honoring our feelings, using our imagination all the while; letting ourselves learn with our whole body, & launching ourselves into adventure by trying totally new things. This can be very uncomfortable for the majority of us, as comfort-seeking is possibly the strongest pattern in the Destructo-Culture – & the one that most enslaves us. There are others.
The grayest or most painful parts are often also the greatest learning opportunities. You have the opportunity of doing (& support others in doing) a radical learning experience: you choose in every moment how much you want to do & when, but you will be able to overcome the greatest challenges with the support & closeness of your colleagues & travel partners.
The Practice (praxis)
All that is taught during a Certificate course can be put into practice immediately in your life, in any circumstance that you find yourself (with or without access to land, with or without own home, with or without money or material resources, etc.). & it only works if it’s put into practice. So the practicals consist in making reality in our daily life what we learn on the course.
We will do some exercises during the course in order to practice some of the techniques & tools, but the main practice that we do during the Certificate courses is design practice (as it is a design course).
During the course we realize TWO design practicals:
- One of a personal project (it can be simply your home, or your family, or your employment ideas or the garden of a friend) &
- one on a group project – & there are many we are already doing that we can invite you in, if you don’t have a local one.