The Mission of the Academy is to offer high quality training in Permaculture Design. To that end we have created a series of unique action learning programs in Integral Permaculture which cover all aspects that we need to understand (& especially how to connect them all) for a transition toward a sustainable society.
For this reason we especially enjoy making ever more accessible & inclusive this wonderful science which is so critically important today, & we are delighted now to have these three free initiatives to broadcast this knowledge as widely as possible:
|The Integral PermaCulture Designers’ Manual online,
started in Spanish in 2007,
to which we are constantly adding new multimedia content.
|The Study Circles Network,
launched with 6 groups during 2012,
in which we are currently experimenting with various designs, like PermaVerano (currently only in Spanish)
| The Free MiniCourses
in Integral PermaCulture, designed together with some of
our Diploma students,
which we are launching
in July 2014.
thanks to the work of a very dynamic & creative team from our
diploma students community, who will also act as facilitators of these
We have created these free minicourses mainly by collecting the contents of the conferences that we have been creating over the last years (we’ve always tried to share as much as possible provocative materials in order to create dialogue with which to expand knowledge in the international Permaculture community), & in this way we facilitate access to these important subjects for re-designing our lives & the society in which we live. We have also added various elements to encourage interaction & dialogue.
(good permaculture principle), in that we invite you to:
6) The MiniCourses can serve as a very good preparation if you want to later progress to the action learning courses at a higher level (eg. the PDC+++ course easily reaches university level if you already have some previous base, & many of our graduate students comment that they found it much more useful than their degree, as it is so integrated & very practical) 7) Also, you can earn Permis* depending on your interventions in the dialogues (the service you bring to the community – that you can later use as discounts for any of the Academy’s courses, if you wish to further your Integral PermaCulture training).
8) & finally, if you wish to do something different in order to help yourself re-design your life (or you want some time & support in order to reflect on what is happening in the world, & maybe to think of how you can contribute to the Great Transition that we are living), these MiniCourses are an ideal start.
Here Cécile & Bérénice, two of the facilitators in English, present themselves in their own words:
I am excited to start on the apprentice teacher path by facilitating these MiniCourses because I always thrive when I can share with others and learn from others.
What I find most interesting with these courses is that they are designed to be highly interactive, so I am looking forward to engage in lots of colourful conversations with the participants!
But now I understand that it’s something much deeper: behind the word PermaCulture, there is the need of a global, collective and urgent change… which should engage our responsibility and personal commitment, & take us way beyond individualism.
This is one of the reasons why I want to be involved with these minicourses introducing Integral PermaCulture. As a student, but also as an apprentice teacher, to learn with you how to facilitate, and encourage to keep on this wonderful path to action learning. Because sharing our questions, doubts, reflexions, experiences and mistakes, is a GREAT opportunity to keep on advancing collectively.