Fast-tracking Urban Permaculture - Facilitators Training

This course provides teacher training in presenting Robina's world renowned 'Fast Tracking Urban Permaculture' workshop.

A specific methodology tailor-made for suburban properties, which builds neighbourhood community in tandem with teaching how to design for household sustainability. Once trained in the methodology, teaching this popular workshop offers a livelihood opportunity for city dwellers and traveling teachers.

Sat 8 & Sun 9 Oct 2017 - Location:  Alfred Hines Seaside Camp, Rockingham
Cnr Hymus Street & Palm Beach Drive, Rockingham WA 

Fee includes meals for both days and accommodation on Sat 8th (for those attending APC13, workshops and tours prior your booking and transport will be individually arranged)

Tutor:  Robina McCurdy - Earthcare Education Aotearoa (NZ)

Assistant Tutor: Courtney Brooke-Allen (USA/NZ)

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Note:  As this is generally delivered as a 3 – 5 day workshop (including a real in-situ practice facilitation), and since quality is more important than quantity, all sub-themes described are not given equal duration. Some will be condensed into short presentation format so that there is more time for participants to experience the methods and have a go at facilitating them after familiarization.  Sessions may vary in duration.


(P) tutors presentation  (A) facilitated activity (by tutors)  (F) participant facilitation practice

Day 1

Session 1:  Introduction & Overview

* People & Programme Introduction, our Group Culture agreements (P, A)

* What is ‘Fast Tracking Permaculture’, how it works, and why is this kind of approach important in today’s world. What makes it successful? 

Some Common Learning and Practical Outcomes (P)

* Organisational & Programme Structure of EEA’s ‘Sub/Urban Permaculture’ workshops, including: (P)

- Role of the facilitator, assistant and host

- Typical Venue, Target Groups, Duration and Scheduling considerations

* Overview of Learning Styles and Teaching Methods

The difference between facilitator and educator (in this workshop we are both) (P, A)

Session 2:  Teaching & Facilitation Tools

* Using Handouts constructively and creatively (P, A)

* Introduction to Teaching Support Materials & Interative Teaching Tool Kit (P)

* Use of selected research materials – species lists, books, compendiums (P)

* Using a powerpoint and slideshow as an effective teaching medium (A)

* Sampling of EEA’s ‘Permaculture Principles’ teaching approaches and materials:  slideshow, powerpoints, posters sets, theme cards, word flash -cards, ground-models (P, A)

Session 3:  Empowering Site Exploration Activities

* The value of field boards, specific kinds of maps and exploration kits (P)

* How to form balanced Design Groups (P, A)

* Facilitating Sector Analysis (A, F)

* Facilitating Observation Skills (A)

* Facilitating Site Analysis (A, F)

Session 4:  Discovering Client Needs & Wants

* Keys for effective client interviews (A)

* How to facilitate using the ‘Household Food Self –Reliance Chart’ and ‘Veges & Fruit Priorities’ chart and ‘Compost Interview’ (P, F)

* Facilitating EEA’s ‘Wholistic Goalsetting Mandala’ with a household (including kids) (P, A)

Session 5Design Process of Sub/urban Permaculture in Action

Slideshow of examples of this methodology happening with a range of households, neighbourhoods and community managed land  eg community gardens, schools, open orchards.  Followed by Q & A and discussion (P)



Session 1Teaching Permaculture Concepts

After introduction of methodology through instruction cards, these activities happen in small groups supported by tutors, then an effective method is used so that participants have a go at facilitating a new small group simultaneously.

* ‘Connections Activities’ for teaching foundational concepts – physical games, large interactive ecosystems charts, cards (P, A, F)

* Facilitating Analysis of Element activity:  Parable of Chicken paralleled with Inputs & Outputs of a Kitchen (P, F)

* Appropriate Permaculture definitions for the city context.  Definitions and contexts for land-based and Social Permaculture.(P, A)

* Practicing principles teaching using flash cards, model and images (F)

* Facilitating stacking functions and the creation of guilds (fast-track) (P, F)

* Activity using multiple teaching tools simultaneously for teaching Permaculture Principles (F)

Session 2:  The Role of Practical Activities

* Timing and Role of Hands-on Practical Activities in the workshop (P)

* Suitable Practical Activities for for different sized groups (A)

* Tips for Teaching Hands-on Practical Activities (P, A)

* Approach to Practical Activities Followup on participants properties (after your workshop) (P)

Session 3:  From Household Property to Whole Neighbourhood

* Facilitating the Amalgamation of Group Designs (P, F)

* Organising support groups within the neighbourhood (P, A)

* Some Follow-up neighbourhood activity options (P, A)

* Community Engagement for neighbourhood-scale permaculture (P, A)

* Catalysing Local Food Resilience (P, A)

* Steps towards Forming a Permaculture Hub (P, A)

Session 4:  Preparation as a Professional Sub/urban Educator

Livelihood, Mentoring, Networking, Promotion, Marketing & Branding, Possible Legal Structures, Contracts, Price-setting, Budgeting, Certification (P)

Feedback forms & Completion circle (P, A)


Take-Away Educational material includes:

  • handout masters (informational and workshop activities)
  • powerpoints and video clips
  • interactive teaching tool kit list and images,
  • Earthcare’s Treecrops Compendium, plant species lists.


A certificate endorsed by The Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa (EEA), is awarded upon completion of the workshop.


Course fee includes meals and 2 nights accommodation.

Robina McCurdy

Hailing from New Zealand, Robina is truly an international permaculture wanderer. She has delivered many courses and been engaged in community development, organic growing, permaculture design and tutoring on a global scale for the past 25 years. Robin has produced a community facilitation manual – Grounding Vision, Empowering Culture, and a Home Garden Coaching Series manual Grow It! In recent years, Robina has focused on various localising food projects, but still continues her well-known work in community gardens and permaculture education in schools.