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Permaculture Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Teacher Training Course is intended to provide a starting point for becoming a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) teacher. It will help you to develop a format and framework for teaching the curriculum, which is the extensive 72-hour transformative PDC course.

This course covers the philosophy of teaching including the following:

What you will be doing as a permaculture teacher; who you are likely to be teaching, being granted the permission and authorization to teach and how that works in the permaculture movement.

We address the different learning styles of students and how to evaluate the results of your teaching. It will help you to answer the question: Is your teaching working and how do you incorporate feedback that is received into your teaching. We explain different delivery techniques how you can develop your repertoire and style through actual practice teaching. I, Geoff Lawton, will observe and critique your teaching style in order to bring out your teaching personality. This will help to make you comfortable with yourself as the teacher.


We will cover all of the delivery techniques of body language and eye contact. We will also discuss the body language of students and learn to understand how to present yourself effectively so that you get the best results. We will talk about how to make Permaculture analogies with the words that you use and how to implement interactive and proactive teaching. This will cover how to exert a positive influence on the class by utilizing the pain and pleasure anchors of information.

We recognize that storytelling is important component of effective teaching. We integrate this element works into our lessons using memorable stories and board work. The board work includes the whiteboard, blackboard, and paperwork. We will teach you how to present your board work so that it can be easily understood by the students by making it easy to copy yet entertaining for them to observe.

We place considerable emphasis in the course about timing. We discuss how to time your delivery as well as the length of your classes and the number of classes in a particular day. The course teaches you how to maximize people’s potential and how to reduce their insecurities. We will also show you how to help students when they have problems in understanding what you are trying to teach. You will also learn how to work as a co-teacher and to deal with shared teaching situations. We place special emphasis on learning techniques for course’s subject areas that must be understood by the students. Other important topics to be covered includes course content, structure, logistics and efficiency. All of these elements are essential for the Design Certificate Course.

The course will also teach you how to prepare the course material and curriculum. This section will provide guidance on how to use particular references, photos, slide shows, power points, and IT backup.

Another important topic that is covered in the course is teaching site logistics. This includes what you need on-site to make a course run well, how to set up booking systems for courses so you can enrol people efficiently and determining the cost of running a course with the appropriate course locations. We list ongoing resources that can facilitate additional learning and the requirements for teaching facilities when working as a traveling teacher. We will discuss an ideal equipment list that will facilitate teaching and make it more valuable to the student. We will also provide valuable assistance for when you complete the course including; how to find work as a permaculture teacher, how work within teaching networks and how to learn what is available to you. You will also learn how to register as a Permaculture Registered Teacher and how you work in areas where people are already teaching. We also stress the importance of professional development and how you continue to develop as a professional teacher.

When you complete this course, you will feel confident as a teacher and in having developed your own unique teaching style.

We have discussed the scope of our five-day Permaculture Teacher Training course at Zaytuna Farm. Our want to give people the confidence to become a good teachers that are valuable to their communities and the world. The goal should be to produce active students who themselves become teachers, consultants, and designers. We have achieved in the past and as a result many well-known Permaculture professionals have completed our teacher training course. This practical course will give you the foundation to start your career as a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) teacher.

The next Permaculture Teacher Training Course with Geoff Lawton is being run from the 20th – the 24th of July, 2015 at Zaytuna Farm, the home of The Permaculture Research Institute.

Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is a world renowned Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison the founder of Permaculture. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies under the not-for-profit organisation. In 1996 Geoff was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world. Geoff's official website is Geoff's Facebook profile can be found here.


  1. Hi
    I was wondering if you could please tell me the cost of the July Permaculture Teachers course. I don’t seem to be able to find this information.

    Kind Regards


  2. i am a doctor in usa, iraqi origins am planning to start a desert farm in iraq south west because of decline change in the climate ,farming, farming culture, life,economy ,echo ..etc

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