Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture
ABOUT THE COURSE
A weekend permaculture course for parents, grandparents, teachers and others to engage children in all aspects of permaculture. Composed of both indoor and outdoor sessions we will learn how to spend times with children which are child-centred and/or child-led.
We will find out how permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to education, in how we speak, the activities we engage in and in the spaces we design.
We will discover some great benefits of outdoor learning, including relevant research, and learn how to create session plans which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hands and head, through active participation in a session learning about soil.
We will look at different garden designs both in school and home gardens and get involved in practical activity.
We will learn about the different activities that we can do with children and, more importantly, think about how the way we approach the child can enable us to think of infinite possible activities.
This two day training course is the product of the three year European ‘Children in Permaculture’ project in which best practice has been shared across the continent from Finland to Italy, Scotland to Romania:
“The future of our planet depends on a change of consciousness, in which the people and the resources of the natural world are no longer taken for granted and exploited without considering long term impacts. Supporting children from early childhood to develop a sensitive, compassionate and cooperative relationship with each other and the natural world is a crucial step in generating this new consciousness” (p. 1, The Children in Permaculture Manual; Alderslowe, Amus & Deshaies, 2018).
THE COURSE WILL GIVE PARTICIPANTS
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
People working with children aged 3-12 years, such as school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, as well as those working in non-formal settings such as after-school or out-of-school club leaders (e.g. scout leaders), parents (whether natural, foster, adoptive or grandparents) and others who are aware of the importance of their role in children’s education.
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ABOUT THE TUTORS
Lusi Alderslowe is co-founder and coordinator of the Children in Permaculture project for the Permaculture Association and Gatehouse School. A Forest School Leader, Human Ecologist (MSc) and Permaculture practitioner and teacher, Lusi has been engaging children in permaculture for 12 years in many places including an outdoor playgroup, a Children’s Garden, after-school groups, and in nurseries and schools across Scotland. Lusi has been teaching permaculture to adults since 2010, in many Permaculture Design Courses, and as a Diploma Tutor.
Rakesh is co-founder of the Children in Permaculture project and is an experienced permaculture teacher and low impact living designer having taught over 200 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses since 2009. Along with Permaculture, Rakesh focuses on the human skills of communication and planning so necessary for successful communities.
"Great teaching spirit.
Thanks for sharing with the world."
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