Teacher Training with Jude Hobbs & Rico Zook at La Loma Viva, Spain October 2017

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  1. Dr_Gonzo

    Dr_Gonzo Junior Member

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    A special opportunity to learn from a world-class and very experienced Facilitation Team this coming October in the wonderful South of Spain.

    7th to 14th October 2017
    La Loma Viva , Gualchos , South of Spain

    Jude Hobbs & Rico Zook

    Empower yourself to advocate for change through whole systems design and teaching! This Permaculture Teacher Training course will improve and expand your abilities and make you a more versatile, engaging and effective educator.

    In this dynamic and interactive course, you will learn significant teaching techniques to communicate Permaculture principles and strategies in a wide variety of educational settings.

    Our goal is to encourage and inspire your unique strengths and talents by demonstrating diverse teaching modalities such as lecture, facilitating class discussions, storytelling, and using visual aids. In this setting of active learning, you will experience essential hands-on practice by preparing and co-teaching several presentations.

    Who is this course for?

    This is an incredible opportunity to study with an experienced teaching team, how to teach and facilitate Permaculture workshops. To be eligible to register for the course you will have taken the Permaculture Design Certificate Course or have the instructor's approval.

    What topics will the course cover?

    Ethics, Codes of Practice & Self-Care
    Setting a Course Tone
    The Art and Science of Being an Educator
    Teaching via Pattern Dynamics, Whole Systems & Adult Learning Styles
    Practical Hands-On Learning with Experiential Techniques
    Facilitators Tool Kit and Resources Working with Special Needs and Difficult Situations
    Presenting Styles & Methods
    Curriculum Planning, Module Building & Time Management
    Adapting for Cultural Diversity
    Working with Co-Instructors & Guests
    Making The Most of Field Trips And Excursions
    Course Planning: Venue Logistics, Marketing, Budgets, Timelines Implementation & Disaster Preparedness
    Interns; Apprentices & Mentors, Sharing the Knowledge
    Evaluations and Review
    The Permaculture Network
    Tips of the Trade

    Course activities: include presentations, interactive and participatory processes, role-play, discussions, group work and peer review.

    Course Certification: Participants will receive a Permaculture Teacher Training and Facilitation Certificate of Completion

    Instructor Team:


    Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, land consultant, and designer. Drawing upon 30 years' experience of utilizing whole-system design techniques, she provides environmentally sound solutions in urban and rural settings which promotes sustainable actions.
    Through her business, Ago-Ecology Northwest, Jude specializes in encouraging farm management practices for optimizing resource conservation, biodiversity, watershed enhancement and income diversification.

    As an educator she brings her passion for Permaculture to her courses by developing curricula that encompass diverse learning styles and methods that are inspiring and information rich. Jude's intention is to empower people to creatively change their everyday patterns so as to care for the earth and each other.

    As a co-founder of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) she actively supports the next generation of permaculture trainers through continuing education and professional development.
    Jude co-tends Wilson Creek Gardens a 7-acre Permaculture demonstration site in Cottage Grove, Oregon where there are abundant micro-climates from which to learn.


    Rico Zook:For the past 20 years Mr. Zook have been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, northern New Mexico, the middle-east and other parts of the world. This work focuses on assisting all levels of our global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative. He has also worked with local and indigenous cultures to help preserve traditional knowledge and technologies while adapting to and becoming active members of our rapidly globalizing world. With work in different climates and cultures, Rico has established himself as one of the new leaders and innovators in Permaculture worldwide. This is further supported by his work with global Permaculture organizations organizing the International Permaculture Convergence.


    Course fee includes: Accommodation in comfortable double rooms and all meals (vegetarian/ vegan), course materials, Teacher Training Certificate.

    The host site Project La Loma Viva:

    La Loma Viva is a working farm, Permaculture Centre and training site. We are researching and applying Permaculture techniques within a Mediterranean climate setting. We also hold courses on many aspects of Permaculture, to get people inspired and empowered.


    At La Loma Viva - “The Living Hill” - our vision is to bring together Earth Care and People Care. We provide a platform for the research, practice and education of Permaculture and personal development - evolving the tools that can be used to encourage health and resilience in people and places. We are located on 7.5 hectares of terraced farm land, nestled beneath the Sierra Nevada mountains, overlooking the Mediterranean sea, on the coast of Granada in southern Spain.

    La Loma is a farm project using Permaculture - a revolutionary approach to agriculture and to designing human habitats that work in harmony with nature. We offer courses on Permaculture and related subjects, as well as providing opportunities to engage with nature and the land in an experiential way.

    La Loma is also a teaching space and Retreat Centre - running workshops and classes on a number of practical arts - specializing in established disciplines which encourage mindfulness and well-being.
    We offer the space for other teachers and practitioners to hold events that are aligned with our vision.

    At La Loma Viva we wish to create an environment where we can “grow people and plants”, learn about all the inter-connected forms of life and rediscover our inherent and participatory relationship with the living earth.

    We call it a “Middle Way” project as our approach is one of cultivating an open and curious outlook and exploring new possibilities between extremes.

    Accommodation & Facilities

    Nestled in the cave-like structure of the retreat centre are seven bedrooms. Each room has it`s own private access to the outside patios and gardens, is south facing and has a stunning view over the Mediterranean. Six of the bedrooms are twin rooms and one can sleep four people, with a maximum capacity of sixteen guests.

    The rooms have a simple decor with an almost monastic feel, designed to create an ambiance of tranquility, minimalism without clutter, perfect for the relaxed workshop experience.


    We aim to provide as much of the food as possible directly from our Permaculture farm, so that all the food here is fresh, organic and full of life.The land is also full of wild herbs and medicinal plants. Other produce which may be needed comes from farms in the surrounding area. Our meals are mainly vegetarian (with optional meat or seafood at times). We offer nutritious dishes and are always exploring new and creative ways to use our local ingredients.

    Please let us know of any allergies, intolerances or other special dietary requirements upon registration

    October has a nice weather with a good average temperature.

    See climate diagrams:

    Price: early bird until Spring 2017 - 990 Euro

    Please email Roman: [email protected]

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  2. Dr_Gonzo

    Dr_Gonzo Junior Member

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    Sorry the correct dates are:

    7 October 2017 to 14 October 2017


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