Training of Teachers 2019


11th - 20th June 2019


Looby Macnamara

Chris Evans 
Tomas Remiarz


10 days residential plus 3 follow up online group calls and 1 mentoring call with one of the facilitators

Course Description

Permaculture has many solutions and has a transformative effect on people's lives. If you wish to share this with others and would like the confidence and the tools to do this in effective, creative ways then this course is for you. This course will give you a grounding in how to teach and share permaculture in a variety of ways, from giving talks to running full permaculture design courses. It is also relevant if you wish to bring more permaculture and creative teaching techniques into your existing work.

Subjects covered

We will be looking at the whole process of running a course – from finding a venue & course publicity to evaluation & follow up.

  • Creating a positive learning culture
  • Training Needs Assessment
  • Co-facilitation
  • Facilitation skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Accelerated learning
  • Creative teaching methods
  • Training tools
  • Lesson plans
  • Course convening
  • Self care for facilitators
  • Inclusion
  • Emotions of learning
  • Course design
  • Leading practicals
  • Leading games and energisers
  • Learning eco-systems
  • Follow up

During the course we will be focusing on the tools & techniques for teaching & facilitating permaculture learning & the practicalities of convening & running courses. We won't be revisiting the topics on a PDC in any depth and so it is recommended that if your permaculture knowledge is a bit rusty that you do some preparatory background reading before the course.

We aim to empower people to realise their own skills and gifts as facilitators. We use methods for building confidence of the participants throughout, and people get many opportunities to practice their teaching and facilitation skills and learn through doing. Each participant gives 2 micro-teach session to put into practice what they have learned.

The course is fun, lively, interactive and creative. It is fun and inspiring to spend time with a group of dedicated permaculturists who all bring different passions and skills related to permaculture. So while we do not specifically recap any sessions from the Permaculture Design Course, there is still a lot of skill development and learning that comes from connecting with others, and from living on a permaculture site for 10 days.

The course is also full and can be intense at times, as it can be a steep learning curve with a lot packed into each day. This is counterbalanced with the attention paid to creating a positive and safe learning environment and culture that supports everyone in their process of growth.

Our aim is to support participants on their teaching career beyond the residential. There will be 3 online group mentoring calls, and 1 individual call with 1 of the facilitators. Participants are invited  to support and apprentice with the Applewood team on their courses. And potentially we are able to come and co-teach with participants in their area.

We have 3 main aims of this course

  • Build confidence
  • Develop a toolkit of creative teaching and facilitation methods and tools
  • Learn how permaculture and Cultural Emergence design and principles can be used in the teaching environment

This course is suitable for anyone who has completed their Permaculture Design course (PDC).  It is suitable for all abilities: both apprentice & experienced teachers & also for those who have just completed their PDC.

The ToT will concentrate on permaculture training but the techniques covered can be applied to any other subject and hence the course would be valuable for any teacher wanting to expand their creative teaching techniques.

It is suitable for people who want to share permaculture in a variety of ways, from talks to specialist courses, from facilitating groups to running full PDCs. All the skills and tools we cover can be translated and adapted to many different situations.

I have really enjoyed the [PDC] course. I particularly liked sitting in the woods and seeing layering reflected in nature. I really enjoyed making the [practice] design with my team and was surprised how quickly we were able to create it!
there was a very clear progression of ideas and delivery, a very good mix of practical and theory to reinforce learning, and I particularly liked the structured way of approaching design.

Challenging but empowering. It gave me the courage to be the teacher I know I am.


Camping is included in the fee; there are limited spaces in dormitory accommodation if you’re not able to camp - please let us know

Fees also include tasty vegetarian meals.


Arrivals on 11th we start at 4pm - we will finish at lunchtime on 20th June 2019

After the residential there will be 3 group online mentoring calls. And you will also get a 1:1 mentoring call with one of the facilitators.


Concessions £695 (means-tested benefits, students limited to 4 places); (earlybird £645)
Low waged (<£15K/year ) £795; (Earlybird £750)
Waged £895  (Earlybird £845)

Organisation £995 (Earlybird £945)

Earlybird discount available for bookings before 28th February 2019.

Secure your place with a £125 deposit.

We offer this sliding scale on an honesty basis  to try and make courses more available for low-income groups. We trust that you will pay what is right for you. Payment by installments are also accepted - please let us know.


For enquiries and booking please contact:

Looby or Chris on 01584 831195

Email Emma

Postcode is SY8 4JG - Orleton Common (more details provided on booking)

Nearest train stations are Ludlow or Leominster.

If you are travelling internationally, please be in contact and we can give you further advice on how to get here.

Facilitators & Venue

As well as time spent at Applewood hosting and teaching courses and gardening on the land here, Looby leads a productive career as a pioneer of permaculture and Cultural Emergence. Looby is author of People and Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity. People and Permaculture Is the first book globally to translate the use of permaculture principles and design for people based systems, widening the definition of permaculture and making it relevant and accessible to all. She is creator of the Design Web, a holistic design framework that has been used thousands of times globally for all sorts of personal and social designs. She is founder of the Cultural Emergence project and will be sharing this toolkit for how we create positive learning cultures.

Looby has been chair of the Permaculture Association Britain and is a senior diploma tutor.

Chris lives at Applewood with his partner Looby and children Shanti and Teya. He has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, Nepal, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

Tomas has been working in permaculture since 1997. He is author of Forest Gardening in Practice. Over the years he has designed and helped to create private and communal gardens, commercial and amenity woodlands, wildlife reserves and ecological restoration sites. He has taught many courses in permaculture and related subjects, both in the UK and across Europe. He works in a participative way whether with a private client, a community group or a commercial or public sector client. Where possible, he integrates training into any consultancy, to empower people to make their own management decisions and take control of the maintenance of their site or project.

Tomas has co-facilitated with Looby and Chris on Permaculture Design Courses and the Training of Teachers at Applewood. He lives close to Applewood Permaculture Centre and has plenty of connections both professionally and socially with Looby and Chris.


The Venue
Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding, Waterloo Farm, recently acquired in the beautiful hills of North Herefordshire. Here, the owners, Designed Visions partners Chris Evans and Looby Macnamara, are developing a  permaculture demonstration and training centre. We feel that with permaculture, you need to see it to believe it, and then need to be able to learn it, and then acquire the resources (seeds, plants, books, friends and networks) to do it! The site includes woods, pasture, a lake, kitchen garden and an orchard of heritage apples. A converted barn and outbuildings provide indoor accommodation and the grounds a peaceful campsite.

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