A Teacher’s Training for Permaculture and Beyond

Are you ready to take the next step to become a qualified permaculture teacher? Join our training to make it happen!

What will you learn?

‘The Heart of a Mentor’ training is a unique experience that will empower you not only to design and lead permaculture design courses but use these unique methods to facilitate many other topics.

We share our experience based on facilitation skills and methods to inspire and support new teaching initiatives.

During the course we will be focusing on the tools & techniques that will enable you to design effective learning resources and deliver internationally recognised Permaculture Design Courses.

Who is this training for?

This “Teacher Training” is for any person that has a deep commitment to lead transitional educational experience on this topic.

PDC holders, teachers, mentors, group leaders, social workers, gardeners, landscape designers, permaculturist.

If you feel that it is important to share our skills and knowledge with others and have an interest in unique educational experiences, then you are welcome to join our community of educators.

By the end of this journey you will have all the necessary skills to design, promote and convene courses, and will learn how to inspire future learners to create real change.

How is this program structured?

In this five-day intensive training we will be sharing, applying and practising different methods, techniques and group dynamics in the spirit of ‘learning by doing’.

At the end of the course we accomplish a group exercise that is the practical base of the certification.

The course content includes:

  • Natural pattern awareness
  • Zone 0 - creating the teacher/mentor within you
  • Using natural patterns to guide the learning process
  • Using natural patterns to structure a course like a PDC
  • Understanding and utilizing different learning constellations
  • Group dynamics and facilitation
  • Mechanics of Permaculture Design Certification Course
  • Experiential education and practicum facilitation
  • Storytelling integration
  • Creating and delivering dynamic presentations
  • Mentoring and inspiring lifelong learning
  • Practicing different facilitation skills like: educator, teacher, facilitator, trainer and mentor

Curriculum outline

Group formation activity
Elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Air

  • Creating a supportive group dynamic in our course
    • peer learning
    • shared reflection
    • need of one another
    • inherent gifts
  • Permaculture principles related to learning (12 from Holmgreen)

Understanding natural and human patterns and how they apply to learning

  • Mentoring
  • Natural Pattern Awareness
  • Learning environment
  • Edward de bono six hats
  • Blossoming child (human)
  • human operating system vs. 1
  • holding the space
  • inspirational storytelling
  • relational storytelling
  • honesty and integrity
  • student voice integration
  • boundaries
  • coyote
  • group development
  • team building
  • activities
  • inspiration and grief
  • modeling as a mentor
  • eight shields and learning flows
  • patterns in cultural practices
  • ideal course timing (moon cycles)
  • developing a teaching team
  • tapping into local knowledge
  • creating budgets
  • outreach and marketing
  • fundraising
  • other logistical considerations
  • course site check lists
  • timelines
  • shared resources
  • PC course customs
  • design project
  • passion/talent show
  • classroom design
  • creativity integration
  • how to integrate learning activities with lecture and group discussion in a classroom setting
  • walk through various exercises

Creative online integration

  • practicum integration into course curriculum
  • team facilitation for tasks
  • supervision and inspiration
  • completion and follow up
  • project planning
  • tools
  • supplies (plant stock, seeds, nutrients, etc.
  • group dynamics
  • helping everyone learn
  • muscle memory
  • feedback and integration
  • pc subject topic development in small groups
  • research, updating, integrating story, visuals, drawings
  • Curriculum development for a PDC
  • Inspiring creative development
  • Creating a Permaculture Revolution
  • (mind mapping as a teaching tool)
  • Wheel of Life next steps

Meet your mentors

Warren Brush

Warren Brush

Warren Brush is a global resilience design consultant, educator, lecturer and storyteller. He has worked for over 30 years in agroecological education and regenerative system design for communities, private and public organizations, households, farms, and conservation properties worldwide.

He is co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Wilderness Youth Project, True Nature Design Consulting and is an advising founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya. He was also a member of the USAID’s TOPS team where he helped to develop the Resilience Design and Permagarden Frameworks and currently working as a consultant for the USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded SCALE award.

His efforts with youth globally has spanned working with former child soldiers in West Africa, teaching organic gardening skills with refugee families, inspiring inner-city youth to discover their inherent gifts, to developing unique education programs to inspire nature connection and the expression of their true nature.

István Márkuly

István Márkuly

His experience is expanding through international participation and earthwork management in diverse conditions from wetland to cold temperate climate in Europe and dryland in Africa.

As a Local Community Developer working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating Permaculture waves across the country and in the Carpathian basin. He also helps to organize communities, design and build self-sufficient farming in many countries and climatic conditions.

István has a certificate of Sustainable Horticulture and Permaculture at Kinsale Collage and also completed numerous permaculture training programmes, also learning from those who are leading the way in their field, such as: Warren Brush, Paul Taylor and Geoff Lawton.

He is a co-founder of Earth Environmental Education, providing easy understanding through the principles of permaculture to help motivate and inspire others to naturally include the principles of Permaculture into their lives.

Support Team

Ági Berecz

Ági Berecz

I have been working as a trainer and facilitator since 2005, both in Hungary and internationally at learning programmes about ecological awareness and personal development.

My intention is to invite the Natural surroundings as a holding space and mentor into one to one and group learning processes in order to release stress and to strengthen the awareness of our interconnectedness with Nature. We can thus think of ourselves and our Earth as a whole.

During the work we connect with ourselves with yogic practices and mindful presence, with each other with heartfelt deep listening and we connect with the more than human world. This connectedness may soothe symptoms of our sense of separation in our modern society.

Mira Bangel

Mira Bangel

Mira is an experienced process facilitator and team coach, passionate about fostering participation, authenticity and collaboration for a meaningful purpose. She has lived and worked in 14 countries around the globe.

With 16 years of experience in the development of active communities, business and entrepreneurship across Europe, Mira is an expert (and constant learner) in the development of participatory processes, and in the co-creation and meaningful transformation of teams and organisations.

Mira is passionate about challenges and faces intellectual, systemic and human complexity with enthusiasm. She is an Art of Hosting (participatory leadership) host and a trainer of Sociocracy 3.0, Design Thinking and non-violent communication.

Nóra Miklós

Nóra Miklós

I have been working 15 years as an online marketing expert leading and mentoring teams of up to 28 people. My goal was always to take care of the well-being of the team members by personal growth motivation.

Realizing that my life mission is to serve greater purposes than business numbers, I started my transition leaving the business world and volunteering in ecological projects.

More than 50k kilometers behind, +8.000 trees planted, a new network of regenerative friends and mentors thrived, thousands of hours of questioning and listening deep knowledge on alternative regenerative solutions such as Permaculture, Reforestation, Holistic Ecology, Regenerative Fair Communities, Syntropic agroforestry or natural medicinal solutions has become an integral part of my mindset. My main focus is to catalyze regenerative projects putting into practice taking care of the soil, people or communities.

"There is one, and only one, solution, and we have almost no time to try it. We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world,and train all our young people to help. They want to. We need to give them this last chance to create forests, soils, clean waters, clean energies, secure communities,stable regions, and to know how to do it from hands-on experience"

— Bill Mollison


The Heart of the Mentor
A Teacher’s Training for Permaculture and Beyond


  • 5 day intensive training
  • tools & techniques for teaching, facilitating permaculture learning
  • designing course dynamics and the practicalities of convening and running courses
  • learning journey that you can apply right after
  • ready to start course plan
  • connections to the community of like-minded international practitioners
  • inspiring stories and motivational experiences
  • practical new skill-set for leading innovative educational experiences
  • rural accommodation, camping facilities and vegetarian healthy food
Join the journey now

* Couples / family members can claim a 10% discount per person. In case of installment payment, € 300 first deposit. To request: Payment options

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