Training of Trainer’s Course with Caspar Brown
When: October 8th – 14th
Where: Nairobi, Acacia Camp- Swara Plains Conservancy
Details: Participants attending this course need to have completed a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course through the Permaculture Research Institute, and have good practical experience in designing and managing Permaculture systems.
This course is designed to equip participants with participatory Permaculture facilitation skills, as well as a solid understanding of the standard content of an international PDC. Based on their Permaculture experience, participants should be able to co-facilitate or assist on PDCs after this course, particularly courses training adult learners. This course will be taught by internationally accredited permaculture practioner – Caspar Brown.
This will be the THIRD TOT Course hosted by PRI Kenya and International faciliators, this time led by Caspar Brown, at the Swara Plains Conservancy. Swara Plains proved an appropriate and poignant locale to host the country’s first ever training of permaculture teachers in 2014 and the second in 2015, drawing from far and wide a group of amazing people from Kenya, greater East Africa, and around the world. An understanding of these themes was a unifying thread for this very special group, drawn from diverse backgrounds but committed to devising and supporting ways for communities to achieve greater abundance and resilience by maintaining mutually supportive relationships with the ecology.
Using a permacultural approach in designing a curriculum for teaching permaculture practioners how to teach permaculture. The sentence is deliberately challenging in order to illustrate the many layers being integrated throughout the week long course. Unlike a PDC, which concerns itself largely with practical, physical processes and techniques, the ToT emphasizes the development of a different set of skills. Rather than employing practicums on design techniques, the ToT works to bring established permaculture practioners into a next level of readiness for leadership in their own communities and initiatives. Sessions emphasize how to use the principles and ethics of permaculture in one’s approach to teaching itself, with social permaculture, peacemaking, ecological entrepreneurialism, and pattern recognition as key themes throughout.
Participants who take this course are clearly present as emissaries from diverse communities, all of which need a new type of leadership and a different way of approaching the question of how to create stability and well-being in a manner that is not only sustainable but actually cultivates regenerative relationships with landscapes and natural resources. Each of these participants clearly return back to their respective communities equipped with new tools to bring about just this sort of positive change. From the past courses, pastoralists from the far Kenyan north departed with insights into peacemaking techniques to offer to warring tribes in their homelands. Project managers of existing permaculture-based initiatives gained tools to strengthen and expand their programs. Several staff members of development NGOs have stated their intention of bringing insights from the course into their work in program design and management.
Course topics include, but not limited to…
- teaching permaculture with well woven combination of creative presentation methods
- practicum and group work
- using storytelling
- awareness exercises
- feedback integration
- facilitation as a holistic learning journey
- integrating course learning with site, group dynamics and natural learning patterns
- creating a PDC (Permaculture Design Certification) curriculum
Fee: (Includes tuition, food and accommodation for five days. Excludes transportation)
- East African Students: USD 650
- International Students: USD 800
Terms and Conditions:
- 50% Deposit is required to guarantee course seat.
- Payment in full is due no later than four weeks prior to the course date
Activist, teacher, musician, sailor and storyteller, Caspar Brown, spends his days traveling the world helping to build more resilient communities wherever he lands. As well as being a Permaculture consultant and teacher, he also teaches deep nature awareness and Wilderness/survival skills.
He has been practicing permaculture for 20 years and did his first PDC in south Africa in 2001. Since then he has done various training and PDC’s in different Climatic zones around the world. He has been teaching for the last 5 years mainly in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. He did the Advanced Consultancy training with Warren Brush in Kenya run by PRI Kenya in 2015.
Caspar has since been doing consultancy work for various clients around Europe and Africa. His vision and dream is to return to Africa and help support existing permaculture centers and communities as well as being instrumental in creating new ones with emphasis on working with the next generation of dynamic and aspiring permaculturists.