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Permaculture Teacher Training


Mar 15 to Mar 23, 2024


On-land at OUR EcoVillage

Dates: MARCH 15th – 23rd    Residential

(First Day is arrival, last is departure day. No class)   
Empower yourself to advocate for change through whole systems teaching and design. In this dynamic and interactive course, you will learn significant teaching techniques to communicate and apply Permaculture (Pc) principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences and educational settings.

Our goal is to encourage and inspire your unique strengths and abilities by demonstrating diverse teaching modalities including effective use of lectures, storytelling, class discussions, interactive experiential activities, visual aids and hands-on skills.

As a group we facilitate a safe setting of active learning, building confidence by experiencing essential practice via preparing and co-teaching multiple presentations.


About the Course:

This Certificate Course is offered by Cascadia Permaculture with Jude Hobbs, a certified instructor by the Permaculture Institute of North America

Advanced Permaculture Courses in Teaching:

Jude has taught this course almost thirty times and it is never the same way twice. As proactive educators, we are constantly adjusting the way a workshop or course is presented… creating innovative experiences that address varied learning styles while moving from theory to practice.

Who is this Course for?

  • Community activists, designers, homesteaders and anyone who wishes to share the knowledge of systems thinking and integrated self-reliant living strategies
  • Professional teachers who wish to expand and fine-tune their Permaculture knowledge
  • Permaculture Design Course Graduates

Sharing information is Regenerative ~ Be Part of the Permaculture Solution

This is an incredible opportunity to study with a master teacher, on how to teach permaculture. To be eligible to register for the course you will have taken a Permaculture Design Certificate course, or have the instructor’s approval. Note this course is scheduled during the public school Spring Break in order to facilitate school teachers being able to access permaculture design education as part of their professional development.

  • The awareness of how adults learn
  • To assess your personal assets
  • Tools to teach what you know

  • Skill-building with a focus on goals you wish to accomplish
  • Enhancing your abilities toward critical thinking
  • Asking important questions: What are your intentions and goals as an educator? How teaching serves you and others?
  • Understanding how goal setting generates learning outcomes that evolve to content
  • Keeping participants engaged through changing the conventional paradigm of teaching
  • Community building: this includes transformational learning, the co-creativity model and more teaching strategies
  • Creating the awareness of teaching about design and the relevancy of practical design application

  • Applying documentation through note taking & journaling.
  • Building a vocabulary of learning modalities, such as; shifting from passive to active learning, visual, auditory, kinesthetic learning, the eight intelligences, transformational learning, and using resources from researchers who have articulated how people best learn.
  • Recognizing your learning styles and how this impacts your ways of teaching.
  • Observing how people best learn through their experiences with teaching styles.
  • Practicing the Art of Facilitation: From deep listening to timeliness to working with challenges in the educational setting.

  • Presenting three teaching modules as a way to practice and build self-confidence.
  • Offer and receive supportive respectful critiques of these presentations, enhancing the opportunity to Adapt and Advance your skills with timing and delivery.
  • Encouraging you to identify your unique personal teaching style(s), what is your ‘shtick’?
  • Teach Pc Creatively by ‘edutainment’ (education and entertainment)
  • Presenting a final group project to the public: An Introduction to Permaculture: A Workshop on
  • Ecological Design (or whatever the class chooses as a workshop title)

Jude Hobbs

Jude is an internationally recognized permaculturist with 35 years’ experience in the design and teaching fields. She utilizes whole-system design techniques providing 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 conveys her passion for permaculture by providing curricula developed to encompass diverse learning styles with teaching techniques that are accessible, inspiring and information rich. Her courses offer a safe place for learning, the strategies to understand whole systems design and the confidence to get out there to do awesome work via a tool kit for action.

Jude’s intention is to empower people to 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) and Cascadia Permaculture Institute (CPI) she actively supports the next generation of permaculturists through continuing education and professional development.

Previous Attendees Testimonials

This course provides more than just a foundation for teaching permaculture. It is very motivational and inspirational. Highly effective with pointed content, I needed this! R.S.

This course is at the same time humbling and empowering.  Great for anyone interested in sharing knowledge in whatever context. A.S.

Jude brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the room and imparts it with style and grace. B.G.

A great way to build an in-depth knowledge of how to teach workshops and courses, and meet people to collaborate with. Jude creates a course that finds the perfect balance between creating a safe comfortable learning environment and a place to push your comfort zone and to grow. J.D.

Jude has such a plethora of knowledge… I would encourage anyone with a PDC to check it out skills for teaching for our future well-being. We need more teachers in the world and frankly I can’t imagine a more well-rounded easily absorbed of course than this one. M.S.

Jude’s experience really shown through during this course. It seemed every part of the curriculum has been carefully tweaked over the years to create loop learning opportunities while inspiring students to become creative and thoughtful educators. A.C

If you believe in permaculture as an antidote for many of the world’s woes, this course is a great opportunity to join the teachers thereof. A brilliant opportunity to train to be an agent for the betterment of the earth, life, society and community. P.S.

Valuable for building confidence in designing and delivering learning modules. Great tips in getting started as an educator. Great for general education, not only for permaculture techniques. This is a very valuable course, I loved it! J.P.

A course on the art of teaching is in-depth course on teaching methodologies B.D.

Investment Price



  • Dorm bunkbeds $240 (8 nights)
  • PTT meal package $380

Cancellation Policy

Accommodations, Courses, Events and all other services

For cancellation with more than 30 days notice, guest will be fully refunded.

For cancellations with more than 21 days notice, guest will be 50% refunded.

For cancellations with less than 21 days notice, guest will be charged full amount.

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Health and Safety Policy

O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE adheres to the COVID-19 safety requirements set out by the British Columbia Provincial Health Authority as well as the Canadian Federal Health Authority. There are community/staff members at O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE who are living with high levels of health concern. We ask that you are responsible and respectful with their health needs while onsite. The COVID-19 policies which are set out by O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE for the duration of your visit will be e-mailed to you at minimum four days prior to the start of the course. In the interim, we ask that you take responsibility for learning about the local health guidelines for our region here, purchase two rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to bring with you, plan to create conscious relationships with others while onsite, bring masks for your own use as needed, and create a response plan for any case in which you may fall ill.

If there are any additional communicable illness concerns, of any sort, which are specific to your health requirements then you must contact O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE at info@ourecovillage.org to make alternative arrangements at minimum 4 days prior to your visit.

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Land acknowledgment

OUR ECOVILLAGE is situated on unceded Indigenous lands. The Coast Salish Peoples are the guardians of these lands and waters where we live, work, pray, and play. Quw’utsun (Cowichan) is a historical place of gathering and Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun/”one-heart one-mind” for many Indigenous peoples.

OUR ECOVILLAGE is committed to regenerate land and all ecosystems while acknowledging and respecting Indigenous knowledge that ensures thriving for all beings; we call this Permaculture.

OUR ECOVILLAGE is dedicated to continuously educating ourselves and our communities about the history and peoples of OUR bio-region, to assist in decolonization and re-villaging as a path towards peacemaking, from local to global.