An International Permaculture Conference (IPC 13) 2017 ‘Edge Event’


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Sun 19 – Fri 24 NOVEMBER 2017
5 & a half days

  • 8:00 am start on the 19th
  • 2:00 pm finish on the 24th


MAIN FACILITATORS: (bio’s below poster on this page)

  • Robina McCurdy (New Zealand)
  • Ego Lemos (Timor-Leste, SE Asia)
  • Leigh Brown (South Africa)


  • Brad Barber (Australia)
  • Narsing Arravally (India)


Learn a methodology for whole school community development which transforms school grounds into productive learning environments whilst embedding permaculture and organic growing within the school curriculum.

The interactive and dynamic learning atmosphere generated by the tutors, makes learning easy and joyful and caters for all learning modalities. Each day includes practical sessions in a nearby primary school, to integrate and anchor what is learned pedagogically.

Participants will receive a manual containing methodology, some session plans, technical tips and illustrated templates, and a copy of the Localising Food Projects ‘Growing Schools’ documentary series.

Download India-Permaculture-in-Schools-Teacher-Training PDF

People interested in facilitating participatory permaculture design with a whole school community, but primarily with children.
* permaculture & environmental educators
* permaculture designers and landscape architects,
* school teachers, administrators and caretakers parents,
* gardeners within the community
* co-ordinators of community organisations
* any adults who love engaging with children in the outdoors.

Language: English

International Participants: PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) necessary, no prior experience working in schools necessary;
Indian Participants: Familiarity with permaculture plus some teaching experience with children (verified through backgrounder upon application)

COURSE COST: NZ$ 460 (= AUS $432 = US$ 344 = Euro 293 = IR 22,095 )
(Exchange rates as of 1 Aug 2017. Payments in NZD)

Cost Includes: Food, Accommodation Sun 19 – Fri 24 (tents), Tutoring, Course Materials, Take Home Resources

+ an extra R400 / NZ$ 8.27 if you want to have Dinner & Accommodation on the evening just before the workshop starts; Sat 18th Nov.
For this, please specify yes/no on the Registration Form, and pay this in Indian Rupees upon arrival.




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ROBINA McCURDY (New Zealand)
For the past 35 years Robina has been engaged in community development, organic growing and wholistic education, embracing permaculture landuse design and deep ecology. She is a trained State and Steiner primary school teacher, and is the founder of ‘Earthcare Education Aotearoa’ ( and the ‘Localising Food Project’ ( Over the past three years she has been directing and producing a local food documentary series, transforming the video-captured stories of hundreds of inspiring initiatives throughout New Zealand, into user-friendly documentaries – including a 4-part ‘Growing Schools’ series, which depicts teachers and children using permaculture and organic growing methods to transform their schools grounds and curriculum into edible landscapes and nature havens.

After developing a community-based native plants revegetation scheme in New Zealand schools, twenty years ago Robina was invited to South Africa to develop education in food production. There she pioneering SEED
(Schools Environmental Education and Development) – a cross-curricula global programme which transforms school grounds into productive learnscapes, primarily with impoverished schools. At the completion of SEED’s piloting stage, Robina handed it over to Leigh Brown, who successfully developed it into a national programme. Invited by the Ministry of Education in Brazillian states of Rio Grande du Sol and Santa Catarina, Robina began running teacher trainings in SEED methodology and practice. Out of her work with SEED, and her innovative school gardens and school seed bank programmes with Victory Community Health Centre & School (Nelson, NZ) and ‘Project Lyttelton’ (Christchurch, NZ), Robina has developed a teacher’s guide for the permaculture design of food gardens and learnscapes with children, as well as other pictorial teachers resources.


EGO LEMOS (Timor-Leste, South-East Asia)
Ego is the founder-coordinator of the Sustainble Agriculture Network and Organic Agriculture Movement in Timor-Letse. He is also the founder-coordinator of Permaculture Timor-Letse (PERMATIL), as well as the founder-counselor of PERMASCOUT and PERMA-YOUTH movements.
Ego works as the National Adviser on Curriculum Development for Basic Education on Arts & Culture and Permaculture School Gardens, for the Ministry of Education of Timor-Leste. He is also a lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture and Public Arts & Culture at the University of Timor-Letse. He has received several international awards for his national contribution to music, art & culture and community development.

Ego holds a Diploma of Permaculture Design (Permaculture Institute of Australia) and certificates in Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MDF Pacfic-Indonesia Consultancy) and Integrating Nutrition in Primary Education Curriculum (FAO). He co-authored ‘Permaculture Gardens for Kids’ produced by PERMATIL, and ‘A Tropical Permaculture Guidebook’ (www.permaculture He is sole author of the ‘Training Manual for Agro-biodiversity in Timor-Leste (GIZ-AMBERO) and National Curriculum for Basic Education Grad 1 – 6 (Min of Edn).
His Ted Talk: Ego Lemos/TEDxDili ‘School Gardening to Tackle Malnutrition’ illustrates why embodying permaculture within the school curriculum is so important.


LEIGH BROWN (South Africa)
Leigh is a systems thinker with 15 years of experience in resilience and social ecology design, designing and implementing education programs for schools, youth and community. She is practiced in strategic visioning, implementing of community based programs and enterprises, adept at driving multiple initiatives, developing campaigns, ensuring financial sustainability and organizational oversight.

For the past 16 years, is has been the director of SEED, an award-winning non-profit and public benefit organization in the Cape Town area of South Africa. SEED has pioneered ‘the Outdoor Classroom’ to grow ecological literacy, and produce organic food for school children and the communities in which they are situated, under her ‘Mitchells Plain Food Freedom’ initiative, that supports 238 home gardeners in that local area. She has initiated, implemented and nurtured the SEED program into a national program that facilitated three year programs in 74 schools, working with teachers, learners, community members and growing community facilitators. Leigh designed, implemented and managed Rockland’s Urban Abundance Centre as a training and demonstration Permaculture Hub, securing funding for the guiding the implementation of an indoor and outdoor classroom, a large ‘rain tank bank’, a model low cost eco-house, seed bank, nursery, food forests, biodynamic organic garden system and indigenous food system. This centre was awarded a Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in 2012. Other awards include: Green Trust, Real Simple, Imphumelelo Awards, World Design Capital recognized project.

Leigh conceptualized and co-wrote five textbooks to support the integration of Permaculture and Environmental Education across all levels in the OBE, and now CAPS Curriculum, followed by designing and writing a 5-day duration teachers education program that has graduated 970 teachers across the country. Out of her deep commitment to the empowerment of youth, she created the Accredited Permaculture Training, that has graduated 98 young people with a 70% take up into Green Jobs. Then she developed ‘Green Umbrellas’ – an eco incubator that grows entrepreneurship in township youth and incubated the first three youth enterprises. To capture public attention and raise funds for these initiatives, Leigh has drawn on her degree in Journalism in the writing of proposals, manifestos, training material and social media and photojournalism. She has secured community collaborations with over 20 local organizations to extend environmental education to the community, as well as research partnerships with Stanford University, UCT Knowledge Coop and Cape Peninsula University of Technology to grow innovation and support Monitoring & Evaluation of programs through research.




BRAD BARBER (Australia)
Brad has been on an intensive hands-on global learning journey with permaculture for the past four years. As part of his Living Ecology’s Advanced Skills in Applied Permaculture internship at Aranya Farm in India, with guidance from Raya Cole and Narsanna Koppula, he designed a food forest and garden for the local Bidekanna village school. During this course, he will be introducing us to his process and showing us the in-the-ground productive outcomes. Brad is also the on-site course co-ordinator.



Narsing Arravally is an MBA graduate driven by his passion for sustainable practices in urban context. His concerns over food adulteration, unsustainable urbanisation and lack of life skills among urban children, pushed him to study and work on regenerative ecosystems.

Narsing started “KiddoGardener” in 2015, an initiative to combat the Acquired Nature Deficit Syndrome among the urban children, through innovative Urban Eco Labs in schools. The main objective is to empower children to grow their own food and take part in urban sustainable practices thereby bringing the lost ecosystem back to the urban context. His initiative has been successful in some of the top international school


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