Sharing Knowledge is Regenerative, Empowering and Part of the Permaculture Solution

Hosted by the Center for Regenerative Peoples

July 17 – 23, 2021

Instructors Jude Hobbs and Guests
TA: Erick Meza

Located at Lost Valley Education and Events Center Dexter, Oregon

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 Listen to Jude’s interview on The Permaculture Podcast describing this course, and read  Scott Mann’s course review.


$850 (includes: instruction, camp site and 3 vegetarian meals/day)

$508 (locals price, does not include accommodations)

We are committed to encouraging BIPOC communities along this career path. We are open to adapting fees to insure your attendance in this course.

Prerequisites: Permaculture Design Course Certificate or instructor’s approval.     

COVID-19 Vaccine encouraged

This is a Certificate Course offered by an Instructor from the Permaculture Institute of North America.

Enrollment: Limited to 15 participants

Empower yourself to advocate for change through whole systems teaching and design. In this dynamic and interactive course, you will learn impactful teaching techniques to communicate and apply Permaculture (Pc) principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences and educational settings.

Jude utilizes a combination of diverse teaching modalities; including effective use of lecture, storytelling, power points, structured discussion, small groups, interactive experiential activities, visual aids and hands-on experiences. These assist participants to gain the tools needed to teach multiple ways of sharing information.

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

We appreciate the unique skills and experiences of those attending and cultivate building strong networks to support one another via group projects and connections post-course.

As with a Permaculture Design Course, in this teacher training we offer practical solutions for sharing information, which is essential in these current times. We have had great success teaching, and are advocates for the Mollisonian Standard Permaculture Design Course curriculum. We also believe each course taught needs to speak directly to local conditions and the specific skills of the presenters’ team.

The focus of this course is not about teaching Permaculture Design Courses but to guide participants to share information in many types of situations, such as workshops, libraries, schools and other venues.

Course Topics Include:

• Philosophy and Ethics of Being an Instructor • The Art of Teaching and Facilitation • Adult Learning Styles • Building Curriculum and Lesson Plans • Presentation Techniques • Experiential Learning Activities • Co-Instructing • Time Management • Cultural Diversity & Social Justice • Venue Logistics, Course Planning, Marketing and Budgets • Interns, Apprentices and Mentors • Evaluations and Feedback • Tips from the Trade • Keeping Up The Spirit • Self-care • Right Livelihood •Extensive Resources and More

Instructor: Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculturist with 35 years’ experience in the design and teaching fields. 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. This course is modeled after the advanced course in Teaching and Design, she attended with world renowned Permaculture Instructors, Max Lindeggar and Lea Harrison in 1990. Jude co-tends Wilson Creek Gardens, a 7-acre homestead and demonstration site located in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Jude and Rico were interviewed about their Teacher Trainings at the International Permaculture Convergence in Hyderabad in November 2018.

This interview describes their international work.

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

What will you learn?

 The awareness of how adults learn

 To assess your personal assets

 Tools to teach what you know

What you can expect from this course?

• Keeping participants engaged through changing the conventional paradigm of teaching

 Skill building with a focus on goals you wish to accomplish

 Enhancing your abilities toward critical thinking Such as: What are your intentions and goals as an educator? How teaching serves you and others?

 Understanding how goal setting generates learning outcomes which evolves to content

 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

Learning Interactions

• Recognizing your learning styles and how this impacts your ways of teaching

• Applying documentation through note taking & journaling

 Building a vocabulary of learning modalities, such as: shifting from passive to active learning, visual, auditory, kinesthetic learning, Howard Gardner’s eight intelligence’s, transformational learning, and using resources from researchers who have articulated how people best learn.

 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

What are the course activities?

 Presenting at least 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

What can you expect from the venue?

 Beautiful setting with multiple micro-climates

 Permaculture systems in place

•Nestled within an established intentional community – MeadowSong EcoVillage

 Three deliciously prepared, sourced from the land/local and organic meals a day

 Comfortable camping or indoor lodging accommodations (dorm room upgrade charge add-on)

• Use sustainable systems during course (compost toilets, solar shower, solar roller to charge electronics, 80+ acres of hiking trails, swimming hole, established forest)

• Accessible campus (ramps to dorm rooms, dining room, and classrooms; accessible bathrooms and showers; fully catered event)

Feel free to contact Jude with any questions or more information:



Included in the base rate of the PTT are three meals a day during course days.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared by the team of Edible Alchemy Foods, led by head chef Dietrich McGaffey. Edible Alchemy Foods prepares meals with the understanding that nutritious and local food is essential to healthy individuals and healthy communities. You can expect to find fresh salad, grains, proteins, and a variety of vegetables in every meal. 

Breakfast will be served as a cold-food bar style, and you will have access to oats, fruits, nuts/seeds, and teas…

Meals during the PTT will be prepared with food from our market garden and other locally grown produce. All meals for the duration of the course will be vegan or vegetarian, and Dietrich’s team is well versed in creating dietary-friendly meals that work with you and your needs. If you have specific dietary needs/requests, we will have a space for you to share those needs with us and our team during the application and onboarding process.

Tent Sites

Campsite accommodations are included in the base fee for the course. If you would like to share a tent site with someone, please let us know. Please bring your own camping equipment.

Our campsites are located along the Meadow at Lost Valley. This grassy field is likely to be filled with wildflowers upon your arrival, so be prepared to wake up each morning to see a burst of color filled with native flowering plants, butterflies, and other wildlife. From your campsite, you will have access to a compost toilet, the Classroom/Office Bathroom, and the Bathrooms located nearest the Dorms (listed in order of distance). For showering/bathing, your closest option will be our Solar Shower (which we recommend you utilize for quick showers, as the hot water does run out!) and the showers at the Dorm Bathrooms. 

Dorm Rooms

You also have the option to pay an additional $77 to upgrade to stay in a dorm room for the duration of the course! 

We have reserved Summercamp Hall of the Lost Valley Small Dorm for the students of the PTT. These dorm rooms are cozy but have everything you need, including a bed, desk and lamp. Those staying in dorm rooms will also have close access to a bathroom and showers, all located within Summercamp Hall — and don’t worry, there’s a nearby compost toilet you can use too! The dorm rooms are handicap accessible: ramp into building, and handrails in showers/toilets. Email us for more information about the accessibility of this course .  

To Register:

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Interactive Activity during PTT

Upcoming Courses:

    O.U.R. Ecovillage

   Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island, B.C.

This PTT course has been postponed due to the pandemic.