How to be a permaculture educator…

How to be a permaculture educator…


…some tips to help you along.


  • Use your textbook – “Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual” by Bill Mollison. That is what it is there for – don’t try to rewrite permaculture, just modify it to reflect your community.  Use this book as your skeleton!
  • Create two things to support EACH class:
    1. A guiding document (from which you teach)…displaying each topic in bullet point or short-explanation sentence form.
    2. A powerpoint with images to support your class. Ensure each image is shown in it’s correct place on your guiding document (from which you teach).
  • A chalkboard or whiteboard – use this to support what you teach. I tell my students that if it’s important enough for me to write on the board – it’s important enough for them to write in their notebooks!
  • Mix it up by including hands-on classes & group work.  Ensure these have a solid theoretical foundation first, so people do not get lost in what is happening!
  • Get used to your own voice. The best way to do this, is to practice voice warm-ups (singing  & public speaking).  After-all, the voice box is a muscle and needs care too!
  • Want to take it to the next level? Join TOASTMASTERS, the original public speaking gurus!


…of course we ALL find our own style (that’s the magic of diversity on Earth) – this is just what I find useful.  If you would like more information on my insights as a permaculture educator, feel free to contact me via email:  (from “Noosa Forest Retreat” permaculture education & community).



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Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

In person + online permaculture teacher. Online permaculture consultant. Upkeep of a 30 acre rural property (using permaculture & other agroecological techniques). A communal research laboratory focusing on free innovation in the works. Doing what I can to support LIFE on planet Earth!!

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