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IPC - Teacher Training


The first ever official IPC India Permaculture Teacher Training in India

October 21 - 30, 2017
Polam Farm, Medak District, Telangana, India


Jude Hobbs and Rico Zook


Empower yourself to advocate for change through whole systems design and teaching! This Permaculture Teacher Training course will improve and expand your abilities and make you a more versatile, engaging and effective educator.

In this dynamic and interactive course, you will learn significant teaching techniques to communicate Permaculture principles and strategies in a wide variety of educational settings.

Our goal is to encourage and inspire your unique strengths and talents by demonstrating diverse teaching modalities such as lecture, facilitating class discussions, storytelling, and using visual aids. In this setting of active learning, you will experience essential hands-on practice by preparing and co-teaching several presentations.

Who is this course for?

This is an incredible opportunity to study with an experienced teaching team and learn how to teach and facilitate Permaculture workshops. To be eligible to register for the course, you should have taken the Permaculture Design Certificate Course or have the instructor’s approval.

What topics will the course cover?

  • Ethics, Codes of Practice & Self-Care
  • Setting a Course Tone
  • The Art and Science of Being an Educator
  • Teaching via Pattern Dynamics, Whole Systems & Adult Learning Styles
  • Practical Hands-On Learning with Experiential Techniques
  • Facilitator's Toolkit and Resources
  • Working with Special Needs and Difficult Situations
  • Presenting Styles & Methods
  • Curriculum Planning, Module Building & Time Management
  • Adapting for Cultural Diversity
  • Working with Co-Instructors & Guests
  • Making The Most of Field Trips And Excursions
  • Course Planning: Venue Logistics, Marketing, Budgets, Timelines Implementation & Disaster Preparedness
  • Interns; Apprentices & Mentors, Sharing the Knowledge
  • Evaluations and Review
  • The Permaculture Network
  • Tips of the Trade

Course activities: include presentations, interactive and participatory processes, role-play, discussions, group work and peer review.

Course Certification: Participants will receive a Permaculture Teacher Training and Facilitation Certificate of Completion

Instructor Team

We have just completed building our international team of instructors. Our full team is listed below, with country of origin, websites, and a brief bio.

Jude Hobbs (USA)

Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, land consultant, and designer. Drawing upon 30 years’ experience of utilizing whole-system design techniques, she provides environmentally sound solutions in urban and rural settings which promote 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 brings her passion for Permaculture to her courses by developing curricula that encompass diverse learning styles and methods that are inspiring and information-rich. Jude’s intention is to empower people to creatively 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) she actively supports the next generation of permaculture trainers through continuing education and professional development.

Jude co-tends Wilson Creek Gardens a 7-acre Permaculture demonstration site in Cottage Grove, Oregon where there are abundant micro-climates from which to learn.

Rico Zook (USA)

For the past 20 years, Rico has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, northern New Mexico, the middle-east and other parts of the world.

His work focuses on assisting all levels of the global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative.

He has also worked with local and indigenous cultures to help preserve traditional knowledge and technologies while adapting to and becoming active members of our rapidly globalizing world. With work in different climates and cultures, Rico has established himself as one of the new leaders and innovators in Permaculture worldwide. This is further supported by his work with global Permaculture organizations organizing the International Permaculture Convergence.


Upon registration, you will have to immediately pay the full course fee (for standard & support rate) by PayPal (international) or PayU (from within India); so make sure you have your PayPal/PayU login details at hand and the necessary funds on your account before beginning to fill in the form.

The course fee includes accommodation and all meals , course materials (digital and print), Teacher Training Certificate, transportation from Hyderabad to the course venue and back.

  • Standard rate : 1000 USD / 68,400 INR
  • Reduced rate 1: 600 USD / 44,500 INR
  • Reduced rate 2 : 450 USD / 30,800 INR

We now filled all available spots at both reduced rates. Thus, only standard rate registrations are open.

Course fee includes: Accommodation and all meals (vegetarian/vegan/non-vegetarian), course materials, Teacher Training Certificate, and transportation from Hyderabad to the course venue.

Resources provided: All course materials and electronic data/digital resources

Further opportunity for practical experience at the IPC 2017 as an assistant during the PDC

There will be an opportunity for 16 Teacher Training Graduates to assist the teaching team during the IPC PDC scheduled in Nov 2016. These 16 graduates will have the chance to deepen their knowledge and experience in course facilitation for a small extra cost to cover food and accommodation expenses. The graduates will be guided and tutored by well-known, highly experienced Permaculture Instructors.

Important information

Accommodation & Facilities

  • Your own tent (no extra cost)
  • Rented tent small, single occupancy: 20 Dollar / 1,350 INR
  • Rented tent large, single occupancy: 95 Dollar / 6,300 INR
  • Rented tent, double sharing (with individual compartments) 55 Dollar / 3,600 INR
  • Rented tent, triple sharing: 50 Dollar / 3,150 INR
  • Rented tent, four sharing: 20 Dollar / 1,350 INR
  • Shared Dormitory - 8 bed gender segregated : 70 Dollar / 4500 INR

Polam Farm, the venue, is a new and growing permaculture site. Many of the facilities will be used for the first time with our course. Be aware that this will not a fancy hotel nor an urban setting. The facilities will be clean and basic. Delegates will respect the venue by keeping it clean.

Note that your preferred accommodation may be subject to availability. All accommodation includes a bedsheet, pillow and pillow cover; please bring your own blanket or sleeping bag.


All food will be vegetarian, with an option for vegans. Please let us know of any allergies, intolerances or other special dietary requirements while registering for the course. We will try to grow as much of the provisions on location as possible. When sourcing from off site, we try to get organic products if possible.


The climate in the state of Telangana in November is generally warm and pleasant. Nights can be cool (long pants and a warm jumper/ light jacket). In cold nights in November, temperatures can go down to 14° C (57 Fahrenheit), and on hot days up to 32° C (90 Fahrenheit). The sun is always strong, so although it is not likely to rain much, a small umbrella is very useful for sun when walking around.

See climate diagrams:


For any queries, and to get on the waiting list,

Please write to Roman at TTIPCINDIA [at] permacultureindia [dot] org