The Permaculture Educators Guild (PEG) was formed in 2014 to advance permaculture education in south-eastern Australia and beyond. Though based in Victoria, PEG has a focus on the south-east Australian bioregion and is not limited by State boundaries.
PEG membership in late 2019 included 16 educators from Victoria and South Australia, with the Guild’s Network list containing 93 educators from all eastern states. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties there have been no gatherings scheduled in 2020.
Purpose of PEG:
- collaborative development of a “Syllabus for Permaculture Design in South-eastern Australia”, making it available as a model for other bioregions to adapt and adopt. The Syllabus is a set of guidelines for structuring PDC content (what to teach, not how to teach it), and builds on earlier versions developed under the auspices of Permaculture Melbourne’s Educators Group.
- promotion of the PDC through vocational training, particularly Accredited Permaculture Training
- sharing of teaching resources and professional development of members.
How does PEG work:
- unincorporated, utilising the support of existing permaculture groups to host gatherings where needed
- unstructured, with tasks shared among volunteers and no membership fees
- open to anyone qualified to teach permaculture, actively involved in permaculture education at any level and/or prepared to contribute to the purposes of PEG
Through its collaborative structure and Syllabus, PEG is addressing many of the issues being discussed by the Making Permaculture Stronger movement.
PEG does not see itself as having any regulatory role in PDC delivery, such as registration of educators or endorsement of particular courses, but aims to develop consensus on the best ways to promote permaculture locally and globally.
How to get involved with PEG
- A PEG list of current members (those who comply with membership requirements) for the purposes of planning future events, development of policy and teaching materials and discussion of issues relevant to PEGs purpose. PEG members communicate by email and regular gatherings at mutually convenient locations.
- A NETWORK list which includes those who do not want to be involved in planning and discussion, but wish to be advised of PEG events via periodic emails. Anyone interested in permaculture education is welcome to attend gatherings without commitment to active participation in PEG.
- The PEG seeks to collaborate with like-minded groups — Permaculture Australia, our counterparts in Aoatearoa-New Zealand and the International Permaculture Educators Network.
- The PEG encourages the establishment of autonomous chapters in other bioregions and has a vision of a network of bioregional chapters developing locally-appropriate materials contributing to the global advancement of permaculture.
For further information or to be added to the PEG Network list please contact firstname.lastname@example.org