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Robyn Francis is an inspiring and skilled educator, passionate about empowering people to solve problems in a practical and creative way, regenerate their environments, build resilient communities and create abundance while caring for the earth. Based on the earthcare ethics and ecological principles permaculture can be readily applied and adapted to specific cultures and climates.

Robyn Francis has been developing and delivering permaculture training throughout Australia and internationally since 1984, and is regarded as one of permaculture’s leading and most experienced educators and practitioners. She has taught hundreds of courses including the classic PDC, advanced and specialist courses for professional development, as well as fulltime Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) Certificate III, IV and Diploma. Many highly respected permaculture teachers and presenters have undertaken training with Robyn Francis including Rosemary Morrow, Geoff Lawton, Costa Georgiadis, Morag Gambol, Darren Dougherty, John Champagne and Steve Cran.

Robyn Francis is the founder and principal of Permaculture College Australia, developing curricula and programs, and senior trainer-assessor for the APT Certificate IV and Diploma program at Djanbung Gardens.  Her annual schedule includes limited periods for travelling to teach intensive courses elsewhere in Australia and overseas.

Overseas work has involved teaching PDCs, advanced courses, teacher training, professional development and consultation in Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, New Zealand, USA, Cuba, Germany and France, many of which have involved working with translators.

 

Curricula development

Francis develops her own curricula including the PDC curriculum (based on the original PDC guidelines by Bill Mollison); Advanced Design Skills; Creative Community Facilitation, Social Permaculture Masterclass; Permaculture Aid and Development Work; Permaculture Teacher Training; Edible Landscape Design; Sustainable Settlements and Ecovillage Design; Growing Abundance for Food Security; plus numerous short courses and workshops. Curricula and course content is being continuously improved and updated with the latest research and developments in earth sciences, social ecology, permaculture and sustainability practices.

 

Educational materials

Francis develops her own educational materials and resources including course handbooks, interactive course activities and games, creative and inspiring powerpoint presentations and other student support materials.  The Robyn Francis PDC  handbooks has been translated into Mandarin, French, and is currently being translated into Czech.

For courses with Robyn Francis in at Djanbung Gardens please check out the Permaculture College Australia website:  PDCs  •  Advanced Courses & Professional Development  •  Accredited Permaculture Training  •  Short Courses and Workshops

Recent and upcoming overseas engagements

2014

China: October 1-15 in Shenzhen, PDC, translated into Mandarin

2013

China: October 2013, PDC, translated into Mandarin

Cuba: November 2013, Keynote presentation IPC11, International Permaculture Conference, Havana

2012

New Zealand: April 11-15 Keynote presentation at APC11 Australiasian Permaculture Convergence

TAIWAN: June 2012, PDC with Robyn Francis & Earthpassengers team (translated into Mandarin)

GERMANY: August 2-4, 2012, Keynote speaker at EuPC European Permaculture Convergence

FRANCE: August 7-22, 2012: PDC with Robyn Francis, bi-lingual (English with French translation)

FRANCE: August 25-26, 2012: Social Permaculture Masterclass

BALI: November 2012, PDC with Robyn Francis (translated into Indonesian)

North America Tour 2009 Itinerary

May 30-June 14: PDC – Permaculture Design Course (with Penny Livingston, Darren Doherty & guests Starhawk, Jon Young and James Stark)
Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas, CA, USA
June 17-Jul 3 Cuba-Australia Permaculture Exchange: CAPE Meetings with Foundation for Nature & Humanity, Havana, Cuba, appraisal of post-hurricane recovery, needs and ongoing support.
Jul 5-8 Advanced Design Skills – Beyond the PDC
Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas, CA, USA
Jul 11-24 PDC – Permaculture Design Course (with Kat Steele & Warren Brush)
Quail Springs, CA, USA http://www.quailsprings.org
Jul 27 – Aug 6 Cultural Diversity/Sustainable Aid Course
Facilitating Resilient Community Development in Areas of Need, Permaculture for 2/3rds World, Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Communities
Quail Springs, CA, USA http://www.quailsprings.org
Aug 8 Presentation: One-Earth Footprint – Learning from Cuba’s Experience
Discover the key factors enabling Cuba to survive collapse, live within its ecological footprint, and how this relates to Permaculture & Transition design.
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Santa Barbara CA, USA
Aug 8-22 Tour North-west USA contact:

Robyn Francis Consulting Services:

International Permaculture Design & Consulting Services

At the cutting edge of international design, consulting and training services for sustainable developments, Robyn Francis brings a wealth of professional experience in sustainable systems planning and design accumulated over 25 years. Visionary and intensely practical, Robyn Francis has a unique capacity to cut through to the core issues and essence of a project and in collaboration with clients and professional teams, facilitate achievable outcomes and design strategies for regenerative developments which meet ecological, social, cultural and economic objectives.

Key Consulting Services:

 Strategic Planning

planning, design and development principles and guidelines for integrated interdisciplinary approach to meet best practice ESD principles adapted to specific site, nature of development, catchment and cultural context

Master Planning

working with and facilitating interdisciplinary teams  to optimise integrated ecological and social planning approach to project concepts, themes and relative location of land use systems, infrastructure, soft and hard landscape parameters within strategic planning framework

Concept Planning

develop concepts for development design components, elements and staging within context of strategic and master planning framework including functional parameters and directives for detail design and construction plans

Detail Design

supervise and review development of detail designs for public and private landscapes, implementation guidelines and strategies

Community Resource Management and Governance

input into and review of resident by-laws regarding community land and landscape management under Community Title, Strata Title and Rural Land Sharing Communities (MO) frameworks, community governance and decision-making processes and protocols

Facilitation

creative design and planning process facilitation for interdisciplinary team work (e.g. strategic & master planning), community consultation processes and community participatory design. Participatory facilitation processes include Imagineering the Future, Cultural Mapping, Affinity Matrix, Speak-Out Forums, Pattern Quest and Parallel Thinking.

Professional Development and Education Services

Innovative approaches to integrated design, Francis provides Professional Development seminars and workshops for developers, consulting teams, design professionals, project managers on integrated ecological design, pattern systems, social ecology in the physical landscape, inter-disciplinary team building and creative problem solving processes.

This link is an ABC National Radio Flashmovie, part of the Re-imagining Utopia program series in 2002.

Jarlanbah – An interview with Robyn Francis

Permaculture educator Robyn Francis talks about her approach to the design of Jarlanbah, a 43 lot eco-village which was the first rural residential Community Title development in NSW.

Initiating and developing community gardens, transition towns and community sustainability programs is a people-oriented process that requires not only organisational skills but a diverse ‘tool kit’ for inclusive community facilitation. Permaculture College Australia specialises in training community facilitators as effective agents of change.

The community garden movement is taking off in NSW with a growing number of initiatives throughout the Sydney metropolis, regional cities and rural towns. The NSW north coast region has projects at various stages of planning and implementation in Lismore, Mullumbimby, Ballina and Coffs Harbour to name a few. While most community gardens and farms start as grassroots community initiatives, in the past many have struggled to gain support from local government – this is beginning to change.

Local government and planners are now starting realise the potential of community gardens and farms as a valuable and viable use of public land and are actively supporting community initiatives in this area. These projects are seen as an important way to build resilience into our communities, for skills sharing, food security and bringing people together for meaningful recreation and conviviality. An indicator of this shift is the recent announcement of the CITY OF SYDNEY in March 2010 to adopt “a policy on community gardening that offers the potential for collaboration with community-based and other food-oriented organisations as well as community gardens.” (see article: Innovative policy on community gardening adopted by City of Sydney)

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