TE009 7-day Advance Course on Permaculture for Sustainable Aid Work (PSAW)
Fri, April 8 2016 to Thu, April 14 2016
9:00 - 18:00
Green Hub*, Tai Po (lectures) and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (practical sessions)

Nature / Objective

This course was originally developed by Robyn Francis in 1991 and undergoes frequent revision in keeping with global changes and their impacts on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Participants will develop specific awareness, knowledge and skills for being effective, appropriate and culturally sensitive in this important field of permaculture activism and education. Participants will discover tools for working with communities, to build resilience so they can better meet the impacts of climate change, resource depletion, food and water insecurity, and economic instability. Prior completion of a PDC is recommended.

Teacher: Robyn Francis

Robyn Francis

Robyn Francis is an internationally renowned permaculture pioneer, educator and designer, founder of Djanbung Gardens, Australia, and the Permaculture College Australia, and is regarded as one of permaculture’s most experienced trainers and practitioners. Over the past 25 years Robyn has been working for a sustainable future, empowering thousands of people through training, design and consulting on diverse projects, facilitating community initiatives and giving many voluntary hours to the national and international permaculture movement. She has taught over 130 Permaculture Design Certificate courses (PDCs) in fifteen countries, and as many advanced courses in diverse areas of professional permaculture practices including: Teacher Training; Community Facilitation; Ecovillage Design; Sustainable Aid and Development; Social Permaculture; Design for Food Security & Year-round Food Production. The KFBG team will assist in the teaching of the practical sessions.



Course Topics:

  • Practical perspectives on cultural sensitivity, ethno-ecology and social permaculture
  • Appropriate communications and inclusive approaches to community engagement and participatory process.
  • Key issues facing the 2/3rds world and Permaculture strategies to facilitate solution processes.
  • Survival security (food, water, shelter), health and nutrition, environmental health, kitchen garden and local food security programs,
  • Appropriate technologies and low-tech options,
  • Integrating permaculture with traditional production systems in humid and arid tropics.
  • Facilitation processes for community directed program development, project appraisal and evaluation,
  • Disaster preparedness, post disaster relief and recovery,
  • Preparing yourself for undertaking this kind of work including research, working with development agencies and NGO’s, and issues of personal security in overseas field work.

Course activities will include discussion, case studies, presentations, participatory processes, role play, group projects, practical and experiential activities.

This course can be very challenging on a deep personal level, and will provide an invaluable basis for either working in the field or with overseas aid support foundations and organisations. This course assumes the prior knowledge of the PDC or working knowledge of Permaculture.



Target group / No. of Participants

  • Aged 18 years and above
  • This course assumes the prior knowledge of the PDC or working knowledge of Permaculture
  • Participants will be accepted for this workshop on a first-come-first-served basis

Date / Time

8-14 April 2016 / 09:00-18:00


Green Hub - a Grade I listed historic building that was
built in 1899

Green Hub*, Tai Po (lectures) and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (practical sessions)

* The ‘Green Hub’ has been transformed from the Old Tai Po Police Station located in Tai Po, in Hong Kong’s New Territories. It is a Grade I listed historic building that was built in 1899. In 2010, the HKSAR Government selected Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) to transform the heritage site into a ‘Green Hub for Sustainable Living’. It demonstrates aspects of sustainable economy, and shows an integrated approach to conserving the historic, architectural, ecological and cultural aspects of a heritage site. The Green Hub is equipped with a vegetarian canteen, heritage display, theme-gardens, kitchen garden, guest rooms, a teaching kitchen, art workshops, and a seminar room. Website:


HK$4,800.00 per person

(Course fees include tuition, handbook and resources, lunch, and transportation for field trip and practical sessions. Limited accommodation* at Green Hub is available for extra cost.)

A limited number of scholarship of 30%-50% tuition fee exemption will be allocated to suitable participants. In-service farmers, full-time employees who are nominated by registered charitable organizations or educational institutions, are eligible to apply for scholarship. Sponsored participants are expected to attend the full course and assist arranging course logistic. KFBG reserves all right on allocation of the limited quota of scholarship.

The course is organized after the 13-day Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course. There is special discounted price for enrolling in both courses.

*Accommodation fee (depends on the room type; breakfast is included) 

Room Type

Single Room

Twin-bed Room

Triple-bed Room

Six-bed Room

Price/ per person for 7 nights





  • Note:
  1. ​Multi-bed room will be organized to be same gender in the room.
  2. Most rooms have fans and only a couple of rooms have air-conditioners.  Shared-bathroom and toilets. You may indicate your preference in the application form. We will try to arrange your accommodation based on your preference (first-come-first-served).
  3. Payment instruction for guest room booking will be provided upon confirmation.


Please complete your registration on or before 15 March 2016. Details are as follows:
1) Please complete the online registration form below (with online payment by PayPal) OR
2) Please complete the online registration form below and post us your payment by cheque*:
        Ms Kwok, Sustainable Living and Agriculture Department, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden,
        Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong

*Cheque should be payable to "Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation" and please write:
  a. the name of the participant; and 
  b. 'Permaculture for Sustainable Aid Work (PSAW)' on the back of your cheque.

After we receive your online application and payment, a confirmation email will be sent to you. Payment is not refundable after acceptance.


For enquiries, please contact Ms Kwok at (852) 2483 7161 or email


Participants are expected to attend all workshop sessions. A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully completed the course.