Falling under the Erasmus+ program, the training course will equip youth workers with essential skills and tools that they can transfer to young people and use to work with young people. Through experiential learning opportunities and hands-on projects, youth workers develop expertise and gain knowledge about sustainable practices, ecological design, and community engagement. They also gain valuable skills in teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, and critical thinking, which they then impart to young people. By instilling environmental awareness, promoting social cohesion, and fostering cross-cultural understanding, youth workers inspire young people to become active participants in shaping sustainable communities and fostering positive environmental change. Permaculture for youth workers must focus on the empowering nature of permaculture, which comes from the power of understanding nature and how to meet our basic needs from it.

Where: Passignano sul Trasimeno, Italy

When:  from 22 April to 5 May

Who: current Youth Workers from all around Europe (no age limit)

Hosting Organisation: Associazione Kora WebsiteFacebook page

Application deadline: March 24, 2024

Course Objectives:

Focus on Human Resilience: participants will explore strategies for building resilience in young people, emphasising adaptability, problem-solving skills, and emotional intelligence to navigate challenges effectively.

Four Pillars of Sustainable Living: participants will explore the four pillars — earth care, people care, fair share, and future care — for teaching young people the principles of sustainable living and encouraging them to integrate these concepts into their daily lives.

Foundation for Lifestyle Change: participants will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to guide young people on how to establish a solid foundation for a lifestyle change, emphasising the importance of mindset, and behavior change techniques, and setting realistic goals for sustainable living practices.

Practical Measures for Thriving Communities: participants will explore practical measures for building thriving communities, including community gardening projects, eco-friendly initiatives, and collaborative efforts to address local environmental issues.

Networking Opportunities: the course will provide networking opportunities to connect with like-minded youth workers and educators, share best practices, and collaborate on projects aimed at empowering young people and promoting sustainability.

Peer Reflection on Non-formal Learning: the course will facilitate peer reflection sessions on how to apply permaculture knowledge using non-formal learning methods, encouraging creative approaches to engage young people and foster experiential learning experiences.

Planning Involvement of Young People in Your Organisation: Educators and youth workers can develop strategies for involving young people in organisational decision-making processes, empowering them to take action and contribute to the development of sustainable initiatives within their communities.

Understanding Connections Between EU Policies and Permaculture: The course will allow space to explore the connections between EU policies and permaculture principles, providing insights into how policies can support sustainable development goals and empower young people to advocate for environmental conservation and social justice at the policy level.

Find more about the project HERE.

Meet the Trainers:

Andre Jaeger Soares is a beacon of inspiration in the world of Permaculture, with an illustrious 28-year journey spanning four continents. As a co-founder of Ecocentro IPEC in Brazil, he has been instrumental in shaping an environmentally conscious haven for education, research, and community development in Latin America.

Lucy Legan is a co-founder of Ecocentro IPEC in Brazil, a visionary institution promoting ecological awareness and sustainable living. With over 20 years of experience, she has guided people worldwide in permaculture, organic agriculture, and natural building.


For this PDC training course we are looking for Youth Workers that:

  • Resident in EU member countries
  • Have motivation regarding the topic
  • Have a good level of English to understand everything and can express themselves on the topic
  • Are committed to using the learning outcomes in their work with young people


Food and accommodation are covered by the Erasmus+ programme. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to a fixed amount (detailed info can be found in the info pack).

Partner organisations may ask for a small participation fee, please refer to them for further information.

Find more details in the info pack!

How to apply:

  1. Fill the online form below before the 24th of March!
  2. Send your CV with picture to [email protected], writing “Training course: Permaculture for Youth Workers” in the object of the mail.

Deadline to apply is March 24, 2024.

Infos and questions: [email protected]

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