Have you ever felt challenged by attempting to sum up permaculture into a 30 second ‘elevator speech?’ What about a thirty minute talk? One hour? It seems like the longer you have to talk about permaculture the easier it gets. Perhaps that is because permaculture covers such a wide variety of disciplines and subjects that the elevator speech just can’t do it justice?

Yet, try keeping that up for a full 72-hour PDC and, it doesn’t matter how many subjects you are able to cover, how knowledgeable you are, or how much depth you are able to go into on any particular topic, if all you do is talk you’ll have lost the audience, and with it the opportunity to inspire, before you’ve even begun to get to those really valuable edges. True teaching, in any subject, and the ability to get the information to stick inside of our students’ heads requires you to be an entertainer, not just a regurgitator of facts.

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Teaching permaculture should never be a chore for either the student or the teacher. This 7-day Teacher Training Course has been specifically designed to equip you with the tools to make teaching Permaculture Design fun and inspirational for both you and your students.

COURSE DATES: October 31-November 6, 2016


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In this course you’ll learn:

-How to design a PDC curriculum that is fun and interactive

-How to engage your audience and teach for retention

-The dynamics of daily course flow

-Interactive activities and energizers

-To become comfortable speaking and teaching in front of a group

-Facilitation strategies for all learning types

-Course financing & organization

-Much more!


Our Fall 2016 Permaculture Teacher Training course is currently open for registration and is scheduled for October 31-November 6, 2016. We are capping the course at 15 participants to create a cohesive atmosphere for all in attendance.

You must have completed a Permaculture Design Course before registering. Your permaculture design certificate is not required to be completed through APG. If you have a special request to attend with out your permaculture design certification please email Taelor to share your personal experiences with permaculture and discuss your options.

Tuition is set as sliding scale, with the tuition ranging from $550-$850.

Please click the link below to submit your non-refundable $200 deposit, to reserve your seat in this course. Don’t forget to click the populated link after submitting your deposit to complete registration by filling out our informational form. Thank you!


GertieThis Fall 2016 Permaculture Teacher Training will be held at the Thigh High Gardens in San Marcos, TX. Purchased in 2012 by Stephanie Bledsoe, Thigh High Gardens was little more than some old barbed wire and pasture for cattle grazing. The Farm sits on 20 acres just outside San Marcos. The location was chosen to be the best spot for their purposes: A symbiotic Farm/Brewery through a partnership with Darkside Fermentation. Step by step they have transformed it into the farm it is today, with some serious support from friends and family in San Marcos and beyond.

The idea was to create a space for the community to come together to share information, pool resources, and get hands-on experience in homesteading and permaculture/sustainable practice.  Water and Energy use being paramount, their efforts include, but are not limited to:

-Rainwater Harvesting

-Drip Irrigation

-Emphasis on Native Species/

-Drought tolerant trees/plants

-Photovoltaics (Solar Power)

-Biodiesel production

THG is also the home of SMTX Permaculture, a group that meets every first and third Thursday of the month to discuss how to better implement our ideas in our community and spread awesomeness. Third Thursdays are potluck style so bring a dish if you want.


Meals and camping will be provided throughout the course and are included in the price of your tuition. Camping is not required but is highly encouraged. There will be three wholesome homemade meals a day. We try to source as locally and organically as possible. Please specify any food allergies or dietary restrictions upon registering through the information form. Every meal will be complete with fresh local produce, grains and sometimes an optional serving of locally sourced meat. Please help us achieve zero waste by bringing your own reusable cup, silverware, water bottle, etc. A more detailed list of what to bring will be provided upon course sign up.

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One of only a handful of people in the world to be verified by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia as a qualified Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Teacher, Theron Beaudreau brings a wealth of experience in permaculture design education. His engaging teaching style has empowered students to find their inner teacher and become fervent world changers.

Step beyond the tired lectures and Power Points. Find a teaching style that works for you. Learn engaging facilitation techniques that are both fun and easy.


About the Facilitators:

Theron Beaudreau

Theron Beaudreau is a Permaculture Diploma Mentor with Gaia University and Registered as a Permaculture Design Certificate Teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

Theron has over 10 years of experience in permaculture design and has taught and consulted with experts in a variety of climates throughout the world. Currently he is the managing director of Integrated Acres, a burgeoning Holistic Design Education Center in Douglass, Texas.

Committed to living his Ethics and sharing his Passions, to quote a student: “Theron is an engaging teacher and inspiring mentor. He empowers his students to teach each other through thoughtful facilitation and creative activities.”

P9142251Taelor Monroe is the Executive Director of the Austin Permaculture Guild and organizes and teaches at the permaculture design courses and workshops advertised here. In the Summer of 2015 she traveled to India and Thailand where she worked on two different permaculture farms learning about the natural way of farming and building with adobe bricks.

She worked with Caroline Riley at the Whole Life Learning Center from Jan. 2014-June 2015 to transform the space into a full functioning permaculture design. She helped Kirby Fry in getting Permablitz events off of the ground in Central Texas in January 2013 and still manages and organizes these informational workshops and volunteer events.

She previously helped start a Permaculture centered intentional community titled Sacred Roots in San Marcos, TX. She has studied Permaculture design under Kirby Fry, Caroline Riley and Dick Pierce. Her top most goal is to create community and educate others about regenerative permaculture design and practice. You can contact Taelor at (214) 448-6428 or monroe DOT taelor AT gmail DOT com