What do people think of our courses?
"Richard is not only an outstanding teacher but a passionate carrier of the permaculture torch. Richard brings passion, joy and deep meaning to everything he does including his work at a PDC teacher. I have taught two full permaculture design courses with Richard and was glad to have him at my side, as his strengths in connecting deeply with the students, understanding their needs and delivering the content in an engaging manner complemented mine well. Richard is engaged in permaculture teaching and consultancy work on at least three continents, and is doing his best to see that permaculture moves toward the world-changing potential that we all know it has." Christian Shearer, Founder of Panya project and lead designer at Terra Genesis International
"A diversity of fascinating and inspiring fellow human beings were at the Patchwork`s PDC and it was a wonderful experience to spend time with them all. The keystone individual present however was of course Richard. Richard has a warm, charismatic teaching style that assures whilst it awakens, enlightens and enthuses all present. He clearly demonstrates an extensive knowledge, respect and understanding of nature and ecosystems and explains clearly, comprehensively and with patience to his students. Richard is attentive and inclusive; inspiring the student all the while and also has a natural gift with regard to encouraging people to apply themselves toward productive thinking and behaviour. Richard is indeed an extremely effective catalyst and directly nurtures creativity among all of his students. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Richard Perkins as a tutor. I consider him to have the powerful combination of the people skills, knowledge, ability and experience necessary to effect positive change on a broad scale, worldwide in fact." Peter Hill, Wales
"This PDC course revealed a mind-blowing abundance of opportunities in urban, medium or large scale projects alike. Browsing back through my notes, I wonder how 'on earth' did we manage to learn so much about so many topics? The likely answer lies with the didactic skills of Richard, who utilized a wonderful blend of charisma, engagement, team-building, empowerment and humility. I ponder how anyone can express his very strong and grounded views with so few words and judgments and still be so impactful." Bart, Belgium
"I attended a PDC taught by Richard in April 2011 and for the first time had a learning experience that was as full in academic learning as emotional; Richard had the awesome judgement and experience to interweave the integral teachings of the 72 hour course with games and demonstrations to enhance and relax this learning. He created an atmosphere where we could be very open with our personal feelings in regard to what we were learning, meaning that the experience was very holistic, combining our developing understanding of permaculture in our inner and outer worlds. Richard's teaching style was flexible and responsive to the needs and energies of the group, we were immersed in communal living for those two weeks in a way that elevated our understanding of permaculture because we were developing as part of an interconnected group. Richard has incredible insight into people, how to bring the best out of individuals and groups whilst at the same time having such integrity in his teaching of permaculture. This is something that impressed me immensely, in contrast to teachers I have met with since, his ability to constantly and passionately draw on very applicable facts and (so importantly in my mind) current and global information. It's so important as a teacher of others I think, to be constantly learning; and it seems to me that inspired by disseminating ideas of permaculture this is certainly what Richard is doing. " Bethany Warren, UK
"In 2010 I stumbled across permaculture whilst looking for ways in which to use some land that I had acquired. I found the course that Richard was offering and it jumped out at me immediately due to some of the the focuses on regenerative design and action learning. He taught extremely effective ways of helping people to grasp new ideas. I have never been taught in a way like Richard teaches and I have found that it changed my whole way of thinking and in a very short space of time I have managed to learn new skills and ways of thinking. During the PDC I felt that Richard was totally engaged in every aspect of the course. Everything was explained fully and he had a very effective way of including everybody in each process. I must say it was a truly life changing experience for me and I had no doubt that I wanted RIchard to be my diploma tutor also. I have recommended Richard's courses to many people since and last year he came to my property to hold another PDC which was a huge success including extra days that he put in afterwards to help get the project off the ground. " Richie Farmbrough, UK
"An extraordinary fortnight of learning. It pushed me to expand my edges in all directions. I loved the experience of living in a community - eating together, learning together, observing one another and filling the spaces of the yurt will our collective musings. Lots of time for silliness, for earnestness, for self-expression and communion with nature. I felt more myself and more alive after completing this course than I have in a long time - more integrated and resilient too. I feel endowed with the blessing of having met many individuals who share my dream for an abundant and harmonious future - whom I will continue to re-connect with throughout life, checking in on what's alive and growing for them. Working alongside Richard was an oportunity to feel at once truly supported and truly challenged. The hours of study were demanding but the rewards rich. This course put me in contact with the type of texts, resources and networks that I will need to continue on my journey. It filled me with a profound sense of what is possible, and reminded me that the hands are just as important as the mind in pursuing the changes I want to see in the world.This course is a celebration of what it means to be alive. It's the best thing I've done all year!" Nina Gartrell, Australia