SEE Permaculture Teachers' Fund

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Support permaculture early adopters with talent and interest to teach permaculture in their community and South East Europe.

by in Leeds

This project will help to create a network of highly skilled permaculture teachers across South East Europe. They will work locally to help people build sustainable livelihoods and communities in ways that protect and enhance the rich natural environment of South East Europe. This will be achieved through a scholarship fund that will help local permaculture designers and practitioners get the skills and confidence to teach permaculture in their communities.


South East Europe is incredibly rich in environmental resources and cultural diversity. But the legacy of the Soviet era, the wars of the 1990s and the financial crisis of recent years mean that the region is financially poor in relation to its western and northern neighbours. This has led to a gradual process of migration, economic stagnation and in some cases full blown economic collapse. And it has left outdated and polluting infrastructure. 

Permaculture is all about solutions, positive action and hope. It’s a design philosophy that helps people to make the most of the resources they have around them to start small businesses, build efficient homes, plant productive gardens and farms and build communities - all in harmony with nature. In a region where 20% unemployment is typical, such strategies for self-reliance and community resilience are particularly important. And because permaculture promotes sustainable lifestyles, the rich natural environment of the region will be nurtured and protected. 

The good news is that permaculture is becoming firmly established in the region. More and more people want to learn about permaculture and use it in their daily lives. But demand for permaculture courses is growing more quickly than the supply of teachers. More teachers are needed but there is currently nobody in the region with the skills to train them. This means that teacher training in South East Europe currently depends on teachers from other, richer countries. This makes the training too expensive for locals, even with some subsidies. This in turn is limiting the speed at which permaculture can grow and make a difference in this region. 

South East Europe Permaculture Teachers Scholarship Fund 

This project will establish a scholarship fund for permaculture teachers in the making. This will give some financial support to people with a proven commitment to practicing and permaculture and sharing their knowledge, and who want to take their practice to the next level. This support will allow them to attend permaculture teacher training courses delivered locally by foreign teachers. And it will ensure that foreign teachers can earn fair wages for the work they do. As the number of permaculture teachers in South East Europe increases, a regional network will emerge, allowing teachers to offer mutual support. In the longer term, local teachers will develop the skills to train other teachers, removing dependency on outside help.

Who is Involved?

This project is a partnership between the Permaculture Association (Britain) and the Croatian Permaculture Association. We already have some funding from Erasmus+ and the Gaia Trust to cover foreign teachers’ travel and subsistence costs.

The scholarship fund will be open to applicants from countries across South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.


If our campaign exceeds our target, we will redistribute some of the surplus to support these other permaculture teacher training initiatives: 


How can you help?

Please back us. Even small amounts make a big difference: we’re really grateful for whatever you feel you can offer.

Talk to us: please tell us what you think about our campaign. If you have any questions, feedback, or if there’s anything else you’d like to see, please let us know. We think we’re offering some great rewards, but please tell us if you don’t agree!

And finally please share this campaign with your friends, family and anyone else that might want to support us.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to welcoming you to our partnership!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

3 of 256 claimed

£5 Reward

[around €7 or 50 Croatian kuna] PERSONALISED PRINTABLE THANK YOU NOTE received via email, plus lifetime subscription to our mailing list to stay in touch with the network of permaculture teachers you’ve supported. This reward is included in all other rewards.

£10 or more

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£10 Reward

[around €14 or 100 Croatian kuna] NATIVE OR FRUIT TREE PLANTED and dedicated to you, person of your choice or to celebrate past or future event of your choice. Local varieties to choose from. You get printable certificate via email to prove it and directions to visit your tree and its stewards when you have a chance. GPS coordinates on request.

£20 or more

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£20 Reward

[around €27 or 200 Croatian kuna] SMALL GOODY BOX with two packets of handpicked herbal teas, plus three varieties of organically grown seeds. Local varieties to choose from. Enjoy and grow.

£40 or more

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£40 Reward

[around €54 or 400 Croatian kuna] HANDMADE MUSHROOM GROWING KIT with instructions in English. Grow at home and harvest. Learn by doing. Obtain a yield.

£70 or more

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£70 Reward

[around €94 or 720 Croatian kuna] MEDIUM GOODY BOX! Same content as Small Goody Box, plus two bars of natural soap handmade from local ingredients, traditional dried fig and nuts sweet and three handmade ceramic plant markers.

£100 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£100 Reward

[around €135 or 1,000 Croatian kuna] Special edition HANDMADE CERAMIC URINE SEPARATOR for people building a composting toilet in their home, farm or office. Several decoration designs to choose from. Close the cycle!

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

[around €200 or 1,550 Croatian kuna] Three day VISIT TO EARTHSHIP SERBIA in Brusnica village near Gornji Milanovac. Accommodation and food included, travel not included.

£330 or more

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£330 Reward

[around €440 or 3,400 Croatian kuna] Three day VISIT TO GEAVIVA CAMP in Milna village on Brač island, Croatia. For leisure or education. Accommodation and food included, travel not included.

£660 or more

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£660 Reward

[around €880 or 6,800 Croatian kuna] A week long VISIT TO GEAVIVA CAMP in Milna village on Brač island, Croatia. For leisure or as a part of active Mediterranean holiday. Accommodation and food included, travel not included.

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