“Seventh Generation Education” 2-Day Course


Author: IPEC

What the purpose of education if not to help us individually live into deep and loving relationship with ourselves, others and Earth and collectively transcend by ethically knowing how to use our knowledge, skills and gifts to co-create a more just, responsible and compassionate world? Sometimes it takes “a whole child to raise a village.”

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This two-day course is a professional and personal opportunity for parents, teachers and mentors of children ranging in age from early childhood to high school to learn how to apply the ethical framework of permaculture to design and implement place-based and community-oriented education based on the ethos: I am curious to learn about how our relationship with nature’s patterns weaves people and places together to nourish life.

IPEC LogoPermaculture is the conscious creation of a regenerative design that reflects the inherent balance, stability and harmony of nature.

Together, parents, teachers and mentors of children ranging in age from early childhood to high school will learn to use the principles of nature to enrich the learning environment, create place-based and community-oriented curricula and facilitate educational instruction that intentionally creates a culture of holistic lifelong learning.

This two-day training is hands-on and experiential, modeling diverse teaching techniques. Games, movement and observation will be used to explore the topic of designing regenerative educational systems through the following tools:

  • Application of the Permaculture Framework to Teaching, Classroom and Curriculum Design
  • Zone Zero: The Center of the Educational Initiative
  • Nature Skills, Crafts & Activities
  • Forest & Garden-Based Learning and Storytelling
  • Childhood Passions and Community as Tools for Learning

Education is our greatest resource to ethically, socially, ecologically and academically create just and compassionate world for all. No matter how much background in permaculture and/or teaching you brings to this course, your knowledge and skills will deepen.

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer –
into selflessness which links us with all humanity.
Viscountess Nancy Astor


IPEC Matt BibeauMatt Bibeau (MSEd) is the CEO of IPEC and is a graduate of Portland State University’s Leadership in Ecology, Culture & Learning Program. Matt has developed and implemented school gardens and garden-based education in Portland’s public schools, plus three urban farms: Jean’s Farm, Learning Gardens Laboratory, and Tryon Life Community Farm. Trained in permaculture design by Toby Hemenway (2006) and in permaculture teaching by Tom Ward and Jude Hobbs (2008), Matt has served on the board of the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust.

Jen and Kids - Cropped 3 - Large - Oct2014Jen Mendez (M.Ed.) is the founder of PERMIE KIDs, a Community Supported Education (CSE) network of nature and community-oriented families, educators, artists and designers.  Jen received her Masters in International Education, with a focus on inquiry-based learning in 2008 and has taught as a traditional classroom teacher in public, private and international schools, as well as alternative education settings. Jen is now a homeschooling mother. She also serves on the board of directors for the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children (IPEC) and has a certification in Permaculture Design. Jen specializes in helping people of all ages use what is uniquely present in their place to create resilient and regenerative “learning landscapes.”

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In the past we have held this course at The Riverside Project, located at 1123 Bloomery Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414.

Directions: Riverside is an easy 90 minute drive from both DC and Baltimore and there is plenty of parking available on site. The property is just 15 minutes from the Harpers Ferry Amtrak Station. Dulles (IAD) is the closest airport (about 50 minutes), but Reagan (DCA) and BWI are both options as well.

Accommodations: Local hotel options include the Clarion Inn Conference Center and the Hampton Inn and Suites. There are also several charming bed & breakfasts in the area, including the Stonehouse B&B and the Jackson Rose B&B, both located in historic Harpers Ferry, and the Carriage Inn B&B located in Charles Town.

Prefer to camp? The training site is walking distance from the Moulton Park Campground, where campsites can be reserved for $15/night. Additionally, the KOA Campground at Harpers Ferry is just 6 miles from the property.


Upon making a payment, you will receive the link to the registration form. Your seat in the training will only be guaranteed upon receipt of the registration form AND the minimum deposit.


Course price includes the two-day course, materials and breakfast and lunch on both days.

All payments are non-refundable.

Payment can be via PayPal or credit card using the “Buy Now” button above. If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to PERMIE KIDs and send it to:

Jen Mendez
11505 Cherry Tree Crossing
PO Box 265
Cheltenham, MD 20623

Please contact Jen Mendez of PERMIE KIDs via email at or call (239) 287-8475 to inquire about financial assistance if the cost is burdensome.

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