Join two of Australia’s leading environmental educators for a hands-on train-the-trainer experience. This masterclass is designed to build the skills and confidence of anyone working with groups in the realms of sustainability and environmental adult education. You’ll learn how to design and deliver effective, fun and meaningful classes that inspire action.

Who should attend?

Designers, trainers and coordinators of formal and informal adult education, including but not limited to: Local government community development, health and wellbeing, environmental engagement and sustainability officers, not-for-profit educators, permaculture teachers, community group leaders and change agents. The course is suitable for beginner to intermediate educators.

What to expect?

This is not a ‘sit back and listen’ course. You will practice teaching skills every day in a safe, supportive and fun learning environment, and receive personalised constructive feedback to ensure you leave with skills applicable to the real world. The program will cover:

  • Principles of adult learning and teaching ethics
  • Developing learning goals and outcomes, and session plans that balance these with time constraints
  • How and when to use different teaching methods – group discussions, demonstrations, interactive workshops, lectures and more
  • Tailoring content and style to your learners, including tips on working with CALD communities and people with special needs
  • The art of asking questions to draw out the experiences of your group
  • Effective and engaging use of Powerpoint (it’s possible!)
  • Managing challenging participants and classroom situations


Your trainers


Hannah Moloney is a permaculture and sustainability educator with over eight years experience in adult education. She’s designed and delivered countless workshops to hundreds of students from broad backgrounds, including the two-week intensive permaculture design course. As director of Good Life Permaculture she was awarded the 2015 Tasmanian Young Landcare Leader Award for her work in educating and mobilising people around environmental and sustainability issues related to land management. Hannah regularly teaches alongside some of the most renowned permaculture and sustainability educators including David Holmgren, Dave JackeMilkwood and Rosemary Morrow.



untitled-design-18Kat Lavers has a breadth of training experience that spans a decade and includes local residents, primary and secondary kids, university lecturers, government staff, Karen refugees and even Mongolian nomadic herders. She is a Primary Trainer for Monash University’s multi-award winning Green Steps environmental change management program, where she was also responsible for developing the training package and mentoring new trainers across Australia and Malaysia. She currently manages the My Smart Garden sustainable gardening education program for Hobsons Bay City Council, and is a sought after freelance presenter, trainer and facilitator..

Included in your course fee

  • Delicious and nutritious morning and afternoon tea each day.
  • Comprehensive student notes.
  • Strong networks to draw on for the rest of your life.


Full Scholarship on offer!

We’re offering one full scholarship to someone who needs it to attend this course. To apply, simply click here and complete the questions. Please note, applications close on April 30th.


“Hannah’s devotion and skill as an educator is obvious to anyone who’s had the privilege of being her student. Her infectious enthusiasm and deft application of a suite of educational, group facilitation, and individual reflection techniques rapidly builds and nurtures a trusting team environment, keeps students actively engaged, draws out and shares the group’s diverse knowledge, ensures no one is left behind, and embeds lessons deep in student’s minds.” Todd Houstein, CEO Sustainable Living Tasmania. 

“Kat is a talented, bright and connected facilitator. She brings a balance of preparation and openness to her work – and draws on years of practical experience in environmental sustainability. I’m happy to recommend her work, and often do.” Matt Wicking, Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

“I have been delighted to teach with Hannah on several occasions. I’m constantly impressed with her ability to get the best from the class and yet work with information and content which is challenging. Hannah’s manner is encouraging and open so students enjoy interacting with her. She uses a fine range of teaching aids and methods in presenting material and I suspect students don’t even know they’re being taught. As a co-teacher with her, I see her seamlessly move with classes and content to meet the needs of all learners. As with all good teachers, Hannah’s knowledge and grasp of environmental content is extensive.” Rosemary Morrow: Internationally renowned permaculture teacher and author of Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture and Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture.

“It seemed to flow really well and people loved the info. You’ve totally nailed the balance of making it a very participatory workshop without participants actually taking over so you’re able to keep them on track. What an awesome skill!!” Liz Turner, Hume City Council

“As a facilitator of adult learners, I often sit and think “oh no, don’t do that!” Hannah you gorgeous thing, it didn’t happen once – you’re perfect!” Shani Graham, Ecoburbia. 

“Kat brings both fun and focus to her training by going deeply into discussions and drawing out the experiences of participants, while still managing the nuts and bolts of training – such as good structure and timing. Her style is relaxed yet professional and is backed up by a high degree of planning and organisation that ensures she responds to the needs of her group. She’s also a skilled mentor who has helped many new trainers find their feet in the role.” Mark Boulet, BehaviourWorks Australia


Cancellation policy

Please note, that there are no refunds available for this course. If you’re unable to attend, we invite you to pass your place on to someone else within your networks.