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Education Programs

The SPEC is now built and training staff and students (local and international).


Our Education Program is based on the principles of permaculture and regenerative agriculture where we ensure our students get the knowledge (theory) and the skills (practice) to transform their own environments - large or small - into productive, healthy, sustainable living environments.


Having been transformed from a barren, lifeless landscape to what it is today, Rainbow Ridge is the perfect location to learn how environments can be changed for the better - theory, demonstration and practice are key to success.


Our Team of Greg Knibbs (permaculture teacher & expert), Frank Kimaro (experienced organic farming/permaculture practitioner/teacher) and Green Team (experienced trainees and transformers of Rainbow Ridge since 2015) teach both a certified Permaculture Design Courses (2 weeks) and our popular shorter “Permaculture in Practice” Courses (1 week) - basic theory, lots of practice which will be advertised regularly.

We love to collaborate and have recently provided internships to environmental science students from Kampala International University, Uganda.  We also engage experts from different locations to assist us with our work and welcome students and teachers of all kinds to visit, teach, train and learn with us.  Our collaborative learning approach further resources our Green Team for their training of students at Rainbow Ridge and within and beyond our local community.  


Given that one of permaculture’s main principles is “cooperation not competition”, ongoing teaching is designed to ensure new and existing students learn/practice techniques together so that collaboration becomes the norm in design and resource use for the benefit of all. This will increase and widen their levels of social responsibility toward community issues including sharing knowledge, orphan care, woman empowerment etc.


So come and learn with us.  Our courses provide facilities for those that want to stay on site - sleeping quarters, food and chilled spaces to relax after class.  Students can also choose to stay locally and we can recommend reputable hostels/hotels.

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