GROWING COMMUNITIES: Empowerment through social permaculture

Project n. 2020-1-ES01-KA204-083036

The “GROWING COMMUNITIES: Empowerment through social permaculture” project responds to two important challenges in Europe: social inclusion and environmental & climate goals, by using an innovative approach to social permaculturecommunity gardening and sustainable lifestyles.

Increasing food autonomy and changing consumption patterns towards sustainable habits could be a way for adult educators to motivate and empower final beneficiaries to improve their socio-economic situation, health and educational opportunities.

The target groups and final beneficiaries are adults, especially from disadvantaged rural areas or problematic suburban neighborhoods, seniors 55+ exposed to loneliness, adults who face economic instability and risk of social exclusion.

Intergenerational Permaculture Community Garden, Tenerife

Helping them acquire a wide set of skills, knowledge and competences needed for participating actively in modern society in a lifelong perspective:
critical thinking, civic and environmental awareness, food autonomy, healthy lifestyles, etc.

The project consolidates the efforts of 3 organizations from Spain (EDUPLUS), Germany (Kulturlabor – Try & Error) and Romania (DOMINOU Association). The partnership worked jointly on the development of 3 intellectual outputs:

  1. European Educational model to empower adult educators to teach learners, including adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, to become true actors of change in their local communities.
  2. Bite-size learning tools – a set of training and self-paced learning materials (OER) that support disadvantaged groups and adult educators in implementing transformative community processes.
  3. An Engagement program / Guide for Facilitators of Micro-Trainings designed for 60 adults to increase their motivation for participation in the society, with a focus on those with fewer possibilities – they will exchange experience during microtrainings and social activities with peers.

Educational Model

Read and Download

PDF format / WORD format

More about the Educational Model


Read and Download

More about the teasers >>


Read and Download

All Activities in 1 document (ENG): PDF format / WORD format

Guide for Facilitators of Micro-Trainings

(It includes: Training Kit for Facilitators, Activities and Guide of Best Practices)

Read and Download

PDF format / WORD format

More about the Guide for Facilitators >>

Guide for Best Practices

Read and Download

PDF format / WORD format

All the materials are available as Open Educational Resources (OER) and we encourage your free use of them.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

You are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the materials

Under the following terms:
You must give appropriate credit to the Growing Communities project and Easmus+, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.
You must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.


Learn more at:

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.