This unique 17 day course will consist of a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on
the planet,at the same time catering to specific needs of the participating students.
Topics will include:
• History and Definition of Permaculture
• Ethics and Principles of Permaculture
• Design Methodologies
• Patterns in Nature, Culture and Society
• Reading the Land – Observation
• Land Restoration Techniques
• Water Harvesting Techniques
• Grey Water Recycling
• Natural Building Strategies
• Cultivated & Productive ecological Gardens
• Food Forests and Plant Guilds
• Appropriate Technologies
• Integrated Pest Management
• Compost • Soil
• Food Forest
• Animal Management in Permaculture
• And many more fun and dynamic activities!
The course is adapted to a wide variety of learning styles and is presented via lecture, images, video, group discussion, individual and group exercises, and design projects. Class usually lasts from about 8 AM to 5 PM
Richard Rico Zook | Permaculture Desinger, Consultant & Instructor
As well as creating and working with a wide variety of landbased systems in all types of climatic environments, Rico brings over 40 years of experience in nature to his work. For the past 20 years he has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in northern New Mexico, India, Cambodia, the middle-east and other parts of the world. This work focuses on assisting all levels of our global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative. He has also worked with local and indigenous cultures to help preserve traditional knowledge and technologies while adapting to and becoming active members of our rapidly globalizing world.
In addition to academic and professional credentials, Mr. Zook has spent more than 25 years living in nature, including long-term residencies in California’s Yosemite National Park, the demanding Sangria de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico, and as a homesteader in Northern California wilderness. For more than a decade as Land Manager for the Lama Foundation, a spiritual community and retreat center North of Taos, NM, Mr. Zook designed and transformed the rugged, semiarid high-altitude site that had been decimated by wildfire into one of beauty and productivity. Using permaculture practices and a lifetime of observation and interpretation of the natural world and how to create human harmony with it, he has built a visible and successful permaculture demonstration and teaching site. It is a model of design integrating the needs, resources and yields of community and nature in proactive and abundant ways with respectful and restorative impacts on the environment. Mr. Zook is a graduate of Sonoma State University, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies focused on land restoration, with minors in Biology and Philosophy.