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1st September to 16th September 2018
18th September to 16th October
Instructors: Rico Zook & Roman Eisenkoelbl, plus Local Guest Instructors

Can Lliure, Spain

While each course can be taken independently, this is an opportunity to have a deep, comprehensive and hands-on learning experience with a combined course approach that provides the foundational learning in permaculture and regenerative design, paired with a Four (4) week hands-on permaculture application, with additional hours for advanced design practice and learning.

The extended scope of the combined courses allows participants to earn their PDC Certificate by fulfilling the international 72-hour standard curriculum, while additionally being able to focus on practical experience straight after the PDC that delves into specific applications of permaculture. Participants can get a deeper understanding in and practical applications of earthworks and water management, forest garden development, infrastructure development, and multiple onsite system designs and implementations (Annual and Perennial Gardens, Pond, Nursery, Animal systems). The extended schedule allows for enough time to cover the core curriculum and focus on practical hands-on experience during the 4 week Internship, as well as giving students time to work on a real-life design project in smaller groups.

During the 16-day PDC and 4 Week Internship combined workshop, you will get a chance to:

   Receive a toolkit of comprehensive course materials covering all the different areas of permaculture design (printed playbook and digital files)
   Gain an understanding of the principles of permaculture design, an in-depth introduction into water management and earthworks with hands-on projects specific to the site needs
   Get Practical hands-on experience of implementing a Permaculture Design.
   Work together in a small group on a design project that you will present at the end of the course, with opportunities to do other individual system designs
   Interact and network with participants and experienced instructors
   Experience rural and farm living
   Experience community with a shared vision and goal
   Experience living & learning on a Permaculture site in its pioneer phase with lots of learning opportunities
   Upon completion of the course curriculum and the group design work receive an internationally recognized PDC Certificate with a 4-week Internship Certificate.

Cost of Combined Courses: 1600 Euro*
Only PDC: 500 Euro
Only Internship: 1250 Euro

All Rates Includes Camping and all Food, Plus over 15gb of Data
* There is a small per day fee if you stay on site in between courses


This 100-hour+ Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
allows you to be the change you want to see in the world. This course is for those who want a comprehensive introduction to sustainability and how to create it, with a complete and in depth introduction to permaculture, all its component elements, and the process and methodologies for creating a holistic regenerative design. Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this course presents Permaculture as an integrated design approach to create regenerative human habitat. This expanded PDC course is based on Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designers Manual and Rico’s over 40 years of extensive education and work in wilderness, rural, and urban environments all over the world. This course provides the skills and solid knowledge in regenerative design as a science and art for creating abundant regenerative ecosystems in an urban backyard, a small rural farmstead, or large broad-acre landscapes.

This course is a learning opportunity for anyone with a keen interest in regenerative system design. From people just starting their professional education towards a career to those with established ones in Architecture, Engineering, Agriculture, Planning, and many other professions, this course is an opportunity for deepening your knowledge and adding to it with holistic regenerative system thinking and understandings. With its comprehensive curriculum, this PDC will give you a functional toolkit for making sure you don’t miss any important aspects of any system you are designing or working with.

The PDC course curriculum is constantly evolving as we receive feedback and creatively respond to change. Our goal is to keep up to date with the latest developments in all aspects of Permaculture Design and Regenerative Agriculture methods.

Subjects will include:
Permaculture Ethics and Principles
Pattern Literacy and Application (physical and invisible)
Edge and Yield
Energy Storage and Resources
Sector and Site Analysis
Water; Harvesting, Management, and Cycling
Grey and Blackwater
Soil Health and Building (composting, vermicomposting)
Plants and Cropping Patterns
Animal Systems
Agriculture; From Your Doorstep to the World
Buildings: Siting and Integration with Environment
Appropriate Technology
Design Process and Methodologies
Designing for Catastrophe
Climatic Strategies
Urban Permaculture Community Scale Design
Invisible Structures and Physical Realities Alternative Economics
Peak and Post Petroleum
Permaculture in the Majority World
Permaculture and Organizations

Course time will consist of traditional lectures, guest presentations, group discussions, games, exercises, hands-on projects, photos, movies and site visits. While we will focus on land systems, many discussions and examples will be explored of applications in the 'Invisible Structures'. These are the social, cultural, political, and economic structures we create as humans that powerfully shape our world today.

Class usually lasts from 9AM to 5PM, with tea breaks and lunch.

The course will be conducted in English. All participants need a functional level of English in order to follow and contribute to classes, clarify doubts, collaborate in groups and present their group design project.

4-week Internship
This is a special opportunity to gain hands on experience implementing Permaculture systems under the guidance of experienced and internationally active Permaculture Designer Rico Zook. For one month we will live as a community designing, implementing and learning about the many different regenerative systems that are part of a functioning and productive holistic farm ecosystem. This is an in depth opportunity to live and work on a developing permaculture farm in the beautiful Pyrenees north of Barcelona Spain.
The Can Lliure Project is in its pioneer phase and this gives us the incredible experience of real life hands-on practical Permaculture Learning in the field, mentored and guided by professionals.

Week 1: Invisible Structures & Design:
This first week will set the solid foundation the 4 Week Permaculture in Practice Internship.Here we will have an overall look at our collaboratively created learning ecosystem.We will get a deeper look at the site itself and its Permaculture systems.We will refine the Can Lliure Design together, learn more about the invisible structures that strongly influence the success or failure of a permaculture project like social arrangements, legal, and finance.

   Introduction to community living and collaborative decision making
   How we organize ourselves living together for the next 4 weeks in a learning Ecosystem
   Daily Farm Chores, Schedules and Projects outline
   Presentation of the current state of Can Lliure Design and Vision
   Design Sessions on the Strategic Design for Can Lliure,
   The Invisible Structures understood and made Visible !

Week 2: Water and Earthworks:

All physical land systems are literally grounded in the earth. The Water and Earthwork aspect to macro scales of understanding about water and landscape for designing, working and shaping the earth as the foundation for regenerative systems; concurrently learning and understanding about how water interacts and affects the land, supports productive landscapes with human habitation, and its central role in resilience and regenerative system design.

   Water: mineral, resource, living, precious and political
   The watershed perspective
   Patterning in water and earthworks
   Keypoint and keylines: conceptual understandings and practical applications
   Earth structures: hand-built and working with machines
   Ponds: siting, construction, creating an ecosystem, full site perspective
   Water in the built landscape, urban and suburban situations
   Water and Infrastructure
   Forest Garden design and implementation
   Advanced Design strategies and techniques

Week 3: Annual and Perennial Production Systems:
With focus on our regenerative production landscapes we will dive deep into how to produce all our food needs in a regenerative way using annual and perennial species with the integration of suitable animals.This will give everyone the confidence that a regenerative way of producing food is possible in all climatic zones if we observe nature and work with her rather then against her. We will share with you several important design and implementation considerations in setting up such systems and also we will get a lot of time to actually practice in the field.

   Establishing and designing of regenerative Agroecosystems,
   Market Garden Design and Layout,
   Intro to Syntropic Agroforestry and Forest Garden Systems,
   Edible Landscaping,
   Animal Integration into Production Landscapes

Week 4: Sustainable Forest Management and Economic, Social and Invisible Structures Design:
Being surrounded by a big oak forest thats protected by the government we will have the opportunity to share with you about how to manage a forest ecosystem in a regenerative way.We also will talk about Fire Preparedness and Preventive Management Strategies as we are located in a Fire Prone Landscape.We will share with you some insights on Ecological Beekeeping and Ecological Mushroom Production.We also will have the chance to have a look once more at the Can Lliure Design and focus in from Pattern to Detail at the Economic and Social Landscape of the project

   Ecological Beekeeping,
   Ecological Mushroom Production,
   Forest Health and Management,
   Fire and Disaster Preparedness,
   Design of Can Lliure Economic and Social Landscape

Number of participants and the interests of the group will influence projects done. There is room for multiple concurrent projects, allowing for layered and expansive learning opportunities.

   Siting and Hand building small swales, boomerangs, and other small harvesting structures
   Installing greywater system for an outdoor shower
   Planting Guilds
   Working to establish a Forest Garden
   Annual and Perennial Garden Design and Implementation
   Designing and Creating a Nursery
   Drip irrigation design and installation
   Chicken and Duck coops and system
   Vermicompost, and Compost tea
   Pond siting and design
   Forest Management
   Building an Herb Spiral
   Can Lliure Permaculture Farm Infrastructure development
   Reishi and Shitake Mushroom log inoculation
   Truffle Plantation area preparation
   Bee forage area design and implementation
   and much much more!


Rico Zook (USA)
For the past 20 years, Rico has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator. He has worked with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, Spain, USA, the mid-east and other parts of the world. His work focuses on assisting all levels of the 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. With work in different climates and cultures, Rico has established himself as one of the new leaders and innovators in permaculture worldwide. This is further supported by his work with global permaculture organizations organizing the International Permaculture Convergence. He is a managing partner at Permaculture Design International, a leading global design, build, and educate company.

Roman Eisenkolbl (Austria & Spain)
A semi-nomadic Tree Planter,Soil Builder and Seed Disperser has been studying and living in Permaculture Projects and Communities since over 8 years which brought him to a diverse range of Projects, Countries, Climates, Cultures and People all over the planet.

He has lived, worked and learned in places like East Africa, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Portugal and Spain.

He has been part of 15 PDC Courses (organization & co-Facilitation) and several short courses .He has learned himself from some of the Pioneers and Experts of Permaculture include David Holmgren, Darren Doherty, Rosemary Morrow, Robyn Francis, Sepp Holzer, Ernst Goetsch, Martin Crowford, Larry Korn, Alex Kruger (Berg en Dal Ecovillage), Bernard Declercq (Pebble Garden,Auroville), Rico Zook (i-permaculture) and Govinda Sharma (Organic Hasera – Nepal).

He is the founder of the Soil-Sun-Soul Project and Blog.

For the last 2 years he has been living, working and learning in Auroville, India and visiting,advising  and volunteering at countless other projects in South East Asia. He spent 6 months doing a Practical internship program  at the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast, Australia, where he deepened his experience and studies in the field guided by PRI Teacher Tom Kendall. During his time in Australia he spend time in Crystal Waters (the first Ecovillage designed with Permaculture Principles),has been inspired by Permaculture Pioneers like Max Lindegger and Robyn Clayfield as he has been part of the monthly Crystal Waters Permaculture Village Markets several times.Recently he has been deeply involved with organizing together with an international Team the Pre IPC India Permaculture Teacher Training and PDC in India with a total of over 100 participating students from over 30 countries which greatly furthered his international experience and connections.

Currently he is based in Spain to start a regenerative Enterprise at Can Lliure a 100ha Living and Learning Centre and in the process learn more about eco-social life systems design and integrated Agroecologies whilst still supporting various projects in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal by co-facilitating and sharing his experience.



During the courses students get a chance to experience aour land and permaculture site more intimately by camping on the land. In a semi-wild area, we have several level terraces among the trees and stones for people to pitch their tents in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by mountains and forest..
There is also the possibility for some students with their own bus/camper-van to stay on the land, although space is limited; so if you are interested in bringing a bus, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to accommodate everyone!

From the outdoor communal kitchen, we provide 3 meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the cost of the course (except Sundays when the students are free to feed themselves!)
Prepared with love, the food is always diverse, fresh, healthy, homemade and vegetarian. By that we also help to stimulate the local food economy by purchasing what ingredients are not grown at Can Lliure from the local organic “Cooperativa” and other local producers and processors


Can Lliure as a place for mindful Human-Nature Relationships. With our aim of creating a Living, Learning & Research Centre to develop once capacities and to realize inherent potentialities with natures guidance and support.

We see Can Lliure as a important, vital place and seeding ground for ourselves and the wider global community to adapt to their surrounding environments once again and enjoy their bounties in a sustainable manner.

Can Lliure is based in the wonderful and magical Alta Garrotxa area close to the Spanish Pyrenees. The land we are in Stewardship of is 100ha and is mainly covered in wild Oak forest with lots of wild goats, wild boars and limestone cliffs. There are 3,5 ha of cleared terraces with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We recently started to regenerate these terraces which in the future will become a diverse Agroforestry systems and organic vegetable gardens. We also started our first steps on Mushroom Production and we host a ecological Bee Sanctuary on site. We are very blessed and very grateful to have a clean, natural freshwater spring on our land from which we drink. We also have a few simple structures like outdoor showers, compost toilets, geodesic dome and bell tent to accommodate and host people to enjoy this wild and natural place.

more infos and registration:


permaculturainfo (at) gmail.com

Pictures of the site can be found here

The current initial evolving site design of Can Lliure can be found here
Rocket Mass Heater Plans: Annex 6" L-shaped Bench by Ernie and Erica
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