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Richard Rico Zook is a Permaculture designer, consultant and instructor.  He works with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations to create cultural and environmentally appropriate life systems in northern New Mexico, India, Cambodia, and places in between.  Mr. Zook's work focuses on assisting local and indigenous cultures to preserve traditional knowledge and technologies while adapting to and becoming active members of our rapidly globalizing world.  Currently (2012) his year is divided into 4 months in India, 3 months in Cambodia, 3 months in the states, and 2 months in different places each year.
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This course is both for those who want a general but comprehensive introduction to sustainability and how to create it, as well as those wishing to get a complete and in depth introduction to permaculture, all its component elements, and the process and methodologies for creating a holistic permaculture design. It is especially beneficial for farmers, ranchers, all types of agriculturalist, architects, urban planners, engineers, resource managers, and anyone else who works with our physical world or does design work in its many forms. However, one does not need to be going into a permaculture career or a related field to benefit from this learning. Many artists, medical professionals, business people, housewives, and others have gained insights and understandings that have enabled them to both increase their quality of life, as well as move all their endeavors towards creating a more sustainable world.

Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this course presents Permaculture as an integrated design approach to create sustainable human habitat. 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 much of our world today.

Not only will the course be about Permaculture, but it will also model it by its structure and the environment we create together during the course.

Dates:  9th to 24th March, 2019
Instructors:  Rico Zook, with Guest Presenters
Location: Aampbotay village, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Contact: darjeelingprerna@gmail.com dlrprerna@yahoo.com
This Permaculture course is being held on a beautiful site nestled in a valley, located 3 hours from Bangalore. The Timbaktu Kutumbam Foundation Trust (TKF) was formed in the year 2009, with the aim of regenerating a piece of land and begin organic farming. The 100 acres of land has over the years come to be called 'Kailasam', named informally after the Sri Kailasam temple located at the far end of the site. The farm at present is growing millets, fruits trees and vegetables, and there is an on-going effort to regenerate and revitalize the land, by improving soil fertility, increasing water availability, and introducing local indigenous varieties of forest trees . Experiments are also being done on Biodynamic Farming methods. Permaculture was introduced to the farm quite recently and so Kailasam is in the beginning stages of Permaculture design & implementation.

We are excited to host a Permaculture Design Certificate Course being taught by EIGHT other certified Instructors from India and Sri Lanka with support by Rico Zook, who will also present. This is a one of kind PDC, with multiple teachers from varied parts of India, coming together to support, teach and learn together with our participants. Each of the teachers is an upcoming Indian Permaculture instructor and practitioner and it is our privilege to host such a unique course in Kailasam. Many of these people are already building successful permaculture practices, from consulting to designing to implementing a wide variety of projects.

Location: Kailasam Farm, Godepalli, Anantapur, Andra Pradesh, India
Contact:  duhitaganguly@gmail.com / 9866593373

To Register: http://bit.ly/JanPDC2019
Advanced Permaculture Course in Teaching
Dates:  December 1 - 8, 2018
Instructors:  Jude Hobbs, Rico Zook and Guests
Location: La Loma Vida Permaculture Design Center, Gualchos, Granada Coast, Spain
Contact:  info@lalomaviva.com

http://www.lalomaviva.com/permaculture-teacher-training-course-1/

Advocate for Change Through Teaching Whole Systems and Passion Based Learning.
In this dynamic and interactive course, we share impactful teaching techniques that promote effective communication and application of Permaculture principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences and educational settings. Our goal is to encourage and inspire your unique strengths and abilities by demonstrating diverse teaching modalities including effective use of lecture, storytelling, class discussions, interactive experiential activities, visual aids and hands-on skills.

As a class, we create a safe setting of active learning and build confidence through preparing and co-teaching multiple presentations providing essential and experiential practice opportunities. Participants engage in social permaculture and build strong resource networks to support one another via group projects.  
Teaching is Sharing Information, Regenerative, Empowering and Part of the Permaculture Solution

Course Topics Include:
• Philosophy and Ethics of Being an Instructor • The Art of Teaching and Facilitation • Adult Learning Styles
• Building Curriculum and Lesson Plans • Presenting Styles • Utilizing Media and Activities • Co-Instructing
• Time Management • Venue Logistics, Course Planning, Marketing and Budgets • Interns, Apprentices and Mentoring • Evaluations and Feedback • Tips from the Trade • Keeping Up The Spirit • Self-care • Right Livelihood • Extensive Resources and More

A core part of Jude’s work is inspiring and training the next generation of Permaculture advocates. We appreciate the unique skills and experiences of those attending and cultivate networking for future connections and support.

Certificate from the Permaculture Institute of North America
Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Course Certificate or instructor’s approval.

Instructors:
Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculture designer and educator with 30 years’ experience in the design and teaching fields. Her focus is whole systems thinking to generate environmentally sound solutions that inspire sustainable actions in urban and rural settings.
As an educator, she conveys her passion for permaculture by providing curricula developed to encompass diverse learning styles with teaching techniques that are accessible, inspiring and information rich.
Jude tends Wilson Creek Gardens, a 7-acre homestead and demonstration site located in Cottage Grove, Oregon. www.cascadiapermaculture.com

Rico Zook: For the past 20 years Rico has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, Spain, northern New Mexico, the middle-east and other parts of the world. His work focuses on assisting all levels of our global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative. www.i-permaculture.org

7 months ago
3rd to 18th May 2014
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Locals Rs. 11,000 Indian Resident Rs. 17,000 Foreigner Rs. 23,000

Homestays with local organic farmers
Venue is situated in 1,000’s of acres of certified organic forest garden
Longest running annual PDC in Asia, in its 10th year
Instructors: Rico Zook, Rohin D’souza, Sailesh Sharma

Demand for our annual PDC in November has become so strong that we are now starting another one in May. This venue, host organization and instructor (rico) have been facilitating this, the longest running annual PDC in Asia, for the past 10 years. The venue is situated in a nearby village that is located in 1,000’s of acres of mature and certified organic forest garden. The participants walk from their host's home through this amazing jungle to arrive at our classroom with a view of the high Himalayas.

Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this course presents Permaculture as an integrated design approach to create sustainable human habitat. 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 much of our world today. Not only will the course be about Permaculture, but it will also model it by its structure and the environment we create together during the course.

To Register Contact: darjeelingprerna@gmail.com
For more information about this course, Rico and his work: www.i-permaculture.org

5 years ago
2nd to 22nd March 2014
Hariharalaya Retreat Centre, Siem Reap, Cambodia
$850 to $1100, depending on accommodation
Instructors: Rico Zook, Nic Gunton, & Guests

This is a beautiful site set amongst the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. With 3 weeks to learn and practice permaculture we will have an engaged and enriching experience. Integrated into this course will be optional yoga and meditation sessions everyday, as well as delicious vegan food at all meals.

This course is an excellent and comprehensive introduction into regenerative systems design with between 100 to 120 hours of curriculum. There will be traditional style lectures, learning exercises, discussions, photo shows, design challenges, games, hands-on projects and a full day field trip to other sites. While we make the experience of this course an enjoyable and engaging one, it is not a vacation. This is a deep, content rich environment and the more a student actively engages it, the more they will get out of it.

I strongly believe, and past participants have said, that this course really prepares them for doing the needfuls on their site (home, farm, organization, community, etc.), especially in the larger context of community and landscape. A very common comment has been that participants not only have a much better understanding of the steps and how to take them, but more significantly, they have the confidence to do so. This includes the feeling that any 'mistakes' will only be opportunities to learn and do things better.

To learn more about the course and to register: hariharalaya@gmail.com
To learn more about Hariharalaya: www.hariharalaya.com
For more information about Rico and his work: www.i-permaculture.org

5 years ago
16th to 22nd February 2014
Adarsh Bio-Organic Farm, Outside of Delhi, India
Indian Rs. 12,000/14,000 Foreigner Rs. 15,000/17,000 Commute/Residential
Instructor: Rico Zook

This content rich hands-on course provides a great introduction to permaculture and the components for creating regenerative systems, be they physical, cultural, social, or economic. We will learn and work in a collaborative environment that together we will adapt to the needs of the participants. After completion of this course you will have the knowledge and confidence to start applying aspects of Permaculture and regenerative systems. More importantly, you’ll have the clarity and understanding to continue along the path of learning and growing in your knowledge, as well as ability, to create a sustainable lifestyle for yourself and others.
Online Registration http://goo.gl/uo3cX0
For course Brochure write Adarsh at adasingh@yahoo.co.in
For more information about Rico and his work: www.i-permaculture.org/
To learn more about the venue: http://adarshbio.webs.com
5 years ago
PDC,
Bayouda Village, Jordan
1st to 15th June, 2012
Instructor: Rico Zook and Local presenters www.i-permaculture.org

For brochure go to www.thegreenplatform
Contact: jo@thegreenplatform.com

This village of a hundred families lies about 200km northwest of Amman, Jordan’s capital. It is near the town of Salt on a gorgeous and fertile plateau of olive groves surrounded by highland hills covered in an ancient oak forest. It is a small holder farming community that has been the focus of a 2 year permaculture project by CARE international from 2008 to 2010, which trained many local families in permaculture techniques such as water harvesting, composting and chicken tractors.

This course is both for those who want a general but comprehensive introduction to sustainability and how to create it, as well as those wishing to get a complete and in depth introduction to permaculture, all its component elements, and the process and methodologies for creating a holistic permaculture design.
Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this course presents Permaculture as an integrated design approach to create sustainable human habitat. 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 much of our world today.
Not only will the course be about Permaculture, but it will also model it by its structure and the environment we create together during the course.


For brochure go to www.thegreenplatform
Contact: jo@thegreenplatform.com
6 years ago
Learn all about sustainability and receive your Permaculture Design Certificate in the setting of the sacred city of Bodghaya and its many monasteries, pilgrims and seekers who travel from all over the world to this place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Do hands-on projects, face challenging exercises, do a permaculture design, and learn about the many facets of creating a sustainable lifestyle while benefiting the local community and the efforts for sustainability in Bodhgaya. This is a full immersion experience that will change your outlook and your life forever, as you begin to build a life of resiliency.

Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this course presents Permaculture as an integrated design approach to create sustainable human habitat. 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 much of our world today. Not only will the course be about Permaculture, but it will also model it by its structure and the environment we create together during the course.

During the latter part of the course design teams will be formed and given real life design assignments that are relevant to the course venue. The course will culminate with each team giving presentations of their designs to the class and interested local people and groups. These designs will be left with venue to become valuable resources for them. Elements to whole sections of past student designs have been incorporated by many sites were this course has been hosted.

Join this course and be prepared for a life changing experience which will leave you much more prepared to respond to the global changes that are starting to happen with solutions, resiliency, and compassion.

for more information and to register go to: http://www.livingmandala.com/Living_Mandala/Permaculture_Design_Certification_Course_India_2012.html

Instructor: Rico Zook, www.i-permaculture.org
Permaculture designer, teacher, consultant, planner and land restoration expert. Rico is uniquely equipped and experienced to create designs and projects that engender efficient and productive relationships between people and nature. Land Manager for the Lama Foundation, a spiritual community and retreat center in Taos, New Mexico, since 2004, Rico has concentrated half of each year on building bridges, exchange and relationships with NGOs and communities in India using permaculture as common language and solutions-oriented methodology. The results of his more than two decades of work have been empowering to communities on two continents, restorative of natural habitats and ecosystems, and inspiring to environmentalists, his students and colleagues. Learn More about Rico and his work at his website: Itinerant Permaculture.
7 years ago
Permaculture Design Certification Course

Punarvasu Farm, Adamaru, Karnataka, India

26th February to 10th March, 2012

Instructors: Rico Zook, Sam Dowd, Catt Laws

International Candidates Rs. 14,500

Indian Nationals working in India Rs. 13,000

Complete Ecological Design Curriculum

Punarvasu is an emerging permaculture site and learning centre. A traditional family farm that is becoming a model of how traditional practices and culture can thrive while evolving into a model of sustainability in our globalized world.  People will stay in the traditional family home or the converted brick barn and eat Amma’s delicious tradition vegetarian Udupi food. Many regenerative land systems have been installed and are in the process of being installed. During this course we will continue this work as well as design further systems to integrate into the whole. This is a real life funtioning family farm that faces many challenges and risks as we work to find and implement solutions and systems that will sustain it and India for generations to come. This is an opportunity to experience India on an equitable level, not as a tourist.

Upon course completion Basic Permaculture Design Certification will be awarded

For more information or to register write to

richard@lamafoundation.org or vasuadamaru@gmail.com

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7 years ago
Permaculture Design Certification Course

1st to 16th February, 2012

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Complete Ecological Design Curriculum

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!

Cambodia is a beautiful and complex place. The people face many challenges, from widespread poverty to lose of jungle and a rapidly expanding population. This course will be a mixture of local khmer people and foreigers. Particiants will learn and do practical hands on applications of permaculture while developing the foundational understandings and skills necessary to create site and culturally appropriate regenerative life systems.

Course Venue

A beautiful oceanside property located in Sihanoukville, Kambuja Crossroads is comprised of several seaside bungalows with restaurant and sunset bar.  Perched on a rocky headland between Ocheuteal / Serendipity Beach and Sokha Beach and resort, it possesses breathtaking views of the surrounding area.  Kambuja Crossroads is currently closed for renovation, so we will have the whole place to ourselves. Surrounded with many trees Kambuja Crossroads is a tranquil spot. A small private beach for a relaxing swim, good friends for conversation, and a rock promontory for beautiful sunsets Kambuja Crossroads is an excellent place to learn, experience and grow.

Upon course completion Basic Permaculture Design Certification will be awarded

us$ 430; shared room with twin beds (very limited number)

us$ 375; shared dorm space with bedding on floor

us$ 300; you book your own accommodation off site.

Instructors

Richard Rico Zook  www.ricoclime.com

Jeremiah Kidd  www.sipermaculture.com

Houey Han, Sam Dowd, Catt Laws

For more information or to register write: richard@lamafoundation.org

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7 years ago