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Goa Permaculture Design Certification

31st October - 15th November, 2015

Jungle Dance, Arambol, Goa, India

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Working Successfully Abroad Workshop

Stranger in a Strange Land: Working Successfully Abroad
October 23rd-25th, 2015
Barcelona, Spain

Download the flyer and brochure here.

Explore the course page (in Spanish) here.

Have you dreamt about going abroad to do meaningful work that empowers and inspires struggling communities? Do you want to improve people’s lives in a culturally sensitive and environmentally appropriate way?
Rico Zook has worked with farmers, villagers, and local groups in India, Cambodia, and the Mideast.  Whether you’re doing grassroots international development, integrating permaculture into global communities, or partnering with diverse populations here at home, Rico can help you navigate a complex and changing world.

Have you dreamt about going abroad to do meaningful work that empowers and inspires struggling communities? Do you want to improve people’s lives in a culturally sensitive and environmentally appropriate way?
Rico Zook has worked with farmers, villagers, and local groups in India, Cambodia, and the Mideast.  Whether you’re doing grassroots international development, integrating permaculture into global communities, or partnering with diverse populations here at home, Rico can help you navigate a complex and changing world.

Information & Registrations

To register, please deposit the full fee in the following bank account:

• IBAN ES57 1491 0001 2020 2316 0720,


of Triodos Bank, indicating your name & “Rico Zook Course” in the “cause” field, and send the receipt to

A confirmation e-mail will be sent upon receival of the course fee shortly after. In case the course is full the full fee will be returned.

Limited number of applicants accepted.

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Spain Permaculture Design Certification

2nd - 18th October, Mas Pujou, near La Garrotxa, Spain
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Ghandi 

Download the 2015 Brochure HERE

Permaculture Design Certificate Course 
2nd -18th of October in Catalunya, Spain
17 day, 72hour PLUS curriculum Full of practical knowledge, hands-on 
 experiences, outdoor learning and design exercises, in a place of great 
 natural beauty. *PLUS optional yoga, nature connection/deep ecology 
 exercises, mindfulness practices, food-as-medicine talk and more!  
Mas Pujou, near the historical town of Olot, in La Garrotxa natural protected area of Catalunya, Spain, our location for the duration of the course.
Course Overview
A 17-day PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE (PDC) Plus with over 72 hours curriculum,full of practical knowledge, hands-on experiences and design exercises in a place of great natural beauty. The PDC program integrates with optional daily yoga sessions ,mindfulness practices, Deep Ecology/ Nature Connection exercises, outdoor learning and community living. The course takes place from the 2th-19th of October 2015 in a wonderful rural stone house and stunning natural surroundings of La Garrotxa, near Girona and Barcelona. Participants will be immersed in an inspiring learning environment while living close to nature for the full duration of the course. 
This unique 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 Process and its ecological design         
• Patterns in Nature
• Climatic Factors and microclimate enhancement
• Hydrological Cycle
• Land Restoration Techniques
• Hot Composting
• Soil Food Web and its repair
• Water Harvesting Techniques
• Tree Crops and Food Forests
• Regenerative Earthworks
• Climatic Specific building and cultivated ecology
• Natural Building Strategies
• Animal Management in Permaculture
• Social and Financial Permaculture
• Local Food systems
• And many more fun and dynamic activities!

The course is adapted to a wide variety of learningstyles and is presented via lecture, images, video,group discussion, individual and group exercises,and hands-on design projects. Class usually lastsfrom about 9 AM to 6 PM.



A Stranger in a Strange Land: Working Successfully Abroad


Permaculture: Working Successfully Abroad
August 28th - 30th: 9 am to 9 pm. Evenings optional (slide shows, guest presentations).
Link to Registration 
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the many aspects of integrating permaculture abroad in a complex and changing world. From the ethical foundations to the practical steps for working internationally, all the diverse and subtle aspects of itinerant work are covered. While it’s relatively easy to travel, it’s not easy to practice permaculture successfully abroad. Problems are often created instead of solutions. 
Today, many people want to help others live on our planet in a better way. All over the globe, people are realizing that the industrial model has serious flaws. They’re looking for sustainable and regenerative answers that are culturally and environmentally appropriate. Those of us who have the money, time and desire can help the global community, but good intentions are only a start. This course provides you with the landscape and tools to transition from good intentions to significantly improving people’s lives worldwide. 
Subjects covered and discussed include:
Ethics of working in a foreign culture
Principles of Itinerant Permaculture
Who is an Itinerant Permaculturalist?
Working and teaching at diverse sites
Strategies for successful project work
What of TAPO?
Course strategies for farmer trainings
Teaching is a lie
How to start working internationally
Whom to work with
What to pack
Tools of the trade
Philosophy of The Road
Road Logistics
Rico Zook has over 40 years’ experience working with complex land-based systems in diverse climatic environments. He’s been a permaculture designer, a land consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in northern New Mexico, India, Cambodia, and the mideast. He’s also helped indigenous cultures preserve traditional knowledge and technologies while adapting to our rapidly globalizing world.
Beyond Organic Design is hosting this event, which will be held in the second-floor classroom. Light breakfast and lunch provided. Dinner and lodging not included. 
Cost: $275.00. Early Bird Registration by July 15th: $240.00. Limited number of applicants accepted.
For more information and registration, go to    
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217



Darjeeling Graduate Course

March 20th-April 12th, 2015 Permaculture Graduate Design Programs Mineral Springs, Darjeeling, India Hosted by DLR Prerna Facilitated by Rico Zook & Sailesh Sharma With the purpose of providing advanced learning and hands-on experiences in Permaculture while expanding the positive impacts of Permaculture in Mineral Springs, DLR Prerna has created three graduate programs. These will be based in a homestay with a host farmer that the graduate will be working with. Each program will be fitted to the Graduate participant and the Host farmer to allow for the most benefit.

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Darjeeling Spring PDC

Permaculture Design Course in the Darjeeling Hills

Mineral Springs, Darjeeling

March 27th to April 12th, 2015
Registration Form Link 

Training venue “Mineral Springs, Dabaipani, Darjeeling”

Mineral Springs Dabaipani is an internationally certified organic area and fair-trade labeled collective of 456 small farmers since 2002. The farmers have come under the Mineral Spring Sanjukta Vikas Sanstha since 1996. The collective has been marketing small farmers organic tea in the international market, which is grown as a polyculture crop. 

The participants will have home stay accommodations facilities with the members of Mineral Spring Sanjukta Vikas Sanstha. 

Trainers: Rico Zook ( Guest Instructor: members of DLR Prerna.

The course fees, inclusive of training material, food and lodge: 
International Candidates Rs. 27,000
Indian Nationals residing outside Darjeeling but working in India Rs. 19,000
Indian Darjeeling Resident Rs. 12,000

The course fee does not include travel to the training venue. There will be an additional Rs. 150 to 200 per person charge for the shared jeep from Darjeeling to the venue. 

For further details:
Download:  Nov '14 Travel Finance info 
Registration Form 

Darjeeling Ladenla Road Prerna
c/o Hayden Hall Complex,
42 Ladenla Road,
Darjeeling 734 101,
West Bengal, India.

Phone Number 91 354 2255894,

A working knowledge of English is required by the participant. We do not look for academic qualifications for the course, except an interest to be part of a sustainable lifestyle and be the change you want to see in the world. 

NB: **** DLR Prerna and Rico reserves the right to admit candidates to the course. Candidates will be notified of their participation on receipt of the completely filled application form.


Laos Intro to Permaculture Course

Introductory course, 11th to 17th February 2015: Join us and become part of the growing permaculture movement at Pakxan Farm. We will design and implement new permaculture systems, including broadscale water harvesting structures, Greywater system(s), hugelkultur bed, and a passive solar water heater. We will also learn about and do ongoing farm projects, such as compost building, planting perennials (hedge, living fence, guilding), bed (soil) preparation, harvesting and propagating micro-organisms. For this course we will be a full and fun experience with a relaxed and enjoyable pace of learning and working. This course will provide you with both the foundations to begin walking the path, as well as functional questions with the fundamental knowledge to begin moving along your own path to a regenerative life.

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Auroville PDC, December 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Course, 12th-29th December, Sapney Farm, near Auroville, South India

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Urban Permaculture

29th and 30th November, Delhi

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Permaculture for Organic Farmers

22nd-25th November, Delhi area

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