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Permaculture Design Course

With Rico Zook

and Jade Journeaux

01 - 16 August 2020

Les Moustaches Farm - Alpes Maritimes (06) - France

Important information regarding COVID-19 : the PDC is maintained as long as there is no indication against this kind of event in August.

The deposit you pay to valid your registration will be given back to you fully in case of cancelation. 

The PDC (Permaculture Design Course) is based on the international 72 hours training standard that was originally established by Bill Mollison, cofounder of permaculture.  Today it is taught all around the world and  takes place under the coordination of a certified permaculture designer to guarantee the quality of teaching. The teacher is the only one entitled to deliver the internationally recognized certificate at the end of the course. 


Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this workshop will present Permaculture in all of its applications. Class time will consist of traditional lectures, guest presentations, group discussions, games, exercises photo shows, and movies. We will focus on land systems with as much hands on work and examples as possible. Many discussions and examples will be explored of possible applications in 'Invisible Structures', those social, cultural, political, and economic structures that shape much of our world today. The course will not only teach Permaculture, it will also model it by its structure and the environment we create together during the course. 

Subjects included in the course : 

Permaculture Ethics and Principles


Pattern Literacy and Application (physical and invisible)

Energy and Flows

Site Assessment and Sector Analysis


Maps and Map making

Energy Storage and Resources

Water: Harvesting, Holding, and Cycling

Grey and Blackwater


Soil Health and Building: Compost piles, tea, soup and stew

Micro‐Organisms and their uses

Plants and Cropping Patterns: Guilds to Forest Gardens

Annual Vegetable production

Cold Weather Food production

Animal Systems

Aquaculture and Ponds, including Pond construction

Integrated Pest Management

Buildings: Siting and Integration with Environment

Natural Building and Green Architecture


Appropriate Technology

Design: Methodologies and Process

Designing for Catastrophe

Urban Permaculture and Community Scale Design

Toxins and Bio‐remediation

Invisible Structures and Social Permaculture

Alternative Economics

Peak and Post Petroleum

Permaculture in the Majority World

Permaculture and Organizations

Right Livelihood

This course is taught in english only.
French and italian co-teacher will help with specific translation but a good level in english is needed. 

About the teachers

Rico Zook 

As well as creating and working with a wide variety of land-based systems in all types of climatic environments, Rico Zook brings over 40 years of experience in nature to his work. For the past 22 years he has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, northern New Mexico, 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. With work in different climates and cultures, Rico has established himself as one of the new leaders and innovators in Permaculture worldwide.

Find more about his work here.

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Jade Journeaux 

Born in Nice, Jade developed the Permacultive Association to disseminate permaculture in the Alpes-Maritimes through PDC programs, training and workshops. She co-organized several courses and “Permacamps” and has been a permaculture instructor since 2013.  In 2014, she started to work on design with local associations in the south of France : community gardens, environmental education associations, and now the universities of Nice. Thanks to her past collaboration with Andy & Jessie Darlington and Bernard Alonso, she will be able to bring theoretical and practical contents as well as educational materials. 

Course fee :

750 € 

Meals and accommodation are included for16 days of training.

Meals are prepared by a cook onsite with local and organic food.

For more details on the program, please download this document

For registration, please fill up this forms.

Your registration will be valid only by paying the deposit here.

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