Permaculture Design Course
With Rico Zook
and Jade Journeaux
01 - 16 August 2020
Les Moustaches Farm - Alpes Maritimes (06) - France
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
Aquaculture and Ponds, including Pond construction
Integrated Pest Management
Buildings: Siting and Integration with Environment
Natural Building and Green Architecture
Design: Methodologies and Process
Designing for Catastrophe
Urban Permaculture and Community Scale Design
Toxins and Bio‐remediation
Invisible Structures and Social Permaculture
Peak and Post Petroleum
Permaculture in the Majority World
Permaculture and Organizations
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
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.
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.