ONLINE Social / Vegan Permaculture Design Course

Date(s) - 10/04/2021
15:30 - 18:30


10th April 2021 to 10th August

This fully certified course (certified by the Permaculture Association Britain and Roots n Permaculture) will delve deep into how we can use permaculture to create rich beneficial relationships between people, communities and their surroundings, including how to grow food, build houses and create economies, while also enriching and taking care of nature.

Special emphasis will be put in creating a supportive online community for the duration of the course, where we use social permaculture tools, including a simplified version of sociocracy to make sure everyone’s needs are met, so we can all enjoy learning together in a joyful, supportive environment.


Permaculture is a design system for creating abundance in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more.

The word ‘permaculture’ historically comes from ‘permanent agriculture’ and has evolved into ‘permanent culture’ – it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can live in harmony with nature while sustaining human activities for many generations to come.

Rakesh teaches permaculture in such a way that leaves us with a rigorous and systematic set of tools, ecological principles and methodologies, underpinned by ethics, which help us to design and create this culture of permanence. He is also strong on ensuring we evolve a culture that allows us to design how we cater for all our needs and the needs of the planet and all its creatures, without exploiting or depriving other humans or creatures of their needs.

The ultimate goal is to create systems that create abundance for all humans, creatures and mother earth, without exploitation of humans, animals or earth’s non renewable resources, hence it is in line with vegan values. You do not need to be vegan to join this course, and veganism will not be discussed unless it is specifically requested and agreed upon.

=== PDC Course Syllabus ===

The course will from day one put into practice social permaculture. We will learn a simplified version of sociocracy to create a community and practically explore how we ensure everyone’s needs are met, and how everyone can safely express themselves, without conflict. Having found our inner balance and balance within our newly forged community, we then move into exploring the traditional permaculture syllabus, including environmentally friendly food growing; soil generation; water management; house building; alternate economics and livelihood, etc.

Having explored the theory of permaculture ethics, principles and approach to challenges, we will then move on to in depth design work and where appropriate practicals (hands-on work), which solidifies the theory.

The emphasis remains on learning the patterns and concepts that are applied in permaculture, so you can apply this to all aspects of your life after the course has finished. Hence the practicals will be a way to reinforce the theory and design work that we cover.

The syllabus will cover the following areas

– Principles of Natural Systems
– Sustainable Design Methodologies
– Patterns in Nature
– Reading the Land & Understanding Natural Processes
– Water Harvesting Strategies
– Grey Water Recycling
– Natural Building Design Strategies
– Food Forests, Plant Guilds, Gardens for Self-Sufficiency
– Urban Environment Permaculture
– Community Activism
– Invisible Structures: People, Community, Economics, EcoVillages
– Sociocracy; Dragon dreaming; Six thinking hats
– At the end of the class, students engage in a group design project.

=== TEACHERS ===

Lead Instructor

Rakesh Rootsman Rak – An experienced Permacultre designer teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher, homeopath and reggae DJ. Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture to individuals and communities since 2009, and has taught hundreds of permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses. His design portfolio ranges from a forest garden on part of a 30-hectare ecovillage in Croatia that he co-owned through to many urban community food growing gardens, private farms and back gardens as well as designing collaborative businesses, urban water retention systems and even computer software and documentation systems. Rakesh is also passionate about sharing his journey of self empowerment (learning how to make all the things you need for yourself rather than relying on the system to provide for you), this includes eco architecture (low impact housing); capturing and storing energy (electricity, heat, lighting, etc); fuel efficient heating systems (rocket heaters and stoves); water capture, purification and recycling systems, natural bee keeping and so on. He is one of the founders of the Children in Permaculture project which was launched at the international permaculture convergence in this year. So be prepared to go off on inspirational tangents occasionally.


The cost for the training is based on conscious contribution, where participants are invited to contribute what they can afford and are willing to pay. The cost of putting on the course means we need to raise on average £350 per person. However we invite you to propose how much you would like to contribute somewhere in the range of £200 to £500. We encourage those of you who can contribute more to do so, which should allow us to cover our costs. If there is a shortfall in the final sum (which by experience is unlikely), we make a sociocratic decision on if this shortfall is covered, and if so how. This process is part of the permaculture ethos, which allows people to pay according to their capacity, while meeting the needs of the hosts, teachers, etc.


Bank transfer to a Euro bank account
Bank transfer to a UK bank account in Pounds
Paypal (Euro or pounds)
Cash by arrangement

=== LANGUAGE ===

All classes will be in English. As part of our community culture we will create a process which ensures if there are words or sentences you do not understand we will address it immediately. Also at the end of each day you work in a small group to review the day which can be in local language, so if there is something you misunderstood this is your chance to catch up.

To help prepare for the workshop, you are encouraged to use this list of permaculture, forest gardening, sociocracy and plant names that have been translated into many languages


This course adheres to the Permaculture Association Britian’s accreditation criteria for Permaculture Design Courses (PDC’s). However due to the rising cost of the certification and in order to make the course affordable we consulted with the Permaculture Association Britain (PAB) and concluded to give the participant the choice of being accredited via the Permaculture association Britain (€20 for the certificate and additional administration) or by the Roots n Permaculture Collective School (for free). The Roots n Permaculture Collective School certificate affords you the same privilege as the certificate from PAB, meaning with this certificate you can still teach intro courses (after at least 1 year or putting permaculture into action) and can also apply to do your diploma (with any association anywhere in the world). The only difference between the two is that the PAB certificate helps to pay the learning coordinator of PAB to develop and maintain their high standard curriculum.


Sat 10 April, Tue 13 April
Sat 17 April, Tue 20 April
Sat 24 April, Tue 27 April
Sat 1 May, Tue 4 May

Break to put what you have learned into action. Optional check in sessions.

Sat 3 July, Tue 6 July
Sat 10 July, Tue 13 July
Sat 17 July, Tue 20 July
Sat 24 July, Tue 27 July
Sat 31 July, Tue 3 August
Sat 7 August, Tue 10 August


To register for this course, please fill in the following form. If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to contact Rakesh

=== CONTACT ===

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