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rico zook
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Asia, Various Places around the World, United States
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Wet Tropical
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My Projects

(projects i'm involved in)

Hanuman's Garden

Hanuman's Garden

Taos, US

Punarvasu Farm

Punarvasu Farm

adamaru (15km south of udupi), IN



ThongSala, Koh Phangan, TH


(projects i'm following)

Millison Family Farms
Andrew Millison Anselm Ibing Brad Lancaster brenna powys Cathe' Fish Chris Evans Christian Douglas Geoff Lawton Jude Hobbs Karen Taylor Katherine Steele Marisha Auerbach
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About rico zook

With a degree in Environmental Studies focused on Land Restoration, minors in biology and philosophy, with years of homesteading in northern California and working in Yosemite Nat’l Park, I came to permaculture with almost all the elements, but no organizing structure or system. From 1996 (when I first heard the word) to 2005 I was first co-director and crew foreman for the restoration crew, than land manager at a wilderness community decimated by wildfire in the mountain wilderness of northern New Mexico. Guided and mentored by Ben Haggard, for ten years I did hands-on permaculture design and installation rebuilding a community/village from the ground up.

For the past 10 years I have been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems in northern New Mexico, India, Cambodia, and places in between. Part of this 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 I am working in India, Europe, Hawaii, and one or two new locations each year.

This year we will have the 17th annual PDC in Darjeeling, India, as well as many other courses throughout India Europe and ?, from urban to rural, from 2 day to 3 week. In addition there are many projects I am involved in, from demonstration site development to wetlands restoration. However, it will be the students that embrace permaculture and sustainability using it to build their lives and share with their communities that is the ultimate focus and reward of this work. This past couple of years has seen many Indians stepping up to professional work and teaching permaculture.


Posted almost 6 years ago (0 comments)

3rd to 18th May 2014, Permaculture Design Certification course, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Homestays with local organic farmers Instructors: Rico Zook, Rohin D’souza, Sailesh Sharma To Register Contact: [email protected] For more information about this course, Rico and his work: www.i-permaculture.org

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

2nd to 22nd March 2014, 3-week Permaculture Design Certification course, Hariharalaya Retreat Centre, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Instructors: Rico Zook, Nic Gunton, & Guests To learn more about the course and to register: [email protected] To learn more about Hariharalaya: www.hariharalaya.com For more information about Rico and his work: www.i-permaculture.org

Posted over 10 years ago (1 comments)

16th to 22nd February 2014, One Week Hands-on Permaculture course, Adarsh Bio-Organic Farm, Outside of Delhi, India

Online Registration http://goo.gl/uo3cX0 For course Brochure write Adarsh at [email protected] For more information about Rico and his work: www.i-permaculture.org To learn more about the venue: http://adarshbio.webs.com

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

10th annual PDC Darjeeling, India

Another successful course almost complete. This was filled with happy people(~50/50 Indian/Foreigner] and all learned a lot. This is the longest running PDC in Asia. the demand has gotten so that we are adding another PDC in May.

Posted over 10 years ago (3 comments)

Permaculture Design Certification course, Coastal Thailand, 7th Sept. to 23rd Oct., 2012

earn a permaculture design certificate at a beautiful eco-resort with functioning permaculture systems on coastal Thailand.

Posted about 12 years ago (1 comments)

Permaculture Design Certification course, Bayouda Village, Jordan, 1st to 15th June, 2012

This village 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 chicke

Posted about 12 years ago (1 comments)

Permaculture Design Certification course, Bodgaya, India, 25th March to 8th April

Integrating curriculum with local community and cultural benefit. Learning with a strong focus on foundational understandings leading to appropriate practical applications.

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Permaculture Design Certification Course, Punarvasu Farm, Udupi, India, 26 February to 10 March

Learn and apply Permaculture in rural India on a traditional family farm.

Posted almost 13 years ago (0 comments)

Permaculture Design Certification Course, Sihanoukville, Cambodia, 1st - 16th feb. 2012

learn permaculture from a beautiful beachside site. days filled with engaged, active learning, swimming in the ocean during breaks, watching the sunset with new friends.

Posted almost 13 years ago (0 comments)

Yoga and Permaculture Intensive, 25th - 31st October, 2011

1 week permaculture course with yoga and beautiful niligris mountains. This will be a process of understanding and integrating how yoga and permaculture support and integrate with each other. This will be done engaging a wide variety of learning modalitie

Posted almost 13 years ago (0 comments)

8th annual PDC Darjeeling, India, 22 November - 5 December, 2011

homestays, 100's of hectacres of food forest, beautiful himalayan village w/ farmer cooperative, organic and fair traded tea, oranges, tumeric, ginger and more.

Posted almost 13 years ago (0 comments)
My Badges
Consultant Aid worker Pdc teacher
My Permaculture Qualifications
Permaculture Design Certification course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Jude Hobbs
Other Teachers: Toby Hemmenway, Rick Valley
Location: Lost Valley, Cottage Grove, OR, USA
Date: Nov 2003
28 PDC Graduates (list)
0 PRI PDC Graduates (list)
2 Other Course Graduates (list)
have acknowledged being taught by rico zook
3 have not yet been verified (list)
Climate Zones
rico zook has permaculture experience in:
Cold Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Sub tropical
Wet/Dry Tropical
Wet Tropical
Dry Tropical
Semi Arid
Cold Arid

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