Social & Vegan Permaculture Design

For two weeks you will dive deep into how to 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 regenerating nature. This course can be taken separately or as part of the Health, Happiness and Green Living course.


Permaculture is a design system for creating abundance in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how to 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.

Permaculture is 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. 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.

The design principles of permaculture can be applied to design our inner tranquillity, create integrated and supportive communities, build or retrofit houses to be more energy efficient, create ethical businesses and livelihoods, as well as to create rich abundant low maintenance food growing spaces.


Sociocracy is a whole system governance and decision making method which is based on and encourages equivalence, transparency, and effectiveness in an organisation. It encourages collaborative innovation, minimises lengthy governance meetings, and helps everyone participate in shaping the decisions that affect them. Sociocracy ensures that everyone’s voice is heard and that all our individual and collective needs are met. During this course we will put sociocracy into practice on a daily basis. 


During these 2 weeks you will learn more:

Social permaculture

On the first day, we establish what every person wants from this course, from which we derive a common vision. We then create a mission and aim on how to achieve our vision. We also embed a feedback mechanism to check if we are meeting these aims, so we can keep adjusting our collaboration every day. 


We will create a temporary community and practically explore how we ensure everyone’s needs are met, and how everyone can safely express themselves, without conflict. This way we will find our inner balance and the balance within our newly forged community. 

Traditional permaculture

Principles of natural systems, patterns in nature, water management, food forests, plant guilds, gardens for self-sufficiency, sustainable design methodologies, natural building design strategies, energy conservation technologies, wildlife management and biological pest control, invisible structures: people, community, economics, ecovillages… 

Project design

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

All classes will be in English, however Danish translation is available upon request. As part of our community culture, we will create a process, which ensures that words or sentences you do not understand, will be addressed immediately. 

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.

The program

The first evening we will get to know each other. There will be 14 full days of teaching and two full days, where you are off or on excursion to nearby intentional communities and projects that integrate permaculture in their design. On the free days and evenings, some permaculture relevant activities will be organised  such as complementary subjects, movies, practical work or what this particular group is inspired about. 

Days marked with * are open as one day courses for people who cannot make the full course.

Sat October 7: Collaborative working (Sociocracy)*
Sun October 8: Basics of Permaculture*
Mon October 9: Water management + Mapping*
Tue October 10: Enriching the soil*
Wed October 11: Meeting the needs of plants*
Thu October 12: Day off (or site visit)
Fri October 13: Putting it all together into a design
Sat October 14: Forest gardening*
Sun October 15: Low impact / Off grid living + Urban permaculture*
Mon October 16: Creating ethical Livelihoods* (half day)
Tue October 17: Day off (or site visit)
Wed October 18: Structures (Eco building)*
Thu October 19: Design
Fri October 20: Design
Sat October 21: Presentations
Sun October 22: Next steps


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. On top of that, everybody who completes the full course receives a PDC certificate. 

Each participant has the choice of having a certificate 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 it also applies 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.


Rakesh Rootsman Rak, an experienced permaculture design teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher, homeopath and reggae DJ is the main teacher of this course. Helena Marchenko who is also a permaculture designer, land manager and cadastre engineer is the assistent teacher. 

Rakesh Rootsman Rak

Helena Marchenko

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As a student you will be living in Avnø Oasis cohousing community, located in a nature reserve surrounded by forest and within 300 meters from the sea. Learn more about the community and facilities to be fully prepared. To deepen the sense of community, students are expected to take part in cleaning & kitchen service together with volunteers, residents and staff where appropriate. 


October 6-22, 2023

Arrival on Friday October 6th between 4 and 7pm (dinner at 6pm – program starts at 7pm).

Program ends 4 pm Sunday October 22th.

Departure at the latest 10 am Monday October 23th.


Single room

€140 for one day

€270 for a weekend

€1300 for the full course

Double room

€120 for one day

€240 for a weekend

€1180 for the full course

Tent/Living Home

€110 for one day

€215 for a weekend

€1100 for the full course

Are you in a fragile life situation?

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Contact us to get the price for children or family.

Transport to and from the station, private use of the car, snacks purchased in the shop etc. are private cost, which you are responsible for.

There will be a list of potential sites we can visit. Some will be free, some will have a cost. In any case transportation to the site will need to be covered. We will use sociocratic decision making to decide, which sites are optimal for this course and how to cover the costs. Participating in site visits are optional. Expenses will be 100-1000 DKK.

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