1 - 8 DECEMBER 2018

Arrival 30 Nov(By 7pm) - Departure 9 Dec (by 10am)

With Jude Hobbs & Rico Zook

La Loma is proud to be collaborating with Jude Hobbs (Cascadia Permaculture) & Rico Zook (Itinerant Permaculture) to host an exciting Teacher Training course - helping you to awaken the tools to spread the knowledge of permaculture to others.

What could be more exciting than empowering others to go out there and be the change!

Drawing on a wealth of diverse experience, this 8 day Teacher Training course will develop your professional skills to work in an educational setting, teaching permaculture or any other related topics or subjects. Our goal is to encourage and inspire your unique strengths and talents by demonstrating diverse teaching modalities; such as lectures, class discussions, storytelling, using visual aids and many other people centred approaches that draw on multiple learning modalities. In this small group setting of less than 20 participants engaging in active learning, you will have plenty of individual attention and time to experience essential hands-on practice by preparing and co-teaching several presentations and lessons.

This course provides the necessary teaching skills and will also help you to gain the confidence to begin designing and teaching permaculture courses of all levels to any audience, anywhere in the world!

During the Teacher Training you will discover accelerated learning skills, diverse learning modalities, course convening and leadership training. You will learn how to plan lessons, organise and teach both long and short courses and present information effectively.  It will also include planning budgets, curriculums and venue co-ordinating. Your worldwide teaching career awaits!

What topics will the course cover?

  • Ethics, Codes of Practice & Self-Care

  • Setting a Course Tone

  • The Art and Science of Being an Educator

  • Teaching via Pattern Dynamics, Whole Systems & Learning styles

  • Practical Hands-On Learning with Experiential Techniques

  • Facilitator's Toolkit and Resources

  • Working with Special Needs and Difficult Situations

  • Presention Styles & Methods

  • Curriculum Planning, Module Building & Time Management

  • Adapting for Cultural Diversity

  • Working with Co-Instructors & Guests

  • Making The Most of Field Trips And Excursions

  • Course Planning: Venue Logistics, Marketing, Budgets, Timelines Implementation & Disaster Preparedness

  • Interns; Apprentices & Mentors, Sharing the Knowledge

  • Evaluations and Review

  • The Permaculture Network

  • Tricks of the Trade

Course activities: include presentations, interactive and participatory processes, role-play, discussions, group work and peer review.

Course Certification: Participants will receive a Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate on completion

You will also enjoy 10 days at the beautiful La Loma Viva Permaculture centre, where you will be immersed in a world class permaculture demonstration site in the Meditteranean landscape, experience permaculture in action on a working farm, be nourished by 5-star organic food fresh from the land and enjoy comfortable accommodation in our beautiful retreat centre.

This is an amazing opportunity to develop your career in permaculture, become a leader in cultural change, spread the knowledge of creating regenerative systems and inspire others to do the same! We hope to see you here and share a world of positive action with you!

*You need to have a PDC Certificate from a recognised Permaculture teacher or institution to do this course.

The Facilitators

Jude hobbs

Jude Hobbs

of Cascadia Permaculture

Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, land consultant and designer. Drawing upon 30 years experience of using whole-system design techniques, she provides environmentally sound solutions in urban and rural settings which promote sustainable actions.

As an educator she brings her passion for Permaculture to her courses by developing curricula that encompass diverse learning styles and methods that are inspiring and information rich.

Jude’s intention is to empower people to creatively change their everyday patterns so as to care for the earth and each other. 

Her Teacher Training is modeled after the advanced course in Teaching and Design, Jude attended with world renowned Permaculture Instructors, Max Lindeggar and Lea Harrison in 1990.

Through her business, Agro-Ecology Northwest, Jude specializes in encouraging farm management practices for optimizing resource conservation, biodiversity, watershed enhancement and income diversification.

As a co-founder of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) she actively supports the next generation of permaculture trainers through continuing education and professional development, offering diplomas in permaculture design and education.

Jude co-tends Wilson Creek Gardens, a 7-acre Permaculture demonstration site in Cottage Grove, Oregon where there are abundant micro-climates from which to learn.

Jude will be one of the main teachers at this years IPC in India.

Jude teaching courses in the USA

Jude and Rico at the Teachers Training course at the International Permaculture Conference in India 2017

Jude and Rico at the Teachers Training course at the International Permaculture Conference in India 2017

Rico Zook

of Itinerant Permaculture

Rico Zook is a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator. He works globally with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations to create environmentally and culturally appropriate life systems. He has worked and taught in India, Cambodia, Thailand and the U.S.A.

His work focuses on assisting all levels of the global community to create systems that are resilient and regenerative. Rico also works to assist local and indigenous cultures to preserve traditional knowledge and technologies, while adapting to and becoming active members of our rapidly globalizing world. 

In addition to academic and professional credentials, Rico has spent more than 35 years living in nature. For more than a decade he was Land Manager for the Lama Foundation, a spiritual community and retreat center North of Taos, NM.  Using Permaculture practices and a lifetime of observation and interpretation of the natural world, he has built a visible and successful demonstration and teaching site there.

In India, many of the projects he is involved in are based out of Darjeeling, West Bengal, which is his home for part of the year. Past projects include a bio-conservation project funded by the Critical Ecosystem Protection Fund (CEPF). In south India Rico has worked with several private clients whose projects include a university, a healing centre, a children's camp and assisting local farmers and tribal people to convert to organic agriculture. Past projects have included wetlands construction for wildlife, a school and many private consultations on farms and homesteads. He is currently helping to organise the International Permaculture Conference in India in 2017 and will be one of the main teachers.

Rico´s permaculture work in India

Rico´s permaculture work in India


  • Full Certified Permaculture Teacher Training course - 8 days teaching = 680€

  • Accommodation in retreat centre (shared 2 person room), all organic meals and snacks, lifts to and from local town - 9 nights = 375€

  • TOTAL COST = 1055,00€


  • You can pay your deposit or full fee via bank transfer: email us at info(at) for details or online here (for a small extra fee to cover booking costs)