On Permaculture | Rakesh Rootsman
09 December 2015

Rakesh Rootsman

Rakesh "Rootsman Rak" is 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 over 120 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses. His design portfolio ranges from large scale forest gardens, private farms, retrofitting orchards to being low maintenance, zero maintenance small back garden food growing systems through to many urban community food growing gardens, as well as designing collaborative businesses, urban water retention systems and even computer software and documentation systems. He is one of the founders of the Children in Permaculture project which was launched at the International Permaculture Convergence in 2015. 

About the workshop

Rakesh Rootsman, while on a residency at CONA, conducted workshops and gave talks in and around Mumbai. Of the many talks that were organised, one was at the School of Environment and Architecture, a talk at The HIVE, Carter Road, Bandra, and conducted Permaculture Design workshop at Gulzar Homestay in Murud. It was a certified course with 12 sessions and each participant was expected to make a design presentation at the end of the course. This course gave insight into how can permaculture be used to create rich beneficial relationships between people, communities and their surroundings including how to grow food, design houses and create economic stability, while also enriching and taking care of nature. All of which gave a sense of tranquillity and deep satisfaction that one is contributing to make the world a better place. Special emphasis was put in creating a temporary community for the duration of the course, where social permaculture tools were used to make sure everyone's needs are met, so that everybody enjoyed living together in a joyful, supportive learning environment. This 90 hour experiential workshop ran from Saturday 13th to Thursday 25th Feb 2016.

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