Formation en Permaculture : Les jardins forêts (En anglais)  

Du 14 au 15 avril et/ou du 16 au 18 avril 2018

Rakesh est invité par le Village de Pourgues pour nous fait découvrir ses secrets du jardin forêt à travers deux stages cumulables en anglais (Stage théorique puis pratique). Du 14 au 15 avril et/ou du 16 au 18 avril 2018.


2 days introduction to forest gardening: Sat 14th and Sunday 15th of April
3 days Intensive Design and Practical: Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th of April

Imagine your garden looking as lovely as a woodland edge, which produces an abundance of nutrient dense food and will ultimately need very little digging, weeding, manual watering or pest control - ‘an edible forest garden’.

Forest gardening is a way of growing food where nature does most of the work for you. Modelled on natural woodland, crops are grown in different layers from high and medium sized canopy to roots, ground cover and climbers.

Through careful planning plants are chosen which have beneficial effects on each other, attract beneficial insects and create a healthy biodiverse rich system that maintains its own fertility. Once established, your main task will be harvesting!

This workshop will give you the tools you need to design your own forest garden. You will learn about its history, its benefits, and soil fertility, nutrients, valuing diversity, surveying and map making, observing and learning from nature, how to place the right plant in the right place.
We will apply the theory as we go to the land around us, co-creating a forest garden onsite.

Course will be taught in English and led by Rakesh “Rootsman Rak” - experienced Permaculture designer/teacher and Forest Garden specialist, yoga teacher and homeopath. He has been growing food for 40 years, and has been designing and teaching edible landscaping, permaculture, forest gardening, etc. Rakesh has designed and implemented forest gardens from small-scale private gardens and schools, to farms, community gardens, communal nature gardens, as well as designing a forest garden on part of a 30-hectare ecovillage in Croatia.

** 2 day Introduction Saturday and Sunday
- History of forest gardening
- Why make a food forest
- Layout of a forest garden
- How to ensure your food forest has enough nutrients
- Multifunctional pathways
- Creating abundance and resilience
- Low maintenance food growing
- Patterns in nature for forest gardens
- Understanding and maximising edge
- Site tour (off-grid eco-community, land regeneration, permaculture gardens)

** 3 day Intensive Design and Practical Monday to Wednesday
- Creating your personal detailed designs
- Creating and implementing a design for the host site
- Water management
- Succession planning
- Implementation plans
- Tree and plant guilds
- Practical work (Earth-works, Planting guilds, Sheet-mulching beds, etc)
- Nutrition and food preservation practical demo

Projection and discussion topics will be proposed on certain evenings, it's up to you to decide how you wish to organise the free time. 


We want this course to be accessible to all and are accepting sliding scale payments depending on what you can afford. We ask you to offer what you can- if you can pay more this helps others to share in this experience. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

Suggested payments: 20 to 50 € per day

(food and accomodation not included)


The community of Village de Pourgues receives us in their space, so the food and accommodation costs are separate from the teaching costs.

Food : They will prepare lunch and some afternoon snacks for us every day at 7€ per day. 

Food and Accomodation : For people who need accommodation, it's possible to stay over for 10€ participation, this includes dinner and breakfast.

The sleepover spots are limited, so if you live further away, please contact Jerome by email at