Courses, Katka Horackova

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 every year we organise some courses in English...

IPC (Introduction to Permaculture) with Katka Horáčková in Prague, March 2020

 course on basic of permaculture ina community garden in Prague, including edible greens, polycultred, forest garden issue....


we can offer INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE course in English in Prague or Merboltice, when there are more than 8 participants

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In autumn 2019 we organized...


Prague, November 7 - 10, 2019


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in 2017 we organised....

Forest Gardens in Practice - residential course 

with Tomas Remiarz, September 7. - 10., Merboltice, North Bohemia

This course will teach you how to design, plant and maintain a forest garden. We will use the land and people around for a practical example. You will learn to observe the land around you, ask questions of the people using the site and analyse the gathered information. We will explore how to combine trees, shrubs and perennial plants and how to organise planting, harvesting and maintenance.

Topis that we will cover:

  • Forest gardens for homes, neighbourhoods, public spaces, market gardens and farms

  • Designing with and for people

  • Reading and understanding the landscape as a starting point for site design

  • Trees, bushes, herbs and ground cover, climbers, roots, mushrooms and how to choose them

  • Combining beauty and functionality

  • Converting orchards into forest gardens

  • Design for easy maintenance

Tomas Remiarz

Tomas has 20 years experience in permaculture design, teaching and practice, having worked in the UK and various European countries. He has worked with trees and forest gardens for a long time, from upland reforestation to community orchards and forest gardens. His new book, Forest gardening in Practice, is the first systematic review of temperate forest gardening, and it will be available during the course.


Tomas currently lives on a co-operative smallholding at the England/Wales border (Earthworm Housing Cooperative). He has been to Czech Republic to teach courses on permaculture design, international Permaculture Design Course in 2015 and more can be found about the teacher at Brittish Associacion website:


More information:



Forest gardening in practice - presentation, launch of the book and discussion
with Tomas  Remiarz in Prague



Past courses:

Sociocracy workshop with Rakesh „Rootsman Rak"

May 16 – 17, 2017 in Prague

Are you...

  • Passionate about wanting to work together, but end up in long unproductive meetings which take forever to find consensus or where the loudest voices are the only ones heard?
  • Want an efficient alternative decision making framework?
  • Promote transparency and accountability?
  • Get your bussiness / company / community group ready for a changing world?

Sociocracy has had 100 years of experience in collaborative working, starting in schools. It has 66 years experience of creating collaborative working businesses. It has now been unleashed into the wider world and is quickly being picked up by social activists, eco villages, co-housing projects, and various socially minded community groups and projects.

At the core of this workshop is how to efficiently make clear collaborative decisions. Sociocracy allows us to collaboratively make a clear visions of we all collectively want to go, and then gives us a systematic way to efficiently get there, in a way that everyone can quickly agree to.
The workshop will be experiential, so you will be encouraged to find the solutions yourself through a series of pertinent questions in groups and pairs, which will make walking through the solutions more understandable and meaningful.

Rakesh „Rootsman Rak" is an experienced low impact living designer and teacher from the UK, specialising in community resilience, permaculture, creating food forests and low maintenance food growing systems. He has worked as an advisor to several community projects in London and throughout Europe and has taught in many countries around the world. Rakesh has turned his dyslexia to his advantage by developing a talent for observation and hands on learning and teaching methods. At a young age he established a successful computer consultancy and, after achieving financial independence, acquired skills as a homeopath and yoga teacher which he put to use in Ananda Marga humanitarian relief projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Along with Permaculture Rakesh focuses on the human skills of communication and planning so necessary for successful communities.

Who should attend: This workshop is for everyone who want to work more effectively in a groups and make better decisions together.




with George Sobol  (Brittish Permaculture Association)

17. - 21. 8. 2016

Toulcův dvůr, Prague, Czech Republic


The Training of Teachers has a long tradition in permaculture education and this course is suitable for anyone teaching, or interested in teaching permaculture or other related topics. This is the first international teacher training course in Czech Republic.


Target group

This course is suitable for anyone interested in teaching permaculture and/or other related topics. The aim of the course is to enable people to deliver permaculture courses, however the subjects and techniques covered will also be useful in teaching other subjects. While permaculture topics will be used to practice teaching, this course is NOT a design course, people should ideally have completed a full PDC before. You will not be taught permaculture on this course – rather you will have a chance to try out teaching it yourself. Each participant will have at least two opportunities for teaching a 20-minute slot, one individually and one in pairs or small groups.

Content of the course :


  • Ethics, principles and patterns of teaching and learning

  • Course formats appropriate to different audiences and subjects

  • Learning goals and Learning needs assessment

  • Designing programmes for short and long courses

  • Session planning and preparation

  • Micro-teach sessions

  • Practical sessions and tours

  • Course teams and preparation

  • Publicity and marketing

  • Budgets

  • People care during courses

  • Working with officials

After this course you will be able to :
  • Find niches for your skills and background in transmitting permaculture ideas, as part of effective teaching teams

  • Identify learners' needs and develop ways
    of accommodating them

  • Develop short/long course programmes for various audiences and at different levels

  • Create imaginative and realistic lesson plans

  • Lead and facilitate sessions using a variety of teaching tools and methods

  • Produce inspiring teaching material

  • Give constructive feedback to your peers and learners

  • Understand the responsibilities of a teacher

  • Publicise courses in print and online

  • Identify local/national education providers and develop strategies of working with them

Toulcuv dvur is a unique historical farm stead at the edge of Prague with 8ha of land, next to modern blocks of flats. The derelic farm was “raised from ashes” by a group of enthusiastic teachers and activists and now serves as an environmental education centre and city farm with animals. Activities include daily visits of school groups, a mothers' club, farmers markets and craft meetings at weekends. The venue offers a dining room, organic shop and infocentre for public. During the course we will also visit several active community gardens where we will carry out practical activities and design projects.

The course will be taught in English and all taught sessions will be translated into Czech/Slovak. Student contributions will be translated into English when necessary. This means it is suitable for people without knowledge of English, and also it is suitable for not Czech/Slovak speakers. The method and extent of translation will depend on the situation and the number of people needing it. Micro-teaching sessions delivered in Czech will not usually need translating, but feedback from them will.

George Sobol - the teacher
George has been teaching permaculture courses since 1989.

After completing a PDC in 1990 with Andy Langford, George was a co-ordinator for the Brittish Permaculture Association for 4 years. In 1994 George and his partner Patsy Garrar launched the Permaculture Education Project. As well as working in England, his focus has been the development and delivery of permaculture training and permaculture teacher training programmes in Central and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine) and thus knows the region very well and continues to teach locally, nationally and internationally by invitation. George is a trustee of Plants For A Future since 2009.

In parallel with the permaculture teaching George has worked for 16 years with the Workers’ Educational Association [WEA - the largest provider of adult education in Britain]. This work included the development of innovative training programmes for tutors and community focused projects.




SUMMER SCHOOL of Permaculture designing FOREST GARDENS   
25. - 28. 8. 2016     
Merboltice, Czech Republic

Forest gardens have been growing for centuries in tropical countries and have become popular in colder climates over the last 30 years. They use and adapt the principles working in natural landscapes to combine trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs and vegetables in a productive garden. You can plant a forest garden almost anywhere - in a small urban garden, on a farm, in a park or community garden.

This course will teach you how to design, plant and maintain a forest garden. We will use the land and people around for a practical example. You will learn to observe the land around you, ask questions of the people using the site and analyse the gathered information. We will explore how to combine trees, shrubs and perennial plants and how to organise planting, harvesting and maintenance.

In a well managed forest garden you can grow a lot of fruit and vegetables in a small space with relatively little effort. Forest gardens can produce food, medicine, fuel, timber other products. They can be used to regulate local climate and water and build soil over many years. They can be beautiful in formal or wild ways.

Topis that we will cover:

trees, bushes, plants, herbs, climbers, roots, mushrooms and how to choose them
landscape, slopes, swales, terraces, trelisses and how to work with them
advanced permaculture design and forest gardens
water, nutrients, nitrogen needs
planting,  maintenance, tree propagation, harvesting, preserving food
community life and work and business in a rural village in North Bohemia
culture, art, music and more entertainment

Venue: Merboltice 95, accessible by train and bus.  90 km north of Prague in direction to Dresden.

We will meet in a village set among rolling hills and volcanos covered in mixed forests, surrounded by organically managed meadows. And we will design around two houses, which are turning into a permaculture training center offering experience in natural building crafts, intensive gardens and extensive land-use, scythe use, land-art, yoga and meditation and tea ceremonies.... you are invited to be a part of it...

Tomas Remiarz
has 20 years experience in permaculture design, teaching and practice, having worked in the UK and various European countries. He has worked with trees and forest gardens for a long time, from upland reforestation to community orchards and forest gardens. For the last 3 years he has been researching for a book of forest garden case studies that will be published later this year.
He currently lives on a co-operative smallholding at the England/Wales border (EarthwormHousingCooperative).

Katka Horackova
planted trees and bushes in "her first" forest garden in 1995 at borders of Germany and the Netherlands and since then continues to want to learn more about permaculture and trees. She spent over 20 years volunteering in farms, gardens and community projects and now lectures specialized courses on seed-saving, plant-propagating, herbalism, garden-design, self-sufficiency, always combined with some practical experience. She also contributes to permaculture publications, gives public talks and consultations and as a student of Ayurveda she also invites yoga and ayurveda into her seminars.
She lives in Merboltice.




Here is a report from our first International Permaculture Design Course (PDC) that took place in August 2015
Seventeen students and four apprentice teachers met for two weeks at the Sluňákov eco centre in Moravia with an experienced British teacher Tomas Remiarz (UK). We had a wonderful time full of learning, sharing and design practice. The weather was extremelly hot and dry and we were lucky to stay near lakes and beatifull Nature reserve of a flood plain forest within a walking and/or cycling distance.

The diverse group of students included people from Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Spanish and English regions and to spice up our European pool, we had also Jaqueline from Hong Kong. Sluňákov proved to be an ideal venue providing us with environmentally friendly accommodation, tasty vegetarian and vegan food, very friendly local personnel, and a magical surrounding area with lots of wilderness (to observe natural processes) and also with art structures (to make us contemplate on the imput of culture into nature) - see The 72 hours programme of PDC included also a field trip to a nearby demonstration permaculture site Těšíkovská Bydlina (see and enough time to melt into the local community.

You can find more news and photos from this course here:

and here are a few impressions from the participants:

'a fabulous learning experience, I learnt so much during the course and enjoyed the opportunity to apply the knowledge during the group project and presentation during the second week.' 'The course was taught by a number of teachers, all of whom put so much into teaching us, the variety of teaching methods was stimulating and encouraged deep learning.' 'We were well cared for, the days well planned and adapted to the various needs of the group and the accommodation within an eco-building was prefect with interesting grounds to explore' ' Being part of an international course gave an interesting insight into permaculture around the world.'
Mike, England

The course was well prepared and well organized, intense and challenging - especially for those who have no background in natural sciences - but creative with friendly atmosphere, interesting teaching methods, nice teachers and diversity of participants in a wonderful place. I enjoyed it a lot.
Marta, Prague

"Eyes-open experience. Excellent teachers and good classmates. Nice balance between classroom theories and field observations. I would highly recommend this course to those people who have serious attitude toward life and earth. "
Jacqueline, Honk Kong

I thought I understand permaculture before and that I can design gardens, but after lectures from Tomas I finally see the practical impact of permaculture design in all of my activities. And don't forget about patterns... patterns everywhere! All together with lots of nice people, great organization and nice food.
Jozef, Slovakia

Co je permakultura

Permakultura je…

  • Zdravý selský rozum a cit aplikovaný v praxi
  • Systém designu založený na ekologických principech
  • Umění vytvářet navzájem prospěšné vztahy
  • Vytváření trvale udržitelných systémů na základě spolupráce s přírodou.

Permakultura je založena na pozorování a využívání přírodních koloběhů, vazeb a vztahů k designování všeho, co potřebujeme k životu: účinné a zdravé produkce potravin, bydlení, systémů poskytujících energii i samotných lidských komunit. Cílem je vyšší kvalita života, který by byl provázaný s prostředím a šetrný vůči přírodě. Permakultura využívá starobylé tradiční postupy, stejně jako moderní technologie a poznatky současné vědy. Více


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Permakultura (CS), z. s.

Náš spolek má dlouhou tradici (založen 1996) a je součástí širokého mezinárodního permakulturního hnutí. Pořádáme mezinárodně uznávané kurzy permakulturního designu (PDC – Permaculture Design Certificate) a další specializované kurzy, viz Naším hlavním cílem je sdílení zkušeností a šíření informací o permakultuře ve středoevropských podmínkách. Více


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