Rakesh ‘Rootsman Rak’
Your trainer/facilitator bio
An experienced permaculture designer, teacher, forest garden specialist, Transition town initiator, yoga teacher (asanas and philosophy), homeopath for disaster relief work, and reggae DJ, Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture since 2009. He has led over 600 trainings on permaculture, eco-village design, community building, and holistic life design.
Rakesh is passionate about building communities, social permaculture, sociocracy, dragon dreaming, creating strong social bonds, and clarifying how to creatively meet your needs in a project or community. His own journey of self-empowerment (learning how to make whatever you need rather than relying on the system to provide it), includes eco-architecture (low impact housing); capturing and storing energy (electricity, heat, lighting, etc); fuel-efficient heating systems (rocket heaters and stoves); water capture, purification and recycling systems; natural beekeeping. All of these inform his teaching.
He is one of the founders of the Children in Permaculture project (CiP), Youth in Permaculture (YiP) project, BIPOC permaculture network, Roots n Permaculture Teachers Community, as well as the Roots n Permaculture Learning Community (for all his students). Rakesh previously taught computers to businesses before Windows was a thing (anyone remember MS Dos?).