Permaculture Design Certification Course

The Monteverde cloud forest of Costa Rica is world-renowned and we are delighted to offer a course here at Valle Escondido Preserve, a biodiversity preserve and Permaculture farm. Former graduates of a Permaculture Institute PDC are our hosts, providing a welcoming environment that provides a glimpse of what can be done with the skillset of the PDC.

Participants will stay in the beautiful settings of the preserve, with abundant wild natural systems to learn from all around. Permaculture demonstrations from aquaculture to tropical agroforestry abound on-site. We will use the site to build our own skillsets, helping advance the goals of the caretaker. Course material is universal to every ecosystem, and the knowledge acquired in this class is easily applied in other locations and settings. Worldwide participants of a wide range of ages, abilities and backgrounds are attracted to this class. Please explore the preserve to learn more about Valle Escondido.

Participants receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate from Permaculture Institute. The course syllabus can be found here.

Course Information


TBD 2019


Larry Santoyo and guests. Read about the instructors here.


Permaculture classes are held for six hours every day. There will be abundant time for the life-changing permaculture design course curriculum, hands-on village improvement projects, and a design project for Valle Escondido Preserve. Experiential tours of the preserve and surrounding areas with waterfalls, and other attractions are available on breaks and days off. There are also inspirational films and hang out time in the evenings and at lunch. This course attracts adult participants of all ages.

There are two days off in the middle of the class when participants are free to explore local attractions, including other nature preserves in the area, volcanoes, local towns, or just relaxing at the preserve and enjoying some quiet time.


Due to travel distances and timing, please arrive to Liberia, Costa Rica one full day before the class. We arrange a chartered van service to the course location. The fee is an additional $35-40 one way, paid directly to the driver.


Monteverde, Costa Rica is a world-wide destination for it’s beauty and biodiversity. The weather is cooler than most of the tropics due to higher elevations. We recommend simple attire for your stay, with warm layers for fluctuating cooler temps, work clothing, swimwear and sun protection. Midday temperatures can warm to the high 70’s F, and cool off to the low 40’s and 50’s F at night (20’s during the day and low teens at night Celsius). The cloud forests of Costa Rica experience cooler temperatures and variable weather due to the mountainous setting. This location has abundant indoor and outdoor learning spaces to adapt to the weather.


Meals will be prepared by the preserve with tropical foods and other delights. Course participants are welcome to help with food prep and/or garden work when feasible. Reasonable accommodation for food allergies can be made, but please contact us in advance so we can plan for you.


Contact us for help planning your attendance.

Erika HaranoMonteverde PDC