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Permaculture Design Course in Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Valle Escondido Preserve, Monteverde, central Costa Rica. Permaculture Design Course June 26th-July 10th, 2017

Fees: $1875 includes meals and camping


The Hidden Valley Farm family-scale rich learning setting with its bio-intensive gardens, protected rainforest, young tropical orchard, native edible and medicinal plant nursery, water management systems, and soil building projects. Enjoy your permaculture studies at Valle Escondido Preserve, a 40-acre nature reserve that hosts both primary and secondary forest, waterfalls and private hiking trails. Winding their way through a natural wildlife corridor, the trails of the Preserve are a great way to experience the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.

The owner, Jonah Chaffee, took his first permaculture design course through the Permaculture Institute in 2012, and since then has contributed to different permaculture events and workshops throughout Costa Rica, and in the US.

The Valle Escondido Preserve offers a rich learning setting with its bio-intensive gardens, protected primary rainforest, young tropical orchards, water management systems, and soil building projects.  Course participants join daily activities of the Preserve, helping with gardening, harvest, and erosion control projects. They receive an immense amount of practical knowledge, and the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.  Course syllabus is found here. Email us with questions here.

Course material is universal to every ecosystem, and knowledge acquired in this class is easily applied in other locations and settings. Participants of a wide range of ages and backgrounds are attracted to this class, making it a rich and life-changing experience for everyone.

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Life at the Valle Escondido Preserve is exuberant, with daily visitations from monkeys, Coatis, Olingos, Agutis, Bellbirds and Toucans, exotic insects and reptiles. Participants have two days off, and can choose to visit numerous local attractions, including a must-do visit to the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest.The Cloud Forest shelters countless wildlife species, including jaguars, ocelots and the colorfully plumed resplendent quetzal. The reserve’s marked trails cut through ferns and orchids, and way overhead, suspended bridges allow walks above the forest canopy.

DATES: Course: June 26th-July 10th, 2017 (for travel planning, please see detailed itinerary below!)

TRAVEL/ BUDGETING: Due to travel distances and timing, we recommend the following itinerary. All travel fees are paid by class attendance and are not part of the class fees.

  • Arrive to San Jose, Costa Rica two days before class, June 24th. We recommend Margarita’s Guest House for your stay, inexpensive, simple, safe and charming. Cost is $35-55/night
  • We engage services of a tourist van driver, departing 9am on the day before class, June 25th. We arrive to class location mid-afternoon. Van fees are $45-50 one way, travel on your own via public bus is possible, and will cost the same or more due to having engage taxis. We can assist with pick up from the bus station in Monteverde.
  • Days off: TBA. Participants explore the area’s attractions. No meals are provided at the Inn during days off.
  • Class ends late in the day, July 10th. Departure is early morning on July 11th, on your own or via chartered tourist van.


  • Camping (with your own camping gear) is included in the cost of this class. If transporting camping gear via air is problematic, please consider the indoor accommodation option.
  • Indoor accommodations choices include 2 double occupancy rooms for couples ($320 total), two double occupancy rooms with separate beds ($180 each) and 3 shared rooms for 3 guests each ($180 each).

CLASS LOGISTICS: Permaculture classes are held for six hours every day. There is ample midday siesta time to allow for reading, garden work, and rest. There are two days off in the middle of the class (TBA); no meals are offered on the days off. There are multiple local attractions to visit.

There are evening gatherings, inspirational movies and conversation time. This course is attended by adult participants of all ages. Please contact us if potential participant is younger than 18.


Three ample meals are included in the course fee and are offered on all class days. There are no meals on the days off. Poultry and fish are served, and course participants are included in harvest and garden work. Reasonable accommodation for food allergies can be made, but please contact us in advance. Within the hotel is a small cafe that has snacks, treats and espresso for sale, with free internet access. food harvest cooking copy


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sign up hereYour payment + essay are your registration. Course non-refundable deposit of $300 secures your space in class. Full payment is due one month before class starts. QUESTIONS? Contact us for help planning your course attendance.