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Permaculture Design Course in Costa Rica

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  • sign up here Permaculture Design Certification, Longo Mai Ecological Center, February 18- March 3, 2017 (arrive to Costa Rica February 16, travel to site February 17, depart site March 4)                        $1875 includes meals and hosting by local families.


Participants receive an internationally recognized certificate in Permaculture Design. Course syllabus is found here.

Permaculture Learning

The course is packed with learning, group design projects, practical assignments, classroom discussion and village activities. Participants are involved in design exercises, seasonal harvest, garden projects, learning the basics of water and orchard management, soil fertility building and much more.

Participants stay at the host family of the village of Longo Mai, in an authentic, cross-cultural encounter. A visitor is not a peripheral spectator but a participant in everyday life of the village as active contributor. Please take time to learn more about the village of Longo Mai here.

Ample hands-on learning opportunities are offered as part of this course.

Family-scale production gardens, fruit orchards, domestic animals, restoration projects and herbal gardens offer opportunities for learning land-based living skills. 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, abilities and backgrounds are attracted to this class.

Course Information

DATES: February 18th (arrive to location February 17,  arrive to Costa Rica on or before February 16) through March 3rd (depart location March 4)

TRAVEL/ BUDGETING: Due to travel distances and timing, please arrive to San Jose, Costa Rica on February 16th, two days before the class. We suggest you spend a night at the reasonable and lovely Hotel Aranjuez,($35/55 per night, reservations required, this is high season!) or at Margarita’s Guest House ($35/night).  We arrange a chartered van door-to-door service from either location to the course  location, the fee is an additional $35-40 one way, paid directly to the driver – participants may also travel by public bus ($6 plus about $30 taxi to the bus station). Your meals and accommodations during the class are included in the class fee. There are lovely crafts to buy at the village.  Email us with questions about planning your attendance!

SETTING AND WEATHER:  Costa Rica is a wonderful place to visit in the winter as it the weather is sunny and pleasant. Beautiful settings offer ample spaces for indoor and outdoor learning and being. We recommend simple attire for your stay, with a layer for cooler nights, work clothing, swimwear and sun protection.

MEALS: Simple and ample campesino style meals are offered by the host families on all class  days. Course participants are included in harvest and garden work, and sometimes in the prep work. Reasonable accommodation for food allergies can be made, but please contact us in advance.

CLASS LOGISTICS: Permaculture classes are held for six hours every day, a lot of this time is spent in the classroom. Tours of the local craft shops, chocolate workshop, a class on preparing traditional food stuffs, There are also inspirational movies and conversation time. This course is attended by adult participants of all ages.

There are one or two days off in the middle of the class when the participants are free to explore local attractions.

INSTRUCTORS: Scott Pittman, Jason Gerhardt and guests. Read about Scott and Jason here.

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 Scott for help planning your course attendance.