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Permaculture Design Course in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Permaculture School

sign up here Permaculture Design Certification, Escuela de la Tierra, Costa Rica January 27th – February 10th, 2018.  $1875 includes meals and hosting by village 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 projects, classroom discussion, and village activities. Participants are involved in design exercises, seasonal harvest, garden projects, water management, soil fertility building and much more.

Participants stay with a host family in the village of Longo Mai, in a welcoming, authentic, cross-cultural encounter. A visitor is not a peripheral spectator here, but a participant in the everyday life of the village. 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:

Production gardens, astonishing food forests, domestic animals, restoration projects, and amazing people 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: January 27th (arrive to location January 26th, arrive to Costa Rica on or before January 25th) through February 10th (depart location February 11th).

TRAVEL/ BUDGETING: Due to travel distances and timing, please arrive to San Jose, Costa Rica on January 25th, 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 WEATHERCosta Rica is a wonderful place to visit in the winter, as the weather is sunny and pleasant. Beautiful settings offer ample spaces for indoor and outdoor learning. We recommend simple attire for your stay, with a layer for cooler nights, work clothing, swimwear and sun protection for afternoon swims. Midday temperatures are in the low 80’s F, cooling off to the low 60’s F at night (mid 20’s during the day and mid teens at night Celsius).

MEALS: Campesino style meals with tropical foods are offered by the host families on all class days. Course participants are included in harvest and garden 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. There will be abundant time covering the life-changing permaculture design curriculum, doing hands-on village improvement projects, and working on a design project for the school. Experiential tours of the village craft shops, chocolate workshop, tropical food forests, waterfalls, and other attractions are available on breaks and days off. There are also inspirational films and conversation 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, which includes pacific coast beaches, some of the most biodiverse rainforest preserves on earth, local towns, or hanging out in the village and relaxing.

INSTRUCTORS: Scott Pittman, Jason Gerhardt, and local 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 us for help planning your attendance.