Permaculture Design Certificate Course (Fall B)
- Finca Tierra - Permaculture Education and Demonstration Center
- Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica
- Nov 13, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016 (15 days)
72 hour Permaculture Design Course & Certificate
Three daily meals
Permaculture is a conscious integrated design system based on ecology and sustainability principles to create resource efficient and productive human environments and reduce our footprint on the earth. Permaculture provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature that provide diversity, stability, and resilience. These systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food for the provision of local needs. Common practices include no-till gardening, rainwater catchment, forest gardening, and agroforestry.
Our course offers the standard 72-hour permaculture curriculum for certification recognized internationally by the permaculture movement with a special emphasis on forest gardening in the tropics. Although we will be in a tropical setting, many of the techniques will transfer directly to any climate.
Finca Tierra is a 9-acre permaculture site and has become an important center for education and community development. Infrastructural systems contain: natural buildings built with local materials ( bamboo, leaf thatch and onsite timber), terraced & medicinal plant gardens, a nursery, seed bank, developing fruit and nut orchards, food forests, native timber forestry, timber bamboo plantings, water-catchment, renewable energy systems, and composting and biological flush toilets.
In addition, you will learn about:
Principles and Ethics of Permaculture Design
Site analysis and design, from the tropics to temperate regions
Landscape master planning and microclimate design
Reading the landscape and pattern recognition
Design for climate change
Regenerative Land Management and Stewardship
Water catchment, storage, filtration, and distribution
Biologically based treatment of greywater and blackwater
Using greywater in the landscape
Natural building techniques and vernacular architecture
Plant propagation and grafting
Medicinal plant propagation, usage and preparations
Biointensive gardening and seed saving
Soil rehabilitation and fertility strategies
Orchard design and maintenance
Local and Regenerative economics
Urban and suburban permaculture strategies
Ecovillage design and community building strategies
Networking within the permaculture community and beyond
Strategies to create an alternative nation
Courses are held Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is at 7, lunch at 12 and dinner at 6. We cover 12 chapters, approximately one chapter a day, of the standard permaculture curriculum for certification. Mornings are usually filled with practical applications and afternoons dedicated with course slide lectures. Sunday is free for rest or exploring the area. We promote visiting our paradise beaches, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling and diving, waterfalls, hiking, bird and animal watching, bicycling the area etc.
The beginning of the second week includes a field trip to visit local highlights. First to the jungle, were the indigenous steward will teach us about natural medicine and traditional sustainable living*. There we overnight in hand built wooden cabins on the edge of a river. A campfire, swimming and indigenous wisdom and stories are usual activities. We also stop by a mature food forest and taste an amazing variety of unusual fruits and spices, and get a great view of Panama. To round it out we also tour a 300-acre eco-village using animal integration, with chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, horses and sheep; natural building and community scale organic agriculture.
*We can't guarantee the trip to the indigenous land because of weather and other variables (rivers at high water stage, horrendous road conditions) but its never stopped us so far so be prepared for it!
- Please register early as the course can and does fill quickly - Course price does not include airfare - $400 USD non-refundable deposit required, Course fees are refundable up until one month before the course - Meals will include traditional cuisine and farm foods - Academic credits / partial or full grants are often available to undergraduate and graduate students (inquire with us for more information) - Program is taught in English.
$1,450 (Late registration fee (10% extra) for bookings made less than two weeks before course start date)
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