PDC – Permaculture Design Course 2018

  • Rancho Delicioso Rancho Delicioso
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Sep 29 - Oct 14, 2018 (16 days)
  • PDC - Hanging Bed - $1,490.00 PDC - Off Site / Camping - $990.00 PDC - Private Loft Room - $2,190.00 PDC - Single Bed - $1,290.00

About us

Join Rancho Delicioso for a life-changing 15 night / 16 day experience in Permaculture Design.

The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse, multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Viewing the surroundings of Rancho Delicioso through the lens of a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for human habitats.

Based in the tropical climate of Costa Rica, the course will speak to design work in the tropics, but will also address temperate climate design and implementation. Putting Permaculture into practice, the course concludes with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design.

This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing resilient and regenerative futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education, farming and community development. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings; from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.

Topics covered include:

• History of Permaculture

• Principles and Ethics of Permaculture Design

• Design Methodologies and Site Analysis & Assessment • Pattern Languages in Culture and the Landscape • Reading the Landscape and Pattern Recogintion

• Simple Mapping and Surveying Techniques

• Client Interviews and Goal Setting

• Map Reading

• Master Planning and Design Presentations

• Climate and Microclimate Design

• Water: Cycles, Catchment, Ecology, Conservation, Treatment

• Greywater and Blackwater Systems

• Earthworks, Pond Construction, & Water Storage

• Soils: Biology, Ecology, Fertility Strategies

• Biochar, Biofertilizers, Mulching, Biomass Production, Microorganisms Cultivation, Compost Making

• Introduction to Keyline Design and Holistic Management

• Gardening from the Tropics to the Temperate Regions

• Orchards Management and Agroforestry

• Plant Propagation, Grafting, Nursery Management

• Silvopastural and Aquaculture Systems

• Fermentation, Post Harvest Handling, and Harvest Strategies

• Shelter and Siting

• Natural Building Techniques

• Urban and Suburban Permaculture Applications and Case Studies

• Energy and Appropriate Technology: Photovoltaics, Biodigestor Design, Alternative Cooking Models

• Regenerative Economic Models

• Social Structures, Decision Making, and Community Organizing

• Professional Designer Project Case Studies

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PDC – Permaculture Design Course 2018

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  • Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018 (16 days)


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