Permaculture Design Certification Course

  • Finca Morpho Finca Morpho
  • 14km Sur de Bomba de Osa en la calla de Matapalo con puerton murado, Puerto Jiménez, 60702
  • Dec 1 - 14, 2019 (14 days)

Event Highlights

  • 80% locally sourced organic food
  • Access to: surfing, paddleboarding, local river/waterfall hikes, lots of wildlife viewing
  • A friendship and connection with Finca Morpho Community; learn how it is structured in the design of a tree; ceremony and unity/connection building practices, the vision of regenerative design
  • Ongoing activities around the farm; space and options to participate in meditation, yoga, or morning exercise, beach walks or jogging, music, art, beach platform chillin' local farmers/artisan markets and events.
  • Daily visits from various species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, parrots, and many bird species

Schedule

8 AM Breakfast

9AM garden

12PM Lunch

1-3PM Break

3PM Class

6PM Dinner

7PM Free time

About This Event

Finca Morpho's first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is founded on the material originally developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, co-creators of the concept and name "permaculture."

This course follows the internationally recognized certificate curriculum, and will be taught by a team of teachers on the cutting edge of the regenerative agriculture, ecovillage, and land repair movements, led by Peter Bane, long-time publisher of Permaculture Activist Magazine USA, and Executive Director of Permaculture Institute of North America.

Peter holds diplomas from PINA, Permaculture Institute-USA, and the Permaculture Assn. of Britain. His career spans 30 years working in temperate and tropical countries throughout the Americas, during which he has trained nearly 2,000 students, designed properties for scores of land-owning clients, and has worked for cities, universities, and community groups. He is the author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country.

Also leading the course is Nicolo Scifo, who began his environmental activism in 1989 with Greenpeace and Western Canada Wilderness Committee, continued his regenerative education through community and cooperative living and working, organic farming and heritage seed preservation, and turned to permaculture in 1995. He has extensive experience in construction and landscaping.

To these foundational practices, Nicolo added studies in psychology/counseling arts, seeing the importance of self-awareness to heal past personal and collective traumas, and how that relates to building healthy intentional communities with the use of life skills and techniques such as non-violent communication, sociocracy, and conflict resolution. He is presently co-creating a Permaculture Institute and School of Life Skills at Finca Morpho, Costa Rica.

What's Included

  • Includes:
  • 13 days of full on education, full day classes; one day break in the middle of the course
  • 3 meals/day of over 80% locally sourced organic food
  • A variety of accommodations to choose from
  • Extras; access to: surfing, paddleboarding, local river/waterfall hikes, lots of wildlife viewing
  • A friendship and connection with Finca Morpho Community; learn how it is structured in the design of a tree; ceremony and unity/connection building practices, the vision of regenerative design
  • Ongoing at at around the farm; space and options to participate in meditation, yoga, or morning exercise, beach walks or jogging, music, art, beach platform chillin', local farmers/artisan markets and events, daily visits from various species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, parrots, and many bird species

What's Not Included

Flights and additional personal spending

Venue Highlights

Finca Morpho has two distinct seasons, community season and introspective season. Community season focuses on the shared experience with many optional activities that include permaculture, yoga, meditation, dancing, singing, authentic relating, crafting, and more. We have a few required activities, including weekly 'MOOP' and Recycling days and communal meal participation. There are plenty of people and activities to fill your time and find new and old passions. This season runs from April to August.


Introspective season is designed to focus on personal growth by maximizing free time for self-care and development. There are little to no activities scheduled, and no guaranteed communal meals. Anyone can offer meals or activities but they are neither frequent or consistent. Plenty of projects are going on however, and work traders may come to the farm to accomplish various planned tasks. This season runs from September to February.

Accommodations

Accommodations are self-sufficient, rustic and beautifully set amongst the jungle

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Communal kitchen access
Communally cooked meals
Over 80% locally sourced organic

Directions

Directions from San Jose International Airport -

As you exit the airport there is a bus that is the main street that go by. If you take bus number 23 and get off next to the children's hospital you can then walk to the Blanco Lobo Station. but if you don't feel comfortable it is a $20 taxi ride to the Blanco Lobo Station There are 2 buses that leave from the Blanco Lobo Station at the intersection of Calle 12 and Avenidas 7/9 in the Coca Cola District of San Jose. The first one leaves at 8 am and the second leaves at 12 pm and are around $15 dollars to Puerto Jimenez.

We highly recommend using the bus system, which is an 8-hour trip that allows you to see a lot of the country. The bus will bring you to Puerto Jimenez and from here you can catch a taxi to the farm. Our address is 14km Sur de Bomba de Osa en la calla de Matapalo con Puerto Murado.

There are 2 small engine airlines that also take daily trips to Puerto Jimenez. Sansa and Nature Air are at the airport and from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, it is an hour-long flight.


Driving Directions - When you are in Puerto Jimenez you follow you the only paved road till it ends and turn right at an intersection that has the Gas Station Bomba de Osa and a BM grocery store. From here we are 14km south on this road with a purple gate on your left and a sign that says Finca Morpho. Make sure to check your Odometer.

If you arrive and are unable to catch one of the two buses or an airplane, then there is a cheap hostel called Hotel Cala very close to the airport, where you can stay for the night and arrange for a taxi early in the morning before traffic hits.

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