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Internationally Accredited Permaculture Design Certification

June 28, 2015 - July 8, 2015

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Internationally Accredited PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION Wet Tropics Homesteading — Building a Life in the Tropics


Finca Quijote is a Wet Tropics Permaculture Educational and Demonstration Farm. The family run farm of 517 hectares is deep in the Costa Rican Wet Tropics. Your hosts, Ginnee, Felipe, Erika, and William have ten years of experience on the developing of sustainable systems and healing the lands from decades of neglect. Composting, hydro-electric, bio-digester, plant nurseries, and native forage crop development are just a few of the sustainable systems being used.

Visitors, students and researchers are welcomed and treated to a truly beautiful, protected, and wild landscape. All foods for meals are grown locally or on-site. A truly off-grid homestead. PDC and specialty classes are taught by certified instructors from the Permaculture Research Institute and by practicing specialists.Study permaculture and the tropics in the setting of a completed Costa Rica forest homestead. 



  • 72+ Hours of Intensive Instruction — Course Outline
  • Outdoor & Indoor Classrooms
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
  • Small Class Sizes (16 maximum) with Like-Minded Classmates
  • Complete Topical Presentations with Exercises, Hands-on Skills
  • All Documentation and a Binder for Notes and Further Study
  • A One Year Full Access to the “Natural Capital Plant Database”
  • Personal Consultations and Advanced Topics Upon Request
  • Personal Research Opportunities and Reading Assignments
  • Fresh Water Swimming, Hiking, Wildlife Watching, and Horses
  • Tour of Local Ancient Indigenous Sites with Agricultural Systems
  • Hands-on Construction of Human Powered Mechanisms
  • Nighty DVD Presentations and Camp Fires (optional)
  • Quiet Study Areas and Natural Spaces of Tropical Solitude


Daniel Halsey is a co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening (2014), a PRI certified permaculture designer, teacher for the Permaculture Research Institute, and director of PRI/USA. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and Masters of Professional Studies degree in Horticulture.

During his twenty-five year career he has developed skills in graphic design and illustration, which he uses to illustrate the plant systems he designs for transforming farms and ornamental landscapes to edible forest gardens and sustainable systems.

Dan and Ginny live on a twenty-five acre wetland Savannah called SouthWoods, in Prior Lake, Minnesota, USA where they have manage self-sustaining forest gardens of fruiting trees, shrubs and nut crops. SouthWoods incorporates permaculture principals in all aspects of living.


$1,500 per person. Reserve your spot with a $500 deposit up front and pay balance by June 14, 2015. Each participant has a one year designer access to the “Natural Capital Plant Database”, and authenticated certificates from the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (upon completion of the course).

Sleeping accommodations included.

Each “Early Bird Paid” student will receive Mollison’s Permaculture Designer Manual, or a copy of Integrated Forest Gardening.

Early Bird Fee Structure:
$1,500 per person (Pay by June 1, 2015 with a check and receive the Mollison Designer Manual Free, or save $40.) Reserve your spot with a $100 deposit up front and send a check by June 1, 2015.

Students are responsible for airfare and ground transportation. Transportation to Finca Quijote needs to be arranged in advance and includes options such as airport pickup or public bus. After reserving your space in the course, we can discuss your transportation options.



Finca Quijote
Turrialba, Costa Rica
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Erika Anne Hope

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