’m so happy to announce that we are finally going to offer a PDC here, on OCTOBER 1-14, 2017! That’s coming right up so hopefully it works for you!
The best part of it is that most of us who live here at Rancho Delicioso are going to be taking this program ourselves. Everyone wants that PDC! This will include me (Geoff), my wife Yasmin, our employees Adrian and Julito, plus Ken and Janine Jordan who live here, and perhaps a few more people from around the area. So it’s a good way to get to know us, and sure to be extra fun.
Because we are doing this mainly for ourselves we are offering it really cheap. Normally it’s around $1200-$1500 for a PDC but this will be cheaper, as follows:
Private Loft, solo: $1500
Private Loft, shared: $1000 each
Hanging bed, shared: $1000 each
Costa Rica citizens and residents, 15% off.
We have hired our amazing friends Sam Kenworthy and Scott Gallant, who are teachers from two nearby permaculture centers: Cirenas and Rancho Mastatal.
What is a Permaculture Design Course
Join Rancho Delicioso for a life-changing 2-week 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 deisng 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
Unlike the PYP and PSP programs we offer now, this isn’t a vacation. It’s an intense set of workshops, with 72+ hours of instruction, where you’ll get a lot of hands on experience, but also a lot of time spent listening to presentations on the many subjects related to permaculture. With a PDC you’ll be qualified to teach an Intro to Permaculture course like we offer now in our PYP.
We have a limit of perhaps 8-10 more people.
Book Now for October 1-14, 2017
Click this link to book the program now, and pay a 50% deposit.
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