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.
COURSE DATES: (2-weeks)
* If you would rather pay via international wire transfer, please email us at [email protected]
Spring A Sunday, January 8, 2017 – Sunday, January 22, 2017 (this course is followed by an internship)
* Check in is on Sunday at 2pm, followed by a brief orientation and dinner. The course starts on Monday at 8am. All course work ends on the second Saturday. Check out is on Sunday at 11 am, following breakfast.
- 72 hour Permaculture Design Course & Certificate
- Lodging – Farm stay lodging (Private bamboo cabins and shared bamboo bunkhouse)
- Three daily meals
- Field Trips
- Internet access
- 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
- Organic horticulture
- Medicinal plant propagation, usage and preparations
- Biointensive gardening and seed saving
- Soil rehabilitation and fertility strategies
- Orchard design and maintenance
- Renewable energies
- 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)