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Permaculture Design Course – VerdEnergia

January 25, 2017 - February 13, 2017


JAN 25 – FEB 13, 2017

Course starts at $1600
Class limit: 28 maximum – fills up fast!



Join us for a 19-day intensive immersion course exploring the theories outlined in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual in both hands-on and classroom settings. Curriculum covers regenerative practices, as well as design theory and the basics of design consultation on a professional level. Our well-rounded permaculture courses cover the many facets of permaculture and focus on practical solutions in agriculture, building and design, economics, social sciences, and politics. Topics include composting, plant propagation, swale digging, land restoration and reforestation, hands-on practical design skills like map-making, land assessment and consultation, as well as alternative economies, activism community mobilization, and much more.

Our courses are perfect for beginners looking for an in-depth, science-centered introduction to the principles of permaculture, as well as intermediate students looking to sharpen their design skills and depth of knowledge with a hands-on design project. We combine theory with applied practice, enabling ourselves and others to find right livelihood through practicing permaculture. If you are motivated to learn practical solutions for the regeneration of the planet, acquire and sharpen design and critical thinking skills, and engage fully in a thriving permaculture community, this is the course for you!

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Please read through these to prepare for your educational experience at VerdEnergia. Each course will have its specific needs, but these are general guidelines to help you start planning. If you have any questions you don’t see answered here, please contact us.

What to Bring

What are some important things I need to bring?

  • Flashlight or headlamp with RECHARGEABLE batteries
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Biodegradable/Organic Soaps/Sunscreen (Please do not bring anything containing DEET here. Keep in mind that everything that goes on our bodies washes into our streams and ponds)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Surge Protector for charging your computer or device
  • Travel insurance/an emergency fund in cash (~$300)
  • Personal first-aid kit with bandages, gauze, tea tree oil, iodine, etc.
  • Personal towel/sarong to dry off with (See below)
  • Pillow (See below)

Women: We recommend the DIVA/Moon cup or reusable sanitary products to make your monthly cycle more comfortable. We don’t have a way to dispose of sanitary products, so please do not bring them. Please understand that if you bring these things, you will be taking them with you when you leave.


Course Prices and Discounts
We calculate course prices based on where you choose to stay, and what you choose to eat. The basic course price is $1600. A camping spot (with your own gear) and full vegan meals is included in the cost of the course. The price of beds (private and dorms) and animal products are additional.

We are happy to offer a few discounted spots to Costa Ricans and other residents of Central/South America. Please inquire here for information about discounts.

A non-refundable $300 deposit is due upon your registration (this is not an additional fee). The rest is paid upon arrival in cash.

Sleeping Arrangements
We have a range of accommodations available, including private rooms, dormitory beds, and camping spots. It is important to understand that our infrastructure is integrated with the surrounding natural environment; you will be safe and dry, but all rooms are open-air.

  • Camping spot (No additional cost)
  • Dorm bed (+$210)
  • Private room (+$420)

We cannot supply tents or bedding for campers. Hammock space is very limited; please plan accordingly.

At Verde, we celebrate every meal. Each meal features farm-fresh, local ingredients, many of which are grown on the project site. This year’s menu is created by three-star Micheln accredited chef, Vincent Wong Yeng Kong.

Chef Bio available soon.

  • Vegan (No additional cost)
  • Vegetarian (+$200)
  • Farm-direct meats, eggs and dairy (+$200)

All of our animal products come from locally-raised, pastured animals. Students are included in cleanup shifts. Reasonable accommodation for food allergies can be made, but indicate your needs in your registration and upon arrival.

Depending on how many people enroll in the PDC, we plan to have a shuttle or two available to make transportation to Verde easier. Otherwise, please consult our directions page.



VerdEnergia Pacifica
Puriscal, Costa Rica
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VerdEnergia Pacifica
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