Permaculture Due Diligence

DECEMBER 14 – 15, 2018

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Are you looking to purchase land and develop a homestead, ecovillage, eco-tourism or permaculture based project? This class is designed for potential land owners and developers who want to know all the legal ins and outs to realize a successful project. The course’s goal is to educate land owners on their rights and responsibilities while empowering them with the knowledge, network, and next steps to work with the existing legal land development framework of Costa Rica.



This two day class is taught by Marisol Hidalgo an environmental engineer with CDG Environmental Advisers and Marcelo Valansi a community developer and legal advisor for  communities such as EcoVilla. Also participating and provide guidance will be Alejandro Arango of Huertas Donde Sea, Alberto Koberg and Christian Sauter of Sphera Sostenible, and Scott Gallant of Porvenir Design, who will be facilitating the course.

The class will look to directly answers student questions about their goals and properties. Although students should NOT expect to have their particular projects analyzed fully, as the class’ first priority will be moving through all of the below topics.

This class will be taught in both English and Spanish and translated as necessary.

Specific topics will include:

  • Purchasing land
    • Surveying
    • Real estate and commissions
  • Legal structures for projects
    • Shareholder agreements and bylaws
    • Subdivision options
    • Condominium options
  • Physical development
    • Environmental issue permitting and SETENA
    • Electric installation options and working with ICE
    • Water concession and  well digging
    • Building permits
    • Road restrictions
  • Environmental programs and restrictions
    • Working with MINAE
    • Land clearing and tree felling restrictions
    • PSA (Environmental Service Payment) options
    • Wildlife corridors and conservation areas
  • Legality Issues
    • Residency options
    • Taxes-property, business, personal
    • Bank accounts
    • Employees
  • Tools
    • Planning  and mapping programs and software
    • Property purchase checklists


Marisol Hidalgo is a forest engineer with over ten years experience developing environmental impact studies, forestry management plans, forest inventories, environmental permitting, developing water concessions and more.  She currently works for CDG Environmental Advisors helping clients, from large to small, navigate the complexities of legally and successfully developing their dream project.

Marcelo Valansi is an innovative entrepreneur who is dedicated to the design, development and implementing of self-sustaining regenerative projects and communities.
Marcelo has extensive experience in developing residential and commercial projects of different scale in several countries, such as Argentina, United States, Panama and Costa Rica. He is interested in how projects can be developed in a new way, where the site is regenerated, creating communities that can have a positive impact and be a model of sustainable development. The last project he developed in Costa Rica and where he currently lives with his wife Sol and their two children Noah and Ilan is called La Ecovilla.


course start and ARRIVAL dates

The class begins at 9 a.m. on December 14, 2018.  The night before the class begins, December 13, 2018, is included in the cost of the class.

course end and departure dates

The last day of the class is December 15, 2018. The night of December 15, 2018 is included in the cost of the class.


Includes all food, lodging and instruction.  

Costa Ricans, US$150
Others, US$250

Your registration, a confirmation from us that there is space in the class and a $100 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot in the course.  You can make your deposit with PayPal below or go to our Payment page for more information and options.

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We may have partial scholarships available for this class.  Please inquire at [email protected] and/or fill out an application here


This class will be taught in both English and Spanish with translation as necessary. The class will be largely discussion and student lead and we will use a number of biligual participants to make sure all students are understanding the topics fully.


All food and lodging is included in the cost of  the course.   Students will stay in the Ranch bunkhouse with options for upgrades.  We provide high quality mattresses, linens and blankets.  Please see our Accommodations page for more information.


Please see our  Payments page for more information about how to pay.


Please see our Directions page for detailed information on how to get to Rancho Mastatal.



To enroll in the class, please fill out our Online Registration Form.


For more information about this class and Rancho Mastatal please contact us at [email protected] , call us at +506 2200-0920 or text/WhatsApp us at +506 8539-1404.  You can also follow us at: (sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page)