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Permaculture Teacher Training Retreat

January 12, 2015 - January 16, 2015

Class Description:

Led by Scott Pittman, renowned permaculture teacher and activist. This retreat is an opportunity to polish off your teaching skills, practice public presentation methods, and become more familiar with all aspects of the curriculum covered in the Permaculture Design Course. This course is open only to those with Permaculture Design Certificate, aspiring to teach permaculture in part or in whole.


Particular attention is given to teaching Invisible Structures, the most complex element of the permaculture curriculum; and to the comprehension of the entire curriculum even when teaching only selected sections.

Topics covered:

  • Focus on the Invisible Structures curriculum helps teachers create familiarity with participatory permaculture design and help make the translation of using permaculture design in the “natural landscape” as well as in the “cultural landscape”.
  • Teachers learn a cohesive approach to “Methodologies of Design” that reinforce use of the  Permaculture Principles to plan, design and manage community economic development at any scale.
  • Learning modules include using “Inputs/ Outputs” and the “Resource’ Needs List” for Creating Business Guilds and Finding your Right-Livelihood.
  • “Patterning” is revisited using human dynamics and communication exercises. We discuss tips and topics that help in presentation of the material when teaching permaculture principles and their direct relevance to community and economic development.
  • The wisdom of permaculture pedagogy is explored, with its special layout of PDC, consideration of group dynamics, paradigm shift effect and value of other specific elements.


• Teacher Bios:
Scott Pittman, one of the foremost teachers of permaculture in the US, has taught the subject extensively worldwide on four continents. He is the founder of the Permaculture Drylands Institute and co-founder of the Permaculture Credit Union. Scott co-taught with the founder of permaculture Bill Mollison, and helped to establish permaculture movement in the US Southwest. His experience includes working with indigenous and traditional people worldwide, design projects that range from backyards to thousand-acre farms and activism in promotion of sustainable living. Scott is the lead teacher for most Permaculture Institute programs. He holds Diploma in Education, Permaculture Design, Site Development, and Community Service.

• Cost/Accommodations:
Costa Rican participants: $USD525 / 285000 colones (early bird by December 15th/ or $600 thereafter). All others: $750 (early bird  by December 15th, $ 825 thereafter). Limited space.

Camping (with your own camping gear/ rain fly is a must!) is included in the cost of this class. If transporting camping gear via air is problematic, buying it in the country is an option.

Comfortable shared guest rooms are available at the lovely main house of the hacienda, $10/night. Limited space.

— Food Options:
Breakfast and lunch are served on site, simple and wholesome. Dinner is on your own – there is a selection of local restaurants within walking distance (1.5 km) from the hacienda, with prices ranging from $7 to $20 per meal. We strive to serve organic and local whenever possible.

• Notes or Comments:

This course is open only to those with Permaculture Design Certificate, aspiring to teach permaculture in part or in whole. It is requirement for those working towards their Permaculture Diploma in Education. And it is a very inspirational occasion for all.

We recommend arriving to Costa Rica before 2pm on January 11th, and traveling to Hacienda via chartered van (about one hour). There is a public bus service to San Jose de la Montana which drops you off one mile distance to Hacienda.  Departure from class location is recommended on January 17th.

TRAVEL/ BUDGETING: See recommended dates above. Travel to the farm is easy and pleasant. Please contact Arina with questions about planning your attendance!

CLASS LOGISTICS: Costa Rica is a wonderful place to visit in the winter! The weather is cool, misty and mild at this elevation. Rain is likely, with sunny days and cool evenings. Glorious bird life and trees everywhere. Warm clothing is a must at this elevation and ecosystem of the fog forest.  There are beautiful settings for indoor and outdoor learning and being.

• Directions:
LOCATION: Hacienda La Marta, near Heredia – The course is held at a beautiful, comfortable and well cared-for Hacienda La Marta. The farm is a forestry operation on 200 hectares located on the hills north of the capital of Costa Rica – San Jose, just outside of charming colonial town of Barva, Heredia. The property is crossed by two rivers and features 40 hectares of lower montane natural forest from 1500 to 1800 meters above sea level.


January 12, 2015
January 16, 2015
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Hacienda La Marta
Costa Rica


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