Permaculture Design Course
in Costa Rica
72 hours Permaculture Design Certificate
23rd January - 7th February 2023
at Machuca Valley, San Mateo Costa Rica
Building soil – Building community – Building resilience
No previous experience is required! Just openness and willingness to become part fo the regeneration movement!
Permaculture is a design method for sustainable human settlements that aims at integrating human activities in fully functioning ecosystems able to self regulate and support Life in all its forms.
Its core ethics are Care for the Earth, Care for the People and Fair Share and its principles allow us to live a regenerative life and can be applied to any environment, from small apartments to big lands to entire countries. Most importantly, Permaculture is a real philosophy of life that can support you as an individual to make conscious choices to reconnect to a true way of living. You are not separate from what is around you and stepping back into the web of life is the best choice we can make!
What is a Permaculture Design Course?
Permaculture is a philosophy and practice of ecological design that doesn’t tell you what to do – it teaches you how to think. In the study of Permaculture, we challenge the current paradigm of where our food and water come from, the way we are constructing our villages and towns, and how we live our day-to-day. Our Permaculture Design Course graduates have gone on to become change-makers all over the world, designing their own land projects, founding eco-communities, redesigning their businesses, spearheading policy change, and continuing to teach the permaculture principles and ethics.
The Permaculture Design Course is the foundational curriculum to all regenerative practices. This 2-week course covers all the basic principles of the earth sciences in relation to human impact, reviews bioregional strategies for ecosystem rehabilitation and resilience, concepts in environmentally appropriate home design, and tools for individual and community development.
The course covers strategies for all ecosystems, while hands-on projects will be location specific. The PDC teaches pattern recognition as well as evaluation tools for impact. Rooted in the Core Ethics and Principles of Permaculture, these concepts can be applied to all areas of life, including wellness, business, education, spirituality, the arts and of course food production.
During the course, we will explore the following topics:
INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE
• Permaculture: Evidence that we need to act - Ethics & Principles
• Concepts and themes in design: Natural ecosystems - Web of life - Yield and Resource -
• Design Methods: Observation - Analysis of elements - Flow analysis - Maps & data overlay - Zones & sectors - Slope & aspect - Guilds - Scale of permanence
• Patterns: Understanding natural patterns and how to use the in design
TREES, WATER, SOIL & ENERGY
• Climatic factors: Main climatic zones and their characteristics - Climatic factors - Climatic effects Landscape profiles
• Trees: Trees and their role in the ecosystem
• Water: Water cycle - Water in the landscape - Strategies for water management
• Soils: Soil composition - Soil management - Compost - Nutrient management and closed loops - Animals in the landscape
• Earthworks: Design - Tools - Types of earthworks (swales, dams etc..)
• Agroforestry & Food Forests: Natural forests and natural succession - Food forests - Layers - Greening the Desert
• Appropriate Technology: Renewable energy - Compost toilets - Eco-buildings - Waste management
DESIGN STRATEGIES AND SOCIAL PERMACULTURE
• Social Permaculture: Project management - Group dynamics - Non-violent communication - Local economies - Community living & Ecovillages - Alternative Economies - Facilitation & Decision Making - Ecovillages & Community Design Process - Collaborative Group Dynamics
All students will do a group project simulating the design for a client. The project will be presented at the end of the course and will be a great opportunity for the student to metabolise the newly-acquired knowledge and receive feedback from the teacher
The course also includes some of the following hands on, field trips & activities:
Plant Propagation Practicum
Tours of Tacotal and Alegria eco villages
Fires & Cacao
Eduardo Terzidis holds three degrees as a Mechanical Engineer and was determined to use his knowledge to bring positive change in the world, focusing his academic researcher developing airborne wind energy systems. Feeling detached from what was happening outside of the research bubble and seeking to “live the solutions,” he set off on a journey of self-discovery, to understand how to be of service to the planet. This journey brought him around the world, visiting more than 20 countries, working with several ecovillages, institutes, Yoga retreats and renown teachers.
This experience brought Eduardo to his extensive knowledge as a Permaculture Designer, facilitating the creation of many regenerative projects including CSAs, intentional communities, institutes and agricultural organisations as well as Permaculture Design Courses. Moreover, he works extensively on self and spiritual growth, participating in many retreats and connecting to a regular practice of self discovery and growth. From this space, he offers transformative experiences for individuals and groups.
Sarah Wu is a clinical herbalist of 21 years and a practicing permaculturist for over a decade. She facilitates learning with a planetary perspective on natural medicine, integrating large scale systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as diverse folk traditions and ethnobotany, with a foundation in Deep Ecology, Western Wise Woman traditions and modern Witchcraft. Sarah has participated in and taught 27+ Permaculture Design Courses, co-founded and annually curates six simultaneous stages of educational and spiritual content for Envision Festival and the Village Witches experience, and has developed a 200- hour unique curriculum: Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path. She is the founder of the Herbal Clinic First Aid training program and has organized and worked disaster relief. Sarah is a passionate biophiliac, educator and mentor.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
SAVE $350 off all tuitions if you deposit before November 1, 2022
$1675 USD for double occupancy glamping tent
$2175 USD for single occupancy glamping tent (very limited availability)
$1300 USD Bring Your Own tent
We ask for a $300 non-refundable deposit to hold your space, with final payments are due in cash USD on the first day, with the exception of European students who can deposit to Eduardo directly.
Special Tuition for Costa Ricans, please email us for info.
We are sorry but this does not apply to those living as residents, travelers nor “digital nomads” in Costa Rica.
All course content, classes, activities and materials, lodging in shared Glamping tents and all meals.
Flights and ground transportation
Libertad, San Mateo, Alajuela
MachuCampo is a private riverfront sanctuary glamping campground situated directly beside the Machuca river. Tranquil and lush, nestled in nature on 3 acres of land, with easy to follow trails and rock staircases that create access to the toilet house, kitchen, laundry and parking. Experience living on a food forest farm in a tent village immersed in dense jungle with pools and waterfalls, monkeys, tucans and a myriad of other wild creatures, Machucampo offers an ideal atmosphere for inner quests and connecting with nature. The song of the river caresses your soul…everywhere you look there is nature’s beauty and embrace. MachuCampo is an experiment in how close and integrated we can live with the natural world while taking care of our human needs and comforts in the simplest most satisfying ways.
Just an hour west of the San Jose International Airport, Machucampo is easily accessible by car, taxi and bus, no 4×4 needed. Students can either hire a taxi for $50 or take the bus to Orotina and from there taxi to the location.
On the grid, yet away from it all, the space is comfortable, relaxing, inspiring and accessible.
Laundry service off site, limited cell service, yet there is wifi in the kitchen.