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Applied Permaculture workshops this November at Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica

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Join the staff of Rancho Mastatal and visiting instructors for our Applied Permaculture workshop series this November, 2013.

Sustainable Homestead Design: Nov. 9th to 12th, Instructor: Rachel Jackson

This four-day intensive course will introduce participants to the basic skills needed to analyze the landscape and design a sustainable homestead. The course will cover site analysis and mapping, goal setting, and designing to maximize the productivity, beauty, and sustainability of the land. This course is relevant to people who already own a home-site as well as people considering buying land in the future. During a final hands-on project, participants will put their new skills to work on a small-scale design. Students will leave equipped with the skills to more deeply understand their homestead and to design for the challenges and opportunities they encounter. The course will be conducted in Rancho Mastatal’s beautiful naturally built classroom and will mix lectures, drafting, and group work, with mapping and measuring in the field.    

Orchard Establishment in the Tropics: Nov. 14th to 17th, Instructor: Chris Shanks

Join the staff of Rancho Mastatal and Christopher Shanks for our second annual 4-day course on establishing plantings in the tropics. Part of our Applied Permaculture series, this course will be almost 100 percent hands-on work and will cover a number of skills and techniques including:
--Ecological land clearing: Turn former pasture and/or secondary growth into a food forest while minimizing the effects of disturbance.
--Tool Use and Sharpening: Introduction to the maintenance and use of machetes, hand saws, axes, and chainsaws.
--Tree Felling:  Learn traditional axe felling techniques, as well as a demonstration on chainsaw felling.
--Orchard Planning & Design: The bulk of the course which will cover zonation, plant spacing, contour layout, coppice and pollard management of trees for biomass production, and establishment and climax guilds for the tropics.
--Erosion Control: Implementation of techniques such as alley cropping, contour planting with vetiver, and swales
--Species Selection and Sourcing:  Choosing the right trees for your climate or microclimate with a focus on tree crops, their profiles, and where to source them. 

For full course descriptions, prices, and more please see our website, write, or call
011 2200 0920 

Rancho Mastatal: Nestled against the virgin rainforest of La Cangreja National Park, Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center has been teaching, exploring, and promoting techniques of living harmoniously in the landscape for 12 years. Renowned for it’s natural building and delicious culinary spreads of fresh homemade food, the Ranch provides visitors an opportunity to see permaculture principles in action. Visitors will experience a rural Costa Rican community, delight in 325 acres of pristine forests and waterfalls, and participate in a working permaculture farm.

Applied Permaculture is an evolving series of short courses hosted at top quality learning institutions like Rancho Mastatal. Enrollment is open to all, though PDC graduates may get the most out of it. The concept is to stimulate and develop climate and system specific skills sets for individuals and groups. Learn by doing and share your new skills with your local community.

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