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April 2016 PDC with Rancho Mastatal in Costa Rica

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Escape to the tropics this April 2016 for the 7th annual PDC at Rancho Mastatal!
April 17th to May 1st

Learn the skills to build a resilient and regenerative future! Learn to design like nature!

Join renowned permaculture instructors Scott Gallant, Chris Shanks, Rachel Jackson, Mitch Haddad, and Laura Killingbeck for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both temperate and tropical regions. Putting Permaculture into practice, the course concludes with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing resilient and regenerative futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education, farming and community development. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings; from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.

The course will be taught in English and simultaneously translated into Spanish. Este curso será traducido simultáneamente al español . Se requiere un mínimo de dos hispano hablantes para ofrecer servicios de traducción.

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Students should plan on arriving to the Ranch no later than 8 a.m. on the morning of April 17 and are encouraged to arrive on the evening of April 16 (the night of April 16 is included in the cost of the course). We will hit the ground running on the morning of April 17 with an orientation and tour. The course will wrap up on the evening of May 1. 


Central Americans, US$850; residents and ex-pats, US$1350; foreigners (non-Central American) US$1,500. These prices include 15 nights lodging (starting on April 16), all meals (except on Sunday nights when we support a local restaurant), course instruction and full access to Rancho Mastatal and its private wildlife refuge.


For more information about food and lodging please see our website at accommodations.


For more information and/or to enroll in this course please contact Tim O’Hara at, call the Ranch at 2200-0920 or sign up online at We have a maximum of 20 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 8 students to run the course.
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