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January PDC at VerdEnergia Pacifica in Costa Rica

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– JANUARY 11–31, 2016
– $1200 USD

– Includes a non-refundable $300 registration fee in addition to food and lodging.
– The first four people to pay the full $1200 before October 1 get private rooms for the duration of the class.
– Discounts & scholarships available for Costa Ricans or other residents of Latin America. Please contact us for details.

Join us for a three-week intensive immersion course exploring the theories outlined in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual in both hands-on and classroom settings. Curriculum revolves around sustainable and regenerative practices, as well as design theory and the basics of design consultation on a professional level.

Our course covers the agricultural as well as social/political facets of Permaculture. This includes composting, plant propagation, swale digging, land restoration and reforestation, hands-on practical design skills like map-making, land assessment and consultation, as well as alternative economies, community mobilization, activism and strategies for an Alternative Nation. A basic overview of biodynamic farming principles and practices will also be covered. And because our course takes place on both developed and undeveloped land, students not only have the opportunity to see the before and after of Permaculture design, but also a chance to put their newfound skills to work. Our course is perfect for beginners looking for an in-depth introduction to the principles of Permaculture, as well as intermediate students looking to sharpen their design skills and depth of knowledge with a hands-on design project.

Students will enjoy full use of VerdEnergia’s gorgeous grounds (beautiful vistas, swimming holes, jungle trails and a few humble waterfalls), facilities (open-air dormitories, a yoga/dance studio, library and a spring-fed swimming pool) as well as 3 delicious meals a day. Our workshop also includes an excursion to Mastatal (another local Permaculture farm) and Iguana Chocolate (a local Cacao farm). Most valuable of all, students will gain an intimate experience of life in a thriving Permaculture community!

Please go to our website for more information!

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