April 25, 2017 00:00 - May 08, 2017 00:00
Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center, Costa Rica
Presented By: Rancho Mastatal

Join Ranco Mastatal's diverse team of permaculture instructors Scott Gallant, Mitch Haddad, Santiago Miranda, Rachel Jackson, Sam Kenworthy, 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.

Registration CLOSED
Register Before:

April 25, 2017 13:35

Event Contact:

Tim O'Hara (info@ranchomastatal.com)

Phone: 2200-0920

Event Details


Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center

, Costa Rica


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.



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 25), 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.

Payment Options

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Additional Information

Topics covered include:

  • Principles and ethics of Permaculture Design
  • Design methodologies: observation, overlay mapping, etc
  • The basics of mapping and surveying
  • Site analysis and assessment, from the tropics to temperate regions
  • Client interviews and goal setting
  • Landscape master planning and microclimate design
  • Reading the landscape and pattern recognition
  • Design for climate change
  • Regenerative land management and stewardship
  • Water catchment, storage, filtration, and distribution
  • Biologically based treatment of greywater and blackwater
  • Natural building techniques including timber framing, bamboo and cob
  • Integrated animal husbandry
  • Aquaculture and aquaponics
  • Nursery techniques, plant propagation and grafting
  • Agro-forestry and organic horticulture
  • Cultivation and use of medicinal plants
  • Soil rehabilitation and fertility strategies
  • Orchard design and maintenance
  • Alternative cooking technologies: methane bio-digesters, rocket and bio-char stoves, cob and solar ovens
  • Renewable energies and biofuels
  • Local and regenerative economics
  • Urban and suburban permaculture strategies
  • Village design and community building strategies