About.

A 21-day intensive immersion course exploring the theories outlined in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual in both hands-on and classroom settings. 


Course curriculum covers regenerative practices as well as design theory and the basics of design consultation on a professional level. Our well-rounded permaculture courses cover the many facets of permaculture and focus on practical solutions in agriculture, building and design, economics, social sciences, and politics. Fresh, local food, daily immersive yoga classes and access to gorgeous ecovillage facilities are included in basic course costs. June course students get the unique opportunity to learn on the project site during the growing season.

Join us this season for immersive educational experiences in the Costa Rican rainforest! VerdEnergia is a multicultural and diverse community with a colorful array of political and cultural approaches, practices and philosophies. Together we are pioneering a community-based, regenerative economic model with permaculture principles acting as our guide and unifying tool. We combine theory with applied practice, enabling ourselves and others to find right livelihood through practicing permaculture.

In general, permaculture courses at other places teach theory combined with some hands-on practice, but offer few practical solutions as to how one can use permaculture to meet basic needs and produce a long-term livelihood. At Verde, permaculture is not a hobby or just a class we teach, it is our way of life. With the guidance of permaculture principles, VerdEnergia is pioneering a cooperative business and economic model to help revitalize a low-income community situated in one of the most heavily deforested areas of Costa Rica. As a result of our location and community spirit, our students gain a unique insight into the reality of permaculture as daily life and reforestation as life’s work.

Our courses are perfect for those looking for an in-depth, science-centered approach to the principles of permaculture. We combine theory with applied practice, enabling ourselves and others to find right livelihood through practicing permaculture. If you are motivated to learn practical solutions for the regeneration of the planet, acquire and sharpen design and critical thinking skills, and engage fully in a thriving permaculture community, these courses are for you!

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Bookings.

$1700/person

Course Package - Yoga

Food included
Opt out of daily yoga classes.

Includes full vegetarian (vegan optional) meals and a shared dormitory .
$1775/person

Course Package

Food included
The basics.

Includes a dorm bed, daily yoga classes, and access to facilities.

Includes full vegetarian (vegan optional) meals with options for food and lodging upgrades
$2435/person

Course Package + Private Room Upgrade

Food included
Guests stay in a fully furnished private room.

Includes full vegetarian (vegan optional) meals and daily yoga classes.
$1885/person

Course Package + Meat Upgrade

Food included
Students enjoy meat with their meals a few times a week. All of our animal products come from locally-raised, pastured animals.
$2430/person

Course Package + Private Room - Yoga

Food included
Includes basic course package, vegetarian (vegan optional) meals, and a private room.

Daily yoga is opted out.
$1880/person

Course Package + Meat - Yoga

Food included
Includes basic course package (includes dorm bed) and meat with meals a few times a week.

Daily yoga opted out.
$2545/person

Course Package + Private Room + Meat

Food included
Includes basic course cost, a private room, daily yoga and meat with meals a few times a week.
$500/person

Scholarship Package

Food included
This is a scholarship available for residents of Central / South America who are in need of financial support. Please write to us about why you want to learn about permaculture and what you plan to do with this educational opportunity.

Included is the basic course cost, a dorm bed, daily yoga and full vegetarian meals.

Program.

Setting.

VerdEnergia Pacifica is situated in the mountainous region of Puriscal, Costa Rica. While the Puriscal area is largely deforested, we have worked hard to reforest our corner of the neighborhood and are happily situated in a lush jungle oasis with fresh spring water, lots of fruit trees and a few humble waterfalls. Our area is largely untouched by tourism and our local community embodies a true Costa Rican campo environment. Students have access to our facilities, including a yoga/dance studio, community library and a spring-fed swimming pool.


Pricing.

Course starts at $1775. A non-refundable $400 deposit is due upon your registration (this is not an additional fee). The rest is paid upon arrival in cash.

We calculate course prices based on where you choose to stay, and what you choose to eat. A dorm bed, full vegetarian (vegan optional) meals and daily yoga/meditation is included in the basic cost of the course. The price of private rooms and meat with meals is additional.

We are happy to offer a few subsidized or discounted spots to Costa Ricans and other residents of Central/South America. Please inquire here for information about discounts.


Sleeping Arrangements.

We have a range of accommodations available, including private rooms, dormitory beds, and camping spots. It is important to understand that our infrastructure is integrated with the surrounding natural environment; all rooms are open-air.

• Dorm bed (No additional cost)
• Private room (+$30/night)

We cannot supply tents or bedding for campers. Hammock space is very limited, so if you plan on bringing a hammock, please plan accordingly.


Food.

Each meal features farm-fresh, local ingredients, many of which are grown on the project site.

• Vegan (No additional cost)
• Vegetarian (No additional cost)
• Farm-direct meats (+$5/day)

All of our animal products come from locally-raised, pastured animals. Students are included in cleanup shifts. Reasonable accommodation for food allergies can be made, but indicate your needs in your registration and upon arrival.


Yoga / Meditation.

Blending Hatha, Vinyasa, Kriya, Kundalini and Sattva yoga into her classroom, instructor Katrina Cantu caters her classes to each student to help facilitate success and restoration.

• (Built-in course cost of $25/week, opt-out available)
• Optional guided meditation every weekday morning, yoga sessions in the afternoon.
• 90 mins/session, 5 sessions/week
• All levels and body types welcome!


Instructors.

MARC TOBIN

Marc Tobin is an educator, consultant for groups and communities, and community organizer in the fields of sustainability, regenerative culture, and urban planning. He has led experiential and outdoor-based educational experiences for over 20 years. He is a Co-Director of The City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon, that has been widely cited as a leader in urban permaculture and placemaking. Marc holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Naropa University.

STEVEN GANISTER
Steven Ganister is a Landscape Contractor, builder/carpenter, horticulturist, designer and consultant. He is immersed in permaculture every day, managing a developing ecovillage community in Portland, Oregon for the past 7 years, which includes a highly productive and diverse 1.5-acre permaculture garden. He holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography from Florida State University.

(With guest instructors/lecturers, Joshua Hughes, Amanda Wilson and Esteban Jiminez Contreras of Blacksheep Regenerative Resource Management.)

Highlights.

  • Our students gain a unique insight into the reality of permaculture as daily life and reforestation as life’s work.
  • Our courses are perfect for those looking for an in-depth, science-centered approach to the principles of permaculture.
  • Our area is almost completely untouched by tourism. Our local community embodies an authentic Costa Rican campo environment with the possibility of rich cross-cultural experiences.
  • Our courses are a platform for positive personal transformations and lifelong friendships and connection.
  • Students gain their certification in permaculture design.
  • Daily immersive yoga classes are included in basic course costs.

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room
  • hammocks

Omnivore Food

  • communally cooked meals
  • communal kitchen access
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • slow: emails only

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    multiple times a day
  • yoga
    3-5 times per week
  • meditation
    3-5 times per week

Getting here.

There will be an optional shuttle from the airport on the morning of Jan 29 at an additional cost. Students who wish to arrange their own transport can do so using the help of our website. Students should arrive to the course no later than the evening of Jan 29. Students should plan on departing from VerdEnergia on the morning of Feb 20 unless other arrangements are made.

Contact

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