The two-week Permaculture Design Course (PDC) offers training in holistic problem-solving for all aspects of human settlement, both visible and invisible. Captivated near the Corcovado rainforest we will demonstrate, explain and train you to integrate whole systems design and pattern thinking into your social, economic, land, water, plant and shelter subsystems.Taught over 72 hours or more, it delivers the standard international curriculum recognized since 1984 by institutes around the world. Students will learn practical applications of ecology, design for buildings, soil, water, and vegetation management, design for animals, technology, economics, urban and rural environments, and planning for catastrophe, among other subjects. Permaculture is an ethical design system. Those completing the course will receive a certificate attesting to their participation.

The PDC will be led by Peter Bane and Nicolo Scifo. Peter is the Executive Director of Permaculture Institute of North America, a veteran teacher of more than 100 design courses throughout the temperate and tropical Americas, and the author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country. He holds five diplomas from three institutes in the USA and Britain, helped to found and design Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, and has taught the PDC in Chile, Argentina, and Trinidad. He lives and farm 10 acres in Michigan, USA. An environmental activist since youth, Nicolo brings long experience in the construction and landscape trades together with training in the arts of personal transformation and healthy communication to his practice of permaculture design. He divides his time between Costa Rica and western Canada




3 meals a day, made by our chef(s) from locally sourced, fresh organic foods.
least one design project, or multiple design vignettes as the group dictates.
A Talent Show at the concluding celebration.

Field Trip to some interesting demonstration sites.

The PDC Course will be taught in English.
Students who cannot afford the course costs may consider working with We The Trees, a permaculture crowd funding site.
Please read the following documents before attending the Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course 2018:
Finca Morpho's Community Living Agreements
Finca Morpho's Red-Book
Finca Morpho's Co-Creator's Agreements


(subject to change slightly)

Sunday Dec. 1 7pm Introductions

Each morning will begin with an opening session at 8:30 for review and announcements.Mon. 12/2 9-10:30 Evidence, Ethics, and What is Permaculture?11-12:30 Pc Principleslunch break2:30-3:30 Observation (N)3:45-5:15 Patterns in Nature5-6:30 Principles II (N)

Tues. 12/3 9-10:30 Ecosystems (N)

11-12:30 Climate and Biogeography2:30-4:15 Reading the Landscape - Team4:30-6 WaterWed. 12/4 9-10:30 Trees and Forests (N)11-12:30 Soils2:30-6 Levelling Instruments, Earthworking Projects- TeamThurs. 12/5 9-10:30 Microclimate11-12:30 Home Systems, Elevations, Sectors, and Zones (N)2:30-3:45 Garden Practical (sheet mulch) (N)4-5:15 Garden Design, IPM, Seeds5:30-6:30 Food & Nutrition (N)Fri. 12/6 9-10 Bldg. Design10:15-11:15 Bldg. Science11:30- 12:30 Waste Treatment (N)2:30-3:30 Mapping I (N)3:15-4:15 Energy & Approprirate Technology5-6 Fire and Catastrophe (N)Sat. 12/7 9-10 Aquaculture (N)10:15-11:15 Agroforestry11:30-12:30 Design Methods (N)2:30-3 Design Projects - description & selection3-5:30 Site Observation5:30- 6:xx Team reportsSunday 12/8 Day of RestMonday 12/9 9-10:30 Settlement Patterns11-12:30 Urban Strategies (N)2:30-3:45 Mapping II4-5 Small Animals I (N)5:15-6 Information Gathering; Interview/AnalysisTuesday 12/10 9-10:30 Pattern Languages11-12:30 Broadscale Strategies (N)2:30-3:30 Interview client3:45-6 Conceptual Design & short presentations -TeamWed. 12/11 9-10 Economics & Human Needs10:15-11:15 Invisible Structures (N)11:30-12:30 Money & Financial Systems2:30-4:45 Create Base Maps5-6 Budgeting & CostsThurs. 12/12 9-10:30 Villages & Neighborhoods10:45-11:15 Presentation Skills (N)11:30-12:30 Team Projects2:30-6 Design ProjectsFriday 12/13 9-10 Earthworking10:15-11:15 Large Animals11:30-4 Design Projects4:15-6 Presentations (time as needed)Saturday 12/14 9-10 World Ecosystems10:15-11 Making a Living (N)11:30-12:30 Transition, Localization, Energy Descent2:30-4 Certificates, Networks


  • Permaculture principles applied holistically to our lives
  • Off-grid community living
  • Understanding of sacred geometry in nature
  • Trash management explanation

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room

Vegan Food

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


  • fast: streaming video

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Shared Cabin

Available: Nov 30 - Dec 14, 2019Maximum capacity: 1 people
Food included
Shared Cabin at Finca Morpho

Private Cabin

Available: Nov 30 - Dec 14, 2019Maximum capacity: 1 people
Food included
Private Cabin at Finca Morpho

Tent Camping on the Beach

Available: Nov 30 - Dec 13, 2019Maximum capacity: 1 people
Food included
Camp freely on the beach. Showers and composting toilets nearby.

Getting here.

Directions from San Jose International Airport -

  1. As you exit the airport there are bus that are the main street that go by. If you take the bus number 23 and get off next to the children's hospital you can then walk to the BLanco Lobo Station. but if you don't feel comfortable it is a 20$ taxi ride to the Blanco Lobo Station There are 2 buses that leave from the Blanco Lobo Station at the intersection of Calle 12 and Avenidas 7/9 in the Coca Cola District of San Jose. The first one leaves at 8am and the second leaves at 12pm and are around $15 dollars to Puerto Jimenez. We highly recommend using the bus system, which is a 8 hour trip that allows you to see a lot of the country. The bus will bring you to Puerto Jimenez and from here you can catch a taxi to the farm. Our address is 14km Sur de Bomba de Osa en la calla de Matapalo con puerton murado.
  2. There are 2 small engine airlines that also take daily trips to Puerto Jimenez. Sansa and Nature Air are at the airport and from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez it is an hour long flight.
  3. Driving Directions - When you are in Puerto Jimenez you follow you the only paved road till it ends and turn right at an intersection that has the Gas Station(Bomba de Osa) and a BM grocery store. From here we are 14km south on this road with a purple gate on your left and a sign that says Finca Morpho. Make sure to check your Odometer.
  1. If you arrive and are unable to catch one of the two buses or a airplane, then there is a cheap hostel called Hotel Cala ( 506-2441-3219) very close to airport, where you can stay for the night and arrange for a taxi early in the morning before traffic hits.


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