Join renowned Permaculture instructor Chris Shanks for this life-changing 2-week experience at beautiful Rancho Mastatal. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum including applications of Permaculture in diverse settings and techniques for meeting human needs that harmonize with ecological patterns. Lectures and hands-on work will explore bioregional designs, natural building, renewable energy choices in North America and the Tropics, agroforestry, composting toilets, methane biodigesters, watershed management, community development, tropical and temperate garden and orchard design, energy and nutrient cycling, and the integration of animals into cultivated ecosystems. Local experts on organic production and goat management will make guest appearances. The course will conclude with students doing their own Permaculture site design. Permaculture design benefits community leaders and professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology and education.
Accommodations Students will be housed in one of three houses at Rancho Mastatal, all with beautiful and unique settings.
Food Meals are vegetarian, wholesome and delicious. The Ranch takes their cooking and food seriously. For snacks the Ranch serves bananas and sweet breads, the latter often times cooked in our homemade earthen oven or solar cookers.
Cost $1,250. Includes all food, lodging, instruction and access to the Ranch and its facilities. We are offering a discount to Costa Ricans and scholarships to three locals.