Here at Atitlan Organics, we think that small-scale food production and localized resource utilization is the wave of the future. We are proud to spread the word of permaculture, nutrient dense food production, local resource utilization and other sustainable practices, as these are the areas where we can effect the most positive change in our lives and communities. Throughout the year, we host courses in Permaculture, natural building, herbalism, and more. All of our courses are a great mix of applied skills, ecological design and theory, and field trips throughout the region. Our courses are taught by amazing facilitators, are always full of people from all over the world, and are truly a one-of-a-kind experience!
LEVEL UP AND INCREASE YOUR SKILLS
Studying Permaculture and Natural Building at Atitlan Organics is a great way to fast track your understanding of natural systems and how to interact with them. We have built an educational and fully-functional, profitable, and off-the-grid permaculture farm. The systems in place allow visitors and students to experience the theory in real time. Furthermore, there are plenty of undeveloped areas for new experimentation.
Our courses are a blend of regenerative design theory, hands-on practical lessons, and trips throughout the region to check out related projects. They are both knowledge-dense and super fun! We offer weeklong introduction courses, two-week Permaculture Design Certification courses, to four-week Yoga Teacher Training + Permaculture and Herbalism + Permaculture courses.
All food and lodging are included with your course. Lodging takes place at the beautiful Bambu Guest House, a sustainable retreat center just down the road from the farm. Incorporating the Permaculture principles and built with bamboo, stone, wood, and glass, the Bambu is a great example of regenerative design and proof that sustainability and luxury can go hand-in-hand!
PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION
These 90+ hour certification courses are internationally recognized courses with the full curriculum, as laid out by Bill Mollison and Dave Holmgren, filled with a mix of theoretical design methodologies and hands-on practical experience. Additional focus is also applied on permaculture-inspired, land-based, sustainable business development. Course content and training is applicable to all climate types and regions. Designed for aspiring design professionals, permaculturalists, farmers and gardeners, architects, engineers, scientists, and all other professionals who are interested in learning and promoting a more sustainable, nature-based approach to their work.
Upcoming courses: August 17-31 and December 1-15
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SACRED EARTH YOGA TEACHER TRAINING + PERMACULTURE IMMERSION
$3,595 - $3,795 USD
In collaboration with Awakened Spirit Yoga. Deepen your yoga practice and feel the subtle and profound shifts that happen when you embrace sustainable and holistic practices. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient yogic philosophy and Mother Earth herself, this 4-week course teaches the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness. Embedded within this training is Atitlan Organic's Permaculture Immersion, which gives participants the chance to come into a deeper and more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. Highly recommended for yogis, change-makers, innovators, activists, seed planters, or anyone is interested in transformation.
Upcoming courses: October 26 - November 23, 2019 & November 1-28, 2020
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PERMACULTURE FOR THE HERBALIST’S PATH
$2,295 - $2,495 USD
This unique course melds two broad interdisciplinary studies, exploring the impact the health of our environment directly has on our personal well-being, specifically working with and alongside medicinal plants. This 26-day course will cover regenerative lifestyle & design, integrated wellness and herbalism, community and social awareness by working with living plants and living people to cultivate resilience.
September 23 - October 18, 2019
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INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE
This weeklong intensive course provides an empowering, functional, and affordable introduction to permaculture design, with a variety of lectures, hands-on practicals, and group discussions. Through a series of dynamic facilitators, field trips, food harvesting, and other fruitful experiences, participants have no other choice but to discover fresh perspectives. This course covers about 70% of the full PDC at a fraction of the cost. Great for travelers and people interested in learning while on the road. Price includes the course, plus three meals a day, snacks, coffee/tea, and dessert, as well as shared lodging at the Bambu Guest House.
INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL BUILDING
Delve deep into permaculture via natural building during this one-week course led by Oliver Goshey of Abundant Edge! Oliver brings permaculture home--literally--as he teaches all about incorporating it into building design. Each day will bring a new hands-on technique and a class/lecture on topics including natural foundation systems, loadbearing and non-loadbearing mass wall systems, cob and adobe benches and ovens, earthen floors, and clay and lime-based plasters. The course will focus on the start-to-finish construction of a rocket stove/oven at a local family's house. All-inclusive price covers course, three meals a day, snacks, coffee/tea, and shared lodging at the Bambu Guest House.
Course participants stay at the Bambu Guest House, our partners for sustainable accommodations. You will stay in large, bright shared rooms, each one equipped with its own private bathroom with hot water, wifi, and a balcony overlooking Lake Atitlan. The on-site farm-to-table restaurant prepares three meals a day, snacks, coffee and tea to keep you nourished and energized during your stay. You'll feel supported and pampered during your stay with us!