Join us on Lake Atitlan for this amazing week-long course! Through a balanced combination of hands-on practicals and inspiring presentations, participants begin to see the world through a new lenses. Every day will bring new insights, as connections are revealed and appreciation is gained for the amazing symbiosis that is possible between humans and the natural world. Great for both beginners and experienced permaculturalists alike, this course covers 70% of a regular PDC at a fraction of the cost! We believe you'd be hard-pressed to find as in-depth and inspiring a course out there at this value.

Check out a past INTRO TO PERMACULTURE Course!


Course Format

 introductions natural building

Day 1

  • Orientation
  • Introductions
  • Getting Settled
 cob natural building

Day 2

  • Permaculture Principles & Ethics
  • Farm tour of Atitlan Organics
 rocket oven natural building

Day 3

  • Ecology of Permaculture
  • The Mantras of Water
  • Soil Building & Compost
 plasters natural building

Day 4

  • Earthworks
  • Design Methodologies
  • Vegetable Cultivation
 roofing natural building

Day 5

  • Plant Propogation
  • Food Forests & Wetlands
  • Animal Systems
 project design natural building


  • Field trip to explore Mayan Permaculture Sites
  • Mayan Cosmology
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  • Recap
  • Student Presentations
  • Course Conclusion

Daily Schedule

 Natural Building Schedule



THIS COURSE includes

6 nights stay at the beautiful Bambu Guest House, a naturally-built hotel on stunning Lake Atitlan.

3 meals a day plus snacks, coffee and tea at the Bambu's amazing farm-to-table restaurant. It's seriously plate-licking good! 

Facilitation, field trip excursions, course material, note packs, and other electronic information. 

 excursions Natural Building

COST: $575 USD

We really don't think you can find another deal out there this good! There are several partial scholarships available. Please request more info through the contact form.

Pictures from Past Courses


Can't Make the Upcoming Course?

Don't worry, we run them every month! No matter when you'll be in Guatemala, we're sure that you can find a date that works for you. 





Shad Qudsi, co-founder of Atitlan Organics, has 15 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 6 years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. Shad originally set out to study mathematics and work in big business, but long ago had a change of heart. He can now be found dancing in his garden in Tzununa. Aside from all of this, Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing. Human resiliency cannot be erased from the landscape and now, it is coming back with a gentle loving caress.

Travel and Logistics

The workshop always starts on Sunday afternoon. Participants are expected to arrive by 4pm, but are welcome to come and check in at the Bambu Guest House any time throughout the day.

Once the course starts, all food, lodging, training, and travel is covered and included in the cost of the workshop. We often travel on local pickups, which makes all excursions fun and exciting. Adventure travel!

The intensive course ends Saturday at noon, following a big brunch, student presentations, and goodbyes. We can help arrange shuttles to and from the airport, Antigua, or anywhere else. Just let us know if you need this service.

Upon writing us to express interest, we will send an FAQ and a food allergy questionnaire. We can accommodate almost all requests including vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian diets, etc.