introduction to Permaculture WEEKLONG INTENSIVE
Atitlan Organics has been offering the Introduction to Permaculture Weeklong Intensive for over two years now and has trained well over 200 people from around the world. The weeklong intensive is great for both beginners interested in learning something new and for seasoned permaculture practitioners alike.
"The most fruitful thing I'll walk away with is a feeling of empowerment and understanding how we can implement what we learned this week into any and all aspects of our lives.” Todd, England, Class of April 2015
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what you get For your money:
The cost of the weeklong Permaculture Course is $575 USD per person. This includes 6 nights and 7 days stay at the Bambu Guest House, plus all three meals a day, snacks, coffee/tea, and dessert. It also includes the facilitation, all field trips and travel, plus course material, note packets, and other electronic information.
Weeklong Permaculture Course Schedule
The weeklong course is jam packed with all kinds of activities.
Basic format is as follows:
Sunday evening includes group introductions, a short lecture, a movie clip, and an activity.
Monday is dedicated to the Permaculture Principles, Ethics, Definitions, and basic theory and philosophy. The afternoon includes a thorough tour of the Atitlan Organics, through the lens of the principles of design.
Tuesday through Thursday follow the same format. In the mornings we split into our small work groups for one of three practical activities. Each morning we rotate so that each group performs each job. The afternoons are lecture, video, and other group activities.
Friday is a big day, starting at 6:30AM with a private boat across the lake. We eat breakfast in an open air local market and then embark on our field trip to explore a number of different Mayan permaculture sites. We arrive back at the guest house by 5pm.
Saturday is a big brunch at 9AM, followed by individual presentations on how each person will apply the permaculture design principles in their own life.
Lodging and Food
"The food and The Bambu Guest House spoiled me! Antonio and Juana are angels."
Zsofi, Czech Republic, Class of March 2015
Permaculture Design Courses have always been known for their excellent, organic, locally grown food and our weeklong intensive is no exception. Atitlan Organics works closely with the Bambu Guest House, which is a five minute walk from the farm and the place where the participants stay for the duration of the course. The Bambu Guest House has a Farm to Table Restaurant that serves up delicious and filling plates mainly composed of Atitlan Organics and other local farm products. Currently, Atitlan Organics supplies all of the milk, yogurt, cheese, salads, cooking greens, honey, coffee, chicken, taro root, pigeon peas, and herbs to the Bambu Guest House Restaurant. The restaurant is run by three young, local, aspiring chefs named Antonio, Juana, and Petrona, all only 19 years old. They are amazing!
Beyond the food, the Bambu Guest House is a brand new, natural building boasting bathrooms and balconies in each room, new comfy beds, wifi, super hot water, and amazing views of the lake, mountains, and rivers. The Bambu Guest House is proof that natural building can be clean and luxurious. Lodging is shared, but private rooms are also available for an additional charge.
All food, snacks, coffee, tea, and frescos are included in the weeklong permaculture course, as well as lodging for the duration at The Bambu Guest House. Three meals a day are served, buffet style, as well as coffee and tea throughout most of the day and two daily snacks as well. Basically, you are well-fed and well-kept. It feels soo nice! If you are interested in private housing, please mention that to us when you write.
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 for sure!
The intensive ends Saturday a noon, following a big brunch, student presentations, and goodbyes. We can help arrange shuttles to/from the airport, Antigua, or anywhere else for that matter. 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 all requests including vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, etc. We will also send the Permaculture Course Note Packet, which is an amazingly fun, illustrated notebook that contains most of the course curriculum in abbreviated forms.
Coming from Antigua, you would go to Panajachel, which is one of the three big towns on the lake and takes about 3 hours to arrive.
From Panajachel, you take a boat (lancha) at the public dock. Tell the captain that you are going to the town of Tzununa (zoo-new-nah) which is three public stops from Panajachel.
Get off at the Public Dock in Tzununa and take a Tuk Tuk or little three wheeled car and tell them you want to go to El Bambu. It costs q5 per person per tuk tuk and should be around q15 to q20 per person for the Lancha ride.
When you get to El Bambu, go through the gate and up to the main building. Someone will show you your room.
As noted, we are in the little town of Tzununa, quiet and still ‘undiscovered’. From the guest house you are less than 10 minute walk to the lake and less than 20 meters from beautiful rivers. You are a 45 ‘minute walk or a 10 minute tuk tuk ride away from the town of San Marcos la Laguna. This has many places to eat, drink, practice yoga, etc.
Again, we can help you get to the lake from Antigua or the airport, or from anywhere. Just let us know and we can arrange a shuttle for you.