PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE

Studying Permaculture in Central America offers amazing opportunities to learn from indigenous cultures, rich natural patterns, and enormous diversity. Permaculture in Central America is representative of the edge effect or Edge Valuing Principle of Design. As one of the world’s centres of biodiversity, Central America attracts people from all over the world interested in learning through nature. Permaculture practices can be seen in action via the surviving indigenous traditions that are common in Central America. 

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.

 

Check out a past PDC!

 
 

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE CURRICULUM

Over the years we have crafted an in-depth, dynamic curriculum that we are very proud of. We cover all elements of permaculture, from its guiding ethics and principles to hands-on strategies of garden bed creation and soil loss prevention; from invisible structures and fair share to the implementation of successful permaculture-based enterprises; from animal husbandry and care to natural building and sustainable technology. Depending on your specific PDC, you may receive a lesson on Mayan Cosmology and indigenous agriculture, or on the design and implementation of a successful market garden, or on the importance of inner work, such yoga and meditation, as a part of permaculture. Your days will be filled with amazing insight and discoveries! 

 

Daily Schedule

Natural Building Schedule
 

UPCOMING PDC

 
 
 

THIS COURSE includes

Lodging 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
 

Can't Make the Upcoming Course?

Don't worry, we have a new PDC every few months! No matter when you'll be in Guatemala, we're sure that you can find a date that works for you. 


FACILITATORS

ZACH LOEKS

We're psyched for our first collaboration with Zach! Hailing from Ottawa, Canada where he and his partner run the 50-acre Kula Permaculture Farm, Zach brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the course. He works as an educator, designer, consultant and farmer, with an emphasis on integrating diversity, conserving soil and maximizing farm ecosystem services while maintaining high productivity.

Last year Zach published The Permaculture Market Garden, which explores ways that permaculture can be scaled up be a profitable whole-systems enterprise. Zach is a leading figure in permaculture, who brings a new and exciting vision of how it can be integrated into the wider community and marketplace.

RONY LEC

Rony is one of the world’s leading experts in permaculture and Mayan ancestral knowledge. Rony has spent the last 20 years teaching and implementing permaculture throughout Central, South and North America focusing on promoting food sovereignty and preserving biodiversity for the survival of Indigenous communities.

Through his extensive work with Indigenous communities on traditional ecological knowledge, seed saving, native plants, local/global food movements, livelihood security, and the interaction between communities and the environment, he has made a key contribution to the empowerment of Indigenous people around the world. Rony is a co-founder of IMAP.

 

SHAD QUDSI

Shad Qudsi has over 13 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 3 years experience in permaculture design consulting. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Applied Math and Psychology, Shad and his wife, Colleen, moved to Central America with only vague goals of farming at some point in the near future. In January of 2010, Shad and his wife bought and moved onto a very small farm located in the traditional Mayan village of Tzununa, which on the north shore of Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala. The farm, now called Atitlan Organics (www.atitlanorganics.com), is a Small-Scale, Highly Diversified, Super Low-Input, Direct-to-Consumer, Downright Ninja Farm. The farm mainly focuses on greens and dairy goats, a large edible and useful plant nursery, and training and education for the surrounding community. Recently, Shad has been hired as an Agriculture Consultant for a development project being carried out in the Tzununa Valley. Now, he oversees four community gardens and is implementing two sustainable locally-run businesses based on the production and local marketing of clean organic food. 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 loving grace.

 
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Travel and Logistics

Participants are expected to arrive by 4pm, but are welcome to come and check in at the Bambu Guest House/IMAP/The Yoga Forest any time throughout the day (see your Welcome Email upon registration for course-specific arrival locations).

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!

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.