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.



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 water management and use to food forests; from invisible structures and fair share to the implementation of successful permaculture-based enterprises; from integrated animal husbandry to natural building AND SO MUCH MORE!

The curriculum is divided into three areas: presentations, discussions, and class activities; hands-on practical site work and design; and field trips and excursions to regional Permaculture sites. Topics are covered in a variety of ways to support all learning styles.

Depending on your specific PDC, you may receive a lesson on Mayan Cosmology and indigenous agriculture, or on the importance of inner work such yoga and meditation as a part of permaculture, or an integrated Herbal Studies course. No previous experience or training in Permaculture is needed to take this course. Your days will be filled with amazing insight and discoveries! 

Studying Permaculture in Guatemala 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 and designs can be seen in action via the surviving indigenous traditions that are common here. Participants will discover great opportunities to learn from diverse groups of people in incredibly biodiverse natural settings. 



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All Courses Include:

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! 

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

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unique pdcs for all interests

We know that you've got lots of interests and we think that's great! While all our PDCs are firmly founded in Permaculture, each one explores a related area of regenerative living so that no matter what your background you can join a PDC that is perfect for you. By teaming up with other world-class Permaculture teachers we have been able to craft courses which offer high quality instruction in Permaculture and related fields. Check out our upcoming PDCs and find your perfect fit!


PDC with the Yoga Forest

In collaboration with the Yoga Forest. You will spend the first week of this PDC at the Yoga Forest, a Permaculture-designed yoga center in San Marcos. During your stay there, you may take part in optional yoga classes every morning.

August 17-31, 2019


In collaboration with The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute. This course explores Mayan cosmology and the synthesis between the ancient and the modern, models of regenerative living offered by both and how we can understand our place in the world using each.

$1495 International / $1195 Central American
December 1-15 2019


Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path

This unique course combines a full Permaculture Design Certification with an 80+ hours Herbal Studies training. Perfect for herbalists, Permies, or anyone interested in integrated wellness and the nexus between inner and outer well-being.Starting at $2295
September 23 - October 18 2019



Former Students Say:

“I had the most amazing experience doing the 2 week PDC at Atitlan Organics. The lectures, experiential learning activities, accommodations, and food were all fantastic. The community was so diverse and welcoming and fosters an environment in which everyone truly wants to learn, share, grow, and make the earth a better place. I left feeling so inspired and empowered. I highly recommend Atitlan Organics and their PDC course to anyone who wants to learn amazing skills, gain a new perspective on our interactions with the land, and who wants to experience Guatemala in a completely unique and authentic way.”
-Caroline, December 2018

“I just completed a Permaculture Design Certification course at Atitlan Organics and it was an incredible experience! Shad is an amazing guy and teacher. The farm is beautiful and you learn a lot just by going on a tour of it. They are living and representing permaculture and sustainable living in a fun, educational, and downright inspiring way! I am deeply grateful for my time there and all I got to learn.”
-Nicola, August 2017




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.

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Travel to Atitlan Organics for a world class Permaculture Design Certification course at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala