NOTE FROM SHAD:
1. Learn Permaculture Design: Volunteers will learn many of the design principles and philosophies behind permaculture and sustainable living, through deep immersion in a functioning permaculture farm in the mid stages of its development.
2. Direct-to-Consumer, Profitable Farming: Volunteers will experience what it takes to run a profitable organic farm through participation in harvesting, washing, packing, and marketing at local venues.
3. Connect with Local Farmers: Volunteers will work alongside of talented indigenous mayan farmers, while also having opportunities to assist in projects on locally owned plots of land.
What You’ll Do
Learn LOads of Permaculture:
Get involved in daily chores and experience two fully function profitable Permaculture farms
Receive lectures From our Introduction to Permaculture Course and learn Permaculture Principles, strategies, and More
tours and site visits to regional Permaculture centers
Serve the Community:
Apply Permaculture principles and implement proven strategies to address public health and food security issues, as well as increase productivity for small farmers.
promote reforestation and biodiversity through planting rare, heirloom avocado varieties.
leave a lasting positive impact, working alongside local coffee farmers to plant kitchen gardens and more
Have a Blast!
Swim in the pristine natural pools of Quix’aya and discover the beauty of Lake Atitlan and its surrounding regions
Check out local activities including Stand Up Paddleboard, kayaking, hiking, yoga, weaving and cooking classes, and live music
Make connections that will last far beyond your two weeks with people from around the world
What’s the Schedule?
weekends free to relax and Have fun!
Lodging and Food
Lodging and food for the program is provided by the beautiful Bambu Guest House, a naturally built guest house just down the road from Atitlan Organics. The Bambu is made from natural, local materials including bamboo, wood, stone, and glass. Guests stay in large and bright rooms, each one with its own private bathroom and hot water, balcony, WiFi, and stunning views. The farm-to-table restaurant prepares delicious and unique meals with fresh produce from Atitlan Organics and other local producers. Two common areas--including a yoga deck--give guests space to connect over a meal, movie, board game or one of our daily yoga classes. The Bambu is truly a nexus of sustainability and comfort!
All participants in our Service Initiative receive lodging and meals for the two weeks at the Bambu Guest House, an awesome naturally-built center just down the road from Atitlan Organics. The full price of the two weeks is $795 and includes training, field trips, materials, and accommodations. Purchase a ticket to reserve your spot!
Why Study Permaculture in Central America?
Practicing 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. Studying permaculture in Central America offers designers great opportunities to learn from diverse groups of people in incredibly diverse natural settings.
How to Get Here:
We are located 3.5 - 4.5 hours from La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Public shuttles run several times a day from the airport or Antigua to Panajachel, the main town on Lake Atitlan. From “Pana,” you will take a lancha (boat) to Tzununa, about a 30 minute ride. Get off at the public dock in Tzununa and grab a tuk tuk (small three-wheeled car) to the Bambu Guest House.
Alternatively, you can take a private shuttle direct from the airport or your hotel to the Bambu Guest House.