Permaculture Internship Program

Practical Permaculture Experience

>Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate to participate<

Several times a year, immediately following the Permaculture Design Course course, a 4-week Permaculture Internship Program is offered.  This hands-on experience includes a series of workshops designed to prepare participants to implement or lead permaculture projects.  The internship program uses lectures, followed by practical applications, to thoroughly cover the techniques of project development and maintenance.  Interns will be fully involved in all aspects of farm activities.  The goal is to apply the designs and practice the methods that pertain to everyday permaculture farm situations.

Week 2: Animals and water


Earth works

Chicken systems

Week 1: Soil fertility and waste water

Natural soil fertility maintenance

Composting systems

Waste systems

Nursery systems

Week 4: Natural building

Natural building techniques

Bamboo production

Farm forestry chainsaw milling

Renewable energy systems

Week 3: Bulk food

Main crops

Food forests

Urban gardens


Design Application Project

During the internship, a design application will be realized in an urban or suburban environment. Working with a local, in-need applicant homeowner, we'll go into the community to design and implement a residential lot.  This program advances community food self-reliance, household economy, cultural integrity and nutritional improvement, all while minimizing the local carbon footprint.

Working along side the landowner, together we'll design an appropriate food systems based on both general nutritional needs and the landowners preferences.  We'll use Finca Tierra's seed bank, plant materials and nursery to implement the design.  The result will be a low maintenance, tropical food system that supplies much of a complete diet.  Intern participants will gain the experience and confidence of implementing their first, real-world consultation and application.


Interns become a part of the farm community's daily life, which involves set tasks and routines including:

Communal meal preparation

General farm maintenance

Farm tools and equipment use

Food storage and processing

Seed saving and propagation

Program Dates (4-weeks):

SOLD OUT - Winter: Monday, January 23, 2017– Saturday, February 18, 2017

Limited space remains - Spring: Sunday, March 19, 2017- Saturday, April 15, 2017

Enrollment open - Summer: Sunday, August 13, 2017- Saturday September 9, 2017

Enrollment open - Winter: Sunday, January 21, 2018– Saturday, February 17, 2018

Enrollment open - Spring: Sunday, March 18, 2018- Saturday, April 14, 2018

Program Registration:


Program Includes:

Lodging: Private bamboo cabins or a shared bamboo bunkhouse

Three meals daily












Program Info & Fee: 

NOTE: Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate to participate

Space is limited to twelve individuals.  Please register early, as the course can fill quickly.  Tuition does not include airfare or travel to/from Finca Tierra.  The $400 USD required deposit is non-refundable.  The final payment is due two (2) weeks before course commences.  Tuition is refundable until thirty days before the course start date.  Meals will include traditional cuisine and use farm products. Meals are traditional cuisine using farm products.  Academic credits / partial or full grants are sometimes available to undergraduate and graduate students (ask us for more information).  The program is taught in English.

$1,400 Tuition

$1,540 (Late registration fee (10% extra) for bookings made less than two weeks before the course start date)