About Finca Tierra


Maybe you are interested in learning sustainability through exposure in a regenerative environment. Perhaps you want to be trained in ecological design, to start growing your own organic food, natural building resources, medicine, and fuel. Or you might just be looking to experience a sustainable lifestyle, eat healthy delicious foods and gain knowledge in permaculture. Whatever the reason is, you are here and ready to take the steps that lead to life's abundance and Earth healing.

Our methods implement regenerative agriculture with agroforestry and bio-intensive gardening.

Our systems operate 100% on solar energy, natural buildings, rain and spring water catchment, biological flush toilets, biodigester, and compost hot water system.



The Fundamentals of Ecological Design


Permaculture Design Course & Internship Reviews

“ A life changing experience! After being immersed in the food forest/jungle, eating the most delicious plant-based foods, and learning about Permaculture; I feel totally secure to start a profitable sustainable lifestyle. Ian and Ana have a plethora of knowledge and experience in sustainability, agroforestry and natural medicine. They are great teachers and passionate activists, plus their place is beyond beautiful. They make it so easy to understand the how to’s of eco-design. BEST place to learn about permaculture!”
— Hannah Weis, California, USA


More words from past students can be found here https://www.facebook.com/FincaTierra/reviews/


Over the past decade what began as degraded and eventually abandoned cattle pasture has been transformed into a 9-acre permaculture site. A research station located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Composed of natural buildings, food forest, and organic gardens. Here, students and interns can learn about sustainable living, regenerative agriculture, aquaculture, and ecological design through hands-on experience so that they can share with the world the new techniques for a sustainable global future.


The Location

  • Located near a small river and within walking distance of amazing pristine beaches.

  • Situated in our regenerative homestead and jungle forest farm.

  • The education center is solar powered, 100% off the grid, and harvest both rainwater and natural spring water, with gravity-fed water supply.

  • The shared infrastructure consists of a beautiful bamboo and leaf thatch kitchen, a dining area with a mud oven, class area, and lounge space.


  • Finca Tierra's exotic accommodations are both private bamboo cabinas and a bunkhouse with great views.

  • We have biological flush toilets where the black waters go to a biodigester, and the waste is processed to be sent back into the food forest system, making it a perfect closed loop nutrient cycle.

  • Our showers hot water works with a thermo-composting system, providing hot water for students as well as providing high-quality compost for the organic vegetable gardens.



Farm -to- table

We LOVE cooking!
• Our food forest and organic gardens supply most of the produce and products used in our plant-based, tropical farm-to-table meals.
• Enjoyable dining experience + an essential leap into your wellness journey: Exotic foods many of you have never heard of, are prepared every day considering their high nutritional content and medicinal properties.  After all, "we are what we eat!"
• Farm-to-pharmacy: Ethnobotanical healing tonics, medicinal wines, tinctures, and nutritional blends, are handcrafted in our kitchen with organic farm products and wild sacred plants, to boost your immune system.




   "We live with nature in the rainforest. First, we built our home at Finca Tierra, and then, began developing the surrounding 3.5 hectares (~9-acres) site into a regional center for permaculture education and community development. The ever-evolving programs at Finca Tierra are intended to serve both our regional community and the greater international community.  We are promoting ways to locally live sustainable while spreading the global principles of permaculture worldwide". 


Ian is a visual artist, social entrepreneur, eco-consultant, permaculture designer, off-grid pioneer, organic farmer and gardener.

A native of Ohio, United States, Ian holds a BFA Magna Cum Laude in visual art from Wright State University. 

He has experience in geographic information systems (GIS), urban planning, sustainable community design and natural structures.  Growing up, Ian spent the summers visiting Native American archeological sites in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Ian enjoys exposing students from around the world to Finca Tierra's permaculture design science approach, which integrates biological systems with human structure.  He's also a consultant for ecological design, tropical food, organic farms, and home gardens,  and is active in the local community promoting practical and sustainable garden design solutions. 

As a sustainability specialist, Ian has taught dozens of PDCs and certified hundreds of students from North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. He received his formal permaculture education from Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.


Ana is a lawyer, an environmental activist, social entrepreneur, organic farmer, and off-grid pioneer.

She has Costarican and Spanish heritage.

Ana has worked as a legal advisor for policymaking in Costa Rican Congress.  Experienced as a community organizer in local development projects focusing on excluded communities, autonomous development, and social organization. She is currently working in a Bioregion plan for Talamanca.

She is certified as a trainer on Non-Violent Communication by the United Nations' University of Peace. Also, certified as a permaculture designer. 

 Ana is moved about sharing the knowledge of how to live a sustainable lifestyle, and passionate about Finca Tierra’s ability to contribute to the food security of the local community by supporting nutritional and medicinal uses of plants in the region. 


Forest Farm

The production mimics natural forest secession, incorporating annual foods (tomato), short-term perennial foods (banana), as well as understory trees (avocado), and canopy food producing trees (coconut). Like any ecosystem, animals like chicken play a vital role in the management.


Organic Gardens

We employ both contemporary techniques and traditional local indigenous knowledge. Organic vegetable gardens rotate in the space available between perennial crops of bushes and trees. A diverse variety of vegetables in the understory provides food for students studying agroecology and permaculture. The rest of the produce is for sale locally.



Beyond supplying the farm kitchen and student community the farm commercially produces a variety of tropical greens as well as wines produced from sugarcane (raw rum) and honey (mead).

An ecosystem is nature's market and pharmacy.



Tropical Greens

We cultivate a variety of perennial foods that are richest in phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals and grown in diverse polyculture ecosystem.


Moringa Perennial Green
Gotu Kola Perennial Green


Ethnobotanical healing tonics, medicinal wines, tinctures, and nutritional blends. Handcrafted with organic farm products and wild sacred plants. Farm-to-pharmacy.


Finca Tierra is located near the village of Cócles, a lush Caribbean beach-rimmed jungle community not far from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon Province, Costa Rica. The fabulous tree-lined sand beaches south of Puerto Viejo are a ten-minute drive or thirty-minute walk from Finca Tierra.


Prepare for kayaking in the rivers, jungle night walks and turtle/ animal/ bird watching! Turquoise beaches to snorkel, scuba dive and surf.  A town with a wild variety of yoga and spiritual centers, many great alternative healers and doctors. A spotlight for organic chocolatiers, organic coffee shops, and fantastic restaurants to enjoy delicious meals. This is a multicultural region with indigenous and Afro-Caribbean heritage, calypso music and bonfires by the beach, mixed with the natural wisdom of indigenous cosmovision. A magical place where people from all around the world gather to enjoy, connect and dance!


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