Combo: PDC Course & Farm Internship

Fundamentals of Ecological Design & Practical Permaculture Experience

Save $250 when registering for both the course and internship!


At Finca Tierra we've designed into our everyday life many sustainable living applications of ecological principals.  To understand how, join us for our four-week internship series of practical permaculture workshops that immediately follows our two-week permaculture design course.  Together this package of experiences prepare students for implementing and leading ecological projects.

First, get up to speed with our two-week, 72-hour, fundamentals of ecological design course, an intensive permaculture design certificate (PDC) education taught by experienced instructors through formal lecture and hands-on instruction. Study the strategies and techniques that can provide for a permanence of human life on earth in harmony with nature. Topics include agroforestry, organic gardening, viable architecture, renewable energy, beneficial waste systems, nutrient and energy cycling, gravity fed rain water systems and local economies.

Then, gain hands-on practical permaculture experience through our 4-week internship program.  In a series of workshops that apply the PDC course information, participants are prepared to implement or lead a permaculture design project.  Become engaged in a wide variety of tasks, all the while closely guided by permaculture experts; study systems that yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy and food, in a designed landscapes that mimics the patterns and relationships found in nature; and become absorbed in learning something meaningful that you can use to provide productive diversity, stability and resilience every day in your home environment.


Enrollment open - Winter: Sunday, January 6– Saturday, February 16, 2019

Enrollment open - Spring: Sunday, March 10 – Saturday, April 20, 2019


  • 2-week, 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course
  • 4-week Internship Program
  • Lodging: Private bamboo cabins OR a shared bamboo bunkhouse ( Four Private cabins are available on a first come first serve basis and are given to the first four participants to complete their full payment.
  • Three meals daily
  • Internet access
  • Field trips


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 the course commences.  Tuition is refundable up until 30 days before the course start date.  Meals will include traditional cuisine and use 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.

$2,950 Tuition

$2,650 Tuition ( Early Bird Discount) $300 discount when you complete your full payment 30 days before course start date.



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