Permaculture Internship Program

Practical Permaculture Experience

Several times a year, following the Permaculture Design Course (PDC), a 4-week Permaculture Internship Program is offered.  We go in depth on a hands-on experience looking at the management and development of the established systems at Finca Tierra. It provides participants with the skills and experience to have a frame of reference when they start to work on another project. Essentially, the participant will fully understand how to operate Finca Tierra. We manage food forests, for profit vegetable gardens, fruit and nut orchards, chicken and fish systems and look at natural building and infrastructure. We developed the program because PDC course participants wanted to get more confidence, experience and skills necessary to apply the knowledge from the course. It is also a great way to see where your interests are and how land based enterprises are right for you. 

At Finca Tierra we love cooking! We have researched and planted the right food for a balance diet and are always making new plates and experimenting with the possibilities of food. During the internship participants take over the farm kitchen so there is a lot of culinary energy as well. For many participants creating fresh and healthy dishes farm-to-table on a daily basis turns out to be an important practical skill and big take away from the internship.

*Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate to participate form Finca Tierra or other Permaculture education program.

Week 1: Soil fertility and waste water

Natural soil fertility maintenance

Composting systems

Waste systems

Nursery systems

Week 2: Animals and water



Chicken systems

Week 3: Bulk food

Main crops

Food forests

Urban gardens

Week 4: Natural building

Natural building techniques

Bamboo production

Farm forestry chainsaw milling

Renewable energy systems



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


SOLD OUT - 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


  • Lodging: Private bamboo cabins OR a shared bamboo bunkhouse ( Four Private cabins are available on a first come first serve basis and are given th the first four participants to complete their full payment.
  • Three meals daily
  • Internet access


$1,400 Tuition ( Early Bird Discount) $150 discount when you complete your full payment 30 days before course start date.

$1,550 Tuition 

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. Full payment is due 14 days before the course start date.  Tuition is refundable until 30 days before the course start date.  Meals are whole food plant based, which means they are primarily vegetarian and primararly created 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.


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