Courses & 


working towards sustainability

Valle Escondido offers an ongoing schedule of sustainable workshops, classes and courses, where expert teachers are brought in to provide information on a diverse range of sustainable practices, many of which can be implemented at home straight away or used to inspire local community projects.


Check out our upcoming events:

Have you seen our daily permaculture tour?

Daily 2pm - 4pm

23 Aug 2018

Agroforestry Workshop with Sam Kenworthy

Agroforestry is a farming technique that purposefully incorporates tree crops into land management practices with the goal of increasing the economic and ecological benefits of a project. Using the Hidden Valley Farm and Valle Escondido Preserve as a classroom and model, the agroforestry class will present design and management techniques for tree crops, as well as demonstrate hands on skills such as pruning, tree sourcing and planting, propagation techniques, irrigation set up, and more. Participants can expect to come away from the course with a strong understanding of forest functions and baseline understanding of using perennial agriculture as a land management practice. 

Sam Kenworthy is a water systems specialist and landscape manager with nearly a decade of experience in the tropics. He has experience designing and developing educational curriculum for students of all ages, particularly focused on conservation, practical skill building, and applied research. Originally from the east coast of the United States, Sam currently resides on the southern Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, where he co-manages Porvenir Design

Dedicated to continued learning and improving his skill sets, he is passionate about self sufficiency, water management, generating more and better yields, and well executed design for human eco-systems. Experienced in working in a wide variety of environments, he enjoys the process of designing around problematic landscapes. Sam holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. 

16 Jun 2018

Permaculture Design Course

Hidden Valley Farm/Valle Escondido Preserve offers a rich learning setting with its bio-intensive gardens, protected primary rainforest, young tropical orchards, water management systems, and soil building projects.  Course participants join daily activities, helping with gardening, harvest, and erosion control projects. They receive an immense amount of practical knowledge, and the internationally recognized Permaculture Design CertificateCourse material is universal to every ecosystem, and knowledge acquired in this class is easily applied in other locations and settings. Participants of a wide range of ages and backgrounds are attracted to this class, making it a rich and life-changing experience for everyone.

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Permaculture talk in classroom
Permaculture Project Tour - Compost
Permaculture Talk in Classroom
Permaculture Tour - Huglekultur beds
Rain Water Catchment
Permaculture Talk in Classroom
Permaculture Class
Permaculture Tour through Farm
Planting at the Farm
Teaching in the Classroom
Teaching on the Farm
Forestry Work
Permaculture Farm Tour
Forestry Work
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Fundamentally people enjoy experiencing the beauty of natural environments; in fact we are nature.  We believe that people, if given the opportunity, will protect natural environments and engage in regenerative practices to support life on earth. As a tourist destination, Valle Escondido inspires visitors to remember we are nature.

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