Click here for this years Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC) June 12th - 25th, 2022

Join our diverse team of permaculture instructors led by Valle Escondido and Porvenir Design team in this two-week experience.

Recognizing the need to create more accessible permaculture educational opportunities in Costa Rica, this course is aimed at Costa Ricans and people from Latin America. That's why it will be taught in Spanish.

We seek to increase the diversity of enrolled students, by making the course more economically accessible. We allow students to choose their own accommodation and manage their own food. Instructor fees are subsidized in part by their own work and Valle Escondido, as the host organization, which will not charge for the use of its space, services and teaching.

This course is only offered by submitting an application

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The course will be taught by Hugo Soto & Scott Gallant from Porvenir Design and Jonah Chaffee, from Valle Escondido.

The course covers the curriculum of studies in Permaculture Design and emphasizes the creation of diverse multifunctional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Using Valle Escondido: Hidden Valley Farm as a living classroom, the class will combine theory talks and practical work, exploring design solutions to the challenges facing

our communities today.

The final project of the course is to create your own permaculture site design by creating work teams among students. This course is suitable for anyone interested in designing a resilient and regenerative future, as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education, agriculture, and community development. The whole systems design thinking described in the course will provide participants with the tools to redesign and improve their environment; from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.

The cost of the course is $ 400. This price does NOT include food or lodging.


• History of Permaculture

• Principles and ethics of permaculture design

• Design & analysis methodologies and site evaluation

• Pattern languages ​​in culture and landscape

• Reading the landscape and the recognition of natural patterns

• Simple mapping and surveying techniques

• Interviews with clients and goal setting

• Map readings

• Design presentations and master planning

• Climate and microclimate design

• Water: Cycles, Capture, Ecology, Conservation and Treatment

• Gray water and black water systems

• Earthworks, pond construction and water storage

• Soils: Biology, Ecology, Fertility Strategies

• Biochar, biofertilizers, mulching, biomass production, microorganism cultivation, compost manufacturing

• Gardening: from the tropics to temperate regions

• Management of orchards and agroforestry

• Plant propagation and nursery management

• Silvopastoral and aquaculture systems

• Harvest strategies, post-harvest management, and fermentation

• Shelter and location

• Applications and case studies of urban and suburban permaculture

• Design for climate change

• Energy and appropriate technology: photovoltaic energy, design of biodigesters, alternative cooking models

• Regenerative economic models

• Social structures, decision-making, and community organization

• Practical cases of projects by professional designers



There are many permaculture design courses offered around the world, but you are a good candidate for our PDC if:

• You want to learn from instructors who have many years of experience teaching and practicing permaculture on a daily basis through your own garden, kitchen, community, and habits.

• You want to experience an established permaculture site, largely designed to connect permaculture and food systems with hospitality and tourism.

• You want to be inspired by seeing many practical examples of highly functional systems that were guided by the principles and ethics of permaculture.

• You want to immerse yourself in the famous Monteverde cloud forest, with access to miles of hiking trails and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

• You are ready for an intensive learning experience. As a theory & practice course, there will be a significant amount of lectures and discussions on a daily basis.

• You want to be part of a diverse group of students, in a course that focuses on connecting with Costa Rica and its culture.


Our goal as instructors is to support all of our students after the course. This has taken many forms in the past, including help with obtaining materials, introductions to specific organizations and / or individuals, sharing available job opportunities, etc. One of the great advantages of taking a course with Porvenir Design is that you become part of a larger community. We pride ourselves on being connected to the global permaculture community while acting as a bridge between immigrants and Costa Ricans here in Costa Rica. The opportunity to connect is an invaluable part of our PDC


The course will be taught in Spanish. For English translation please contact Valle Escondido directly for options.


Valle Escondido is a living playground for sustainable design and natural experimentation. Offering different examples of regenerative systems and techniques that reduce human impact and support natural environments, visitors leave Valle Escondido inspired to support a greener world. On-site projects include land management (15-hectare Valle Escondido nature reserve), agroforestry, aquaculture, animal husbandry, gray water management, soil construction, biofertilizers, microorganism cultivation, and more. Valle Escondido presents these projects in a simple and accessible way to reach the wide international audience of guests who visit it. Recognized as a family hotel providing these examples of sustainable living seeks to create awareness for both children and adults. In Monteverde, where the climate can be very extreme, Valle Escondido creates and experiments with culturally appropriate technology design systems to identify pathways to food security and sustainable design that are now necessary to address global climate change. To date, Valle Escondido has presented in person to more than 40,000 travelers the method of permaculture and regenerative systems, in its continuous effort to use tourism as a means of transmission to advocate for a better world.



Scott Gallant is an agroforester and food systems designer with nearly a decade of experience working in Central America. He is a co-founder of Porvenir Design, a landscape design firm specializing in productive landscapes. He graduated from Wabash College in 2008 with a BA in Economics. He was a farm manager at Rancho Mastatal for nine years and has worked with various projects such as VersaLand, Open Source Ecology, Project Bonafide, Finca Luna Nueva; and many more as he has developed his skills in permaculture design.

Passionate about regenerative agriculture, holistic thinking, ethnobotany, community development, and retraining, he still has time to walk and bike, read extensively, and work on his basketball and frisbee throw. He has traveled extensively in Latin America, which has led him to love the culture, the food, and the language that he tries to speak. Scott writes for the Permaculture Research Institute and has appeared on the Permaculture Voices, Abundant Edge, and Making Permaculture Stronger podcasts.

You can find him on instagram here.


Hugo started the path of permaculture in 2012; Hugo's study of organic agriculture led him to continue deepening his ways of relating to people and place. Originally from San José, Costa Rica, Hugo began promoting urban permaculture through projects such as community gardens and creating edible spaces with native plants. While developing community gardening projects, Hugo also focuses on leading workshops and courses within communities to shift to better soil management and production strategies.

Hugo complements his passion for design by linking community design for good living in his approach to planning; he has been trained in working with various forms of design of invisible social structures. Hugo is a member of Red Permanezca, which seeks to creatively promote permaculture in Costa Rica with the ultimate goal of inspiring profound social change. Hugo's goals include promoting permaculture through education and his site visits. He takes his time swimming and hiking in the mountains while living in a collaborative eco-community.


Founder of Valle Escondido

Jonah is an ecological educator, nurse, and landscape designer. He has worked for years in community health education, as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher, and in alternative medicine. He currently manages Valle Escondido in Monteverde Costa Rica. Introduced to the permaculture design method 12 years ago, he has studied with the Permaculture Institute and participated in different courses in Central and North America. Jonah guides Valle Escondido, as a tourist destination, to promote the conservation of natural environments and sustainable practices to support a regenerative future.

Valle Escondido offers classes and provides examples for visitors to better understand regenerative land use, organic agriculture, and permaculture. When Jonah is not playing in the garden with his two daughters or talking to visitors, he may find him surfing or exploring other places in Costa Rica.

Our team will include several local instructors from the Monteverde community.


The cost of the course is $ 400. This price does NOT include food or lodging. Except for 2 dinners, at the beginning and at the end of the course. Additional scholarships are available for Central American students to further reduce this cost.

The course is limited to 25 students and is applied through an application process.

Accepted applicants must deposit 50% of the course fee to reserve space. No later than May 28, two weeks before the start of the course, the remaining 50% must be paid. Cancellations will be fully refunded if made before May 12. After May 12, refunds will depend on course bookings.

This price covers instruction, materials and the use of the facilities during classes. Each student must find her own accommodation in the Monteverde area and manage her meals. Depending on enrollment, scholarships will be available for Costa Rican citizens. All course participants will receive rice and beans and the use of a common kitchen, as well as discounted eggs and farm products from the site, high-speed WiFi, and access to the trails, waterfalls, and platforms of the Valle Escondido nature reserve. The restaurant menu will also have a special discount for course participants.


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