Immersive Education at VerdEnergia
Join us this January for an immersive educational experience in the Costa Rican rainforest! VerdEnergia is a multicultural and diverse community with a colorful array of political and cultural approaches, practices and philosophies. Together we are pioneering a community-based, regenerative economic model with permaculture principles acting as our guide and unifying tool. We combine theory with applied practice, enabling ourselves and others to find right livelihood through practicing permaculture.
So why take a course with us? Because where you are certified can make all the difference. In general, permaculture courses at other places teach theory combined with some hands-on practice, but offer few practical solutions as to how one can use permaculture to meet basic needs and produce a long-term livelihood. At Verde, permaculture is not a hobby or just a class we teach, it is our way of life. With the guidance of permaculture principles, VerdEnergia is pioneering a cooperative business and economic model to help revitalize a low-income community situated in one of the most heavily deforested areas of Costa Rica. As a result of our location and community spirit, our students gain a unique insight into the reality of permaculture as daily life and reforestation as life’s work.
Instructor information available soon.
Setting, Prices and Accommodations
VerdEnergia is situated in the mountainous region of Puriscal, Costa Rica. While the Puriscal area is largely deforested, we have worked hard to reforest our corner of the neighborhood and are happily situated in a lush jungle oasis with fresh spring water, lots of fruit trees, and a few humble waterfalls. Students of the PDC have full access to our facilities, including a yoga/dance studio, community library, and a spring-fed swimming pool.
Course Prices and Discounts
We calculate course prices based on where you choose to stay, and what you choose to eat. The basic course price is $1600. A camping spot (with your own gear) and full vegan meals is included in the cost of the course. The price of beds (private and dorms) and animal products are additional.
We are happy to offer a few discounted spots to Costa Ricans and other residents of Central/South America. Please inquire here for information about discounts.
A non-refundable $300 deposit is due upon your registration (this is not an additional fee). The rest is paid upon arrival in cash.
We have a range of accommodations available, including private rooms, dormitory beds, and camping spots. It is important to understand that our infrastructure is integrated with the surrounding natural environment; you will be safe and dry, but all rooms are open-air.
- Camping spot (No additional cost)
- Dorm bed (+$210)
- Private room (+$420)
We cannot supply tents or bedding for campers. Hammock space is very limited; please plan accordingly.
At Verde, we celebrate every meal. Each meal features farm-fresh, local ingredients, many of which are grown on the project site. This year’s menu is created by three-star Micheln accredited chef, Vincent Wong Yeng Kong.
Chef Bio available soon.
- Vegan (No additional cost)
- Vegetarian (+$200)
- Farm-direct meats, eggs and dairy (+$200)
All of our animal products come from locally-raised, pastured animals. Students are included in cleanup shifts. Reasonable accommodation for food allergies can be made, but indicate your needs in your registration and upon arrival.