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.

Course syllabus available soon.
Instructor information available soon.


Setting, Prices and Accommodations

pdc by the rancho
Main House Private Room
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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.

Sleeping Arrangements
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.

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Please consult the information below. If you have a question that is not answered here or on the general course information page, please contact us.

What to Bring
What do I need to bring for the class?

What kind of clothes do I need to bring?

Do I need to bring my own sheets/pillow/blanket/towel?

What are some other important things I need to bring?
Can I bring any extra things to help out VerdEnergia?
What can I NOT bring?
Daily Life and Basic Needs
What will daily life be like at VerdEnergia during the course?

Where will I sleep?
What do I do about my monthly cycle?
How do I wash my clothes?
Is there hot water at the farm?
Will my computer/other device be safe at VerdEnergia?
Expectations, Community and Participation

Can I apply what I learn at this PDC to non-tropical climates?

What kind of people can take this course?

What is expected of me as a student?

What can I expect from my instructors?
Will my religion/culture/sexual orientation/gender identity be accepted at VerdEnergia?
What is the surrounding community like outside VerdEnergia?
I am a student at a University. Can my PDC at VerdEnergia count for school credit?

Financial Information
Do I qualify for a discount or scholarship?
If I decide not to take the PDC and I have already paid, can I get my deposit back?
How much spending money should I bring?
Transportation and Surrounding Area
When should I plan on coming for the course?

How do I get to VerdEnergia?
Is it easy to get on and off the farm?
Food and Allergies
Will I be well-fed at the finca? What kind of food do you eat?

I have a food allergy! Will I have acceptable food to eat?

What do I do about snacks?