Permaculture Homestead Design

November 24 - 27, 2018

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Learn the skills to design an abundant and harmonious landscape!

This four-day intensive course will introduce participants to the basic skills needed to understand the landscape and design a sustainable homestead. The course will cover site analysis and mapping, goal setting, and designing to maximize the productivity, beauty, and sustainability of the land. This course is relevant to people who already own a home-site as well as people considering buying land in the future. During a final hands-on project, participants will put their new skills to work on a small-scale design. Students will leave equipped with the skills to more deeply understand their homestead and to design for the challenges and opportunities they encounter. The course will be conducted in Rancho Mastatal’s beautiful naturally-built classroom and will mix lectures, drafting and group work, with mapping and measuring in the field.

Note: Participants with their own property should contact the instructor to see about the potential for using their land during the final design project.

Concepts and skills covered will include:

  • Key permaculture principles

  • The design process

  • Defining goals

  • Site analysis

  • Creating a base map

  • Drafting tools and techniques

  • Design alternatives and evaluation process



Rachel Jackson
Rachel Jackson holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School in Conway, Massachusetts. She has been practicing permaculture in the tropics since 2009, working in both the rainforests of Costa Rica and the dry forests of Nicaragua. She is passionate about creating harmonious, healthy relationships between humans and the landscape. From urban renewal projects in New England to food forests in Latin America, Rachel has used her skills to create integrated, whole-system designs in difficult locations. She has also worked as a garden-based youth educator, landscaper, art handler, photographer and carpenter and harbors a life-goal of trying as many varieties of tropical fruits as possible.  Students that would like to contact Rachel prior to the class can do so at  


The class begins at 9 a.m. on Novmeber 24, 2018.  The night before the class begins, November 23, 2018, is included in the cost of the class.  


The last day of the class is November 27, 2018.  The night of November 27, 2018 is included in the cost of the class.  


Includes all food, lodging and instruction.  


Your registration, a confirmation from us that there is space in the class and a $200 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot in the course.  You can make your deposit with PayPal below or go to our Payment page for more information and options.  

We have partial scholarships available for this class.  Please inquire at and/or fill out an application here


This class will be taught in English.  


All food and lodging is included in the cost of  the course.   Students will stay in the Ranch bunkhouse with options for private upgrades.  We provide high quality mattresses, linens and blankets.  Please see our Accommodations page for more information.  


Please see our  Payments page for more information about how to pay.  



Please see our Directions page for detailed information on how to get to Rancho Mastatal.  


To enroll in the class, please fill out our Online Registration Form.  


For more information about this class and Rancho Mastatal please contact us at , call us at +506 2200-0920 or text/WhatsApp us at +506 8539-1404.  You can also follow us at: (sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page)