September 12 - 30, 2017

Permaculture Design Certification

pdc 3InanItah’s upcoming Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 20 day hands-on and internationally recognised training experience in permaculture design principles and practices. The course will be held at InanItah, a 22-Acre Permaculture Site and transformational living and learning center on the beautiful Isla de Ometepe, an Island of twin volcanoes on Lake Nicaragua.

This course expands on the standard PDC by integrating an exploration of our relationship with ourselves and our communities. The course intertwines the teaching of a traditional Permaculture Design Certification with an experience in Transformational Community Living.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in empowering themselves to take an active role in building a regenerative future. This included anyone with a focus in agriculture, architecture, ecology, gardening, landscaping, education, as well as personal and community development. No prior permaculture experience is necessary.

Permaculture Design Certification : We teach a 72 hour certified PDC curriculum course with a special emphasis on forest gardening in the tropics. The techniques you learn transfer directly to any climate. Students will receive resources and plant lists for many climates as part of the course content. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

You will learn::
• Principles and Ethics of Permaculture Design
• Site analysis and design, from the tropics to temperate regions
• Landscape master planning and microclimate design
• Reading the landscape and pattern recognition
• Design for climate change
• Regenerative Land Management and Stewardship
• Water catchment, storage, filtration, and distribution
• Biologically based treatment of greywater and blackwater
• Using greywater in the landscape
• Natural building techniques and vernacular architecture
• Plant propagation and grafting
• Organic horticulture
• Medicinal plant propagation, usage and preparations
• Biointensive gardening and seed saving
• Soil rehabilitation and fertility strategies
• Myco-forestry and myco-filtration
• Orchard design and maintenance
• Renewable energies and biofuels
• Local and Regenerative economics
• Urban and suburban permaculture strategies
• Ecovillage design and community building strategies
• Networking within the permaculture community and beyond

Transformational Community Living: InanItah is renowned as a hub for healing as well as personal and collective transformation. During our time together we will incorporate yoga, meditation, medicinal foods, communication skills practices, ceremonies, sharing circles and other practices and perspectives for maintaining a healthy and balanced human environment. You will learn about The Tantra of Permaculture, which integrate maps and design principles from Permaculture and Tantra and applies them to the human landscape of mind, body, spirit and community. .
You will experience and learn about:

  • Community Wisdom Circles
  • Hosting Community Sharing Circles
  • Conscious Co-creation
  • Relationship Skills Development
  • Community Building and Group Facilitation
  • Fertility Magic
  • Sacred Geometry
  • Eco-Spirtuality
  • The value of ceremony and riitual
  • Silent and Dynamic Meditations
  • Yoga & Embodiment Practices
  • Dance & Celebration

More details about the course outline and site demonstrations are available here.

Course Facilitators

Chris Shanks

chris shanks 2Chris has been practicing Permaculture design for over 16 years. His ‘journeyman’ years were spent apprenticing and working on farms from Spain to Central America to the west coast of the United States. Chris designed, built and planted his primary project over 13 years ago, Project Bona Fide located on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua. Chris has worked and consulted in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the USA, Thailand, the Bahamas, Hawai’i and the USVI. Chris has taught over 30 full Permaculture Design Courses, runs his own consulting firm called Living Systems Solutions is a businessman and strong proponent of interweaving Permaculture design into development and entrepreneurship. His work in horticulture, seed saving, ‘living seed banks’ and education have brought awareness as well as concrete solutions to thousands.

Gaia Ma

16805113_10208259333750749_881099257_o-e1487908220170-768x563Gaia is the co-founder and director of InanItah, and the internationally recognised creator and facilitator of the Tantric Way Series; a deeply transformative workshop series that empowers individuals to step into their full power by breaking through self limiting patterns and beliefs. Gaia is a pioneer in the evolution of community based living and learning centers. For the past 14 years, her work has focused on the intersection of spiritual and ecological consciousness. She has co-created, lived in, and consulted for various eco-spirit community projects in Thailand, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the United States. During this course Gaia will present parts of curriculum for the Tantra of Permaculture: Connecting Inner and outer Landscapes, in which an understanding of the wild within and without can be organically linked.




LOCAL CITIZENS (You must have a Central American or Mexican Passport to qualify) *

*Prices include a campsite. You are welcome to bring your own gear.
The following options are available for a surcharge.
Private Cabins,  $228 – $304
Dormitory, $95
Camping with rented gear, $45

Registration Details

Hold your spot in the course by sending a $200 deposit via paypal to [email protected] Once you have sent the deposit we will contact you with further details on how to complete you payment.

If you have any questions or enquiries, please direct them to [email protected]

  Send a $200 Deposit to Register