1. * We highly recommend buying, and bringing, the text book Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison (Tagari Publishing). The PDC is based on this book. You can find this book on www.amazon.com or www.tagari.com.
    It is a very valuable resource which you will reference for years to come. This text may seem
    overwhelming at first, but after you’ve taken the course, you will be able to navigate your way through it with ease.
  1. * It is also recommended, if you are new to Permaculture, to check out the book Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison (Tagari Publishing), this is a much easier read and will give you a great overview and head-start to some of the concepts and designs discussed throughout the course.

Other Items of importance:

– Valid passport

– ATM and Credit Cards (let bank and CC companies know you will be in Costa Rica and when)

– $100 or so in cash – bring varied bills no larger than $20 denominations

– Backpack/Daypack

– Beach towel

– Biodegradable soap and shampoo – Very important for the sinks and showers. These can be found at most sporting goods stores in the camping section or your favorite health store.

– Toiletries

– Flashlight

– Umbrella

– Camera (You will be kicking yourself if you forget this)

– Binoculars

– Wildlife field guides if you have them

– Wide-brimmed hat

– Good shoes

– Lightweight long pants

– Lightweight long sleeved shirts

– Gardening gloves

– Shorts

– T-shirts

– Bathing suit

– Sandals

– Water bottle – Any typical bottle is fine. There is plenty of fresh water to fill it with.

– Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses

– Medications – extra prescription, brand name of drug as sold in Panama – check www.drugs.com or the manufacturer’s website for this information.

– Rain gear – not always needed, but when it is needed…

– Notebook, pens, highlighter

Pack according to the season in which your course is scheduled. This is a tropical environment. This course will take place during Panama’s green (rainy) season. Most days will include an hour or two of rain. There will be plenty of sunshine as well. Daytime temperatures usually range from 80-85 F every day and nights down to about 72 F this time of year.