Feb 15 – Mar 1, 2015
Tanglewood Wellness Center

What is a 72 Hour PDC?

Since the first PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate Course) in 1972, this course has been taught thousands of times around the world. This internationally recognized course is based on the teachings of movement founder Bill Mollison and all chapters of the text, Permaculture: A Designers Manual. The course gives an in depth understanding of the design process and the main elements involved. The course also gives many ideas and inspirations for further study in specific disciplines that can integrate with a productive property of any scale.

The course results in a certificate, which is a prerequisite for the permaculture diploma that is available after 2 years of documented, applied work in the field.

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Contact: Loren Lockman
Costa Rica cell: 506-8537-7945

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Topics Covered:

– Design methods

– Understanding patterns in nature

– Trees & their energy transactions

– Forest establishment

– Food forests

– Climatic factors

– Temperate zones

– Humid tropics

– Dry land strategies

– Islands

– Aquaculture

– Water harvesting

– Waste management

– Soil biology, creation and erosion control

– Energy efficient architecture

– Legal strategies and trusts

– Earthworks & their use in earth repair

– Strategies for urban and rural environments

– Effective working groups

– Money and finance

– Bio regional organization

– Ethical investment

– Effective aid


February 15 – March 1, 2015.

Arrive on Sunday, February 15th Class starts in the morning on Monday, February 16th and runs until completion on the evening of Saturday, February 28th. As is customary with PDCs, we’ll end the course with a celebration of talent so be prepared to share.

Departure is on Sunday, March 1st.

There will be some time off during the course and a chance to relax and enjoy the natural beauty at Tanglewood or in the surrounding area.


Tanglewood Wellness Center is located in the mountains of beautiful Guanacaste, Costa Ria, Central America. We will offer a shuttle from both SJO and LIR airports to the Tanglewood Wellness Center, and back to the airports on February 15th at 3pm and on March 1st at 7am. You will want to book a flight landing by 2pm to be sure to be through customs and immigration in plenty of time. If you cannot be there in time, we can also arrange for transfer to the center at your cost.

Please communicate your travel plans with us at loren@tanglewoodwellnesscenter.com with as much notice as possible so we can arrange for the shuttles. The shuttle returning to the airport on March 1st will get you to LIR by 9 am and to SJO by 10am, for 11am and noon and later departures, respectively.


The investment for 14 days in Costa Rica at the Tanglewood Wellness Center, including accommodations in one of our lovely rooms, raw vegan meals and snacks, 72 hours of instruction and a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) is $1995 USD.

We also have two luxury suites available for an additional cost of $750/person for the two weeks.

And because it’s the dry season, you can also stay in a tent and will pay only $1595.

Discounts are offered to those registering in advance.
If your registration and payment is received by January, 15 2015 the reduced rate is $1795 USD (plus $750 if you want a luxury suite) or $1395 if you prefer to camp.

Space is limited so we appreciate early registrations.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is required to ensure your space. This deposit is non refundable. Payment in full is due by February 1st.

No refunds.


Double occupancy. Each comfortable room features 2 single beds with mosquito netting, 2 locking closets, US compatible 110V electricity, and a private bathroom with shower. Please bring biodegradable soap and biodegradable shampoo. We will provide cotton linens and towels for your use.

Tanglewood has an internet lounge with 3 computer stations where you can plug in your laptop and one desk-top computer for your use. Luxury suites also provide internet access (as well as a private patio, living room, ceiling fans, and more privacy.) Please note: in the aim to reduce electromagnetic pollution, Wifi is not available.


All meals served at Tanglewood Wellness Center are Raw Vegan. You can expect simple meals and snacks with an abundance of high quality, fresh, local produce prepared by Tanglewood’s experienced staff.


Pack according to the season in which your course is scheduled. This is a tropical environment. This course will take place during Costa Rica’s dry season. Most days will be sunny with daytime temperatures usually between 80-85 F (26-30C) every day and nights down to as low as 65 F (18C) this time of year.

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