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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Collaboration Course (Full dates Apr 1-15, 2019)

If you are interested in learning more about Permaculture then join us! This PDC course is a collaboration with The Yoga Forest and Atitlán Organics, lead by the Founder of Atitlan Organics, Shad Qudsi, and is held between both The Yoga Forest of San Marcos la Laguna and Atitlán ORganics of Tzununá. It will be a unique experience combining the two locations. Email to register your interest.

2-Week Intensive Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course at The Yoga Forest

San Marcos la Laguna, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

Cost: US$1495 staying in shared accommodations. Prices include certification, three vegetarian meals daily and morning yoga classes while at The Yoga Forest.


What will I take from the course?

You will be a certified Permaculture designer, a certification that is internationally recognized by the Permaculture community. You will also have the knowledge and practical skills required to immediately begin designing and creating Permaculture projects and sustainable landscapes. You will be provided with links and sources to help you proceed further on your chosen path.

You will be able to form land assessments and designs, and will be equipped with skills to start you off in natural building. You will also be able to implement basic grey water and composting systems necessary for a sustainable dwelling. In addition, you will have an understanding of aquaculture, vegetable production, integrated livestock management and food preservation to begin producing your own food and designing systems for yourself and others.

 What type of yoga is taught?

The Yoga Forest offers holistic yoga classes each morning before the PDC course workshops begin incorporating asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation and relaxation.

What is the food like?

The Yoga Forest serves fresh vegetarian meals prepared with love and intention. We grow as much of the produce as we can and purchase from local markets whenever possible. We strive to use organic ingredients whenever possible. A professional chef prepares the menus and our lovely local ladies prepare them in our kitchen.


We provide shared accommodation in our beautiful traditionally built cabanas constructed from bamboo, adobe, clay and wood from sustainable Guatemalan plantations. With palm roofs to match the natural setting that surrounds us and windows that overlook one of the most stunning views in Guatemala; Lake Atitlán and its volcanoes.

We have also been told our compost toilets and outdoor solar shower have the best views of any in the world! Please be aware that we use natural water filtering systems, and therefore ask that you bring only organic soaps and shampoos with you.