Permaculture Design Course Certification

Ayampe, Ecuador

1 review
Nov 7 - 18, 2020
Group size: 8 - 16
Permaculture Design Course Certification
Ayampe, Ecuador

1 review

Deposit: $500
Nov 7 - 18, 2020
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

Come live with us in the jungles of Ecuador and learn the fundamentals of Permaculture! This 12 day course will cover a variety of fundamental topics from the permaculture design course certification. 

This is an amazing opportunity to get a very hands-on experience as many of these systems will be established in this course for the first time on this new emerging permaculture farm! You will experience the permaculture practices already in place: plant propagation, eco-toilets and composting, water catchment,  farm-to-table cuisine, and living in a secluded jungle oasis!

Upon completion, you will receive your Permaculture Design Certificate and be fully equipped to do your part in a global movement to live in a better way! PDC grads go on to design their own land projects, teach the permaculture principles and ethics, fund Eco-communities, redesign their businesses, and so much more!



Why Permacultural Design?

When starting an agricultural project with a regenerative and sustainable approach, it is important to have a long-term design to visualize the intelligent and efficient implementation of the project, saving energy and external inputs.

Permacultural design allows you to adapt your project to the ecosystem or bioregion where you want to implement it without negatively impacting the flora and fauna of the site.

Topics we will cover include: 

  • Climate and Topography: Topographic map / aerial photography
  • Water: Hydrological design, erosion control systems, water infiltration, rainwater harvesting systems, key line cropping patterns.
  • Roads and accesses: design of roads that allow harvesting runoff.
  • Trees: Design of successional agroforestry systems, windbreaks, among others.
  • Structures: Houses, bioconstruction, bioclimatic, integral habitat, mobile structures for animals.
  • Subdivisions: farm zoning, pasture subdivisions, animal load following holistic management criteria.
  • Soil: strategies and techniques for the recovery of soil fertility/productivity: biofertilizers, microorganisms, remineralization of soils.



Paulina Lasso Quintero

She has been working with Permaculture for 11 years. She began her apprenticeship in Brazil where she spent 3 years in various Permaculture Institutes, peasant communities and urban groups specializing in Water Treatment Systems with BioFilters. Certified by the Instituto de Permacultura y Ecoaldeas da Mata Atlantica IPEMA in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He has traveled through several countries in Europe, the United States and South America, learning and teaching different tools for a sustainable and regenerative life. She developed a comprehensive project on her farm in Tumbaco, was a co-founder of the Elvirita house and Lunas Ecológicas . She received a Bachelor's degree from Gaia University in Regenerative Eco-Social Design. He currently works in Yakunina from the permaculture farm in Mashpi.

Miguel Torske

He has been working with Permaculture for 12 years. He began his apprenticeship in the Seed Guardians Network in 2006. He has given more than 200 workshops around Ecuador on topics related to Agroecology, Permaculture, hydrological design and appropriate technologies.

He completed his certification as a permaculturist at Aprovecho Educational Center (Eugene-Oregon, United States), where he also learned about efficient rocket firewood combustion systems, which he has adapted to the reality and materials of Ecuador, expanding this knowledge in some communities of the Amazon and the Ecuadorian sierra. He has worked with Darren Doherty's Regrarians design platform and the key line design system. He is part of the team of the Ecoversity of the Equatorial Andes and of the group of tropicultores.

Expert in consulting, design and construction of decentralized wastewater systems with vermifilters and built marshes, design and construction of seeding and water harvesting systems.

This 12-Day Course Includes:

*Session topics and days may be due to change

 Session 1

  • Introduction to Permaculture and history of Agriculture.

Session 2

  • Preparation of bio-products for the course (repellent, shampoo, toothpaste. (Bring your recipe to share!)
  • Gardens and growbeds
  • Living landscapes

Session 3

  • Agroforestry systems
  • What is a forest? Forest structure and function
  • Forests and energy transactions.
  • Hike through the natural regeneration trail.
  • Ecological succession
  • Successional agroforestry design

Session 4

  • Permaculutre design tools
  • Design of permacultural systems in flooded areas
  • Talk about the climate and the adaptations of permaculture to various ecosystems

Session 5

  • Hydrological design 
  • Dry toilets / Composters.

Session 6

  • Bioremediation

Session 7

  • What is Appropriate Technology?
  • Efficient Rocket Stove Construction
  • Ecosocial design, local experiences.

Session 8

  • Rocket Stoves: Theory and Construction
  • Soil origin dynamics
  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Types of soil
  • Fertilizers and biofertilizers.

Session 9

  • Orchard and crop planning
  • Seedbeds
  • Types of crop beds
  • Tropical crops.
  • Video: Seeds

Session 10

  • Successional agroforestry design
  • Permacultural design strategies for each climate
  • Camellones

Session 11

Presentation of designs and graduation.


We work with experiential methodology, the classes will be theoretical and practical, we will use walks, visits, construction and elaboration of various projects.

Participants will be able to work on their design project with the support of the facilitators.

What’s included

  • Accomodation
    Enjoy nesting up in your private or shared bamboo suite! Immerse yourself in nature in our award-winning bamboo tree house nestled in the sweet jungle, overlooking the legendary Surf Town of Ayampe!
  • Plant Based Meals
    Enjoy fresh, organic, plant based and pescatarian gourmet cuisine with all the superfood elixirs, smoothies and coco lattes your heart desires! Enjoy fresh fruit right from our edible forest!
  • Yoga
    Daily yoga, meditation and crystal bowl sound baths
  • Temazcal Ceremonies
    We sit with intention and experience the purification of sweat lodge. Through therapeutic herbs, steam and prayer we release stress, muscle tension and detoxify the mind, body and soul.
  • Surfing
    We have skilled surf pro's available for lessons or simply grab a board and find your solace between sets.
  • Beach Shuttle
    Catch a ride on the surf train in our old school Kombi Van!
  • Flights
    Fly into Guayaquil or Manta Airport.
  • Airport transportation
    We will arrange transportation for you via taxi. Rates are between $60-$100 depending on location.

Available Packages

Private Suite
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Enjoy nesting up in your private bamboo suite! Immerse yourself in nature in our award-winning bamboo tree house nestled in the sweet jungle, overlooking the legendary Surf Town of Ayampe, Ecuador! Enjoy views of the ocean from your balcony or relax in your hammock listening to the orchestra of tropical birds. 

**For Double Occupancy, select "Double Occupancy" from the list of add-ons.**

Deposit: $500
Private Luxury Bamboo Casita
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Enjoy nesting up in your private bamboo casita! This casita sleeps up to four guests with a double on the main floor and queen size bed in the loft!  Enjoy the surrounding jungle while relaxing in a hammock on your balcony and take in the sounds of the tropical birds and waves crashing in the distance. 

Deposit: $500
Shared Suite
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Enjoy nesting up in your spacious double or triple shared bamboo suite! Immerse yourself in nature in our award-winning bamboo tree house nestled in the sweet jungle, overlooking the legendary Surf Town of Ayampe, Ecuador! Enjoy views of the ocean from your balcony or relax in your hammock listening to the orchestra of tropical birds. 

Deposit: $500
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Camp out in our tropical jungle oasis! This package comes with a new tent, mattress pad and cozy linens. Really immerse yourself in nature as you take in the sounds of the tropical birds and waves crashing in the distance. 

Deposit: $500
PDC Course without Accommodation

This package includes everything BUT accommodation.  There are many places to stay in Ayampe, but make sure you have transportation unless you enjoy a good workout. 

Deposit: $200

Available options

One-way Airport Transfer from Guayaquil
One-way Airport Transfer from Manta
Healing Haircut
Holonomic Healing w/ Hwaneeta
Moon Session with Hwaneeta
Deposit: $500

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Ayampe’s first Boutique Eco-Retreat Centre grounded in sustainability and community. We are a conscious collective of artists rooted deeply in traditional and spiritual practices, permaculture, artistic expression, movement, and a commitment to co-create new understandings of self and tribe. Through transformational wellness retreats, educational programs and adventure, we seek to empower people to explore their passions, find their purpose and help create bold actions to bring forth a sustainable future that works for all!


Amazing trip on every level! Accommodations: Astonishing view from the top room. Staff: Incredibly helpful and willing to assist in any needs. Highly recommend and have already planned my return trip