Come to the The Yoga Farm as a student, leave as an ecological designer! We will be leading a small group of permaculture students on a whirlwhind of experiential and lecture-based learning from Feb 24th through March 10th. You will take home a solid foundation in permaculture design, the building blocks of a regenerative lifestyle, and a deep appreciation for natural systems. Upon completion of the course, all students will receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design.
Topics to be covered will include but will not be limited to:
- Permaculture Theory, Ethics, and Principles
- Reading the Landscape
- Living Soil and Soil Building Techniques
- Water Systems
- Sustainable Building
- Basic Food Cultivation
- Agroforestry and Food Forests
- Social Permaculture
- Native and Medicinal Plants of southern Costa Rica
- Animals in the Landscape
- The Design Process
Laura Ruby was born with a strong, inborn love of plants and animals. But it wasn't until she earned her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2002 from Crystal Waters EcoVillage in Australia that she understood how to work with them sustainably, through whole systems design. After this experience, and graduating from the University of Colorado with an Environmental Science degree, she started working with the Growe Foundation, designing and implementing gardens at 14 elementary schools. While working here, she went back to school to earn a MBA from Green Mountain College. Through inspiring curriculum and seeing more and more children eating veggies that they grew at school, she started YummyYards to help families grow food where they live.
In 2013, she moved to Western North Carolina and immediately started working with other landscapers and nurseries in the area to transform landscapes. Through volunteering with The Fruit and Nut Club (they are awesome folks, check them out!), she took a position with The Roots Foundation. She is currently their Director of Curriculum, working with teachers in Asheville City Schools developing multi disciplinary, real world, project based learning lessons for grades K-7. She also co-designed many of the outdoor learning classrooms at Vance Elementary School of Ecology.
Some of her most fun teaching and designing highlights include: Co-teaching and co-facilitating the first for-credit Permaculture Design Course at the University of Colorado; teaching the first Permaculture Design course for 11- to 17-year-olds through Colorado University’s Science Discovery Program; running the urban farming segment for the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, CO; co-facilitating a permaculture design course at the GrowHaus in Denver, CO; designing and teaching a permaculture course for Jamaican residents at the Source Farm in Johns Town, Jamaica. Now she is looking forward to co-facilitating a permaculture course at The Yoga Farm in Costa Rica this winter.
Laura is a Certified Permaculture Teacher, and co-facilitates the Wild Abundance Permaculture Design Course along with Natalie Bogwalker. She also co-owns a 56-acre Permaculture education center and event space, The Ruby Roost, with her sister and mother.
With this experience, Yummy Yards was started to support those that want to create and expand their aesthetic and edible gardens. It is our belief that these two types of gardens do not need to be separate. Instead, they can ebb and flow to create a more resilient, productive and beautiful outdoor living space.
Sam Kenworthy is a water systems specialist and landscape manager with nearly a decade of experience in the tropics. He has experience designing and developing educational curriculum for students of all ages, particularly focused on conservation, practical skill building, and applied research. Originally from the east coast of the United States, Sam currently resides on the southern Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Dedicated to continued learning and improving his skill sets, he is passionate about self sufficiency, water management, generating more and better yields, and well executed design for human eco-systems. Experienced in working in a wide variety of environments, he enjoys the process of designing around problematic landscapes. Sam holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. Sam and his business partner, Scott Gallant, are the core team of Porvenir Design.
Christie Carr co-manages The Yoga Farm with her husband, Patrick McMahon. Christie has been co-running this permaculture project and yoga retreat off the grid in southern Costa Rica for eleven years. She earned her Certificate of Permaculture Design from Wild Abundance in 2015. Christie loves growing and eating fruits and vegetables, learning from the natural world, and sharing this love with others.
Patrick McMahon co-manages The Yoga Farm with Christie. Pat is learned and experienced in off-grid solar energy systems, and potable water and rain water collection systems. Pat is passionate about natural building and turning dreams into reality.