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Monday, May 30, 2011

Permaculture Weekend with Stephen Brooks & Sarah Wu at Vista Del Valle Inn, Rosario, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Friday, June 3
7pm  -  Come join us for an organic and super local dinner at Vista del Valle, Plantation Inn located in El Rosario de Naranjo. Learn and examine where all of the ingredients of our meal are coming from and all of the energy it takes to get to our plates. Stephen and Sarah will lead us in an open discussion on our food supply and we will begin to discuss steps towards eating more sustainably. We will close the night with an intro to Permaculture slide show and presentation.

Saturday, June 4
7am  - Buffet Style Breakfast.
8am  -  Begin the day on a Medicinal Plant Walk around the Vista del Valle property with Sarah Wu and learn about the wide variety of medicinal plants that can be found right in your backyard while exploring their uses and medicinal preparations.
noon  -  Buffet Style Lunch
1:30pm  -  After lunch, we will continue to discuss permaculture design, walk around Vista del Valle and actually discuss different design possibilities on the different lots within the project. This will be a hands-on participatory day as we examine the endless possibilities each area holds. We will design and implement a garden and plant several fruit trees putting into practice some of the permaculture principals we are learning about.
7pm  -  Buffet Style Dinner

Sunday, June 5
7am  -  Buffet Style Breakfast
8am  -  We will travel to San Mateo de Orotina and visit the Ecovilla project and see an implemented permaculture design including home gardens, orchards and tilapia ponds as we explore how people can live where their food is grown. 
noon  -  We will enjoy lunch that is completely harvested from the property. 
1pm  -  The afternoon we will be free to swim in the crystal clear pools of the Machuca River. 
3pm  -  We will have a closing circle to share about what we learned over the weekend and find ways that we can all help each other to live more sustainably.


Viernes, 03 de Junio
Cena buffet estilo orgánico en Vista del Valle a las 7:00 pm

Sábado, 04 de Junio
Desayuno buffet de estilo a las 7:00 am
Plantas Medicinales Caminata a las 8:00 am
Almuerzo buffet de estilo a las 12:00
Diseño de Permacultura, la ejecución y de plantación a las 1:30 pm
Cena buffet de estilo a las 7:00 pm

Domingo, 5 de Junio
Desayuno buffet de estilo a las 7:00 am
Viaje a San Mateo de Orotina a las 8:00 am
Almuerzo cosechada a las 12:00 pm
Nadar y relajarse en el río Machuca a las 1:00 pm
Círculo de cierre a las 3:00 pm 



Weekend Package With Meals / Paquete Fin de Semana con las comidas
Event Fee and Meals/Tarifa de eventos y comidas: $175

Weekend Package with Meals and Lodging
Event Fee and Meals/Tarifa de eventos y comidas: $175
Lodging/Hospedaje: 15% Discount on Regular Rates/15% de descuento en tarifas regulares
(ranging from $100 to $185.00/per night, double occupancy)
Que van desde $ 100 a $ 185.00 (por noche en ocupación doble) 


CONTACT / Precios y Mas Información:
(506) 2-450-0800  / frontdesk@VistaDelValle.com



Stephen Brooks has been living in Punta Mona, Costa Rica since 1995. Stephen was inspired to make a positive impact on the planet started Costa Rican Adventures, an educational eco-tour company striving to raise environmental awareness. Brooks identified the problems facing small farmers and communities in Central America and Costa Rica and wanted to present possible solutions. Punta Mona, founded in 1997 grows over 200 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices, produces all its electrical needs from solar panels and obtains methane gas from the septic system to fuel the kitchen. Thousands of students, interns and guests have been educated at Punta Mona over the past 14 years, and the site has become known as a world leader in tropical, sustainable agriculture and sustainable living techniques.

In 2003, Stephen founded the Sustainable Solutions Caravan, a mission-driven, nonprofit organization promoting sustainable living through the use of alternative  fuels. Caravaning through Central America, Brooks and his team touched millions of lives through personal contact, front-page newspaper articles and countless international news programs.

In 2005, Stephen co-founded Kopali Organics, a company, which sources and develops sustainable, organic products from small farms and small farm cooperatives around the world and is distributed through out the United States. 

Translating his knowledge of alternative fuel into action, Stephen was the cofounder of the Conscious Goods Alliance, which traveled the country as an eco showroom featuring coconut floors, bamboo paneling, natural latex cushions covered in hemp, recycled paper countertops, an alcohol fueled stove and solar panels providing electricity. The bus brought together fourteen conscious companies as sponsors, working together to promote “Conscious Capitalism.”

In 2006, Stephen envisioned and co-founded Kopali Communities, an ultra ecological developer and builder of planned communities in Costa Rica. The first project, Eco-Villa Kopali, is a 45-acre community featuring a slow sand filtered water supply system, “Living Systems” waste disposal, alternative energies and permaculture and organic food supplies.

In 2007 Stephen also founded the Tacotal Eco-Village, a Permaculture based community of 33 families, homesteading their way to a more sustainable future. The inhabitants feature artists, healers, builders, activists and farmers from 5 different countries.

Stephen’s passion lies in seeking more sustainable ways to live our daily lives without compromising quality of life. He is also passionate about cooking and eating unusual and exotic foods and he specializes in tropical fruit trees.

Stephen is a charismatic media personality and has hosted numerous shows for Planet Green, Travel Channel and Live Well HD. He is an inspirational speaker and was honored in 2010 with speaking at TEDx in the world heritage site of San Miguel de Allende about Permaculture.


Sarah Wu is the current Educational Director and On Site Manager of the Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living and Education. She leads projects and workshops in nutrition, wholistic cooking and herbal medicine.

Prior to arrival at Punta Mona, Sarah was in the organic food world, handling sales for over 125 of the industry leaders in various territories, independent and large accounts on the East Coast. She also managed East then West Coast sales for Kopali Organics, a fair trade, triple bottom line brand, which supports small farming cooperatives in over 7 developing nations on 4 continents.

Sarah has been an herbalist for 10 years, formally studied Traditional Chinese and Cherokee Plant Medicine with American Herbalist Guild founder, David Winston at Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine in Washington, NJ from 2006-2008. Sarah currently practices and teaches Planetary Energetic and Wise Woman Tradition herbal medicine with a focus on food based healing. She is an avid naturalist, endangered plant advocate and environmentalist with a deep understanding of the complexities of sustainable living, transitional ethics and positive movement towards a more sustainable and evolved future.

Sarah has over 10 years formal training in the fine arts, holds a degree in Art History from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, with a focus on Visual Culture, the interaction of people with their visual environment, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2004. She taught visual arts to toddlers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was a part of an educational art activist program at The Art Sanctuary in Northern Philadelphia, supporting out reach, artistic and personal development for at risk youth.

Sarah for 4 years did styling for various makeup artists, clothing and accessory designers, has done print and TV modeling. Sarah is a pencil and pen & ink illustrator of primarily in situ botanical themes and surreal floral goddess motifs and is an overall crafty woman.

Sarah studied and practiced Re-Evaluation Co-Counseling for the past 5 years and has integrated this mode of communication and listening skills in her everyday life.

Dedicated to education and practical sustainable living, Sarah is moving toward her next degree in Ethnobotany, specializing in food, culture and traditional plant medicine.

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