In Association With

Nor Cal Aquaponics

Finca las Nubes

FInca Neptuno

Mendocino Ecological Learning Center


Instructors & Facilitators

Max Meyers

& Special Guests


Course Inspiration

What if there was way to produce an abundance of organic food using 98% less water, while producing up to ten times more food in the same amount of area and time? What if you could achieve this using 1/4 the amount of energy, in a system that does not require fertile soil, saves you labor, makes you a good living and is incredibly sustainable?  Well the exciting news is that such a system of farming exists! It’s called Aquaponics and is a combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponics.


It is one of the most sustainable and productive farming system in the world! Sound too good to be true? At a time of global climate change, depletion of resources, pollution of water and huge losses of top soil worldwide, there has never been a more important time to learn about Aquaponics! This unique one-of-a-kind course will be the longest and most in depth Aquaponics Training of it’s kind ever offered... and will be hosted at the beautiful Ecovillage Resort sanctuary of Finca las Nubes.


Course Description

This Aquaponics and Permaculture 10-day intensive December includes 10 days of outdoor classroom instruction, and hands-on experience at the Aquaponics mini-farm located at the beautiful Ecovillage Resort of Finca Las Nubes. Students will learn about Aquaponics, Permaculture, experience luxurious eco-village living, and much more from experienced trainers & professionals sharing their knowledge and experience in Aquaponics, Permaculture, land restoration, tropical food forest, social justice and self sufficiency.


You will learn the skills needed to design and create sustainable Aquaponics systems and Aquaculture farms that integrate Permaculture principals through out. All this while, we will be staying in an amazing Eco-village Resort with gorgeous luxury accommodations, permaculture gardens, views of the ocean, amazing wildlife, monkeys, nearby beaches, horseback riding, hiking and much more. Students will also visit, learn, and stay at Finca Netpuno -  a large scale Commercial Aquaponics Farm, Research Center, and Educational Institute under development located in near by Costa Rica.


This is a rare opportunity to learn from an operational Permaculture inspired Aquaponics systems with the addition of tropical Permaculture in paradise at ridiculously affordable rates. It’s an opportunity not to be missed!

Advanced Aquaponics Intensive

In addition to this amazing location and the  Permaculture skills you will learn, enjoy, and participate in, this course will take a thorough look at different kinds of Aquaponics systems and empower you with some of the most cutting-edge information in the industry to maximize efficiency and sustainability.

This valuable information is a combination of skills, knowledge and first hand experience gained from several professionals operating Aquaponic farms, projects and training centers. You will have all your questions answered, and our trainers will make sure you understand every detail completely.

Aquaponics at Finca las Nubes & Finca Netpuno

All students will have an opportunity to learn hands-on from the beautiful Aquaponics system completed at Finca Las Nubes in April 2010, and at  at Finca Netpuno -  a large scale Commercial Aquaponics Farm and Permaculture Educational Center in near by Coast Rica. The Finca las Nubes system contains 500-600 Tilapia, a variety of vegetables, and soon to be prawns.

The other many developing food forests and organic gardens also provide for amazing living classrooms full of tropical plants and animals (Howler monkeys are a common early morning site). Located just a few hours commute in Costa Rica - Finca Netpuno is a large scale Commercial Aquaponics Farm, Research Center, and Permaculture Educational Institute under development  - a truly extraordinary project for those interested in seeing and learning the development of larger scale commercial aquaponic systems.

Course Details

This 10 day intensive includes:

•A detailed Aquaponics Course manual covering all aspects of Aquaponics including:

‣Day-to-day operation of the system

‣Design checklist

‣Field tested formulas, calculations, estimates and guidelines.

‣Complete designs, plans and materials lists.

‣And much more in this nearly 100 page manuel.

•NorCal Aquaponics Systems step-by-step construction manual with variations and site specific applications intended to make it easy for anyone to build an Aquaponics system.

•A set of detailed construction plans, including site plans, and piping schematics.

* This training will be custom tailored to meet the dreams and desires of you, our students as we welcome you into our  growing community of Permaculture & Aquaponics pioneers and prepare and empower you with all the most cutting-edge information we have in this promising new Green Career of the Future.


What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable and productive farming systems in the world. It combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to create a truly self-sufficient closed loop system that uses only a fraction of the water, labor, energy, etc. that other methods use. Combining Permaculture Design with Aquaponics creates an even more sustainable, dynamic, productive & regenerative system. In this intensive training you will learn some of the most cutting edge pioneering aquaponics systems and gain a solid foundation from which to create your own Aquaponics System, Farm & thriving Green Business.


 Permaculture & Aquaponics

By fusing Permaculture and Aquaponics truly sustainable closed loop systems are created that provide all the needs for the system with in the system itself. Max Meyer focus is on aquapionics systems that that produce virtually all of the system’s needs (water, energy, fish, feed, heat, gas, etc.) onsite! Products of the Meyers systems include; Solar electricity, Solar heated air, Solar heated water, fish, prawns, vegetables, fruit, aquatic plants, algae, minnows, snails, worms, dry and liquid fertilizers, even methane gas!


Amazing Aquaponics Facts:



Tuition & Registration

includes 3 delicious meals per day at this luxurious Eco-Resort, outstanding instruction with personal attention, a detailed Aquaponics Manual, Permaculture Resource DVD, to-scale construction drawings, & how-to descriptions for building Aquaponic Systems, and much more.

 * There is very limited space in this course and we expect it to fill, so register now to reserve your spot.

 Standard Tuition: $1750 - (for those making more than $50 k per year)

 Supplemented Tuition: $1500 -  (for those making less than $50 k per year)

 Early Bird: $150 off the above prices. Enter Coupon code earlybird (limited number available).

 Couple’s Discount-  40% Off for the second person (or 20% each ticket). Enter coupon code: couplesdiscount


To Reserve your spot with a $750 deposit email:


To Register for the Course Click Here.


Accommodations at Finca las Nibes

The tuition rates above include Luxury accommodations in shared rooms on-site at Finca Las Nubes.  Rooms are usually doubles with single beds. Private rooms or rooms for couples with queen sized beds may be available upon request. We will match people as roomates of same gender to the best we can unlmess speficic preferences.  For a more detailed description of the incredible accommodations available at Finca las Nubes click here.



Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from Finca Las Nubes and the course conclusion at Finca Neptuno in Costa Rica (just a few hours away), though we will support you in helping to coordinate the travel both before, during, and after the course. The nearest airport to Finca las Nubes is Managua, Nicaragua (MBA), with buses and shuttles available from there directly to the site. It’s easy, simple, and safe.


The last few days of the course we will be heading across the border into Costa Rica to Finca Neptuno - a large scale Commercial Aquaponics Farm, Research Center, and Permaculture Educational Institute only a few hours commute located in Canas, Costa Rica. The commute is short adn smopoth and we will do so as a group. The nearest airport to leave from the course directly from Finca Neptuno in Coast Rica at the conclusion of the course is the Liberia Airport in Costa Rica, which is just a cheap 30 minutes from the site.


A round trip ticket from Managua, Nicaragua, will also work fine. We recommend utilizing this opportunity and arranging your travel plans to take a few more days (or weeks!) if possible before or after the course to explore and enjoy this amazing tropical paradise - both Costa Rica and Nicaragua.


Site Details - Finca las Nubes

 Finca Las Nubes (Farm of the clouds) is located approximately two miles from the ocean some 1200 to 1500 ft. high on a plateau offering a cooler climate than down below. Surrounded by a steep escarpment on two sides and mountains on the other, it offers unparalleled privacy and security. The farm has spectacular views of Costa Rica to the south, miles of beaches to the west and volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua to the east. There are protected valleys for farming and large open pastures for grazing animals surrounded by natural forest with creeks and waterfalls. There is abundant wildlife including three types of monkeys, sloth, deer and many bird species.


Finca Las Nubes Farm, Community, & Vision

Finca Las Nubes is an intentional community with the vision and intention to create a sustainable lifestyle through partnership with local community. The goals are to preserve nature for future generations while creating a continually improving, sustainable, self-sufficient and low impact community. Emphasis on stewardship of the land while developing full range of farm products through various sustainable technologies. Everything is made on the certified, organic farm, with organic permaculture principles employed to produce a large variety of fruit and vegetables. They view partnership with the neighbors and local culture as key to the long-term success of the project.


Wildlife & Culture

 Besides the many educational aspects of this intensive, you will also have the opportunity to explore over 400 acres of tropical forests by horseback, hiking, etc. Finca Las Nubes is an asset and example to the larger community, not only proving environmental restoration, green living and the many self sufficient examples they demonstrate, but also through the free medical clinic, local cottage industry creation, employment and labor rights they provide. The culture of the Nicaraguan is a major theme at this farm.


Why Aquaponics?

Growing our food in closed systems that require no soil allows us to farm soil and water outside the system! We plant soil and water in our damaged and depleted landscapes which not only aids in the restoration of the soil, groundwater and native forests, but has the added benefit of offsetting greenhouse gases by removing carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere. This is one of the practices used in what we call “Carbon Farming”. Soils contain approximately 75% of the carbon pool on land — three times more than the amount stored in living plants and animals.


Did you know that 1” of healthy top soil spread over 1 acre of land sequesters the same amount of carbon a healthy forest of the same size does annually? It is estimated that our crop and range lands lose 4 tons of topsoil every year for every person alive! That’s 21 gigatons of soil washed or blown out to the sea and lost for productive use on land, releasing vast amounts of carbon in the process (New Scientist, December 2006).


Being able to use land considered “Undesirable” by conventional farming, Aquaponic farmers have the added benefit of access to cheap lands and lease agreements. Often using otherwise unused space such as fill, gravel, concrete, abandoned commercial sites, even roof tops. “The only limit to our designs is in the mind of the designer.”



For questions and more information regarding the course


phone: 707-634-1461



To Register for the Course Click Here.




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