We Accept Bitcoin!

We believe in the future of cryptocurrencies. We see the same power in decentralized money systems as we do in decentralized food systems. At Atitlan Organics, we want to stay on the cutting edge of anything regenerative and we feel that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum, are a possible technical solution to the current finance system. We want to do our small little part in promoting their use and interest.   

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“Bitcoin represents a fundamental transformation of money. An invention that changes the oldest technology we have in civilization. That changes it radically and disruptively by changing the fundamental architecture into one where every participant is equal. Where transaction has no state or context other than obeying the consensus rules of the network that no one controls. Where your money is yours. You control it absolutely through the application of digital signatures, and no one can censor it, no one can seize it, no one can freeze it. No one can tell you what to do or what not to do with your money. It is a system of money that is simultaneously, absolutely transnational and borderless. We’ve never had a system of money like that.”
— ― Andreas M. Antonopoulos, The Internet of Money

Lets try to apply that to Permaculture and Food systems:

Just to play around, I have copied the above quote and replaced ‘Bitcoin’ with ‘Permaculture’, ‘money’ with ‘food’, ‘network’ with ‘environment or ecosystem’, ‘digital signatures’ with ‘local energy capture and storage strategies’, . Lets see how it reads:

“Permaculture represents a fundamental transformation of food. An invention that changes the oldest technology we have in civilization. That changes it radically and disruptively by changing the fundamental architecture into one where every participant is equal. Where transaction has no state or context other than obeying the consensus rules of the ecosystem that no one controls. Where your food is yours. You control it absolutely through the application of local energy capture and storage strategies, and no one can censor it, no one can seize it, no one can freeze it. No one can tell you what to do or what not to do with your food. It is a system of food that is simultaneously, absolutely transnational and borderless. We’ve never had a system of food like that.” 
— Shad Qudsi, adapting from Andreas M. Antonopoulos


When I read the last line, “We’ve never had a system of food like that,” it challenges me to think about how Permaculture is different from ancestral and indigenous farming and land use practices. 

I also do not know how to adapt or interpret the descriptive words of “simultaneously, absolutely transnational and borderless.” Is Permaculture Transnational and Borderless? If not, what is the meaning of these words through the Permaculture framework?

What if money could be created without authority? What is money could be created through use? Dunbar number is the maximun number of people in a tribe. 


at 6 minutes on talk:

“Money as pure information, on an open network that is simultaneously uncensensorable, opne to anyone, neutral and global. There are no boarders on this new technology just like there are no boarders on the internet. Everyone can access it because it is not a product. It is not a company. You do not need to register for an account. You simply download the client. And a bitcoin client is very much like a web browser. It is the user interface that speaks the protocol to other bitcoin clients out there. and as as soon as you downlaod that one application, you can join a global economy. And that global economy is open to anyone of any race religion creed ethinicity. age anywhere in the world. “

How to Buy your First 0.02 Bitcoin

* Why 0.02 BTC? In this current market, that is worth about $180 to $200 USD. You do not have to buy a whole Bitcoin (BTC). You can buy a small fraction of a coin and it is all the same. Our Intro to Permaculture course costs $575 or about 0.064 BTC. We would happily accept 0.06 BTC as well.

Honestly, while it may sound intimidating (you’re about to make the jump into the world’s first global, borderless, decentralized economy), the process of buying your first 0.02 BTC is not much different from making a new account on Instagram or FB.

To start, just click this button and follow the process:

Questions about the sign up process

The process of signing up for coinbase is pretty straightforward but here is a step by step guide:

1) Go To

***NOTE: Please use the link above, or click any of the Buy Bitcoin Buttons. Full transparency. This is my referral link. If you use it to start your Coinbase account and buy some BTC, I get 0.001 BTC, (from them, NOT from you).

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2) Click ‘Sign Up’ 

Click the ‘Sign Up’ button in the upper right hand corner. Then, add your name, primary email, and a good unique password. Accept the Terms and Conditions, (prove you’re not a robot, beep bloop blop, and click ‘Create Account’.

3) Verify your email

by clicking the link in the email that Coinbase just sent you (check your spam folder if you dont see it in your inbox)

4)Now you’re in! Most likely, you’l want to select an Individual Account.

5) add your phone number 

Its ok if your phone number is in a country that is not supported by Coinbase. For example, my phone number is Guatemalan and Coinbase does not support Guatemala. But they will accept a Guatemalan phone number. I will just have to prove that I am citizen of a support country. There is more info here,, on how to do that, when you need too. 

6) Select payment method

Actually, they will show you this option, but they wont let you do it until you…

7) Personal Identification (Dont worry, you’re almost there!!!)

Before you can enter a payment method, they want to know who you are. (Bitcoin is not anonymous, in case you were wondering. Decentralized and uncontrollable, but not anonymous). You can use a Driver’s License, Passport, or Photo ID to prove you are you. Select the document you want to use and then upload a photo of it. Coinbase has this nifty feature that allows you to do this from your mobile, even if you are on a desktop. Look for the Mobile Upload option, which opens a window on your phone and allows you to take a pic of your passport and send it straight to them.

8) Select Payment Account

Once you are verified, you can select a payment method that you will use to buy Bitcoin. Enter the details of the bank account. To verify this, Coinbase will make two small, instant deposits into your account. You will then have to enter the amount of each deposit, to prove that Coinbase made the deposits to your account. If you haven’t done this before, don’t worry. Its safe and easy. 

9) Buy Bitcoin

Now you are ready to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin. By using your debit card, it is instant, but there are about 6% in total fees. You can also make a deposit to coinbase from your bank, which is free, but takes about 7 days to arrive. When I am patient, I deposit into Coinbase, but when I really want to make it happen fast, I buy with my debit card and pay the fee.

Easy, Right!

What if your account thinks you are in Guatemala?

Well maybe that is because you are in Guatemala. Perhaps you are from the USA and travelling in Mexico when you try to create an account. Most likely, Coinbase will read your IP address and automatically assume that you are a citizen of the country you are in. If that happens, no worries! Click here, and go through the process to change the country associated with your account. 

What countries are currently supported by Coinbase?

Click here to see which countries are currently supported. Basically, its the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and mostly all of Europe.


Our first product that can be purchased with cryptocurrency

It doesnt matter the size of your free range. Even if they have no fence at all, if the hens have a stationary house and unlimited access to range, they will over-use the area all around the house, and under-use all the far lying sweet spots. 

But rest assured. The Super Sweet composting chickens Comic eBook has everything you need to get right with the chickens. Simple principles of the chicken ninjas, long forgotten, can be yours again! 

The Composting Chicken Comic eBook and accompanying resources provides THREE alternatives to free range, that enable people anywhere, to keep happy healthy hens. 

The Free Range Alternatives provide solutions for
– The homesteader looking to improve their chicken set up and integrate it more richly into the other activities
– The suburban or urban ninja who cant provide any outdoor access to hens
– Anyone who is also interested in compost. And come on, who isnt? 
– Super fun for kid or adults of any age. print it out and share it around! 



Sarah Wu

Sarah is a clinical herbalist of 20 years, studying and practicing planetary eclectic, regenerative herbalism with a foundation in Wise Woman Reclaiming philosophies. Influenced by global traditions, Sarah focuses on local food-based healing and ethnobotanical traditions. She leads trainings and workshops in herbal medicine, Permaculture Design Courses, Therapeutic Deep Ecology, Social Permaculture, field-to-the-plate holistic nutrition, herbal first aid and Tarot. She is a passionate mentor and educator, who believes in the teacher’s role in unlocking the innate wisdom of the student. Sarah is the co-founder of the Village Witches project, and is a Co-Founder and Co-producer of Envision Festival.

Laura Palmieri

Laura ‘Lala’ Palmieri is a clinical herbalist, a biologist, plant and fungi lover and grower. She offers health consultations to balance body, mind and soul working with medicinal herbs and mushrooms. Her approach to health integrates the knowledge of many ancient traditions and teachers, fusing spirituality with nature, and science with alchemy through the transformation of the elements.

Lala has spent her years in dialogue with Nature, which has fueled her passion to integrate scientific knowledge and the connection with all beings to help humanity. She integrates her practice with cooking, gardening, and exploring ecosystems. She teaches and facilitates herbal clinics and programs in permaculture, herbalism, botany, fermentation, and medicinal mushroom cultivation, with a regenerative earth care approach and techniques that are accessible to most. She and Sarah co-created the Envision and Cosmic Converge Herbal First Aid Clinics, other relief Clinics in Guatemala for the volcano eruption. You will find Lala crafting remedies for her diverse communities in Guatemala and Costa Rica, where she is actively creating a world with integrated healthcare.

Holly Mech

Holly fell in love with yoga because of the sense of connection she felt every time she came to her mat. She began teaching yoga in Chicago in 2011. Her desire to deepen her teaching and personal practice led her to continue her yoga education in California, Bali, Australia and Guatemala. Holly now travels around the world teaching yoga and facilitating yoga teacher trainings. She enjoys helping new teachers sequence yoga classes and incorporate philosophy into their teachings. Her classes are creative and dynamic with an emphasis on making yoga accessible to everyone.

Holly studied English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and frequently draws inspiration for her classes from literature and poetry. When she’s not on the yoga mat she enjoys exploring nature, singing, dancing and working with textiles.

Ashley McDonnell

Ashley’s work focuses on resurrecting our relationship to the natural world through the development of earth based skills that deepen our connection to place while increasing our sense of sovereignty and resilience. Devoted to the arts of permaculture, natural building, herbalism and birth work as her mediums, Ashley explores with humility the diverse modalities that support us in living in right relationship with the world around us. She views permaculture as a practice that not only creates healthy ecological communities but one that helps to reweave the very fabric of who we are as people. Her work is an offering to the future.

Zach Loeks

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada where he and his partner run the 50-acre Kula Permaculture Farm, Zach brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the course. He works as an educator, designer, consultant and farmer, with an emphasis on integrating diversity, conserving soil and maximizing farm ecosystem services while maintaining high productivity.

Last year Zach published The Permaculture Market Garden, which explores ways that permaculture can be scaled up be a profitable whole-systems enterprise. Zach is a leading figure in permaculture, who brings a new and exciting vision of how it can be integrated into the wider community and marketplace.

Rony Lec

Rony is one of the world’s leading experts in permaculture and Mayan ancestral knowledge. Rony has spent the last 20 years teaching and implementing permaculture throughout Central, South and North America focusing on promoting food sovereignty and preserving biodiversity for the survival of Indigenous communities.

Through his extensive work with Indigenous communities on traditional ecological knowledge, seed saving, native plants, local/global food movements, livelihood security, and the interaction between communities and the environment, he has made a key contribution to the empowerment of Indigenous people around the world. Rony is a co-founder of IMAP.

Neal Hegarty

Neal is originally from Ireland. He grew up on a dairy farm and has been around animals all his life. He studied agriculture in Ireland and has worked as a permaculturist for the past 10 years. Neal was the Volunteer Manager at Atitlan Organics for 2 years before co-founding his own Permaculture-based enterprise, Abundant Edge Farm, in Tzununa. He brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and energy into each Intro to Permaculture Course and Permaculture Design Certification Course and we’re happy to continue to collaborate with him!

Shad Qudsi

Shad Qudsi has over 13 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 3 years experience in permaculture design consulting. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Applied Math and Psychology, Shad and his wife, Colleen, moved to Central America with only vague goals of farming at some point in the near future. In January of 2010, Shad and his wife bought and moved onto a very small farm located in the traditional Mayan village of Tzununa, which on the north shore of Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala. The farm developed into Atitlan Organics and now mainly focuses on greens and chickens, a large edible and useful plant nursery, a food forest, and training and education.  Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing. Human resiliency cannot be erased from the landscape and now, it is coming back with a loving grace.