The only limit to yield is the designers imagination
- Bill Mollison
Burnaby Community & Continuing Education
Permaculture Design Certification Course
Gather together a conscious and creative ring of learners to grow with plants and animals, gardens and farms to learn about how nature designs itself and how we can become sustainable designers ourselves. Together we will learn how to map and design our land and our lives, plan for emergency, grow organic food in all four seasons and work to build a more sustainable future.
The certification granted upon completion of the course will empower participants as permaculture designers, consultants and beginner teachers able to use the word permaculture legally in their practice, business or project. This sustainability education eco-training certificate is a practical path for greening your life, resume and portfolio. Working toward certification is not a requirement. Students may attend the course without completing the material required to attain the certificates. Many take the course and do not seek the certificate or want to do any of the requirements, its a fun way to journey with like minded people in an experiential, outdoor adventure in education.
Join this adventure in learning as it journeys to farms, forests, gardens and eco-locations.
September 15, 2018 - October 26, 2019
Greater Vancouver locations include Yarrow Ecovillage, City Farmer, A Rocha, UBC Farm, Loutet Farm, Sharing Farm, along with many community gardens and forests.
Course Topics include:
design methods * patterns in nature * soils and composting * water * trees * animals * design for cool , tropical and arid climates * social permaculture * native food and medicine plants of the Coastal First Peoples and much much more. We have worksheets, permaculture design gaming tools, an online social networking and educational support platform, as well as hundreds of gardens as our living classroom.
The class caters anyone who wants to learn permaculture in a creative way but cannot afford the cost or intensive time commitment of other courses including lower-income families, students, youth and people for who are called permaculture but have been struggling to find a course that fits their life.
Dates and Times Saturdays
11 am - 5:30 pm
September 15 Introduction to Design
October 13 Foundational Concepts
November 10 Design Methods
December 1 Design with Patterns
January 5 Design for Soil
February 2 Design for Trees
March 2 Design for Animals
April 6 Design for Water
May 4 Design for Climate
June 1 Cool Climate Design
July 6 Tropical Design
August 3 Dryland Design
August 31 Social Permaculture
September 28 OS Permaculture
October 26 Graduation
Gaiacraft's Permaculture Design Certification Program is co-taught by a dynamic male - female teaching team. These low cost, ultra flexible courses cater to the busyness of modern life. If you miss a class you can jump in on the the same module in a different class at no extra cost and there is no time limit to complete the certification.
The program has been developed over the course of two Diplomas and a Masters Degree in Permaculture Education and continually upgraded over the 12 years it has been offered. We have an exciting teaching tool kit that transforms lectures into games and together we travel to many different permaculture farms, gardens and forest locations while sharing in a uniquely creative learning journey. The year long focus project is a map and design for where you live or an area of your choice. Completion of this course offers legitimate and formal certificates through Permaculture Institute and Permaculture Research Institute.
Sunshine Coast based course $777.
payment plans accepted
All proceeds go towards basic course costs and paying for Delvin and Kym's permaculture education.
For a full course syllabus, please click here
Delvin Solkinson is community gardener and plant poet dedicated to bringing creativity to the permaculture movement by creating free open source learning and teaching tools. He has completed a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and done advanced teacher trainings with Rosemary Morrow, Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Looby Macnamara, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Patricia Michael, Robyn Francis, the Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Scott Pittman, Michael Becker, Robin Wheeler, Starhawk, Robina McCurdy and Robin Clayfield. He is an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute (Australia), Permaculture Academy (UK) and a Field Mentor through the Permaculture Institute (USA). Recently he completed a PDC in Portland with Toby Hemenway, one in Greece with Rosemary Morrow and a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute. Currently he is doing graduate work under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo and Looby Macnamara.
Kym Chi is a dedicated advocate of earth stewardship, people care and regenerative action for future resilience. Her main efforts are as a creative facilitator, artist, healer, medicine woman and community builder. To date; Kym has received 3 certificates in Permaculture Design, completed multiple teacher trainings, taken a variety of advanced trainings and completed a Diploma in Permaculture Education. With a love of learning, she continues to take courses that grow her understanding of the natural world. Through her stewardship of a deepened connection with the environment, Kym wishes to inspire creative self expression and value centred living to enrich and create healthy and abundant habitats and communities. With a focus on Social Permaculture, Kym strives to mentor others on their life path and focusses on ways to support organizations and communities to become more resilient. She lives on the Sunshine Coast where she teaches and mentors in Permaculture and runs a holistic healing practice and has previously acted as the Food Systems Network Coordinator for the Lower Sunshine Coast through One Straw Society.