Permaculture Design Certification - Calgary
“Permaculture gives people a place to be a part of the solution”
– Rosemary Morrow
Join Giggling Chi Tree from October 2018 to September 2019 for the next 4 Season Permaculture Design Certificate Course taught by Kym Chi.
Gather together bi monthly in over all 4 seasons with a team of positive people on an adventure to meet with plants and animals, 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 year round and work to build a more regenerative future. Understand how to save time, energy and money while making the world around you better.
Seize an opportunity to take this low cost, flexible course that caters 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. Courses are offered every other month in Calgary and there are also multiple courses being offered monthly in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast.
The program has been developed to include the original teachings of the Permaculture elders woven with dynamic new teaching methods and understandings. An exciting tool kit is used that transforms lectures into games, activities and discussions. Together we explore permaculture farms, gardens and forest locations while sharing in a creative adventure together. The 10 month long course projects are a map and design for where you live or an area of your choice.
The certification from the Permaculture Institute 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 certificate is a practical path for expanding your life tool kit, resume and portfolio.
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 and much much more.
Participants receive worksheets, learning tools, herbal medicines, and the opportunity to experience many gardens as our living classrooms.
The class caters anyone who wants to learn permaculture in a creative way and who wants to grow with nature while creating the world they know is possible.
Early bird discount : Register and pay in full by June 21st - $777
payment plans accepted
please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more details.
All proceeds go towards basic course costs and paying for Kym’s permaculture education.
Course Dates :
Fridays 6pm - 9pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 5:30pm
Dates and topics :
October 19 Introduction to Design
October 20 Foundational Permaculture
October 21 Design Methods
January 18 Potluck, Media and Herbal Medicine evening
January 19 Pattern Understanding & Design for Trees
January 20th Design for Soil & Animals
March 22 Potluck, Media and Herbal Medicine evening & Equinox celebration
March 23 - Design for Water
March 24 - Design for Climate
May 24 - Potluck, Media and Herbal Medicine evening
May 25- Design for Cool Climate
May 26 - Design for Tropics
July 19 - Potluck, Media and Herbal Medicine evening
July 20- Design for Drylands
July 21 - Social Permaculture
September 13 - Potluck, Media and Herbal Medicine evening
September 14 - OS Permaculture
September 15 - Graduation
Total class hours : 108
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 and life design practice. She currently acts as the Executive Director for the Lower Sunshine Coast through One Straw Society.
Session 1: Pretro
Course orientation & requirements
Group goals and guidelines
Communication (NVC and conflict resolution)
Learning styles & multiple intelligences
Set a course culture of safety, respect and organization
Create a positive & effective learning environment
Encourage active listening in groups
Value different ways of communicating and have confidence in utilizing tools of conflict resolution
Orient participants to course content
Session 2: Foundations of Permaculture
History of Permaculture
Know the Permaculture ethics and the Transition ethic and how to apply them to conscious decision making
Learn the basis of how the Permaculture movement began, how it has grown, some of its progeny’s and how the lineage links to this course.
Gain a strong understanding of nature’s principles and how they are at the foundation of design decisions and application
Provide awareness of the world’s problems and the current situation
Shift from a place of problems to positive solution based thinking.
Feel confident in defining Permaculture clearly to others
Session 3: Design Methods
Needs, Functions and Outputs
Understand how to do a needs & yields analysis
Gain a base understanding of closed loop systems
Observe a site, document and recognize available resources and design constraints based on analysis.
Identify energies or influences that effect a design site
Be able to create a base map including zones & sector analysis for a site
Know the basic elements included in mapping a site
Session 4: Pattern Literacy
Physical patterns, emergent patterns, fractal patterns
Functions of patterns
Patterns in time
Application of patterns in design
Pattern recognition in nature and technology
Learn the functions of patterns in nature and how to apply that knowledge to effective design
Gain Pattern literacy and understand how to replace dysfunctional patterns with functional ones.
Know the functions of and feel confident designing guilds
Recognize that pattern literacy is fundamental in becoming good designers
Session 5: Soil
Soil classification and testing
Have a base understanding of the components of healthy soil and know the value of building soil.
Know different ways to test soil
Recognize different plant indicators and what they tell about soil health.
Understand a multitude of different ways to remediate and build soil.
Apply different composting techniques in appropriate situations.
Identify key plants that bring nutrient to the soil.
Session 6: Trees
Ecological function of trees in relation to earth, water, air and energy
Forest gardens and food forests
Plant and tree identification
Plants as soil indicators
Design for trees
Understand the ecological functions of trees and recognize them as a keystone species in the ecosystem.
Learn the stages of succession and how to intervene at appropriate times.
Know the layers in a forest garden and different plants for each layer that grow locally
Identify local plants and trees and see the difference in characteristics between species.
Be able to integrate trees adequately and appropriately in design.
Session 7: Animals
Design for wild and domestic animals
Integrated pest management
Recognize the intrinsic characteristics, functions and outputs of animals
How to meet the needs of animals on site
Learn techniques for integrating animal systems
Understand effective and healthy ways to handle pests
Know how to safely and ethically live with wildlife
Session 8: Water, Aquaculture & Earthworks
Water strategies & techniques
Waste water treatment
Water harvesting & storage
Understand how global water issues can affect us on a local level.
Learn how to do a water audit.
Recognize multiple ways in which to conserve water.
Feel confident in applying strategies and techniques to capture, store, treat and release water safely and appropriately.
Know how to calculate roof water catchment amounts.
Session 9: Climate
Climate design strategies
Understand climate on a global scale
Learn how to design in order to moderate and utilize climatic factors
Be able to identify, create and design microclimates
Session 10: Cool Climate
Cool climate characteristics
Cool climate design challenges and strategies
Cool climate design elements, techniques and technologies
Learn how to effectively design homes, gardens, farms and communities in the Cool Climate.
Session 11: Tropics
Tropical climate characteristics
Tropical climate design challenges and strategies
Tropical climate design elements, techniques and technologies
Learn how to effectively design homes, gardens, farms and communities in the wet, wet dry and monsoon tropics
Session 12: Drylands
Dryland climate characteristics
Dryland climate design challenges and strategies
Dryland climate design elements, techniques and technologies
Learn how to effectively design homes, gardens, farms and communities in the drylands
Session 13: Social Permaculture
Client interview & designer checklist
Community building including group processes
Gain confidence in the consultation and design process for clients.
Be able to map assets and resources and identify community needs.
Understand different models of decision making and how to apply them.
Learn tools to provide for healthy group dynamics and efficient process.
Recognize opportunities for land access locally.
Become aware of ethical and effective business models and legal structures that support the local economy
Know ways to relocalize and create resilient communities.
Session 14: OS Permaculture
Urban renewal strategies and design
Be able to identify risks and mitigate disaster using Permaculture design tools and techniques
Know the steps in building an emergency preparedness plan and engaging local community in the process
Learn a variety of different economic strategies and the value of utilizing multiple currencies and tools
Feel confident in utilizing place-making tools, techniques and Permaculture strategies in urban environments
Session 15: Graduation
Next steps (setting up a permaculture practice, further education, community involvement, goal sharing)
Education (accessibility, open source, alternative education)
Mapping and design presentations
Think about niches in permaculture and practice effective goal setting
Gain experience presenting to groups and receiving feedback
Understand how to help others share their gifts
Optional hands on activities throughout the course:
Plant & tree identification
Medicinal plants & preparations
We don’t require those taking the course to participate in the certification requirements.
Those wanting the certification will complete:
Individual map and design
Questions/ Written work
100% attendance (students can arrange to make up missed classes with the
instructors, at no extra cost)
Graduating and Jobs
Having a Permaculture Design Certificate from a recognized training institute 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. You will have a green edge when applying for jobs, grants or school programs