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Calgary – Permaculture & Plant Medicine Design Certification

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm


“Permaculture gives people a place to be a part of the solution”

– Rosemary Morrow

Join Giggling Chi Tree from May to September 2019 for a brand new Permaculture and Plant Medicine Design Certificate Course taught by Kym Chi.  

Gather together over 8 evenings and 4 weekends for a creative, immersive and practical Design Course. Meet likeminded, 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, connect with plants and work to build a more regenerative future.  Understand how to save time, energy and money while making the world around you better. 

Enjoy hands on learning with wildcrafting, plant medicine preparations and homesteading and take home samples and recipes for everything we make together.

Join a low cost, flexible program that caters to modern life. If you miss a class you can make it up at no cost in a different class on the same module (plus any food or accommodation costs) and there is no time limit to complete the certification. Courses are offered yearly in Calgary.  One on one make up classes are also available at a fee.

Become a part of the solution and seize an opportunity to join a creative and practical Design Course to learn both pedagogical Permaculture and applied Plant Medicine.

The program has been developed to include the original teachings of Global Permaculture elders woven with dynamic new teaching methods and understandings.  This unique program also includes herbal wisdom from an array of elders from across North America.

An exciting tool kit is used that transforms lectures into games, activities and discussions. Learn valuable life and regenerative design skills while exploring forests, farms  gardens and demonstration sites. Sharing in a creative adventure together. Course projects include a map and design for where you live or an area of your choice, medicinal preparations and homesteading projects.

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:

Principles *Design methods * Pattern literacy * Soils and composting * Water * Trees       * Animals * Design for cool, tropical and arid climates * Social permaculture * Native food and medicine plants * Mycology * Wildcrafting *Plant Medicine * Homesteading  and much much more.

Participants receive digital worksheets, learning tools, herbal medicines and access to a large database of online learning resources.

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.

Investment: $888

Register and pay by December 21st, 2018 and pay $777

payment plans accepted

please email kym@gigglingchitree.com to register or for more details.

All proceeds support the further development of Permaculture education.

Course Dates :

Hours :

Thursdays & Fridays  5:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturdays and Sundays 9am – 5:30pm


Thursday May 2nd

Friday May 3rd

Saturday May 4th

Sunday May 5th

Thursday May 9th

Friday May 10th

Saturday May 11th

Sunday May 12th

Thursday September 5th

Friday September 6th

Saturday September 7th

Sunday September 8th

Thursday September 12th

Friday September 13th

Saturday September 14th

Sunday September 15th

Total class hours : 100

With a passion for service and helping others, Kym Chi is a facilitator, mentor, medicine woman and artist with a love for the planet, its people and the future generations to come.  To date; Kym has received a Diploma in Permaculture Education, 3 certificates in Permaculture Design, completed multiple teacher trainings, taken a variety of advanced trainings with Elders and teachers of Permaculture.  

Being in tune and connected with plants she has a natural gift for working with plant medicines.  Kym has received a chartered herbalist diploma through Dominion Herbal College in 2010 and has studied with master herbalists Susun Weed, Dina Falconi, has undergone an year long apprenticeship with Barbara Cotgrave of Halfmoon Herbals and completed an Alchemy Prima course with Robert A. Bartlett.  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 creativity and value centred living to enrich and develop healthy and abundant habitats and communities. With a love of Social Permaculture,  Kym mentors others on their life path and enjoys supporting organizations and communities to become more resilient.  She lives on the Sunshine Coast, teaches Permaculture, runs a holistic healing practice and acts as the Executive Director for the food security organization, One Straw Society.

You can view her CV here : https://www.permaculturedesign.ca/kyms-cv

Program Content

Module 1: Pretro

Group introductions

Course orientation & requirements

Group goals and guidelines

Communication (NVC and conflict resolution)

Learning styles & multiple intelligences

Learning Goals:

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

Module 2:  Foundations of Permaculture


History of Permaculture


Permaculture Principles

Wildcrafting Principle

Learning Goals:

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.

Understand how to wildcraft plants ethically.

Session 3:  Design Methods

Needs, Functions and Outputs




Learning Goals:

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

Behavioural patterns

Application of patterns in design


Patterns in plant medicine

Learning Goals:

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

Apply pattern literacy to harvesting plants and understanding plant healing properties.

Session 5: Soil

Soil biology

Soil classification and testing

Biodynamic Plants

Soil remediation


Soil indicators

Learning Goals:

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 soil 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 health indicators

Design for trees

Learning Goals:

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.

Recognize nutrient deficiencies in plants and learn how to treat them naturally and effectively.

Session 7: Animals

Design for wild and domestic animals

Animal care

Integrated pest management

Learning Goals:

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 facts

Water conservation

Water strategies & techniques

Waste water treatment

Water harvesting & storage



Learning Goals:

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

Climatic factors


Climate design strategies

World climate

Learning Goals:

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

Learning Goals:

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

Learning Goals:

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

Learning Goals:

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


Land access

Right livelihood

Legal structures


Learning Goals:  

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


Permaculture economics

Urban renewal strategies and design

Learning Goals:

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

Talent show


Learning Goals:

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

Interactive activities throughout the course:

Design Charrettes

Earthworks demonstration

Integrative games

Compost building

Soil analysis

Non-violent communication practice


Plant & tree identification

Medicine Making


Additional Topics imbedded throughout the program:

Plant Identification & Botanical names

Medicinal plant applications and healing properties

Medicinal Plant preparations


Completion Requirements

I 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

Course Journal

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


May 2
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


Giggling Chi Tree