June 28th to July 14th
*Please arrive for 6:00pm on Friday, June 28th
Study “Lawful Permaculture”
at Our Ecovillage
A 72-hour PDC over 16 days & evenings packed with learning from various instructors who are specialists in their fields.
OUR Ecovillage is proud to host this two-week permaculture design certificate course with a focus on organizing and activism which are grounded in concepts of earth-based spirituality. Learn how to heal soil and cleanse water, how to design human systems that mimic natural systems using a minimum of energy and resources, and how to create real abundance so that YOU can be a changemaker in environmental/social justice. Explore the strategies and organizing tools we need to make our visions real, as well as the daily practice, magic, and processes that sustain our spirits. Participatory, hands-on teaching with lots of projects, games, guest teachers/regulatory authorities, and field trips to other important precedent-setting permaculture projects make up this intensive one-of-a-kind curriculum in ecological design.
This course is unique from almost all others in North America as you are stepping into OUR ECOVILLAGE: a 25-acre “Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre” and one of the most built out permaculture projects. For 19 years OUR Ecovillage has been working towards “Lawful Permaculture”; having every innovative design and building project that we have created ALSO be fully zoned/permitted/approved/etc by regulatory officials. Through partnering with all 3 levels of government, business/corporate sponsors, academia, and the grassroots of the wider community projects/organizations, Our Ecovillage has managed to bring together a range of professionals, permaculture teachers, regulatory folks, and technical stakeholders to train others in the next stages of how to make permaculture projects fully legal.
The Permaculture Design Course is $1,230.00 CAD
The following upgrades are recommended:
- 3 Meal Deal Plan (three buffet style meals per day plus snacks)
- On-site Accommodation: Includes accommodations in our indoor shared dorm space or outdoor camping (bring your own shelter)
For private or semi-private room upgrades please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also hosting a OUR Little Permies Camp at the same time as the PDC:
What is the Permaculture Design Certificate?
OUR Permaculture Design Certificate
"PINA recognizes and highly recommends the teaching of the PINA diplomates holding our Diploma in Education. We have reviewed their curriculum and teaching experience and found them to meet our standards for excellence in the field."
In OUR PDC
We are all teachers
and we are all learners.
The Permaculture Design Course is an information packed 72-hour intensive course combining class theory with practical hands-on learning. Completion of the course earns participants a Permaculture Design Certificate – the foundation for further permaculture work and study and a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute in Australia. Participants will learn Permaculture design principles & techniques. The course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on, slideshows, field trips and design projects. We will examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism and economic globalization and encourage exploration of ways to contribute to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity. The Permaculture Design Certificate course covers a broad range of subjects to provide a holistic overview of Permaculture systems and sustainable living.
Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. Her twelve books include The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, The Earth Path, and her first picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.
Brandy is OUR Ecovillage Co-founder and Developer, was OUR Community Association Executive Director for 17 years, OUR Community Association Executive Director, OUR Ecovillage Cooperative Founding Member, Sustainable Communities Teacher and Consultant, and Mother.
With full regulatory authority he has vast engineering knowledge for systems design and installation. Years of practical experience and now teaching has helped to have him become one of the BC Code writers for legal Composting Toilets etc as of 2015.
Originally drawn to a business degree, today he maintains that his greatest challenge is to live and lead by example, to teach his children that it is OK to step away from a culture marketing self-importance and consumerism. He runs the eco-home and company eco-sense with his partner Ann.
A naturalist, Over the last 8 years he has participated in teaching Permaculture Design courses at O.U.R. Ecovillage, The Bullock Brother’s Permaculture Homestead, UBC and at The Blue Raven Farm
• Evidence for change & the ethics of sustainability
• Principles of Permaculture
• Observation & landscape analysis
• Ecological planning & design methods
• Organic food production and food security
• Climatic factors in design and soil science
• Food Forest design and implementation
• Integrated animal systems with living systems
• New legal water systems: harvesting, conservation, management and reclamation
• Appropriate technologies & renewable energy systems
• Mapping & design exercises
• Techniques and design strategies for both urban & rural applications
• Ecovillages & sustainable human scale community projects
• Emergency planning and disaster relief
• Legal and regulatory issues and solutions!
Permaculture Practicum in Kenya
Gain more experience in the field with OUR Partner: Power of Hope – A One, Two, or Three Month Practicum Experience in Kenya!
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What Makes Our Ecovillage So Special?
OUR courses are unique from almost all others as you are stepping into OUR ECOVILLAGE – a 25 acre “Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre” and one of the most built out permaculture projects in North America.
For 19 years Our Ecovillage has been working towards “Lawful Permaculture”; having every innovative design and building project that we have created also be fully zoned, permitted & approved by regulatory officials.
Through partnering with all 3 levels of government, business & corporate sponsors, academia, and the grassroots of the wider community and it’s organizations; at OUR we bring together a range of professionals, permaculture teachers, regulatory folks, and technical stakeholders ready to train others in the next stages of how permaculture projects can become fully legal – like OURS!