2019 Permaculture Design Certificate & Earth Activist Training

Study "Lawful Permaculture" at OUR ECOVILLAGE!

June 28th to July 14th

Taught byStarhawk and many other fantastic guest teachers!

*Please arrive for 6:00pm on Friday, June 28th 



A 72-hour PDC over 16 days & evenings packed with learning from various instructors who are specialists in their fields.

The Permaculture Design Course Package is  $1,230.00 CAD

The following upgrades are recommended:

  • Meals plan (three chefed meals per day plus snacks)
  • Accommodation: includes an indoor shared dorm space or outdoor camping: – bring your own shelter
  • Indoor Upgrades: please inquire with OUR accommodation staff by either email or phone

Attention Parents:

We are also hosting a OUR Little Permies Camp at the same time as the PDC:

What is the Permaculture Design Certificate?

Permaculture is a copyrighted word. Only upon satisfactory completion of this course is an internationally recognized Certificate of Permaculture Design issued. Graduates are then eligible to use Permaculture in the promotion of designs, teaching and landscaping. Following at least two years of applied work, you are eligible to apply for a Diploma of Permaculture Design through the International Permaculture Institute.

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."


We are all teachers
and we are all learners.


The Permaculture Design Course is an information packed 72-hour intensive course combining 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, slide shows, 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. Some of the topics / themes to be covered are:

Charles Williams

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. Her twelve books include The Spiral DanceThe Fifth Sacred ThingThe Earth Path, and her first picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.

Over the past two decades he has stewarded many pieces of land throughout the United States, including Diana’s Grove in Missouri, Farm & Wilderness summer camp in Vermont, and Golden Rabbit Ranch in California. He now resides in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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.

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
  • Soils: natural soil improvement
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Water: harvesting, conservation, and management
  • Agroforestry & forest gardening
  • Appropriate technologies & renewable energy systems
  • Mapping & design exercises
  • Ecovillages & sustainable human settlements
  • Techniques and design strategies for both urban & rural applications

Permaculture practicum in Kenya

OUR Partner: Power of Hope – A One, Two, or Three Month Practicum Experience in Kenya!

"I completed a two week permaculture course at OUR Ecovillage in August, 2009, and I found it to be both an enlightening and a grounding experience. I am currently studying to become a doctor of naturopathic medicine, and it struck me how the principles of permaculture could equally well me applied to our bodies as to our Earth. Taking the course helped me to expand my understanding of that “health” actually means by widening my horizons outside of just the health of the individual or the household to encompass all the living aspects of the land on which we live. It struck me that we are so willing to spend thousands of dollars on our health, but what about our environment? We can only be as healthy as the land on which we live and the food which builds our cells, so we need to tread tenderly. This course helped me to form a concrete understanding of how to do that. I came away feeling both inspired and empowered to change the world, one plot of land at a time! The immersed learning environment of OUR Ecovillage had a profound effect on the success of this course, whereby all the students ate, drank, showered, slept, rested, played, studied and worked on-site in a community setting. The Ecovillage is a living example of the principles of permaculture in action, from composting toilets, to expansive gardens, to solar showers to cob structures. I highly recommend this course and this site to any person of any age or race without hesitation or conditions."
Sarah Berrett
BSc, ND (Cand) 2009

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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!

More Questions?

Email us at info@ourecovillage.org  

Call us during our business hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm PST at 1-250-743-3067