2020 Permaculture Design Certificate & Earth Activist Training with Starhawk

Study “Lawful Permaculture” at Our Ecovillage

From June 26th to July 12th, 2020 join us for a 72-hour PDC over 17 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 and 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 2-Week Permaculture Design Course is $1230 CAD.

When creating your booking the following recommended add-on options are available:

PDC Three Meal Discount Package: includes three buffet style meals per day plus snacks
On-site Accommodation: includes accommodations in our indoor shared dorm space or outdoor camping

For private or semi-private room upgrades please contact admin@ourecovillage.org

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.

Certified by the Permaculture Institute of North America

"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 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 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. 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

Course Topics

• 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!

"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
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 20 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?

  1. a) Accommodations
  • For cancellation with more than 5 days notice, guests will be fully refunded unless if during courses & events and then same as b) below.
  • For cancellations with less than 5 days notice, the first night will be charged at 100% and the remaining nights at 50%.
  1. b) Courses, Events and all other Services
  • For cancellation with more than 30 days notice, guest will be fully refunded.
  • For cancellations with more than 21 days notice, guest will be 50% refunded.
  • For cancellations with less than 21 days notice, guest will be charged full amount.

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