2016 Permaculture Design Certificate Program, Vernon BC

Element Eco-Design

 

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Welcome, thanks for choosing to learn more about our 2016 Permaculture Design Certificate Program.

 

Before we get started we have some questions for you:

 

Are you ready to see the world in a whole new way?

 

Are you tired of feeling powerless when you hear about all the problems in the world? Do you want to know how to solve them?

 

Do you love the natural world and want to further understand how designed ecologies can create an abundant future?

 

Do you have a love of design and want to realize its potential to create productive, efficient systems?

 

Are you looking to break away from the confines of a typical 9am – 5pm job and explore the freedom the world of Regenerative Entrepreneurism can offer?

 

If you answered YES to any of these questions,

then this program is for you!

 

Sustainability is gaining acceptance in our society, there is a positive trend towards individuals, organizations and governments adopting more sustainable practices.

 

Individuals are installing solar panels, reducing water consumption through efficient irrigation and growing home gardens. Organizations, entrepreneurs and non-profits are adopting socially conscious models that focus beyond a ‘Profit Only’ model to a ‘Triple Bottom Line’ model of People, Planet and Profit. Finally, governments are admitting we only have ONE earth and we need to protect its natural assets.

 

While all of this is well and good we are still not addressing the biggest problems facing our planet such as:

  • Unpredictable weather events
  • Depleted water sources (aquifers, glaciers and waterways drying up)
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
  • Pollution of our watersheds
  • Increasing energy demand and consumption of goods
  • Unequal distribution of food… The list goes on.

 

 

Element Eco-Design 2016 Permaculture Design Certificate

 

Permaculture Design = Regenerative Design

 

What we need is a new lens to view these problems. We need to approach them from a different perspective. Our society needs to move BEYOND SUSTAINABILITY. The key to do this is Regenerative Design.

  • a holistic design frameworks that uses proven traditional knowledge and practices with present day research and appropriate technologies
  • a Planet First ethical approach to finding Simple Solutions to major worldwide problems
  • a collaborative and inclusive approach that crosses cultural and religious barriers
  • long-term, multigenerational thinking producing positive local actions

 

Permaculture (‘permanent agriculture’ & ‘permanent culture’) began as a design system for creating self-sufficient communities and homesteads through sustainable food production systems based on natural ecologies. Over the past 50 years, the design principles have proven so effective and universally applicable they are now being applied to new areas such as:

 

  • home design (Living Building Challenge)
  • communities (Transition Towns)
  • businesses (Regenerative Enterprises)
  • financial systems (Permaculture Credit Unions, Barter System)
  • ecosystem restoration and more…

This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Ready to take the plunge?

Click the link below to sign up and create a better world.

Registration Details: 

When:

February 20-May 16, 2016

This is a 12+2 day workshop occurring on alternating weekends beginning on Saturday February 20 and ending on Sunday May 16, 2016

  • BONUS: Feb 20 & 21, 2016 – Introduction to Permaculture
  • Weekend 1: March 5 & 6, 2016 – Decision making framework & Patterns
  • Weekend 2: March 19 & 20, 2016 – Climate & Geography
  • Weekend 3: April 2 & 3, 2016 – Water & Earthworks
  • Weekend 4: April 16 & 17, 2016 – Trees/Ecosystems & Structures
  • Weekend 5: April 30 & May 1, 2016 – Fencing/Animals & Soil
  • Weekend 6: May 14 & 15, 2016 – Alternative Nation & Permaculture Life Design

Where:

Vernon, BC

Tuition:

General Admission after January 1, 2016: $1299 (+GST)

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What will you learn in our

Permaculture Design Certificate?

 

A traditional Permaculture Design Certificate is a 72 hour (12 day) course based on the work of Bill Mollison in the book Permaculture: A Designers Manual. We have updated and added to this material from our personal experience, extensive research and collaboration among colleagues to ensure you are getting the most current, relevant, high quality information possible.

 

As a bonus we have made this a 12 + 2 day format. We are offering an Introduction to Permaculture pre-course FREE of charge for students enrolled in the PDC. This will give us 72hrs to explore more topics, more examples and have more time for hands-on projects.

 

With that being said, our layout of the course curriculum is unique. As designers we made this modification to represent how we actually apply this system on a daily basis. This allows students to learn design principles and methods while continuously working through ‘real life’ designs.

 

Introduction to Permaculture (pre-course)

In this section we explore the nuts and bolts that make up the Permaculture Design Framework including ethics, principles and core concepts.

 

Concepts and Themes in Design (pre-course)

Here we look at how natural systems function, from a broad perspective, so you have a greater understanding of the beauty of Nature’s design. From natural laws to interconnected relationships you will see what makes nature so resilient.

 

Element BONUS: Decision Making Frameworks and Designer Mindset

Over years of being designers we realize context is everything. In this section we lay out a clear context on how to analyze your designs, make better decisions and have the right mindset to tackle any problem (no matter how large or impossible it seems).

 

Pattern Understanding

Patterns are all around us in our oceans, soils, forests, skies and galaxies. Certain re-occurring patterns keep popping up; branching patterns, circles, spirals, waves and vortices all have a specific function to serve. We will explore what these patterns represent and how they can be applied.

 

Climatic Factors

It appears that climate represents an element in our designs that is very difficult to change. We explore how weather patterns (precipitation, freeze/thaw, wind and radiation) function on a Global and local level. We will also discuss how we can use this knowledge to understand our sites and how we can design with these factors in mind.

 

Geographic Influence

Landscape and land shape have a large influence on design. We will explore the elements of aspect, slope, topography and how they apply to design on both a physical and mental level. This will take us both above and below the earth so we have a broader understanding of geographic influence.

 

Water

All living systems require water. Water is what makes our planet unique among all the know planets in our solar system. It can create life and it can also destroy it. In this section we will explore the principles, sources and methods to work with water effectively.

 

Access Ways/Earthworks

Planning access on a site is integral to efficiency of movement and preservation of energy. We look at relationships between elements in our design to ensure we create the most energy efficient design possible.

 

Earthworks are the link between Water and Access. Utilizing various earth moving techniques can create opportunities to store and move water, provide access via roadways and make inaccessible areas accessible. We will also demonstrate how earthworks can be used to regenerate ecologies and allow the earth to heal itself in damaged or degraded ecosystems.

 

Trees and Ecological Systems

Our ecosystems owe more to our trees than we give them credit for. We will discuss how trees are more than our building materials, fuel source and paper producers. You will discover how trees, shrubs and other plant life co-exist to create a fully functional healthy ecosystem. We will use this understanding to design and maintain an ecosystem for optimal health.

 

Structures

The built environment represents an often overlooked area in Permaculture Design. In this course, we look at the optimal design of the area we spend most of our lives in: our homes. We will also delve into other common structures found on the modern homestead including: animal sheds, barns, greenhouses, root cellars and outdoor living areas.

 

Fencing/Subdivisions/Animal Systems

How to divide a property is a difficult decision to make. By the time we get to this point you will have a good idea where pastures and animals will go. We will go further and explore what types of animals are suited to certain types of land and the space they require.

 

Soil

One of the last topics but definitely not the least important. Soil is one of the most fascinating ecosystems on our planet. Topsoil is the medium that grows our food, feeds our trees and cleans our water. Most people do not realize the diverse, abundant communities of microbes that inhabit our underground economies. We will teach methods for building topsoil on any landscape large or small. You will also learn how to create balanced soil that is nutrient rich and biologically diverse.

 

Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation

Permaculture is much more than a system for homesteading and agriculture, it offers solutions to our communities, governments and institutions regionally and internationally. In this section we will unleash the true potential of regenerative design and what it means for a worldwide movement.

 

Element BONUS: Cultivated Life Design

With a PDC under your belt the world is your oyster, except now what? We will host educator, Javan K. Bernakevitch as he shows you how to take the next steps.  After teaching hundreds of students over the past 6 years Javan’s teachings on life design and niche finding have catalyzed PDC grads into business that transform education into income. If the PDC is the high octane fuel in your tank, this session is the steering wheel and map to take you where you want to go.

 

Have we got your attention?

Click below to sign up for the ride of your life.

 

Registration Details: 

When: 

February 20-May 16, 2016

This is a 12+2 day workshop occurring on alternating weekends beginning on Saturday February 20 and ending on Sunday May 16, 2016

  • BONUS: Feb 20 & 21, 2016 – Introduction to Permaculture
  • Weekend 1: March 5 & 6, 2016 – Decision making framework & Patterns
  • Weekend 2: March 19 & 20, 2016 – Climate & Geography
  • Weekend 3: April 2 & 3, 2016 – Water & Earthworks
  • Weekend 4: April 16 & 17, 2016 – Trees/Ecosystems & Structures
  • Weekend 5: April 30 & May 1, 2016 – Fencing/Animals & Soil
  • Weekend 6: May 14 & 15, 2016 – Alternative Nation & Permaculture Life Design

Where: 

Vernon, BC

Tuition: 

General Admission after January 1, 2016: $1299 (+GST)

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What Makes Our PDC Unique?

Now it’s your turn to ask us some questions:

 

Q: “There are a ton of PDC’s out there, so why should I take this one?”

A: “We live and breathe this everyday”

 

For the past 5 years we have dedicated our every being to Permaculture Design. We have created a market, started a business and turned it into a profitable Regenerative Enterprise. We have taught over 30 courses on sustainable topics ranging from Composting to Food Forestry and Water Harvesting. We have taught municipalities, organizations and individuals. We have consulted on projects from 1/8 acre to 125 acres. We have designed homes, greenhouses, gardens, food forests, water harvesting systems, business startups, community composting systems, school gardens and even a community farm.

 

Not only do we design but we build. We have hands-on experience installing everything we have designed from greywater systems to community farms. We have gotten our hands dirty to lead by example and have over 40 designs in the ground since 2010.

 

Permaculture Design has enabled us to live our passion and experience opportunities we could have never imagined. We love what we do and we love sharing what we have learned.

 

Q: “How can I be sure that I’m getting the best quality information?”

A: “We have trained with the Best. Join us so we can share our knowledge with you.”

 

Since taking our PDC and Earthworks course with Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute Australia in 2010, we have continued our education with some of the best Regenerative practitioners in the world. Below is some of the folks we have had the experience of learning from in person:

 

Financial Permaculture:

Ethan Roland – Appleseed Permaculture/Regenerative Permaculture

Keyline Design:

Darren Doherty – Re-grarians

Mark Shepard – Restoration Agriculture, Author

Food Forestry Design:

Dave Jacke – Edible Forest Gardens

Eric Toensmeier – Edible Forest Gardens

Richard Walker – Silverymoon Food Forestry (BC’s own!)

Holistic Management:

Dr. Ann Adams – Holistic Management International

Perennial Agriculture:

Wes Jackson – The Land Institute

Drylands Water Harvesting:

Craig Sponholtz – Watershed Artisans

Brad Lancaster – Water Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond

 

Q: “I learn best by doing, is there going to be any practical application in this workshop?”

A: “Our students have spoken and we have listened, we have included tons of Hands-On Activities and Design Exercises, to get you out of your chairs and applying what you’ve learned”

 

We have come to learn from years of feedback from past students that most people learn best when they have hands on experience. This course is designed to give students just that. Each section has a hands-on application to get us out of the classroom and into the real world to see how these principles are applied.

A couple of things to look forward to:

  • Creating site maps
  • Surveying Sites
  • Laying out earthworks
  • Installing water harvesting systems
  • Propagating and starting plants
  • Creating kick ass compost
  • Assembling compost tea brewers
  • and more…

 

Thats not all, we will also be doing site tours to active Permaculture designs implemented 2-5 years ago so you can experience how these systems evolve over time.

 

Element BONUS:  You will have the opportunity to meet past PDC grads at the PDC Graduation Potluck. Ask questions to people working the in the field of Regenerative Design and Enterprises. See how they got started and where they are now.

 

Q: “What can I learn from you that’s not in the Permaculture books?”

A: “Our Failures = Your Success”

 

It has not all been roses since we got going. When we got started we made mistakes…a lot of mistakes. Luckily we did this on our property where we could control what was happening. As we experienced failure we adapted our strategies and eventually found out what works and what does not. Because we live in a unique semi-arid environment there are some tips and tricks that are essential to know for growing in this climate.

 

We will be teaching proven strategies and techniques for growing in one of BC’s toughest climates. We will show you how to grow more, water less and reduce maintenance efforts. We will also guide you through how to budget, implement and schedule your project for maximum success.

 

Q: “How do I take these concepts/theories and apply them to my land?”

A: “We teach through proven knowledge and practical application”

 

We know the best way to learn is by doing so each student will leave this course having completed their first Permaculture Design. The bi-weekly approach allows time for reflection of course material and time to work on design homework. We will take you step-by-step through a design so you leave the course with a high level design of your property.

 

If you are not on land right now or are renting do not worry. We will pair you up with someone in class or give you the options to receive the same experience on another design project.

 

As well as design homework, there will be a group design project for an actual client. You will gain experience understanding client’s needs, ask questions to get to the bottom of their problems and come up with a list of recommendations for the client to implement.

 

These skills are not just relevant to land design, these are lifelong skills that can be applied to any job, social situation or problem. I truly believe design is the best tool humans have to create innovative simple solutions to complex problems.

 

Are you ready to do some good and have fun doing it?

Click the link below to register today!

 

Registration Details: 

When: 

February 20-May 16, 2016

This is a 12+2 day workshop occurring on alternating weekends beginning on Saturday February 20 and ending on Sunday May 16, 2016

  • BONUS: Feb 20 & 21, 2016 – Introduction to Permaculture
  • Weekend 1: March 5 & 6, 2016 – Decision making framework & Patterns
  • Weekend 2: March 19 & 20, 2016 – Climate & Geography
  • Weekend 3: April 2 & 3, 2016 – Water & Earthworks
  • Weekend 4: April 16 & 17, 2016 – Trees/Ecosystems & Structures
  • Weekend 5: April 30 & May 1, 2016 – Fencing/Animals & Soil
  • Weekend 6: May 14 & 15, 2016 – Alternative Nation & Permaculture Life Design

Where: 

Vernon, BC

Tuition: 

General Admission after January 1, 2016: $1299 (+GST)

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Let’s get to know your instructors

Gordon Hiebert

Gord Hiebert is a owner, designer, instructor and project manager at Element Eco-Design (www.elementecodesign.com) in Vernon, British Columbia. He has received training in Keyline Design and Water Management, Perennial Agriculture, Edible Forest Gardens, Agroforestry, Holistic Land Management, Natural Watershed Restoration, Soil Microbiology, Restoration Agriculture and Transitions Towns.

 

Before finding himself involved in regenerative design, Gord’s prior work experience includes: energy efficient building, sustainable building research and development, land development, forestry, wildfire management, road construction and onsite waste water management.

 

Gord integrates his past experience with regenerative design to create abundant, functional land design for homeowners, businesses, municipalities, non-profits and institutions. Past working knowledge of earthworks has allowed Gord to explore the possibilities of rejuvenating land in arid climates to hold more water, build topsoil and be more productive. His experience in design has also allowed him to explore applying regenerative design to other areas of life including: regenerative enterprises, energy efficient home design, community design and group facilitation.

 

Gord’s work experience has allowed him to experience natural environments throughout British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.

 

Who are your guest instructors and why do we love them?

Javan Bernakevitch 

Javan K. Bernakevitch has worked across coastal and interior British Columbia, Canada, The Unites States of America (North West and North Central), Cuba, Kenya and  Uganda on land based project design, management, training and installation. His career focus on regenerative retrofits of broad acre and small scale landscapes to re-establish working watersheds, ecosystems, productive landscapes and enterprises has taken him across North and Central America, Europe and Africa.

 

Integrating Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, the Soil Food Web, Myco-Integration with creating local profitable enterprise. He understands and emphasizes the importance of biological systems: soil, water-harvesting, landscape re-hydration, composting, growing food, greywater and biological waste-water treatment.

 

The originator of Cultivated Life Design he works with clients focusing their lives to bring regenerative enterprises and productive landscapes to life. He operates Permaculture BC (www.permaculturebc.com) an education and community hub for permaculture in British Columbia and All Points Land Design focusing on land design and installation.

 

As a speaker for community events, non-profit groups and businesses Javan inspires and empowers audiences with a passion for change. He has been invited to guest lecture by the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, Simon Fraser University and recent partnerships include Cowichan Green Community, Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy and the Galliano Conversation Association.

Javan currently calls the Okanagan watershed home in British Columbia, Canada.

 

Are you ready to take the next step?

Click the link below to sign up and create a better world.

Registration Details: 

When: 

February 20-May 16, 2016

This is a 12+2 day workshop occurring on alternating weekends beginning on Saturday February 20 and ending on Sunday May 16, 2016

  • BONUS: Feb 20 & 21, 2016 – Introduction to Permaculture
  • Weekend 1: March 5 & 6, 2016 – Decision making framework & Patterns
  • Weekend 2: March 19 & 20, 2016 – Climate & Geography
  • Weekend 3: April 2 & 3, 2016 – Water & Earthworks
  • Weekend 4: April 16 & 17, 2016 – Trees/Ecosystems & Structures
  • Weekend 5: April 30 & May 1, 2016 – Fencing/Animals & Soil
  • Weekend 6: May 14 & 15, 2016 – Alternative Nation & Permaculture Life Design

Where: 

Vernon, BC

Tuition: 

General Admission after January 1, 2016: $1299 (+GST)

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What is included in this PDC? 

A traditional Permaculture Design Certificate program covers 72 hours of specified classroom content, which leaves little room for hands-on experiential learning. This is why we have worked diligently to create clear and concise content material but our past students said they needed more ‘hands-on’ experience.

 

We agree, no one wants to spend all day inside!

 

This is why we have created the 12 + 2 Permaculture Design Certificate.

 

The 12 + 2 PDC is our way of squeezing 2 extra days of instruction into the traditional course curriculum at no extra cost to students. This allows us to:

  • explore more topics
  • expand on existing ideas  
  • create more hands-on learning
  • visit active Permaculture sites
  • learn from a diversity of experienced practitioners

 

Q: “What are you doing that’s different than other PDC’s”

A: “We have included a ton of BONUS material that you just won’t get anywhere else!”

Element BONUS #1: The first weekend will be an optional Introduction to Permaculture course, available to you at no extra cost (a $250 value). This will level the playing field for everyone in the course, so when we begin the PDC everyone is on the same page and we can hit the ground running.

Element BONUS #2: The Designer Mindset session is all about creating an abundant mindset that allows you to overcome obstacles, address limiting beliefs and train your mind to find the solution within the problem.

Element BONUS #3: The Decision Making Framework session is designed to help you see the forest for the trees, identify key decision makers and help you avoid making type 1 errors. Because it’s not easy to move the chicken coop down wind once it’s been built.

Element BONUS #4: Permaculture Life Design is here to help you chose your path once the PDC is over. Are you going to apply your new-found knowledge to your existing land, use Permaculture to streamline an existing enterprise or start your own business? This is where we work together to identify your unique skills and talents and create a plan to harness your unique genius.

 

 

Q: “What do I walk away with?”

A: “We all get out as much as we put in in life and this course is no different.” 

 

With your tuition you receive 14 days, over 80 hours, of instruction on multiple topics from experts in multiple fields including:

  • Permaculture Design
  • Regenerative Enterprises
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Life Design
  • Green Building
  • Intentional Communities
  • and more…

 

You will also take home digital copies of all instructor slides (to review forever), resource lists, design exercises, as well as access to an ever growing community of like-minded people, practitioners and professionals. We believe diversity is the key to good education so we have done our best to deliver a PDC diverse in topics, instructors and examples.
This is going to be one of Western Canada’s best PDC’s offered this year.

 

Don’t just take our word for it,

here is what others are saying about our courses.

 

“Systems of permanent agriculture need to keep being shared. The implementation world wide would have us live in a much healthier place as humans.”

Darren P.  Hazelton, BC

“ …this course is inspiring, from concept to practice, and offers tangible, hands-on tools to get started!”

Dianne R. Narramata, BC.

“Such enthusiastic, prepared and knowledgeable presenters! My eyes are opened to the magic and transformational reality of Permaculture. This (course) was worth every penny and I can truly say – my future is changed PERMA-nently.”

Sue S. Hedley, BC

 

Ready to take the plunge?

Click the link below to sign up and create a better world.

 

Registration Details: 

When: 

February 20-May 16, 2016

This is a 12+2 day workshop occurring on alternating weekends beginning on Saturday February 20 and ending on Sunday May 16, 2016

  • BONUS: Feb 20 & 21, 2016 – Introduction to Permaculture
  • Weekend 1: March 5 & 6, 2016 – Decision making framework & Patterns
  • Weekend 2: March 19 & 20, 2016 – Climate & Geography
  • Weekend 3: April 2 & 3, 2016 – Water & Earthworks
  • Weekend 4: April 16 & 17, 2016 – Trees/Ecosystems & Structures
  • Weekend 5: April 30 & May 1, 2016 – Fencing/Animals & Soil
  • Weekend 6: May 14 & 15, 2016 – Alternative Nation & Permaculture Life Design

Where: 

Vernon, BC

Tuition: 

General Admission after January 1, 2016: $1299 (+GST)

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We really look forward to getting to know you and sharing our passion for Permaculture with you! Thanks for taking the time to learn about this amazing opportunity and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Gord and Jana Hiebert

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