Due to Covid-19, we are maintaining our summer PDC and we will adapt/adjust based on how the situation evolves. We will remove the risk on your part by allowing the deposit to be fully refundable because of this circumstance.

Intensive Permaculture Design Certificate

What if sustainability was a lie? What if you knew about all the solutions to create a beyond sustainable system?

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This 2 weeks intensive Permaculture Design Certification is held over the course of 14 days from August 8 to August 23, 2020 at our partnering farm L'Alpakiade in Wakefield (Quebec). Our 2 weeks intensive format is ideal for people who want to get fully immersed into the permaculture worldview! Students get the chance to live together on the land for which they’ll have to do the final design project. During this course students learn to

  • Read the landscape and analyze problems

  • Design ecological solutions for the home, garden, farm, and city.

  • Food deserts and the heat-island effect

  • Mismanaged waste systems

  • Edible landscapes and ecological architecture

  • Increase efficiency in our homes, farms and communities

Do you have a project you want to start, or do you want some more concrete information before you decide what kind of beyond sustainable options are out there? At P3 our facilitators emphasize that permaculture goes beyond gardening and agriculture. The solutions based vision of permaculture practice is holistic and regenerative.



​Teacher:  Graham Calder with guest teachers 
Dates:  15 days from August  8 to 23, 2020 (1 day off on August 15th and departure of August 23)
Location: L'ALPAKIADE,  683 Route 105 Wakefield, QC J0X 3G0, Canada 
Cost: $1500 + tax, Food and Accommodation included

  • Deposit of $350 + TX for regular students

  • Deposit of $415 + TX for supporting students

The remaining balance is due one week before the start of the course.


    Be quick to take advantage of our discounts, spaces are limited!

    Very Early Bird

    Very Early Bird

    Save $200.00 by registering 4 months or more in advance.

    Only 5 spots available.
    Early Bird

    Early Bird

    Save $100.00 by registering 3 months in advance.

    Only 5 spots available.
    Friends with Benefits

    Friends with Benefits

    • Save $50.00 each when 2 register

    • Save $100.00 each when 3 register

    • Save $150.00 each when 4 register

    Please contact us at teach@p3permaculture.ca before registering if you're interested in using one of our discounts.

    Note that discounts cannot be combined, and the deposit of #350.00 + TX is required to save your place. If you would like to set-up an instalment plan to pay for the course, or for more information about our payment process click the link.
                        WHAT'S INCLUDED?
                        • 3 delicious daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) made from local and organic ingredients (certified or not).
                        • Accommodation for the entire time of the PDC*
                        • Classes and workshops from our main teacher and guest teachers.
                        • Short homework assignments after each class to consolidate your learning.
                        • The student handbook to prepare for the course.
                        • Teaching material presented during class.
                        • An online access to various suggested readings, videos, podcasts and other resources for each chapter of the course.
                        • An online platform to access and submit all your homework, share resources and ask additional questions.
                        • An opportunity to meet and practice with actors and actresses of the permaculture network in Quebec.
                        *ACCOMMODATION
                        • Communal bathroom with hot shower and toilets
                        • Camping spot to set up your own tent. You will need to bring your own tent, sleeping equipment
                        • A communal outdoor/indoor space to take lunch and dinners and gather during breaks and after the course
                        HANDS-ON COMPONENTS
                        Their is a lot of theoretical learning during the PDC. However, this intensive PDC will be packed with hands-on workshops on the following topics:
                        • Compost (thermophilic, vermicompost and Johnson-Su Bioreactor)
                        • Herb spirals
                        • Cold frames
                        • Water filtration

                        Course Curriculum

                        Learn to

                        • Develop ecological food systems

                        • Build and repair soils

                        • Capture carbon and other GHG in soils

                        • Build no-till gardens

                        • Design water management systems

                        • Strengthen local economies

                        • Observe and analyze efficiency


                        Learn about

                        • Edible parks and urban food production

                        • Alternative architecture, energy and social systems

                        • Drought prevention and flood control

                        • Passive solar design and increasing efficiency in our homes, farms and communities

                        • Food deserts and mismanaged waste systems

                        • Creating edible landscaping and ecological architecture

                        The perks

                        • Discover new world views

                        • Make new friendships

                        • Hone skills for your future

                        • Become part of an active network

                        • Enjoy music, fun and laughs

                        Part 1: Permaculture Fundamentals ​

                        The Ethics and Principles of Permaculture Observation and Design Process
                        Identifying Patterns

                        ​Part 2: Understanding Ecosystems 

                        Climates / Water Systems
                        Trees and their Energy Transactions
                        Soil Systems

                        ​Part 3: Special Topics

                        Earthworks and Earth Resources
                        Aquaculture & Aquaponics

                        ​Part 4: Specific Climates

                        Drylands / Cool Climates / Tropics

                        ​Part 5: Global Strategies

                        Strategies for an Alternative Paradigm
                        Final Design Project 

                        About Our Teachers

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                        Graham Calder

                        has more than 13 years experiencing teaching permaculture and ecological design. In 2009, he finished his BA in Environmental and Ecology Studies at Concordia University, (Montreal, Qc). Dissatisfied with the traditional environmentalist approach and its ability to meet the challenges of our time, he turned to permaculture. In the same year he obtained his Permaculture Design Certificate, (PDC) from Jesse Lemieux at Pacific Permaculture. Afterwards, he  became an apprentice of one of the great names in the field, Geoff Lawton, at the Permaculture Institute of Australia, (PRI).

                        P3 Permaculture was founded in October of 2019 and has ever since been teaching and consulting permaculture design and theory with the goal of making it accessible to everyone. To date, Graham has certified over 375 students in permaculture design and has offered design services in more than 9 countries around the world; from urban gardens in Montreal, to the deserts of Gansu in China, and the tropical rain forests of Costa Rice and Cameroon.

                        He is dedicated to creating new courses and projects that will inspire and facilitate the transition to regenerative solutions for our society.

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                        Grandmother Francine

                        is an Algonquin grandmother, traditional knowledge keeper and medicine woman, she has been working for many years within the school system guiding and supporting teachers with the First Nations, Metis and Inuit curriculum. Traditional keynote speaker, Grandmother Francine has been a Water Walker for almost two decades raising awareness about the challenges and the importance of water.
                        In 2010, she was invited to speak at the United Nations pre-session in Geneva, Switzerland representing the Anishinabe Grandmothers' Water Walkers defending our human rights to clean water.
                        In 2013 she wrote a chapter on water in the book, "Words of Peace in Native Land" and she is the author of many French articles on health, education and climate change. We can say that her involvement in the community, her spiritual approach and her dedication to water makes her an authentic Anishanabekwe grandmother and one that walks her talk.
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                        Bonita Ford

                        writes and gardens with a lot of heart. Bonita is the author of the forthcoming book, "Embers of Hope: Embracing Life in an Age of Ecological Destruction & Climate Chaos." She gives courses in permaculture, nonviolent communication, and Reiki, and has led workshops around the world for over 17 years. The land she calls home is 1/5 of an acre in Perth, (ON) on unceded Algonquin Territory. She will teach the social permaculture section of the PDC.
                        Here is what she has to say about it,
                        "When we look to Mother Earth as the teacher, we can apply her lessons to physical landscapes as well as to social designs for organizations, businesses and communities. This session will explore permaculture principles and the design process for social systems."
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                        Vivian Kalaxilos

                        has been studying and practising permaculture for close to a decade. She received her degree from the McGill School of Environment, where she focused on ecosystem regeneration. In 2014, Vivian received her certificate in soil biology from Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil Food Web Inc. Her training included in-depth exploration of soil ecology, soil microbial microscopy, applied soil regeneration, high quality composting techniques, inoculums and microbial amendment creation.

                        Since her studies, Vivian has worked with Dr. Ingham and other certified soil consultants in the field, gathering data and success stories and to train more soil life consultants. She runs DocTerre, a consulting service and laboratory which offers regenerative soil services in Quebec and throughout Canada. They offer soil analyses, inoculums, customized compost tea machines and personalized consultation for soil regeneration, as well as workshops and courses.

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                        Liza Charbel

                        After 10 years in the corporate world in Dubai, Liza moved to Montreal where she pursued a Masters in Business Administration, (MBA). Soon after, driven by a new found passion for social innovation and a longing for personal growth, she co-founded the social enterprise Gardens without Borders in 2011 after completing her PDC with P3 Permaculture. Through Gardens without Borders, she has developed urban and rural community-food projects in a diversity of social contexts and climates; including locations in Montreal, Ecuador, Senegal and Lebanon.

                        She shares her experiences in social innovation and food sustainability through conferences and workshops related to permaculture. She also has training in geo-biology, and integrates art and spirituality into the projects she co-creates. As a mother of a 3 year old, she's an aspiring  urban homesteader and is now exploring permaculture as a parenting and education tool.

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                        Naomi de Ville

                        is a lifelong animal lover, cook and gardener. These loves led her to an academic path in zoology, resource management and forest ecology and she's worked in these fields until 2015 when the curiosity to explore permaculture and farming became unavoidable. After participating in her first permaculture deign certificate, (PDC) in Cuba with Ron Berezan, (The Urban Farmer) and Javan Bernakevitch, (All Points Design) she immersed herself in many other trainings including learning about tropical food forests with Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm in Australia.

                        She's been back to Cuba to co-teach in permaculture, and has worked on climate resilience projects in the South Pacific countries of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. She'll be covering the tropics section of this PDC and introducing a regenerative landscaping approach called keyline design.

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