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?
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.
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
Save $200.00 by registering 4 months or more in advance.
Only 5 spots available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- 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
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
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
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
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
Part 2: Understanding Ecosystems
Climates / Water Systems
Trees and their Energy Transactions
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
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.