Part-Time Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

Have you always dreamed of designing projects that provide positive benefits for humanity and the environment as well?

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If you've been staying up late watching videos on homesteading, greenhouse design or organic gardening, then you probably know the struggle of putting all the information together. We aren't going to lie, there is a lot of misinformation out there, so before you start your big project consider joining our PDC.


What is in a Permaculture Design Certificate?


  • A participatory and dynamic learning experience

  • Classes include in-depth permaculture theory, design methodology and group projects

  • The curriculum was developed by the late Bill Mollison in Australia in the 1970s

  • A respected, recognized standard of permaculture education and certification

  • Also includes a lot of deep questioning, laughter and growth!

The PDC program helps students to closely observe the natural principles and patterns that drive ecological systems. Understanding nature and our place within it is the first step towards healing broken systems.

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

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Very Early Bird

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

Only 5 spots available.

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Early Bird

Save $100.00 by registering 3 months in advance.

Only 5 spots available.

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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. 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?

  • 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

  • Online access to various suggested reading, videos, podcasts and other resources for each chapter of the course

  • Online platform to access and submit all your assignments, share resources and ask additional questions

  • Several hands-on field trips, including a weekend in Wakefield, (QC) where you will discover earthwork techniques.

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

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These student designs  really  do get put into action. Our partner farm l'Alpakiade took the advice from P3 students and implemented their ideas. This 100 acre farm has a 1km swale and pond system, and the largest water management system of this kind in Canada. They officially launched in October 2019 and are currently growing a food forest.

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What Will You Get From This PDC?

You'll learn  whole systems thinking

  • Instead of addressing individual components of a problem, you'll be able to analyze how the parts and pieces connect together. You'll learn how to:

    • Observe a problem or situation

    • Identify its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

    • Design solution that connect and improve the whole system

You'll acquire a  toolbox to create beyond sustainable solutions 

  • Knowing when and how to apply the tools we introduce to you, and you'll be familiar with all the disciplines required for a permaculture design so that you can understand the synergies and relationships between all elements in a system

You'll find a  community of people who care

  • You will meet people who share your concerns and who want to be part of creating positive change as much as you do. You'll be inspired by them, and equally you will inspire them too.

Based on feedback from our alumni, we're confident to say that it's very likely that this experience will be life changing for you.

Testimonials

Jeff Schnurr

Executive Director at  Community Forests International

"Graham is dedicated to sustainable land-use and has done much to share his vast knowledge of permaculture and design with Canadians.

Beyond his knowledge and experience, Graham is an all around good guy and great to work with."

Jean-Luc Henri

CEO and co-founder at  Revolution Fermentation

"The first time I worked with Graham is when I invited him to talk about Permaculture at the Changemaker Forum, in front of 250 people.

His presentation was simply amazing, and I received tons of wonderful comments about his performance. "

Mariam Masud

Certified Project Management Professional

"Graham approaches his work with a passion and honesty that is inspiring... His work ethic and flexibility enable him to find appropriate solutions to each task he undertakes. I wish him well in his journey and would recommend him highly."

If you're tired of having no one to discuss your ideas with, join our part-time PDC and see the difference it makes to learn in one of our courses. With over 375 students who have completed our course, we learn just as much from you as you will learn from us. We love watching our alumni go from having an interest in gardening to started their own ecological businesses, changing careers and implementing designs for themselves and others.

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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).
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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Vivian Kalavilos

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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Isabelle Fortier

is an entrepreneur, social artist and psycho-corporal therapist. For nearly 10 years, she worked at a CEGEP offering several kinds of training; supportive relationships, stress management, conflict management, communication, bereavement and intercultural relationships. She has created several social art projects including an intercultural theatre education approach that has been presented at various conferences in Quebec and in France.
With a desire to tie her approach closer to nature, she took her PDC with P3 Permaculture in 2015 and Égo/Éco; which is a social enterprise that combines self-transformation and collective emergence through art, organic agriculture and eco-psychology.
Her approach is influenced by her BSc in intervention theatre, her studies in education, international cooperation, psycho-corporal therapy and permaculture. She draws from Joanna Macy's work, Augusto Boal's Theatre of the oppressed, and her 20 years of experience with improvised dance.  Meditation, ji gong, and authentic movement bring a quality of presence to her approach.

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