PDC+ Hands-on #LevelUp

Summer 2024

 Advanced | 100% hands-on | Wakefield, Québec, Canada | July 8th – 13th,  2024 | 30h

Starting at $1250+tax   | Save 250$ when you register for our PDC+Online Certification

Our permaculture design certification (PDC) is ideal for people who crave to be immersed in the permaculture worldview.
Begin the course online. Go at your own pace and establish the fundamental theories of permaculture.

Then join us at L'Alpakiade our partner permaculture farm for an intensive 1 weeks  filled with hands-on worshops, and in the field exploration.  

We want to make sure our students understand the essence of permaculture as a design philosophy and know how to apply it to regenerate gardens and farms, but also cities and human communities as a whole. If you have a project in mind and want help designing and implementing it after your course then check out our PDC extra option.

Course objectives

Discover & Learn on the land

Take advantage of our 14 years of teaching experience

Regenerate Degraded soil 

Even the worst clays, sands can be regenerated. 

Drought & Flood Prevention

Holistic solutions for water management.

Fight Climate Change 

 Discover Carbon Farming.

Create Wildlife Habitats

Watch as nature is reborn with your design touch.

Find solutions inspired by Nature

Use natures 4.9 Billion years of R & D

Edible Landscapes 

Discover edible parks and alternative forestry

Natural Building

Techniques used in the oldest building on earth 

Alternative Energy

Learn the basics options and alternative new discoveries

The Perks   

Live the lessons and build memories

Immerse yourself in permaculture

Peruse the food forest, explore over 900m of swale.

Join in the daily tasks

Alpaca, chicken tractor, food forest, ancient tech &  more

Build practical skills

Help with the food forest or the erosion management. 

Swim with the fishes

Cool off in the pond filled with frogs, sunfish, birds and more

Tinker with lost tech

Explore the Hydraulic ram pump and trump aeration systems

Experience Life on the Alpaca farm

The routine, the simplicity, the beauty, the work

Grow your Community

Live and learn with a group of changemakers 

Make new friendships

Connect with students and grow your network.

Is this for me?

Do you want to know about the solutions to create a beyond sustainable system? Are you tired of worrying and want to start to regenerate your own life, garden or community? Are you looking to connect with people who care as much as you do about the future of our beautiful Earth?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then joining our PDC will definitely bring you a step further in your journey. Whether you already have a project you want to start or you still want to explore solutions to have a regenerative on your life and planet, our Hands on Practicum will give you the skills to make your Permaculture knowledge blossom.

5 Days | 5 Intensive trainings 

100% Hands On

Meals & Accommodations included.  See below for full course details.

Starting at $1250+tax   | Save 250$ when you register for our PDC+Online Certification

Day 1:

Social Permaculture 

  • Conscious communication​
  • Active listening
  • Reflecting
  • Social Needs assessment
  • Community living tools

Day 2: 

Garden & Water Systems

  • Passive irrigation
  • Biofiltration
  • Companion Design
  • No dig systems
  • Drought Prevention
  • Flood Prevention

Day 3: 

Forestry & Food Forests 

  • Food Forests
  • Grafting
  • Propagation
  • Coppice & Pollard
  • Ramial Wood Chips
  • Planting

Day 4:

 Earthworks & Erosion 

  • Swales
  • Spillways
  • Pond & Dams
  • Erosion remediation
  • Erosion prevention
  • Keyline

Day 5: 

Soils Compost; tea & extracts

  •  Static Compost
  • Hot Compost
  • Vermi compost
  • Johnson su bioreactor
  • Compost extracts
  • Aerated Compost tea

Course Details

 What is included in the price

  • 3 delicious daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) made from local spray free ingredients.
  • Rustic camping accommodation for the entire time of the Course
  • workshops from our main teacher and guest teachers. 
  • The student handbook to prepare for the course.  
  • An online platform to access share resources and ask additional questions.
  • An opportunity to meet and practice with actors and actresses of the permaculture network in Quebec
Course  Accommodations

Our APP is made to give students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live on a real farm with existing permaculture designs.

Our hands on classes will be taught outside at the field and the forest and we’ll be sharing communal outdoor/indoor spaces during breakfast, lunch, dinners and rest time.

Students will be provided with a campsite but need to bring their own tent and camping equipment. Compost heated showers and toilets available on site. 

Curriculum of the 2 weeks in-person training

During the 1 weeks intensive training we go over the following 5 sections:

  •  On Farm #Levelup (30 hours)
  • Day 1: Social Permaculture & Conscious Communication  (NVC)
  • Day 2: Garden & Water Systems
  • Day 3: Forestry & Food Forests 
  • Day 4: Earthworks & Erosion Management
  • Day 5: Soils Compost; tea & extracts
  • 5 Days of Breakfast, Lunch & Supper
  • Camping Included & Beds available at extra cost
  • Nightly Campfires
  • Tinker and discover a plethora pf permaculture technologies and techniques
  • Biogas, Lasagna Gardens, Compost tea, Food Forests, Rotational Grazing, Aquaculture, Mushroom Cultivation

Each day we spend 6 hours doing  hands-on training in the field ,supported by a whiteboard and some online notes this is a practicum not a lecture. 

If the tuition is too much to afford all at once, we accept payment plans for 3 equal instalments to be completed 1 month prior to the start of the course. To request a payment plan, please contact us at info@p3permaculture.ca after you have paid the 250$ PDC Registration deposit.

If you are unable to afford your full tuition you can apply to be accepted as a worktrader where you will be asked to arrive onsite 1-2 weeks early to help with setup of the site for the PDC. Your acceptance is conditional to having skills we need and these change for each course offered, also we will have a video or in person meeting to assess your ease of integration into the organisational team. 

Upon acceptance your trade is valued at 15$ per hour up to a maximum reduction of 50% of your tuition. The discount will be calculated up to 2 days prior to the PDC start and the remainder will need to be paid before the first day of class. 

To apply, please send us your CV and motivation letter. Please specify in your motivation letter the reasons why you are applying for a worktrade and the skills you could share with the P3 Team.

Skills needed for PDC 2021

- Physical labour

- Construction

- Farm labour or tasks

- Food Forest maintenance

- Pond maintenance

- Photography and video

- General Maintenance

-Social Media marketing

Reconciliation & Equity in Action

We are committed to doing more than acknowledging that our courses are held on the unceded unsurrendered territories of the Kanienkehaka, or Anishinabewaki

We also acknowledge that we are living today in a society that is structured to privilege white patriarchy. As such we are taking many steps to adapt and grow. In every course we offer 4 spots at 50% off for those individuals who live with systemic barriers in their daily lives (more specifically Indigenous people and people of Colour). Regardless of your identity, if you are a person in need of additional financial support we can discuss options to support your learning. 

 Contact us to for more information

We also donate 1% of our profits to Indigenous led Land defender Organizations.  

About Our Teachers

Graham Calder Founder & Chief Designer P3 Permaculture

    Graham 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).     
    He founded P3 Permaculture 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.

Liza Charbel Co Founder Jardin sans Frontiers (TBC)(

    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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