Teacher: Graham Calder with guest teachers (TBA)
Dates: 8 weekends (15 days) from March 9 to June 2, 2019 (see below for exact dates)
Location: TEMPS LIBRE MILE-END, 5605 Avenue de Gaspé #106, Montréal, QC H2T 2A4, Canada
Cost: $950 + tax
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9-10; 16-17; 30-31
Each day of the PDC is packed with important core curriculum material. It is for this reason that students who miss more than two days of class cannot be certified. Should you need to miss more than two course days for any reason, you are welcome to make up the missed days during a future PDC free of charge.
Part 1: Permaculture Fundamentals
>Introduction, Ethics, History & principles
>Concepts, Methods & Themes of Design
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
>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
>Prevent droughts and floods
>Edible parks and urban food production
>Alternative energy systems
>Aquaculture and ecological fish farming
>Discover new world views
>Make new friendships
>Hone skills for your future
>Become part of an active network
>Enjoy music, fun, and laughs!
Graham Calder spent his formative years surrounded by forest on a 75 acre farm on the eastern seaboard of Nova Scotia, Canada. He was gardening before he could walk, and was designing rainwater catchment systems by the age of ten. Calder received his Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University in Montréal in 2009, with a specialization in Human Environment and a minor in Ecology. Dissatisfied with mainstream environmentalism’s inability to meet the challenges of today, Calder turned to permaculture. Permaculture resonated with him because of the balance it strikes between earth care and people care, as well as the effectiveness of the broad spectrum of solutions it proposes.
Calder received his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) from Jesse Lemieux at Pacific Permaculture in 2009. Later that year he traveled to Australia to apprentice under Geoff Lawton with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI), where he managed Lawton’s tree nursery. He completed certifications in Earthworks and Permaculture Teaching with Lawton during that time.
In 2009 Calder founded P3 Permaculture: a social enterprise with a mission to make permaculture accessible. To date Calder has taught 18 courses and has certified over 250 students in permaculture design!
Vivian has been studying and practicing 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 microbial soil regeneration, high quality composting techniques, inoculums and microbial amendment creation. Since her studies, Vivian has been working with Dr. Ingham and other certified soil consultants in the field, attempting to gather data, success stories, and train more soil life consultants.
Vivian runs DocTerre, a consulting service and laboratory which offers regenerative soil services in Quebec and Canada. DocTerre offers soil analyses, inoculums, customized compost tea machines and personalized consultations for soil regeneration, as well as workshops and courses.
Vincent Leblanc's passion for nature led him to a diploma in ornamental horticulture, a technique in horticulture and environment, in addition to completing a bachelor's degree in agronomy and a master's degree in plant biology.
He has worked on agroforestry and agricultural projects in Burkina Faso and Peru. He has been experimenting with the cultivation of ginseng and other understory plants for 15 years. He also completed a certificate in food science and quality to deepen his knowledge of mushroom cultivation. In addition, he renovated and modified his house to use the greywater to irrigate his garden and the aquaponic greenhouse. These gray waters are used to make food for animals and feed the aquaponic system. He experiments a lot with new ways of doing things and energies, such as the compost heating that heated the greenhouse in winter. He dreams of a better food autonomy for all.
Isabelle Fortier is an entrepreneur, social artist and psycho-corporal therapist. For nearly 10 years, she was involved in a CEGEP where she offered several courses: helping relationship, stress management, conflict management, communication, grief and intercultural relationship. She has created several social art projects including an intercultural theater education approach that has been presented in various conferences in Quebec and France.
Wanting her approach to be more in touch with nature, she took her PDC with P3 in 2015 and founds Égo/Éco a social enterprise that rallies self-transformation and collective emergence through art, organic agriculture and ecopsychology.
Her approach is influenced by her Bachelor in intervention theater, her studies in education, international cooperation, psycho-corporal therapy and permaculture. She draws on Joanna Macy's work, Augusto Boal's theater of the oppressed, and her 20 years of improvised dance. Meditation, qi gong and authentic movement bring a quality of presence to her approach.
Much like his favorite plant, Stinging Nettle, Mark is a European immigrant to Quebec and has quickly come to call Montreal home. Since arriving in Montreal in 2015, he has re-discovered his love for herbs, tea and being outdoors. Being a graduate of the City Farm School programs in 2016, he quickly found work as a private gardener in the Southshore growing vegetables.
In 2017, he started Naughty Nettle Medicinals, a community focused project teaching people how to use herbs in a holistic fashion looking after themselves and their wider ecosystem. He has a garden plot at an organic farm in St. Basile-Le-Grand where he grows over 50 different varieties of medicinal herbs for his workshops, friends and family. Offering interactive workshops, guided plant tours and nature connection skills (with Coyote Programs based in Kahnawake), Mark is continuing exploring his green roots and hopes to see his community become more resilient and sustainable with each season that passes.
LOCATION - TEMPS LIBRE MILE-END
5605 Avenue de Gaspé #106, Montréal, QC H2T 2A4, Canada
We're happy that this course will be taking place at Temps Libre Mile-End! Temps libre offers a warm and friendly venue shielded from commercial interests. Its function is to provide an office for the officeless, a meeting ground for local initiatives, a neighbourhood work and study area, a pit-stop for families. A bright and bustling microcosm in the heart of the Mile End.