Teacher: Graham Calder with guest teachers (TBA)
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: Food and accomodation are included
Option 1: Supporting Student $1800 + tax
Option 2: Standard Student $1500 + tax
Option 3: *Sponsored Student $1200 + tax
*Sponsorship availability depends on Supporting students
Friends with Benefits Discount
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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
Graham Calder has more than 13 years of experience teaching permaculture and ecological design. In 2009, he finishes his BA in Environmental and Ecology Studies at Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Dissatisfied with the traditional environmentalist approach and it’s inability to meet the challenges of our time, Graham turns to Permaculture. The same year, he obtains his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) from Jesse Lemieux at Pacific Permaculture and then becomes the apprentice of one of the great names of Permaculture, Geoff Lawton, at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI).
At the same time, he founds P3 Permaculture in Montreal: a social enterprise teaching and consulting permaculture design with the goal of making permaculture accessible to all.
To date, Graham has certified more than 350 students in Permaculture Design. He has offered consulting and design services in more than 9 countries around the world; from urban gardens in Montreal, to the desert lands of Gansu in China, the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica and Cameroon
Now more than ever, Graham is dedicated to creating new courses and projects to inspire and facilitate the transition to action and the development of regenerative solutions for our planet and society. Its projects include soil regeneration, accelerating social change and support for the implementation of regenerative projects.
Grandmother Francine is an Algonquin grandmother, traditional knowledge keeper and medicine woman, she has been working for many years within the school system guiding & supporting teachers with the First Nation, 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 2018, she was invited to speak at the United Nation 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 Anishanabe kwe grandmother and one that walks her talk.
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, Ontario, 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 organisations, businesses, and communities. This session will explore permaculture principles and the design process for social systems.
Vivian Kaloxilos 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.
Liza Charbel : After 10 years in the corporate world in Dubai, Liza moved to Montreal in 2009 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 P3Permaculture. Through Gardens Without Borders, she has developed urban and rural community-food projects in a diversity of social contexts and climates; such as Montreal, Ecuador, Senegal and Lebanon. She shares her experiences and learning in social innovation and food sustainability through conferences and workshops related to permaculture. She has also trained in geobiology, integrating art and spirituality in the projects she co-creates. As a mother of a 3 years old, she's an aspiring urban homesteader and is now also exploring permaculture as a parenting and educational 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 design 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 from 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.
L’Alpakiade is magical farm nested in the heights of Wakefield and we are thrilled to say it is one of our teaching base camp in the Outaouais region. The farm is developped following the ethics and principles of permaculture. It's goal is to join and grow the local circular economy network with the intention to rally the Outaouais community around its main ambition: to create activities and systems that take care of people while regenerating the environment. With the help of P3 Permaculture, many permaculture features have been implemented at the farm including a food forest, a pond and 1 km swale system. The farm activities currently focus on alpaca fiber production and breeding and milkweed valorisation but many exiting projects are to come! We invite you to visit L'Alpakiade's website to learn more about it.