GET CERTIFIED in Permaculture Design on beautiful Salt Spring Island, BC. in one of our six week hands-on Permaculture Courses.

2017 Spring Course | April 10th – May 19th

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Imagine being able to look at any given piece of land and being able to design a healthy, functioning eco system as well as productive edible landscape capable of feeding a community.This course is designed to enrich the student with the confidence to design and implement a complete permaculture system. It will include irrigation systems, greenhouse management, pruning grafting, propagation and tree nursery management. We will explore the forest and its relationship to the health of our planet, as well as highlighting the multitude of economic opportunities that present themselves through intensive, holistic forest management.

Student training is geared towards becoming teachers and practitioners of permaculture applicable to anywhere in the world, particularly North America as well as within developing nations. The students will receive a permaculture design certificate, as well as the skill set to become an inspiring teacher of permaculture.

Teachers Video Clips Click here to apply! Click here to find out more info. Or call us and we’ll tell you more about it: 250-653-9565

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6 weeks (210 hours) of instruction on:

  • Permaculture Design & Mapping
  • Green House Management
  • Water Harvesting Techniques
  • Tree Nursery Management & Economics
  • Tree Planting & Pruning
  • Establishing Espaliered Orchards
  • Medicinal Trees & Plants
  • Garden Planning & Layout
  • Planting & Rotation Systems
  • Market Crop Planning & Economics
  • Developing World Project Planning
  • Forest Management & Economics
  • Hugelkultur
  • Forest Products Value Adding
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Seed Crop Planting & Economics
  • Fruit & Nut Tree Grafting
  • Furniture Production & Sales
  • Composting & Soil Revitalization
  • Composting Toilet Construction
  • Micro Hydro & other Alternative Energy
  • Green Buildings
  • Tree Falling & Harvesting Techniques
  • Permaculture Certificate

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2017 Summer Course – TBD

Imagine being able to look at any given piece of land and being able to design a healthy, functioning eco system as well as productive edible landscape capable of feeding a community.

This course will immerse students in the complete running of an established permaculture farm through theoretical and hands-on learning. We will cover irrigation systems, greenhouse management pruning grafting, propagation and tree nursery management, alternative energy options, and sustainable building techniques.

Natural forest designs are studied and mimicked to reintroduce more vigorous planted forests. Forests are essential in recreating healthy ecosystems around the planet and offer a multitude of economic opportunities.

The skill set learned in this course will be extremely sought after globally as we are becoming aware of the need to repair the damaged ecosystems that we are living in and need to have teachers that are able to teach this anywhere. Eco system restoration is the way of the future.

Teachers Video Clips  Click here to apply!  Click here to find out more info. Or call us and we’ll tell you more about it:  250-653-9565
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6 weeks (210 hours) of instruction on:

  • Permaculture Design & Mapping
  • Green House Management
  • Water Harvesting Techniques
  • Tree Nursery Management & Economics
  • Tree Planting & Pruning
  • Medicinal Trees & Plants
  • Garden Planning & Layout
  • Planting & Rotation Systems
  • Market Crop Planning & Economics
  • Developing World Project Planning
  • Green Building
  • Forest Management & Economics
  • Forest Medicinal & Botanicals
  • Espaliared Orchards
  • Forest Products Value Adding
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Seed Crop Planting & Economics
  • Furniture Production & Sales
  • Fruit & Nut Tree Grafting
  • Composting Toilet Construction
  • Composting & Soil Revitalization
  • Micro Hydro & other Alternative Energy
  • Tree Falling & Harvesting Techniques
  • Permaculture Certificate

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2017 Fall Course | Sept. 19th – November. 10th

This course will be geared to those students that will want to go into the field in the developing world as well as students who want to create their own permaculture future. The course will be split up between a month at Seven Ravens where we will have a crash course on all the major aspects of permaculture and then three and a half weeks in the field in East Africa.

We will start off the journey in Kenya exploring one of the best permaculture projects in East Africa at Redshank Farm near Nakuru. It offers an exemplary model of permaculture diversity with food forests, aquaculture systems, biogas, tree nurseries, charcoal kilns, forest plantations, animal systems, honey bees and a very successful seed growing business.

During our time at Redshank we will have the opportunity to go for a  one day game drive to Nakuru National Park to see the incredible wild life that Africa has to offer.

After 3 days we will be heading to Western Kenya to stay at the thriving Practical Permaculture Institute of Kenya which we established in 2013. JB the director of PPIK has since run dozens of permaculture projects teaching hundreds of new permaculture teachers.

This will offer a very rare opportunity for students to see what is involved in running a Permaculture Teacher Training Centre first hand, the opportunities, the successes and the challenges involved in developing projects overseas. For us it will be an important fact finding mission to evaluate the school and to help make changes that will guarantee it’s success into the future.

In addition we will work with the neighbouring school to initiate a long term permaculture project. We will be designing and implementing an installation that will be able to grow ample amounts of food for a feeding program for the school which will have an incredible impact on the schools academic and athletic future. Empowered by such knowledge, the students and teachers will join us to convert their school property into a permaculture farm, to teach the children and surrounding community about permaculture.

The last part of the journey will take us to Uganda past the Lake Victoria source of the Nile to Calagi a small town 25 KMS east of Kampala. We will go to the House of Joy, our second Permaculture Teacher Training Centre PPIU. Here you will see the phenomenal gardens that we established 2 years ago as well as the gardens that have since been established which collectively are supplying 90% of all the food required by the 350 plus students and staff. We will spend time here developing additional permaculture installations to provide for more diversity and economic opportunities for both the House of Joy as well as PPIU.

Get inspired to see how much can happen in such a short period of time whilst always adhering to organic principals. Complexity provides greater opportunities and our imaginations are the limiting factors, so we are always challenged to come up with better ways of doing things.

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8 weeks (240+ hours) of instruction on:

  • Permaculture Design & Mapping
  • Water Harvesting Techniques
  • Nursery Management
  • Furniture Production & Sales
  • Harvesting Seeds
  • Preserving, Dehydrating & Cider Making
  • Hugelkultur
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Wildcrafting Medicinals
  • Forest & Nursery Economics
  • Tree Planting & Transplanting Techniques
  • Planting & Rotation Systems
  • Composting, Compost Tea & Soil Revitalization
  • Seed Harvesting & Sales
  • Alternative Energy
  • Developing World Project Planning & Implementation
  • Permaculture Certificate
Included:
In addition to our first 4 weeks on Salt Spring Island, we’ll spend 3 1/2 weeks in East Africa.

  • Airfare
  • Room & Board
  • Wildlife Safari to local national park
  • Cultural exchange with Masai and Meru tribes
  • Visiting local permaculture initiatives
  • Opportunities to stay longer and be involved in permaculture projects in Tanzania, Uganda and/or Kenya.

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Looking for shorter courses on permaculture? Our friends at Permaculture BC offer 3 hour to 3 week courses that aim to fit a working person’s schedule. Be it food forestry, urban farming, or propagation Permaculture BC brings the very best in experienced instructors to meet the needs of students to know and apply these new skills for happier, healthier and wealthier lives.

Shelly Permaculture BC