“Permaculture gives people a place to be a part of the solution”
– Rosemary Morrow
We are happy to announce Gaiacraft’s new Permaculture Design Certification Program taught by Kym Chi. This low cost, ultra flexible course caters to the busyness of modern life. If you miss a class you can jump in on the the same module in a different class at no extra cost and there is no time limit to complete the certification. Courses are offered yearly in Calgary and there are also multiple courses being offered monthly in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast.
The program has been developed to include pedagogical teachings of the Permaculture elders woven with a creative new school teaching methods. An exciting teaching tool kit is used that transforms lectures into games and together we travel to many different permaculture farms, gardens and forest locations while sharing in a uniquely creative learning journey. The 4 season course focus project is a map and design for where you live or an area of your choice.
Join us from September 2016 to June, 2017 for our next 4 Season Permaculture Design Certificate Course!
Gather together once a season with a conscious and creative ring of learners to meet with plants and animals, travel to gardens, farms and forests to learn about how nature designs itself and how we can become sustainable designers ourselves. Together we will learn how to map and design our land and our lives, plan for emergency, grow organic food in all four seasons and work to build a more regenerative future.
The certification granted upon completion of the course will empower participants as permaculture designers, consultants and beginner teachers able to use the word permaculture legally in their practice, business or project. This sustainability education eco-training certificate is a practical path for greening your life, resume and portfolio.
Join this adventure in learning as it journeys to eco-locations like ContainR, Community Wise, Urban Permaculture Farm, Blank Page Studio, Senses of the Soul, off grid Permaculture farms, and the properties of students who want to host.
Course Topics include:
design methods * patterns in nature * soils and composting * water * trees * animals * design for cool ,* tropical and arid climates * social permaculture * native food and medicine plants of the First Peoples and much much more.
There are worksheets, permaculture design gaming tools, an online social networking and educational support platform, as well as many gardens as our living classroom.
The class caters anyone who wants to learn permaculture in a creative way but cannot afford the cost or intensive time commitment of other courses including lower-income families, students, youth and people for who are called permaculture but have been struggling to find a course that fits their life.
Permaculture Photos from Dana Wilson http://www.gaiacraft.com
September 23 – 26, 2016
December 2-5, 2016
March 3, 4, 6, 2017
June 2-5, 2017
payment plans accepted
All proceeds go towards basic course costs and paying for Kym’s permaculture education.
Kym Chi is a dedicated advocate of earth stewardship, people care and regenerative action for future resiliency. Deeply inspired by nature, art and experiential education, her main efforts are as a creative facilitator, artist, gardener, healer and community builder. To date; Kym has received 3 certificates in Permaculture Design, completed multiple teacher trainings and taken a variety of advanced trainings. She continues to take courses and is in the finalities of completing a Diploma in Education through the Permaculture Institute. Through her stewardship of a deepened connection with the natural environment, Kym wishes to inspire creative self expression that enriches lives, creating healthy and abundant habitats and communities. With a focus on Social Permaculture, Kym also works for One Straw Society, a non profit focusing on food sovereignty and community resiliency on the Sunshine Coast.
Session 1: Pretro
Course orientation & requirements
Group goals and guidelines
Communication (NVC and conflict resolution)
Learning styles & multiple intelligences
Set a course culture of safety, respect and organization
Create a positive & effective learning environment
Encourage active listening in groups
Value different ways of communicating and have confidence in utilizing tools of conflict resolution
Orient participants to course content
Session 2: Foundations of Permaculture
History of Permaculture
Know the Permaculture ethics and the Transition ethic and how to apply them to conscious decision making
Learn the basis of how the Permaculture movement began, how it has grown, some of its progeny’s and how the lineage links to this course.
Gain a strong understanding of nature’s principles and how they are at the foundation of design decisions and application
Provide awareness of the world’s problems and the current situation
Shift from a place of problems to positive solution based thinking.
Feel confident in defining Permaculture clearly to others
Session 3: Design Methods
Needs, Functions and Outputs
Understand how to do a needs & yields analysis
Gain a base understanding of closed loop systems
Observe a site, document and recognize available resources and design constraints based on analysis.
Identify energies or influences that effect a design site
Be able to create a base map including zones & sector analysis for a site
Know the basic elements included in mapping a site
Session 4: Pattern Literacy
Physical patterns, emergent patterns, fractal patterns
Functions of patterns
Patterns in time
Application of patterns in design
Pattern recognition in nature and technology
Learn the functions of patterns in nature and how to apply that knowledge to effective design
Gain Pattern literacy and understand how to replace dysfunctional patterns with functional ones.
Know the functions of and feel confident designing guilds
Recognize that pattern literacy is fundamental in becoming good designers
Session 5: Soil
Soil classification and testing
Have a base understanding of the components of healthy soil and know the value of building soil.
Know different ways to test soil
Recognize different plant indicators and what they tell about soil health.
Understand a multitude of different ways to remediate and build soil.
Apply different composting techniques in appropriate situations.
Identify key plants that bring nutrient to the soil.
Session 6: Trees
Ecological function of trees in relation to earth, water, air and energy
Forest gardens/ food forests
Plant/ tree identification
Design for trees
Understand the ecological functions of trees and recognize them as a keystone species in the ecosystem
Learn the stages of succession and how to intervene at appropriate times to speed up the succession process, creating abundant, thriving systems sooner
Know the layers in a forest garden and different plants for each layer that grow locally
Identify local plants and see the difference in characteristics between different species
Be able to integrate trees adequately and appropriately in design
Sesssion 7: Animals
Design for wild and domestic animals
Integrated pest management
Recognize the intrinsic characteristics, functions and outputs of animals
How to meet the needs of animals on site
Learn techniques for integrating animal systems
Understand effective and healthy ways to handle pests
Know how to safely and ethically live with wildlife
Session 8: Water, Aquaculture & Earthworks
Water strategies & techniques
Waste water treatment
Water harvesting & storage
Understand how global water issues can affect us on a local level.
Learn how to do a water audit.
Recognize multiple ways in which to conserve water.
Feel confident in applying strategies and techniques to capture, store, treat and release water safely and appropriately.
Know how to calculate roof water catchment amounts.
Session 9: Climate
Slope and aspect
12 climatic zones
Understand climate on a global scale and how we may design to moderate climatic factors
Recognize different microclimates and identify how to use them to benefit a system or how to modify them for maximum efficiency
Learn the characteristics of different climates to be able to identify effective climatic techniques
Session 10: Cool Climate
Cool climate characteristics
Cool climate design challenges and strategies
Cool climate design elements and techniques
Be able to identify characteristics of cool climate and appropriate strategies and technologies to work with them in the home, garden, farm and community.
Session 11: Tropics
Tropical climate characteristics
Tropical climate design challenges and strategies
Tropical climate design elements and techniques
Be able to identify characteristics of wet, wet dry and monsoon tropics and appropriate strategies and technologies to work with them in the home, garden, farm and community.
Session 12: Drylands
Dryland climate characteristics
Dryland climate design challenges and strategies
Dryland climate design elements and techniques
Be able to identify characteristics of drylands and appropriate strategies and technologies to work with them in the home, garden, farm and community.
Session 13: Social Permaculture
Client interview & designer checklist
Community building (group processes and asset mapping)
Governance (sociocracy and consensus decision making)
Gain confidence in the consultation and design process for clients.
Be able to map assets and resources and identify community needs.
Understand different models of decision making and how to apply them.
Feel comfortable engaging in community and using tools to provide for healthy group dynamics and efficient process.
Recognize opportunities for land access locally.
Learn ethical and effective business models and legal structures that support local economy
Know ways to relocalize and create resilient communities.
Session 14: OS Permaculture
Permaculture economics (LET’s, Barter and trade, complimentary currency)
Education (accessibility, open source, alternative education)
Urban renewal strategies and design (place-making, curb cuts, green streets, roof top gardens, boulevard gardening
Able to identify risks and mitigate using Permaculture design tools and techniques
Know the steps in building a resiliency preparedness plan and engaging local community in the process
Know the basis of how the economic system works
Learn a variety of different economic strategies and the value of utilizing multiple currencies and tools for resilience
See access to education as a basic right and understand benefits of open source
Feel confident in utilizing place-making tools, techniques and Permaculture strategies in urban environments
Session 15: Graduation
Next steps (setting up a permaculture practice, further education, community involvement, goal sharing)
Mapping and design presentations
Think about niches in permaculture and practice effective goal setting
Gain experience presenting to groups and receiving feedback
Understand how to help others share their gifts
Optional hands on activities throughout the course:
Plant & tree identification
Medicinal plants & preparations
We don’t require those taking the course to participate in the certification requirements.
Those wanting the certification will complete:
Individual map and design
Questions/ Written work
100% attendance (students can arrange to make up missed classes with the
instructors, at no extra cost)
Graduating and Jobs
Having a Permaculture Design Certificate from a recognized training institute will empower participants as permaculture designers, consultants and beginner teachers able to use the word permaculture legally in their practice, business or project. This sustainability education eco-training certificate is a practical path for greening your life, resume and portfolio. You will have a green edge when applying for jobs, grants or school programs