How to be Self-Sufficient
a.k.a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course
Registration is now closed for the in-person 2020-2021 class!
Are you frustrated with the state of the environment and the lack of quality in the supermarkets? Has your health suffered and now you're looking for a new way to live life?
I've been there. After relentless pursuit of knowledge on various subjects I needed something to tie it altogether. Something to boost my confidence so that I could take the steps I needed to be more self-reliant. The Permaculture Design Certificate Course did all of that for me and more. It sparked an understanding of the natural world and my connection to it in a way that I could never have imagined. I want to share that enthusiasm with you and help you build the confidence that you want to have to live the life of your dreams for a fraction of what it costs for a horticultural degree.
The skills gained in this course use a scientific approach to landscape design and regeneration that will assist you in everything from designing your own yard to helping design ecovillages, living debt-free, running a consulting firm, starting up your own homestead, or working to create integrative, sustainable communities. The PDC's teachings reach from balconies to urban lots, to broad acre farms in every climate on earth.
This course includes theoretical knowledge from Bill Mollison's Permaculture Design Manual, and hands-on experiential knowledge from myself, Jenine Kozey, at my 22 acre permaculture farm in Southern Saskatchewan.
As a physicist, herbalist, instructor, naturalist and hobby farmer, I offer a unique, resourceful approach to permaculture design and its teachings. I love to share the mistakes I have made and am not shy to let you know of all the ways that I have not followed permaculture's teachings, even when I knew better, and all the education that came along with these choices. I hope that these life lessons will help you feel confident to try even the most crazy of ideas, and never fear having an imperfect outcome - it's all part of the fun of learning! I have designed everything from balconies to indoor herb gardens to urban infill lots, established city yards, large animal farms, and small acreages. I teach workshops on chicken keeping, knitting, crocheting, edible and medicinal plants of the prairies, preserving food, foraging tours, survival skills, rainwater harvesting, gardening with the moon's cycles, and so much more.
This 72 hour course is the international standard for permaculture certification. Thousands of people worldwide have completed this course which is either offered as a two week intensive, or more spread out over the course of several weeks or months. I have chosen to teach this course over the course of 7 months to allow for maximum infiltration of the ideas and principles, and to allow busy schedules to allow for the full uptake of information. This course is recognized and approved by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.
A brief introduction to permaculture, as found on zaytunafarm.com:
"Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multi-disciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development."
This course is offered as follows:
6 weekends (72hrs in total) – Hands-on and classroom training
Or ONLINE (72hrs in total) - Start and end at your own pace with the opportunity to attend in-person events for free.
IN-PERSON: $1500 (one-time payment) due September 30th, 2020
OR four monthly instalments of $400 (includes financing fee - select this option at checkout)
ONLINE TUITION: $1300
Included in your tuition:
Textbook: Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual by Bill Mollison
Library of digital resources, including beautiful unit summaries with a cover that can be compiled in an eBook.
$200 off registration of Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Prairies Course
50 page resource on plants most commonly used in permaculture design in the prairies (supplied upon completion of the PDC course)
In-person course will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturdays, and 9:00am-1:00pm on Sundays (15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon with a 45 minute break for lunch on Saturdays).
October 24 & 25th, 2020
November 21 & 22nd, 2020
December 12 & 13, 2020
January 16 & 17, 2021
March 13 & 14, 2021
April 10 & 11, 2021
Successful completion of the PDC course occurs when the final assignment of a full permaculture design has been submitted and graded on a pass or fail basis. The final project due date is May 11th, 2021.
Want to get started without the commitment of the full PDC Course? Try my new ONLINE Introduction to Permaculture Course!
Frequently asked questions
Is this course offered online?
Yes! The format of this course is suited for online study, or in-person attendance - or a mixture of the two to suit your schedule!!
Can I use this course as a tax write-off?
You will recieve a receipt for the enrollment of the course which can be used as a business expense (where applicable), but it will not qualify as a tuition amount on your tax return.
How much of the course is in the classroom, and how much is hands-on?
The classes in October, November, December and January will be in the classroom, while the classes in March and April will take place on my farm 24km NW of Regina.
I can't afford to pay for the course all at once. What other options exist for me?
For those who wish to pay via a payment plan, four installments of $475 + GST can be paid with the first installation due upon registration, and the following three payments due on November 1st, 2018, December 1st, 2018 and January 1st, 2019. Failure to make these payments on time will result in termination from the program at the time that payment fails to be made.