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2012 Vancouver Urban Permaculture Design Course


Learn How to Grow Your Own Food & Permaculture Design in the City!

Downtown Eastside / Strathcona, Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Classroom Location: Ray Cam Cooperative Centre Map Link here

Course work + hands-on, organic gardening & permaculture practicum

Course Schedule: Introductory Weekend, May 4: 6:30-9:30pm, May 5: 11am-6pm, May 6: 10am-5pm

Saturdays, 11am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm:

May 19, May 20, June 9-10, June 16, July 14-15

Wrap Weekend August 17: 6:30-9:30pm, August 18: 11am-6pm, August 19: 10am-5pm

Cost: $225 Introductory Weekend, $900 – $1,100 Full Course

Sliding Scale / Payment Plans

ABOUT: Dive into the fundamentals of ecological design theory and practice and earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. From growing food and creating healthy soil to building community capacity and re-visioning the urban environment, this 72-hour course will give you the skills and experience you need to live abundantly in our changing times and be a regenerative force for the planet and your community.

As a learning community, we will study the design philosophy of permaculture and its application within an urban setting. We will focus on urban gardening, from design to plant propagation, building soil, composting and more. Vancouver’s Eastside will be our main classroom. Guest teachers will demo: bee keeping, backyard chickens, aquaponics and more.

The permaculture topics this course will cover include:

Permaculture Ethics & Principles

Observation & Site Analysis

Energy Conservation

Natural Cycles & Pattern Recognition

Mapping & Design Exercises

Animal Husbandry

Trees & Food Forests

Soil Building & Ecology

Plants, Propagation & Planting Strategies

Eco-Building & Appropriate Technology

Aquaculture, Water Harvesting, Management & Conservation

Urban Permaculture & Social Ecology


Permaculture is the ancient art of studying Natures principles and applying her gardening techniques through systems design to human habitats. In a natural ecological system there is no waste and no external inputs. In cities, we have the opportunity to put these ideas into practice to create more sustainable living environments that are less dependent on fossil fuels for food production and energy. The term permaculture was coined by Bill Mollison associated with the Australia Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). This course will follow Mollisons curriculum, with a focus on permaculture applications within an urban environment.

Information and Course Registration:, 778-968-5518

Lead Facilitators / Permaculture Teachers:

Sara Dent is a trained organic farmer and Certified Permaculture Designer through the Linnaea Ecological Garden Programme (Cortes, BC), and Permaculture Teacher with the Urban Permaculture Guild. She has farmed across B.C. and in Mexico. She brings her enthusiasm for organic matter and growing local, along with her training as a facilitator to permaculture education.  Sara is a member of Village Vancouver.

Erin Innes is a Certified Permaculture Designer and a recognized Permaculture Teacher with the Urban Permaculture Guild. She has a long history in community activism and collective organizing, focusing on popular education and un-schooling. She is deeply involved in grassroots food justice work, is a member of VIllage Vancouver, and founded the Farmhouse Farm Bike-Powered Urban Farm.

Guest Teachers:

Jodi Peters has a passion for empowering people to re-connect to the natural cycles that support life on this earth. She works with people of all ages in schools, community gardens and backyards, to help them learn how to grow nourishing food for themselves and their community in a way that enhances the surrounding ecology. She also adores fermenting just about anything! She currently works with the Environmental Youth Alliance ( and teaches for Gaia College (

Oliver Kellhammer is a guerilla forest gardener, botanical artist, and one of the great permaculture visionaries of Canada. He has worked as a land artist and permaculture designer for over 25 years in British Columbia, and has trained a generation of permaculturalist at Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island BC. Oliver established the Cottonwood Community Garden, using permaculture principles to regenerate the land and open up space for community to grow food!

Vancouver Urban Permaculture Design Course is sponsored by: Village Vancouver

Village Vancouver inspires individuals and organizations to take actions that build resilient and sustainable communities. We are one of several hundred official Transition Town Initiatives spreading across the globe, the first in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and pleased to join our fellow sustainability pioneers in Victoria, Nelson, Salt Spring Island, and Powell River.


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