Price: $CAN 1050 + tax

Course description:

Our Permaculture Design Certificate is taught by Graham Calder (former Geoff Lawton apprentice) and other special topic experts. It’s a participatory and dynamic learning experience; classes include in-depth permaculture theory, design methodology, exercises, and group projects. They also include a whole lot of deep questioning, laughter, and growth! The curriculum we follow at P3 was developed by the late Bill Mollison in Australia in the 1970’s, and is today regarded as the standard in permaculture education, recognized and respected worldwide.

This course aims to equip students to feel confident in their ability to design positive solutions in their gardens, in their communities, and in their own lives. The PDC program helps students to closely observe the natural principles and patterns that drive ecological systems. Understanding nature and our place within it is the first step towards healing broken systems. ​

At P3, our facilitators emphasize that permaculture goes beyond gardening and agriculture; permaculture is a holistic design system that we can apply on any scale and in any situation.  With permaculture we can design solutions for: food deserts, the heat-island effect, and mis-managed waste systems. With edible landscaping and ecological architecture, we can increase the efficiency of our homes, our farms, and our communities. The solutions-based vision of permaculture practice is holistic and regenerative.

P3 Permaculture alum have used their PDC to start projects and businesses in permaculture consultation, education, ecological agriculture, regenerative community organizing, urban farming, composting, and much more.

​Our curriculum pays particular attention to energy, water, and food systems, as well as various aspects of social permaculture including social economies, and self and community care.

We hope that you can join us!


Course content:

>Patterns in nature

>Ecological food systems

>Soil biology and soil repair

>Capturing carbon and other GHG in soils

>No-till gardens/agriculture

>Water management systems

>Local economies

>Observing and analyzing efficiency

>Prevent droughts and floods

>Alternative energy systems

>Aquaculture and ecological fish farming


The perks…

>Discover new world views

>Make new friendships

>Hone skills for your future

>Become part of an active network

>Enjoy music, fun, and laughs!


Course curriculum:

Part 1: Permaculture Fundamentals ​

>Introduction, Ethics, History & principles

>Concepts, Methods & Themes of Design

>Pattern Observation

Part 2: Understanding Ecosystems

>Climates / Water Systems

>Trees and their Energy Transactions

>Soil Systems

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 ​


Your Teacher:

Graham Calder spent his formative years surrounded by forest on a 75 acre farm on the eastern seaboard of Nova Scotia, Canada. He was gardening before he could walk, and was designing rainwater catchment systems by the age of ten. David Suzuki’s “The Nature of Things” informed his early understanding of ecology. He was also deeply impacted by the devastation the forestry industry wrought on the land he loves. These early influences instilled in him a lasting interest in environmentalism.

Calder received his Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University in Montréal in 2009, with a specialization in Human Environment and a minor in Ecology. Dissatisfied with mainstream environmentalism’s inability to meet the challenges of today, Calder turned to permaculture. Permaculture resonated with him because of the balance it strikes between earth care and people care, as well as the effectiveness of the broad spectrum of solutions it proposes.

Calder received his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) from Jesse Lemieux at Pacific Permaculture in 2009. Later that year he traveled to Australia to apprentice under Geoff Lawton with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI), where he managed Lawton’s tree nursery. He completed certifications in Earthworks and Permaculture Teaching with Lawton during that time.

In 2009 Calder founded P3 Permaculture: a social enterprise with a mission to make permaculture accessible. P3 Permaculture provides permaculture education and design consultation in Montréal, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Mexico. Calder designs sites in diverse locations and on diverse scales, from rural to urban to suburban settings. His experience spans cold climate, tropical, and wet-dry tropic design. To date Calder has taught 18 courses and has certified over 250 students in permaculture design. Based in Montreal, Quebec, he and his team run 2 part-time and 2 full-time PDCs each year, along with providing consultation services and a multitude of workshops.