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84-hour permaculture design course, Ottawa, Canada

Permaculture - the ethics, principles and design process - is based on living systems. Permaculture draws upon both traditional and scientific knowledge. These courses focus on permaculture as DESIGN, which can be broadly applied to physical systems (eg. farms, gardens, cities) and to social systems (eg. organisational flows, business models, school curricula) anywhere.

This 84-hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) consists of both the Introduction Module and the Main Module. The Main Module is 45 hours in class (taught over 3 weekends), plus 22 hours of assigned group and independent work.


The Introduction Module can be taken on any of these weekends:
September 14 and 15 – Perth, ON
September 28 and 29 – Ottawa, ON

The Introduction Module provides a foundation in permaculture ethics, principles and design. It also gives an overview of common gardening techniques used in permaculture.

The Introduction Module can be taken on its own.
Cost: $195 for the Introduction Module.


Main Module – In-Class Component (3 weekends, 45 hours)
The Main Module is made up of 3 weekends in Ottawa:
October 5 and 6
AND October 19 and 20
AND November 9 and 10

The Main Module goes into more depth with soil, water, microclimates, earthworks, tropical, arid and cold climates, housing design, alternative economics and more. The Introduction Module is a pre-requisite for the Main Module.

What sets our PDC apart from other PDC’s?
• We emphasise the use of permaculture principles and the design process, making these tools widely applicable to gardens, farms, urban settings, businesses and organisations.
• We emphasise design exercises and the team design projects as key parts of the course. The design projects are for real clients and have real potential to be implemented.
• Bonita and Sébastien specialise in applying the permaculture design process to social, personal and urban settings (eg. organisations, businesses, personal lifestyles, urban and suburban food gardens, etc.). Douglas specialises in large-scale, land-based permaculture design, earthworks, building design, and is knowledgeable about permaculture in tropical, arid and temperate climates.
• Together, our teaching team brings over 28 years of permaculture experience.
• Collectively, we have worked on permaculture sites and projects in: Eastern North America, Western North America, Australia, Japan, France, India and Haiti.

Cost: $795 for the full Permaculture Design Course (includes the Introduction and Main Modules).

To register, contact: info@eonpermaculture.ca or 613-267-1926

Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario
Instructors: Sebastien Bacharach, Bonita Ford & Douglas Barnes

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