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"Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos."
- Bill Mollison


I am joyed to announce my sixteenth Permaculture Design Certification Course. This low cost, ultra flexible program meets one day a month for 14 months. There is a sunday and a monday course which are staggered by one month that people can bounce between for ease of flow. The program is modular and there is no time limit to complete the certificate. Missed classes can be done at no extra cost with any of my other classes. By jumping between classes it is possible to do all the units in the Vancouver Area or all the units on the Sunshine Coast.

The program has been developed over the course of two Diplomas and a Masters Degree in Permaculture Education and continually upgraded over the 12 years it has been offered. Together we travel to many different permaculture farms, gardens and forest locations while sharing in a uniquely creative learning journey. The year long focus project is a map and design for where you live or an area of your choice. I am a registered teacher and offer legit and formal certificates through Permaculture Institute USA and Permaculture Research Institute. 

Gaiacraft Presents : 
Southern British Columbia Urban-Rural 
Permaculture Design Certification Course


Gather together with conscious and creative people to do a unique, low-cost, flexibly scheduled Permaculture Design Course. Meeting once a month over fourteen months, the class caters anyone who wants to learn permaculture 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. 

Join this adventure in learning as it journeys to eco-locations like the Heart Gardens, Forest Atrium, Rolling Earth, Country Haven, Compost Education Center, Loutet Farm, UBC Farm, Sole Food, Old Growth Forest sites and the properties of students who want to host. The Sunday course will meet most of the time on the Sunshine Coast, the Monday course will meet much more often in Greater Vancouver. By jumping between classes it is possible to do the entire class in the Vancouver area or the entire class on the Sunshine Coast. 

The course is very flexible with busy lives and organized modularly. If you miss a class you can jump in on the the same module in a different class at no extra cost. We meet one day a month from September or October 2014 and run to December 2014 or January 2015. I will run a Sunday and a Monday class staggered by one month so if you miss a day you have a chance to do the same module with the other group. This also opens the option for those from further afield to do two days in a row every second month.There is no time limit to complete the course and if you miss any classes you can do them in the future with other groups at no extra cost.

A small ring of learners will gather with plants and animals, garden and farms 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 sustainable 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. 

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 Coastal First Peoples and much much more. We have worksheets, permaculture design gaming tools, an online social networking and educational support platform, as well as hundreds of gardens as our living classroom.
The course is $555. 

payment plans
full payment in Seedstock or Delvish Dollars accepted
organic farmers can do food exchange

All proceeds go towards basic course costs and paying for Delvin's permaculture education.  

Delvin Solkinson has completed a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and done advanced teacher trainings with Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Patricia Michael, Robyn Francis, the Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Larry Santoyo, Scott Pittman, Michael Becker, Robin Wheeler, Starhawk and Robin Clayfield. He is an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute and a Field Mentor through Permaculture Institute USA. Recently he completed a PDC in Portland with Toby Hemenway and a second Diploma through PI USA and is currently doing a doctoral study in Permaculture Education.


to register email delvin@cosm.org for more details

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