Come be a part of Kelowna’s first Community Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Spring 2019!

If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Permaculture through community building, ecological landscape design, pattern literacy and cultivating your “designer’s mind” then come join us for Kelowna’s first 72-Hour Community PDC taking place between April and July 2019!


Kelowna Community PDC
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Select the $330 Deposit option to confirm your spot the Kelowna Community PDC. This fee will be refunded if we are not able to reach our sign up quota. To pay the remainder of your fee, please select Remainder Fee OR Couples Remainder Fee if you are signing up with a partner. Remainder Fees are due at the start of the course (Apr 27).

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What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is an approach to design modelled on natural ecosystems. It is rooted in both traditional and modern approaches to land management and environmental stewardship. Above all, it stems from an ethics of care for people and the Earth.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for anyone concerned about the current state of our local & global ecosystems, food systems and social systems, and who is wishing to make a positive difference in their community. It is geared towards those who agree that many of the current issues facing our communities today could be improved by implementing a design system that is in tune with the patterns and cycles found in nature.

What will you get out of the course?


You will walk away from this course with a Permaculture Design Certificate signifying that you have completed a curriculum based on the work of Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, and the many amazing teachers who have expanded and developed Permaculture over the last few decades. You will also walk away with a completed Permaculture Design for the site of your choice! (If you don’t have a site in mind, don’t worry, we will help you find one!) Finally, over the 3-month course duration, you will build community and develop positive relationships with like-minded people in your area.

Before signing up, please be sure to visit the FAQ page and read through the questions carefully!

Topics Covered

This course is based off the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) curriculum, with special emphasis placed on the instructors’ personal experience and areas of expertise. While giving a broad overview permaculture, this course will also focus on case studies, stories and specific examples. Below is the quick n’ dirty course outline:

  • Apri 27: Introduction to Permaculture

  • May 4: Sectors, Zones and Design Process

  • May 11: Climates, Bioregionalism, and Ecology

  • May 25: Hands-On Community Project at Springvalley Middle School

  • June 1: Soils, Water and Landscapes

  • June 8: Food Forests/Cultivated Ecologies and Composting

  • Jun 15: Broad Scale Permaculture Design at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

  • Jun 22: Urban Permaculture and Waste Reduction

  • Jul 6: Appropriate Technology, Working With Animals, and Designing for Disturbance

  • Jul 13: Social Permaculture/Social Sustainability

  • Jul 20: Review, Work Day, Design Project Check Ins

  • Jul 27: Design Project Presentations and Potluck Celebration!

Schedule, Location, Cost and Other Key Details

This PDC will be hosted out of the Mission Creek EECO Centre at 2363A Springfield Rd. in Kelowna. Our home bases and main classrooms will be the downstairs multipurpose room in the EECO Centre and the food forest just outside the building. The course size will vary between 8-15 students and the multipurpose room is wheelchair accessible. If you are in a wheelchair or have questions about accessibility, please get in touch!

This PDC course also includes both theoretical and interactive hands-on activities that will work for many kinds of learners. No special equipment is necessary to participate, just your creativity, notebook, and some comfy outdoor clothes! We are committed to making the course environment a safe and non-judgemental space to learn.


The course will take place over 12 Saturday sessions between April 27th - July 27th, 2019 (with breaks for the May and July long weekends). Most classes will take place from 10am - 3pm with a break for lunch (please bring a bagged lunch). On field days we may begin earlier to escape the heat as needed.

The fee for the course is $830, which is on par with the most affordable PDC’s offered anywhere in Canada and Europe. There is a 10% discount for couples or friends who sign up together to complete the same design project. We also opened a couple of scholarship positions early this year and we already have a long waiting list, so please note that the chance of being able to offer further scholarships at this point is low. Please read the FAQ before filling out our scholarship application form.

We are currently in pre-registration with only a few spots still available. To reserve your spot we ask that you pay a $330 deposit which will secure your place in the course.

Who is Teaching the Course?

This course will be collaboratively facilitated by myself and local guest teachers, including Elana Westers, Haruko Kagami, Gabe Cipes, and Shayne Meechan who are professionals in their respective fields of ecological landscape design, civil engineering, biodynamic farming, zero waste living and much more!

We have studied with pioneering Permaculture teachers such as Steve and Fiona Hanson of Permaculture Eden, Heather Jo Flores of the Permaculture Women’s Guild, Toby Hemenway, Jana and Gord of Element Eco Design, and Jesse Lemieux of Pacific Permaculture, among others.

See our teachers’ bios below!

Elana Westers

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Elana is a certified Permaculture designer and passionate gardener. Through her company, Growing Inspired, she provides eco-landscape design services and gardening education throughout the Okanagan, aiming to leave each landscape healthier than she found it. Elana has taught gardening, composting and Permaculture workshops for the last 8 years throughout the Central Okanagan. From 2008-2017 she was a member of the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council where she voluntarily coordinated the installation and maintenance of the Kelowna Food Forest in Mission Creek Park, which began in 2013. Elana designed the Indigenous plants garden at Okanagan College in Kelowna and has been working as a Permaculture and Xeriscape designer since 2014.

Gabriel Cipes

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Gabriel Cipes is an Operations executive, Permaculture designer and Biodynamicist at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, the most visited, largest Organic, and first certified Demeter winery in western Canada. Mr. Cipes focus has been on integrating holistic management practices interdepartmentally into business operations. He is an educator to staff, visitors and learning institutions. In practical application he has become an expert at running zero-waste companies by re-purposing materials to create infrastructure and build soil for Organic agriculture. Mr. Cipes has a solid foundation and background in hands on food production, and research science with multiple disciplines and methods of large to small scale organic farming. With training and certification in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points as well as Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Production Practices he is able to combine his practical knowledge and experience with a business executive mind set to offer Quality Assurance for agricultural endeavours following the highest health standards and most environmentally sound principles.

Shayne Meechan


Shayne Meechan is the founding executive director of Green Okanagan and resides in Kelowna, B.C. Green Okanagan, or GO for short, is a volunteer-led registered non-profit organization focused on progressing sustainability from an individual level. Since moving to the Okanagan, in 2017, Shayne has been passionate about progressing sustainability in our community and sharing the message of Zero Waste living. She strives to inspire others to adapt their lifestyle and reduce their impact. Shayne has a background in communications, community development, and stakeholder and Aboriginal relations. Shayne sees grassroots community engagement as a force to progress positive change.

Haruko Kagami


Haruko took a Permaculture Design Certificate course in 2009 from Jesse Lemiuex.  She then started the Kelowna Permaculture group. She has managed the Okanagan College community garden and composting garden at the EECO Centre for a few seasons with permaculture group volunteers. She organized various “perma-blitzes” which included building a herb spiral, and building & maintaining a seedling greenhouse. She also invited several great permaculture teachers including Jesse Lemiuex (Vancouver) & Javan Bernakevitch, as well as teachers from Verge Permaculture (Calgary) and Element Eco Design (Vernon) to Kelowna to teach introduction to permaculture courses. The Kelowna Permaculture group also had an annual seedling planting party in early Spring. Haruko graduated with a civil engineering technology diploma in 2005 and works as a civil designer at CTQ Consultants. She aims to educate the engineering community with more sustainable and practical solutions. She brings the two seemingly opposed worlds of engineering and permaculture to her teaching. The Kelowna Permaculture group was closed in 2016. It was a very happy moment for Haruko when Lucie Bardos started the Permaculture Kelowna group in 2017, and Haruko believes it will be a great new beginning for the Kelowna community.

Lucie Bardos

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Lucie is a community worker and permaculturist. She earned her MSc in Human Ecology in 2015 and has been working in the field of sustainability ever since. She is very much interested in the concept of social sustainability and has worked with the Degrowth and Transition Towns movements to deepen her knowledge . For the past 5 years, Lucie has been sharing her knowledge of permaculture and sustainability via workshops and by facilitating meet up groups both in Canada and in Europe. She currently works for the Start Fresh Project as a coordinator for a culinary and farm training course designed to empower vulnerable community members. She is also part of the Permaculture Women’s Guild (PWG) online PDC course faculty. In early 2019, she began her Permaculture Diploma and the Kelowna Community PDC is one of her first diploma projects! Lucie also enjoys writing and is a regular contributor to Permaculture Women Magazine, hosted on

Before signing up, please be sure to visit the FAQ page and read through the questions carefully!

If you are not located in Kelowna OR you simply prefer to study Permaculture online and at your own pace, then keep scrolling because below you will find all of the information you need about the amaaaaaazing online PDC that I am so lucky to be a part of, hosted by the one and only Permaculture Women’s Guild!

Permaculture Women’s Guild PDC with Advanced Social Permaculture Design Course

How exactly am I involved?

I was selected to prepare a module focusing on Reimagining Economic Systems. In this module, you will start to apply permaculture wisdom to the topic of economics. We will explore case studies of community currencies and the degrowth movement to help you bring more abundance into your life and the lives of those around you. If you'd like a little sneak peak into that, please read my recent blog post published on Medium's Permaculture Women Magazine.

I am honoured to be part of a global community of mothers, sisters, healers, activists, gardeners, problem solvers, and eco-feminists, 40 of whom have co-crafted an accessible, comprehensive online permaculture course which is now open!

The teachers of this course hail from 13 countries around the world and are offering a course that goes far beyond the standard 72-hour PDC.  We’re training a new generation of permaculture designers with the skills they need to not only design landscapes and create closed-loop homestead systems, but also to manifest personal, cultural and ecological abundance.

The course was developed by women and enrolment is open for all genders.

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Designed to Support Women's Permaculture Livelihoods

This course was developed by ecofeminist author and activist Heather Jo Flores in an attempt to lift up women's voices in the permaculture field and make livelihoods in permaculture more accessible to women. 

If you choose to sign up for this course and list my name under the “How Did You Hear About This Course?” question on the sign up form, then you are helping to ensure that I am paid fairly for the time that I invested in my module. Your will also get 3 hours of one-to-one design review time with me either in person (if you are located in the Kelowna, BC area) or via Skype/e-mail.


How Much?

To ensure fair compensation for teachers and administrators who have worked and continue to work tirelessly on this project, we are currently offering the course on a sliding scale starting at $750 USD or  $995 CAD (approx.) We are currently offering the following discounts:

  • TIMESUP (15% off for survivors of abuse)

  • OSHUN (15% off for women of color)

You may enter one of these in your sign up form when you click through to the course. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.