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!

Kelowna Community PDC
from 330.00

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:

  • Introduction to Permaculture

  • Permaculture Ethics & Principles

  • Pattern Literacy

  • Design Process

  • Climates, Biogeography, and Ecology

  • Soils

  • Water Systems

  • Working With Landscapes

  • Food Forests

  • Composting

  • Broad Scale Permaculture Design

  • Urban Permaculture and Waste Reduction

  • Appropriate Technology

  • Working With Animals

  • Design for Disturbance

  • Invisible Structures & Social Permaculture

    The course will also include a:

  • Hands-On Community Project Work Day

  • Developed Permaculture Site Tour and Hands-On Project Day

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. If this is not an option for you, please note that once we have hit 8 sign ups at regular price, we will offer 2 scholarship positions for low-income folks, who will only be required to pay a materials fee of $100 due on the first day of class. 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. We require a minimum of 8 participants to have registered by Mar 22 to launch the course. Any payments made will be fully refunded if the PDC is cancelled.

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.

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.

Graphic by  Heather Jo Flores
Graphic by  K  areen Erbe

Graphic by Kareen Erbe


If you have any questions about myself, course payment, enrolment or more, feel free to reach out to me at

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.