Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Permaculture design is a thought process that encourages people to consider and design with existing natural processes: wind, solar, forests, water, and so on. By incorporating vast traditional knowledge and appropriate technologies, we can begin to mitigate the climate crisis on an immediate level as well as learn to live as lightly as possible on the earth.

Permaculture is interested not just in sustainability but creating regenerative structures that positively impact our societies on social, economic, and environmental levels. It’s an umbrella term that is closely related to ecology, agro-ecology, re-wilding, food forests, reverse desertification, land restoration, appropriate technology, animal husbandry, addressing symptoms of extreme climate events, carbon sequestration, homesteading, and small-scale farming. This is why you can find permaculture courses that incorporate a variety of practical and theoretical skills.


Why Choose A Permaculture Design Certificate course?

The Permaculture Design Certificate course at Three Acres offers you a system of design that has a profound effect on the way you can approach all areas of your life. Since permaculture values multi-functionality, efficiency, and results, you can expect to garner new ways of thinking, new tools and solutions to your unique circumstances, and a renewed sense of empowered accountability…all within the framework of a supportive community environment.

In 2020, Three Acre Permaculture will be hosting TWO Permaculture Design Certificates:

One Multi-Season held over the course of 9 months
One Two-Week Immersion Program


Upcoming PDCs


9-Month Multi-Season

Our multi-season PDC will take place one Sunday per month over the course of 9 months. This approach allows participants to observe the seasons on their own properties while deepening and integrating the knowledge acquired throughout the PDC modules. It also provides accessibility to those with busy schedules and families, thereby broadening the diversity of the participants themselves.

The PDC will take place at Three Acre Permaculture with Michael Schimp and with assistance from prominent guest teachers.

This class has a maximum enrolment of 15 students to ensure deep learning and individual care.


Dates: first Sunday, April through December 2020


sliding scale to support individuals and families with financial constraints

We start Sunday April 5th!

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Two-week Immersion Program (COMING SOON!)

For those interested in an intensive burst of learning, the same internationally-recognized PDC course curriculum is held over a shorter period and is perfect for students and individuals who are interested/able to commit 2 weeks to transformational learning this summer. 

The PDC will take place at Three Acre Permaculture near Bothwelll, Ontario.  



Michael Schimp, Lead Instructor

Michael Schimp received his double certificate in Permaculture and Eco-Village Design from Lost Valley Educational Center (Oregon) in 2005, and his Permaculture Teacher Training certificate with Peter Bane in 2017. Michael is currently a member of Peter Bane’s teaching team and has taught alongside other renowned permaculture teachers such as Jane Hayes, Rob Avis, Penny Krebiehl, Rhonda Baird, Keith Johnson, Jillian Hovey, and others.

Throughout his career, Michael has integrated permaculture teachings into his landscape gardening business, GardenMaker, as well as larger projects such as the community garden he designed and implemented for the City of Guelph. He is a founding member of the Transition Guelph Seed Library, he maintains a comprehensive seed library at Three Acre Permaculture, and he is currently working with a team of Ontario permaculture experts to coalesce the permaculture community in Ontario.

Michael is an artist, musician, and Reiki Master who lives at Three Acre Permaculture with his partner, daughter, and a growing handful of animals.



What To Expect from a PDC

Every Three Acre PDC is filled with theoretical curriculum, hands-on learning, and group activities.


Topics We’ll Cover

  • Sector/Micro-climate Analysis
  • Soil Analysis
  • Remediation
  • Water Flow
  • Restoration
  • Whole Site Analysis
  • Zones
  • Observation To Planning 
  • Rewilding
  • Foraging
  • Personal Accountability
  • Invisible Structures (contracts, communication, etc.)
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Composting
  • Urban vs Rural Permaculture
  • Mapping/Design
  • Teamwork


On completion of the course, participants will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate. Since practical application is integral to learning, field trips to other permaculture example sites, networking opportunities with specialists, and hands-on workshops are also included in the registration price.



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