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 2021, Three Acre Permaculture will be hosting 4 Permaculture Design Certificates plus our brand new Permaculture Gardening immersive:

Upcoming PDCs

Summer Courses

For those interested in an intensive burst of learning, we’re hosting the internationally-recognized PDC course curriculum over a shorter period (than our 9-month course). This certificate course is perfect for students and individuals who are interested/able to commit 2 weeks to transformational learning this summer. 

We are very interested in hosting a class that feels safe and comfortable. We invite participants to consider the privilege we have living in the developed world, and we seek to provide a life experience that safely allows attendees to step outside of their comfort zone into deep awareness, including protracted observation and resource use.

These classes have a maximum enrolment of 8 students to ensure deep learning, individual care, and appropriate social distancing protocols.

Fiddlehead Nursery, Kimberley Ontario (Grey Bruce)
July 5 – 16
(residential)
$1800-$2200

Three Acre Permaculture, Bothwell Ontario 
July 26 – August 7
(residential)
$1800-$2200

Hamilton Ontario
August 16 – 27
(immersive day classes, camping and meals not available)
$1250-$1600


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 Adrian Hodgson with assistance from prominent guest teachers.

This class has a maximum enrolment of 8 students to ensure deep learning, individual care, and appropriate social distancing protocols.

April – December 2021
$1250-$1600

A note about PDC fees:

All classes are sliding scale to accommodate wage inequities and to promote accessibility.   

In recognition of our ongoing commitment to making permaculture accessible, we have 1 discounted seat available in each of our programs. If price is a barrier to your permaculture learning, please contact us directly to ask about this spot. 

COVID-19

In order to facilitate safe spaces for learning and growing, our classes have an 8-person maximum. This allows for appropriate social distancing in our learning environments. For the safety of all our students, please take your temperature before attending any of our classes and stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19.

PDC Schedule (subject to change)

Day 1
Introduction to permaculture, history of permaculture, garden tour

Day 2
Introducing food webs, mapping part 1, flow diagrams, foraging

Day 3
Earthworks, windbreaks, design strategies, measuring distances

Day 4
Permaculture in urban settings, social permaculture, forests, food forests

Day 5
Broad scale permaculture application, animals, fruit trees and pruning

Day 6
Economic and invisible structures, designing productive landscapes

Day 7
Designing for drylands, tropics, and other extreme environments, eating weeds and/or trees

Day 8
Gardening concepts, water capture, appropriate technology, aquaponics 

Day 9
Self- and group empowerment, group project presentations

Permaculture is an ethical holistic design system that is both theoretical and practical, based in solutions. Our classes are engaging and include daily hands-on activities and practical applications to integrate learning. Some segments may also include guest teachers, permaculture professionals, and field trips.


Permaculture Gardening, A Practical Skills Immersive 

June 21 – 26

We’re excited to offer Permaculture Gardening this summer!
This 6-session certificate class is an excellent opportunity for students of all levels to apply permaculture techniques to their own gardens. You’ll learn permaculture concepts along with practical skills that will bring your garden know-how to the next level. 

Whether you’re just beginning your gardening journey or you’re looking for new ways to increase your skills, this is a well-rounded curriculum that has something for everyone. PDC Alumni are also encouraged to join this class to integrate and deepen your knowledge.

Class Schedule (subject to change)

Day 1
Introduction to permaculture, ethics, and principles

Day 2
Seed starting, plant propagation, introduction to garden mapping

Day 3
Soil, compost and mulch, pattern recognition

Day 4
Plant communities, mimicking nature in the garden, food forests

Day 5
Harvesting, washing, drying, and using your bounty

Day 6
Collecting seeds, planting trees, right plant right place

Permaculture Gardening Fee: $950-$1250

All classes are sliding scale to accommodate wage inequities and to promote accessibility. Residential programs include all meals, a spot for camping on the host property, and outdoor showers.  

In recognition of our ongoing commitment to making permaculture accessible, we have 1 discounted seat available in each of our programs. If price is a barrier to your permaculture learning, please contact us directly to ask about this spot. 

COVID-19

In order to facilitate safe spaces for learning and growing, our classes have an 8-person maximum. This allows for appropriate social distancing in our learning environments. For the safety of all our students, please take your temperature before attending any of our classes and stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19.