Courses & Events

Permaculture Design Certificate

With approximately 72 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction, the PDC is the international standard for permaculture certification. You'll discover the secrets to designing and implementing regenerative human habitat, for a fraction of the cost of a conventional environmental degree. We've added an online introduction course, interactive student forum, and countless other unique features to create an information-dense and unparalleled learning experience. The 12 or 13 days of instruction are offered in several formats: (i) as a 2 week-long intensive, (ii) split up over 3 extra long weekends, (iii) split up over 6 week-ends.  See below for current offerings:

DateTitleLocationSpaces Available
September 17, 2016 - October 1, 2016 Permaculture Design Certificate at Groundswell (Fall 2016) Groundswell Network Society, Invermere, B.C. 30
October 7, 2016 - May 14, 2017 Permaculture Design Certicate Calgary (Week-ends) Venue TBD 28

E-Courses

Harness the opportunity to learn directly from the experts - from anywhere in the world! - with our new and affordable E-Courses. With user-friendly technology and exciting content from our very own Rob Avis to world-famous instructors such as Joel Salatin - our E-courses are sure to keep your knowledge base expanding!

DateTitleLocation
May 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017 Permaculture Primer (Online) ONLINE
May 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017 Design Your Own Passive Solar Greenhouse (Online) ONLINE

Open Yards & Private Tours

Nestled in southeast Calgary is one of the city’s original thriving permaculture projects - our home! Every so often in the spring and summer, we offer exclusive chances to visit and learn all about it! This year we're offering the regular Open Yard event, as well as the opportunity to book a private tour. See below for current offerings.

 

DateTitleLocation
May 16, 2016 - October 31, 2016 Book A Private Yard Tour Verge Headquarters
June 19, 2016 Open Yard (June) Verge Headquarters
July 26, 2016 Open Yard (July) Verge Headquarters

Introductory Permaculture Classes

Are you interested in dipping your toes in the permaculture pond but aren't ready to dive in head first? We offer a variety of classes that you don't need to commit a ton of time or money towards for you to ease your way in. Permaculture is a completely solutions-oriented approach to addressing environmental, social and energy-supply problems. Discover your untapped potential for creating immense positive change starting at your back door. We know you are going to love what these classes have to offer!

DateTitleLocation
May 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017 Permaculture Primer (Online) ONLINE

Course By Others

Courses listed here are offered by third party course providers, often past students of ours. These courses are not administered by Verge, although the host organizations have been vetted by us (i.e we think that they are run by great people doing good things). Registration links will take you to third-party pages. Please direct all questions to the course host.

DateTitleLocation
March 5, 2016 - November 30, 2016 Permaculture Skill-Building Workshops-The Urbanfarm Permaculture Project Calgary