Courses & Events

Permaculture Design Certificate

With approximately 72 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction, the PDC is the international standard for permaculture certification. Offered either as a 2 week-long intensive, or split up over 3 extra long weekends, 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.

DateTitleLocationSpaces Available
February 28, 2015 - May 10, 2015 Permaculture Design Certificate - Spring Weekends (Calgary) Venue TBD 13
May 15, 2015 - May 28, 2015 Permaculture Design Certificate - Spring Intensive (Invermere) Groundswell Network Society 11

Hands-on Learning

Internships and practicums with Verge provide the opportunity to apply your permaculture knowledge and skills, working alongside and with the guidance of our very own internationally recognized consultants and teachers: Rob & Michelle Avis. Gain invaluable experience and insights that will launch your permaculture career to new heights. Get ready to roll-up your sleeves and learn by doing!

May 30, 2015 - May 31, 2015 Consultancy Practicum (Invermere) Groundswell Network Society

Career & Business

We draw from our real-world business experience to create courses and workshops for ambitious, focused professionals and entrepreneurs. Learn from our successes and mistakes on how to develop your own green business and livelihood - one that supports your needs and dreams!

DateTitleLocationSpaces Available
February 16, 2015 How to Start a Green Business Blank Page Studio 30


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!

June 10, 2015 - June 10, 2016 Permaculture Primer (Online) ONLINE
June 10, 2016 Design Your Own Passive Solar Greenhouse (Online) ONLINE


Expand the limits of your growing season and grow your crop options with a greenhouse - powered by the heat of the sun!

June 10, 2016 Design Your Own Passive Solar Greenhouse (Online) ONLINE

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!

DateTitleLocationSpaces Available
February 7, 2015 Introduction to Permaculture (1-day) Blank Page Studio 20
June 10, 2015 - June 10, 2016 Permaculture Primer (Online) ONLINE Unlimited