INVERMERE PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE

INVERMERE, BRITISH COLUMBIA

With over 72 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction, the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is the international standard for permaculture certification. You’ll discover the principles for designing and implementing regenerative human habitat and 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 Invermere PDC is offered over a fourteen day period in the Spring of 2019.

April 20, 2019 – May 4, 2019

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We are currently re-designing our 2019 Professional Development package. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our Advanced Land Design Program.

Three Packages to Fit Your Needs, Goals, and Budget

What are the price options or packages for your 2018 PDC courses? What’s included in each?

When you register for a PDC, you can choose from one of three packages: Foundational, Premium or Professional Development. Regardless of the package, everyone is registered for the same PDC class and receives the Foundational features included with the course, but with the Premium and Professional Development options you get added benefits to help launch your personal permaculture projects or career. The prices and a list of what’s included can be found under the Tuition tab of the particular course page, and is also included below.

What’s Included?

Whether you’re looking to practice permaculture in your own backyard, or whether you’re envisioning a regional consultancy, this program is set up to suit your vision. With three levels of engagement, we can prepare you for the simplest makeover of your backyard or community commons, all the way up to your most ambitious business plan. See the tables below for what is included in each of our packages.

STANDARD FEATURES (Value of $2,065) 

FOUNDATIONAL
PREMIUM
PROFESSIONAL

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

72 hours in class instruction

Permaculture Primer Interactive: Online Course

3.5 hour online video course + 40 page note pack. More info

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, Bill Mollison

The definitive permaculture textbook (600 pages). More info. 

Note Package

Our own 100 page notepack supplement. More info

Digital Resource Library

Digital copy of all slides, handouts and 30+ additional resources

Permaculture Magazine North America

A coupon code to receive 50% of a digital subscription. More info

ADDITIONAL COURSES & PRODUCTS (Value of $1,155)

FOUNDATIONAL
PREMIUM
PROFESSIONAL

The Salatin Semester

A complete homestudy course in Polyface-style diversified farming. Produced by Verge Permaculture & Acres USA (value of $350). More info

Introduction to Passive Solar Greenhouse Design

Online video course + 52 page DIY manual. More info

Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison

160 page soft cover book. More info.

Urban Farm Bike Trailer Plans, Verge & Green City Acres

Plans, a parts list and photos. More info. 

Full PDC Course Lectures On Video

Unlimited access to a recorded version of class lectures. More info. 

Growing Good Business Series

Over 2.5 hours of interviews with successful permaculture entrepreneurs. More info. 

Water Harvesting 101 with Brad Lancaster & Craig Sponholtz

Exclusive interview with water harvesting experts. More info. 

Beyond Gaia’s Garden with Toby Hemenway

Exclusive interview with Toby Hemenway. More info.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Value of $2,373)

FOUNDATIONAL
PREMIUM
PROFESSIONAL

Permaculutre Pro Webinar Series

Two months of technical coaching webinars with Rob Avis and special guests. (value of $480). More info. 

Unlimited Refresher Course

Come back anytime to retake your PDC

Bonus: How to Grow Your Green, Local & Holistic Business & The Niching Nest

2.5 hour video e-course + transcripts (value of $140 USD). More info

For any questions pertaining to the course, content, outline, why Verge, value, and/or the faculty, please visit the Main PDC Listing page. 

Most Commonly Asked Questions

When is your next PDC offered?

We generally offer 3 PDCs per year – with 2 intensives in the spring/summer (take place over 13 straight days) and 1 in the fall (takes place over 3 long weekends). All current PDCs open for registration can be found on the PDC Listing Page. The best way to find out about new PDC announcements is by signing up for our mailing list.

What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay online with your credit card, or choose to download an invoice and pay with another method (we accept cash, cheque, email money transfer or credit card over the phone). Your spot is not saved in the course until payment is received.

We can also accept payment plans for some of our Permaculture Design Courses. More info.

*Please note that registrations paid by email money transfer are processed manually. Because we are not in the office everyday, be prepared to wait 24 hours during weekdays before your registration being approved. If you are registering with short notice before an event, we recommend that you pay online using a credit card.

Is this course eligible for tax credit? Do you issue tax receipts?

We are not considered a designated educational institution (i.e. university or college) that qualifies for the purposes of the education tax credit claimed on the tax return. Therefore, our course cannot be claimed under tuition fees on your tax return and we cannot issue T2202A slips.

If you are working in a small business and would like to write off the course because it relates to your business, then yes, you may use our proof of enrolment / course receipt when filing your taxes.

Does the PDC course qualify for Educational Assistance Payments (i.e RESP withdrawl)?

A registered education savings plan (RESP) is a contract between an individual (the subscriber) and a person or organization (the promoter). Under the contract, the subscriber names one or more beneficiaries (the future student(s)) and agrees to make contributions for them, and the promoter agrees to pay educational assistance payments (EAPs) to the beneficiaries. For more information about RESPs visit the CRA website.

Our Permaculture Design Course can meet the requirements of “specified educational program” for the purpose of Educational Assistance Payments, as described on the CRA website. Note that a specified educational program is a program at post-secondary school level that lasts at least three consecutive weeks, and that requires a student to spend no less than 12 hours per-month on courses in the program.

However, before assuming that your promoter will provide Educational Assistance Payments we highly recommend that you contact them to find out if they have any additional requirements above those stated on the CRA website. The reason for this is that although we have had numerous students successful in requesting EAPs from the holder of their plan (i.e. the promoter), there has also been some students told by their promoter that we do not qualify.

Do You Offer Scholarships?

Yes.

For more information about the Verge Permaculture Scholarship Fund, and how to apply, click here.

What is the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)?

The PDC is a tested and proven standardized curriculum offered by permaculture institutes and educational centers around the world. Developed by visionary author/educator/naturalist Bill Mollison, it includes all of the topics in his pioneering work, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual…which you will receive as a part of your course package.

Offered in either an intensive 13-day or 3 long-weekend format, our Permaculture Design Certificate, or PDC, is a course for people who want to make permaculture a way of life or create a livelihood doing earth repair. We’ve gone above and beyond the requirements of the standard 72 hour curriculum by incorporating our own expertise from sustainable design projects around the world, additional products and resources, and teaching our own special step-by-step design process. Our course is certified with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

Is there a pre-requisite for the PDC?

No. All you need is the ability and desire to learn in a fast-paced classroom environment.

Will I still receive my PDC certificate if I have to miss a class?

A student may miss up to, but no more than 2 full days of the PDC course, and still receive their course certificate. Students in the Professional Development package are eligible for unlimited refresher courses, and may attend later PDC classes to make up for missed time.

Is there homework in your PDC? What is the time commitment outside of class?

Our PDC includes a 5 hour Introduction to Permaculture video course that all students are expected to watch prior to the first class. It is accessible to students as shown as they register.

Students will be given small activities or homework throughout the course as well as readings and videos to watch. There will be time in class for certain assignments, however, to get the most out of the course, expect to spend a few hours a week learning on your own and preparing for the final project.

As this is an adult education course, homework will not be graded – you get what you put in.  Completion of the final design project is required to earn the certificate.

How Do I Send An Email Money Transfer?

*Please note that registrations paid by EMT are processed manually. Because we are not in the office everyday, be prepared to wait 24 hours during weekdays before your registration being approved. If you are registering with short notice before an event, we recommend that you pay online using a credit card.

To send an email money transfer you need access to online banking through a participating financial institution (BMO, CIBC, RBC, Scotia Bank, or TD Canada Trust, among others).

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Login to your online banking.

2. Locate Interac Email Money Transfer, usually found in the Transfer/Payments menu.

3. Fill in the Interac Email Money Transfer information as follows:

          1. Recipients email address: michelle@vergepermaculture.ca .
          2. Payment Amount: the total amount of your invoice.
          3. Security Question: Please make the security question “Reg ID”
          4. Security Answer:The password should be the last 6 digits of the Registration ID found at the top corner of the invoice (you can download an invoice when completing your registration)
          5. Message: Include your name, the course name and if different, the name of the course registrant.

f you need more detailed instructions for completing an email money transfer, go to http://www.interac.ca/index.php/en/interac-etransfer/etransfer-faq .Please keep this invoice.

Alternatively, you can call us (1-403-770-9789) and leave the answer to the security question. For security reasons, please do not email the answer.

How Do I Get My Register With A Friend Discount?

Registering with a friend for the same Permaculture Design Course? Great news – we will give you our early bird pricing no matter when you choose to register. If you are registering after the early bird pricing expiry date, you’ll have to email us (info@vergepermaculture) with your name & the name of your friend who will be registering to get discount codes. You’ll both have to register individually and can use the discount codes at checkout.

Also note that you are welcome to register in different PDC packages (Foundational, Premium or PD). We will also retroactively give you a discount should you pay regular price, then convince a friend to join you in the course. Just get in touch with us!

Can I upgrade at a later time? When is the last date I can upgrade my package?

If you register for our Foundational or Premium PDC packages, you can still upgrade at a later time. However, we do ask that you complete the upgrade within ten days of completing your permaculture design course.

How long will I keep access to online materials included with the PDC packages?

All online materials (i.e. videos, recordings and associated resources) are available indefinitely (our lifetime or yours).

If your package includes a one-time program (such as Permaculture Pro, which is included in the PD program), we ask that you complete the program within one year of completion of your PDC.

After I complete my upgrade, how long will it take to get / view the features and tangible products?

Once payment is received, we ask that you give us one business day to add the online / digital feature(s) to your Student Dashboard page.

If your upgrade includes a physical copy of The Salatin Semester, or the book, Introduction to Permaculture, we will do one of two things:

1- If the course is upcoming, we will deliver those items to you at the course

2 – If the course is already completed, we will put those items in the mail asap (postage is complimentary).

Can You Accept Payment Plans for Your Permaculture Design Courses?

Yes, but for our 8-month duration programs (such as our Calgary location).

The payment plans is set up as an automatic charge against your credit card (usually 3 – 5 equal payments) spread out over the duration of the course. There is a one-time, upfront, administrative surcharge of $100 for all payment plans.

For 13 day intensive programs (such as our Invermere location) we require payment in full before the course start date (i.e. no payment plans available for intensive courses).

If you’d like to pay via payment plan, simply “Add to Cart” the payment plan option when selecting the PDC package of your choice.

 

What are the price options or packages for your 2019 PDC courses? What’s included in each?

When you register for a PDC, you can choose from one of three packages: Foundational, Premium or Professional Development. Regardless of the package, everyone is registered for the same PDC class and receives the Foundational features included with the course, but with the Premium and Professional Development options you get added benefits to help launch your personal permaculture projects or career.

Note that the Premium and Professional Development options include a copy of the textbook, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual. Students in the Foundational package can purchase a copy direct from us or procure their own copy from another source.

What’s Included?

Whether you’re looking to practice permaculture in your own backyard, or whether you’re envisioning a regional consultancy, this program is set up to suit your vision. With three levels of engagement, we can prepare you for the simplest makeover of your backyard or community commons, all the way up to your most ambitious business plan. See the tables below for what is included in each of our packages.

STANDARD FEATURES (Value of $2,065) 

FOUNDATIONAL
PREMIUM
PROFESSIONAL

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

72 hours in class instruction

Permaculture Primer Interactive: Online Course

3.5 hour online video course + 40 page note pack. More info

Note Package

Our own 100 page notepack supplement. More info

Digital Resource Library

Digital copy of all slides, handouts and 30+ additional resources

Permaculture Magazine North America

A coupon code to receive 50% of a digital subscription. More info

ADDITIONAL COURSES & PRODUCTS (Value of $1,155)

FOUNDATIONAL
PREMIUM
PROFESSIONAL

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, Bill Mollison

The definitive permaculture textbook (600 pages). More info. 

 Not included.

Available for

purchase here

Introduction to Passive Solar Greenhouse Design

Online video course + 52 page DIY manual. More info

Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison

160 page soft cover book. More info.

Urban Farm Bike Trailer Plans, Verge & Green City Acres

Plans, a parts list and photos. More info. 

Full PDC Course Lectures On Video

Unlimited access to a recorded version of class lectures. More info. 

Growing Good Business Series

Over 2.5 hours of interviews with successful permaculture entrepreneurs. More info. 

Water Harvesting 101 with Brad Lancaster & Craig Sponholtz

Exclusive interview with water harvesting experts. More info. 

Beyond Gaia’s Garden with Toby Hemenway

Exclusive interview with Toby Hemenway. More info.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Value of $2,373)

FOUNDATIONAL
PREMIUM
PROFESSIONAL

We are completely redesigning our Professional Development Package and as such, will not be offering it for sale in 2019.

If you are looking for advanced permaculture design training, we highly recommend that you combine our Permaculture Design Course with our DIY Land Design Program.

WHEN & WHERE

Dates & Times

The course takes place from April 20th – May 4th, 2019 with two days off on Saturday and Sunday April 27th & 28th. It begins on a Saturday, and ends two weeks later, on a Saturday.

Note that the Verge PDC course begins with six online video sessions that you can view and review at your leisure. You’ll have access to this introductory course (also known as the Permaculture Primer) immediately upon registration.

Daily Schedule

The course will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, with a short break in the morning and afternoon, as well as 1 hour break for lunch. Students must arrange for their own meals.

Location: Invermere, British Columbia

This breathtaking location, located in the East Kootenays of British Columbia between Mount Nelson and the Rockies also offers hot springs, wilderness hiking, mountain biking, birding, golf, fishing in Lake Windermere, and so much more. For more information about the area, visit the official site for the District of Invermere.

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Groundswell Network Society: Community Greenhouse & Permaculture Garden

We have been collaborating with Groundswell Network Society for over five years.

Groundswell is a not-for-profit / social enterprise, and a world-famous community school for applied sustainable living. They’re living leading-edge practices in the areas of renewable energy, food, resource conservation, social inclusion, skills development, and youth and senior engagement. Groundswell is serving as an inspiration and example for other visionary communities…more than 60 other communities and organizations from across BC, Canada and internationally have directly contacted Groundswell looking to emulate Groundswell’s principles and practices. Thousands of visits are paid to the Community Greenhouse annually.

This is a multi-year integrated permaculture project...a project that began with an award-winning community solar greenhouse outfitted with the very latest technology, and is continuing with an 12,000 sq. ft. integrated outdoor garden with extensive rainwater harvesting, swales, a hoop-house, a community gathering space, and much more…

You’ll get a tour of Groundswell’s passive solar greenhouse, and an opportunity to interact with their leadership group who were instrumental in the Community Greenhouse development and its ongoing programs. And you’ll have an opportunity to learn about all their leading-edge practices in:

  • production of organic, wholesome and local foods
  • renewable energy technology
  • harvesting, conservation and recycling of water
  • soil creation and conservation (you’ve got to see their commercial worm composting system!)
  • waste reduction and recycling
  • green building techniques and materials
  • advancement of local economies, social enterprise and employment

The classroom portion of the course is being held at the Invermere Seniors Center: 1309 14 street, Invermere. This classroom is a short 5 minute walk away from the Community Greenhouse and Permaculture Garden.

Getting To Invermere

Ultimately you are responsible to get yourself to the course location. However, we will try to help you out as best we can! Many of our students drive (or catch a carpool) to Invermere from Calgary as there are no public bus routes to get to Invermere.

Below we’ve outlined some travel options.

Driving

Option 1 – Drive to Invermere

Invermere, British Columbia, is a 3-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta and a 1.15 hour drive from Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Option 2 – Carpool with Someone Else Driving

If you are not planning on driving, we do provide a private student forum where past students can coordinate carpooling. In past courses nearly all students needing a ride have successfully found a carpool.

Option 3 – Pick-up in Banff

As a last resort, we might be able to pick up students in Banff (a 1.5 hour drive from Invermere). But please don’t rely on this option, as we can’t guarantee that we could coordinate this for every course. Please get in touch with us if you are considering this option.

Greyhound has two bus depots in Calgary (one in the northeast and one downtown). The cost for Greyhound Bus is ~$20 to get to Banff.

There are also two bus options direct from the Calgary Airport to Banff. Cost varies between $50 – $70 for a one-way ticket.

Flying

If you are coming from further away, and need to fly, you have a few options:

Option A – Fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Your most cost effective flight will likely be to fly into Calgary, Alberta. From there you have to drive. Consider Option 1, 2 or 3 above.

Option B – Fly into Cranbrook Airport (YXC)

Cranbrook gets you closer to Invermere, but it is a smaller airport and therefore usually more expensive than Calgary. From Cranbrook your best bet might be to rent a car and drive to Invermere. There are fewer students that drive from that direction and therefore also a lower chance that you might be able to find a carpool.

Accommodation in Invermere

Food & accommodation are not included in your course fee.

As Invermere is a tourist destination, there are loads of accommodation options. A simple Google search will help you find B&B’s, hotels, campgrounds, vacation home rentals or whatever you might prefer. We recommend booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment. You may also wish to contact the Invermere Tourist office for recommendations.

The classroom portion of the course is being held at the Invermere Seniors Center: 1309 14 street, Invermere. This might be helpful when you are choosing an accommodation option.

Further details on all of the options below are provided in the student-only section of the website, and accessible to you once you register in the course.

  • Camping: There are several campgrounds. None are actually located in Invermere, you’ll have to commute to Wilmer, Windermere, Radium or Fairmont (~10 – 20 km’s). Late April can still have light frosts at night, and see overnight low temperatures around -2 deg (and perhaps colder). I’.
    • Feedback from families that have come is that the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is a great place to keep kids entertained, although it is the furthest away (~20-25 mi drive)
    • We have had students stay at Lakeshore Resort Campground in the past and that campground has received positive reviews: http://www.lakeshoreresortcampground.com/
    • For free camping, Lake Enid is a decent choice. It is near the town of Wilmer and has several unserviced lots with pit toilets and firepits and a beautiful small lake.
  • Hostel: This is quite likely one of the most economical options plus we’ve been offered a 15% discount for our students (the discounted rate is $160 / $187 per week for dorm/private rooms). The hostel is very simple, but clean and has kitchen amenities (see photos here ). Shared dorm rooms and private rooms are available. Booking is only available 3 months prior & you must book early as they have told me that they are likely to fill. To access the discount, contact the hostel at booking@invermerehostel.net & let them know that you are with the Verge Permaculture course & the dates you need to book.
  • Billeting: The Groundswell Network Society is sometimes able to provide free or low-cost billeting through their members. If there are billeting opportunities we will post them on the student forum (which you receive access to upon registration).
  • Shared Vacation Rental:We might also recommend that with the very large supply of house and condo rentals available in Invermere, that a group of students may want to get together and rent a shared place for the duration of the course. This could prove to be very economical.
    • There is one group house rental, facilitated by us. Rates vary from $16 – $30 per night, depending on shared or private rooms. This option fills up quickly.
    • Students frequently get together to share the rental of vacation condos or other rental units. This is facilitated through our private forum (accessible only by registered students).
    • Websites to use to find a place include AirBnB and VRBO.
  • Hotel / Bed & Breakfast: If you are not on a budget, there are loads of great places in Invermere. A simple Google search will help you here.
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