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The Best Time To Set Up Your Home-Scale Rainwater Harvesting System was Years Ago.
The Second-Best Time Is Right Now.

Between great rivers from Colorado to Australia drying up, aquifers being drained, and water futures being sold on Wall Street, it’s never been so important to secure your own supply of safe, pure water!

grab your spot…

$699 Investment

**Includes a copy of the book, Essential Rainwater Harvesting
*** Contact mitch@vergepermaculture.ca for Payment Plan options

THE ESSENTIAL RAINWATER HARVESTING COURSE

Get the essential tools, methods, and technical know-how to design and maintain home-scale rainwater harvesting systems!

Created in partnership with pioneering Australian hydrology engineer, economist, policy analyst, educator, U.N. advisor and independent researcher Peter J. Coombes, Ph.D., this in-depth, step-by-step training is the first to offer scientifically tested and proven information that isn’t widely available in North America! 

You’ll…

  • Learn how a leading-edge RWH system works in relationship to homes, properties, and their surrounding ecosystem
  • Break down the myths and discover what is and isn’t a risk in rainwater
  • Discover the science and research supporting a natural treatment approach
  • See how you can design and build chemical-free RWH purification and storage systems for irrigation, washing – even cooking and drinking!

This course (and associated book!) reflect decades of studies by independently funded researchers, particularly in Australia, where over 3 million people drink rainwater daily. The vast majority of these RWH systems do not include end-of-line disinfection… and rainwater-drinking Australians are as healthy or healthier than those relying on municipal treated water.

NEXT LIVE COURSE STARTS ON JANUARY 26TH, 2022
NEXT LIVE COURSE STARTS ON JANUARY 26TH, 2022

grab your spot…

$699 Investment

**Includes a copy of the book, Essential Rainwater Harvesting
*** Contact mitch@vergepermaculture.ca for Payment Plan options

Meet Your World-Class Faculty…

Peter is director of Urban Water Solutions, providing strategic design, policy and economic advice, and education on urban, rural, and natural water cycles and systems to clients including Australian, U.N., and international governmental, municipal and private sector bodies, for more than 20 years. Read More. 

Michelle is the co-author of Essential Rainwater Harvesting and co-founder of Verge Permaculture, a globally-recognized and award-winning design, consulting, and education hub offering online and real-time programs to design and/or create integrated, regenerative systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food. Read More. 

Each a leader in their own right, they’re combining their expertise in this pioneering tutorial program, offering new and proven information in a fresh new format.

But it doesn’t end there – this course also offers the inspiring real-world experience of a very special guest, renown rainwater harvesting advocate and author, Brad Lancaster…

Brad Lancaster is the author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. Living in bone-dry, blazing-hot Tucson, Arizona, in the Sonoran Desert, Brad harvests 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on a 1/8-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. With two books’ worth of tips and tactics to share, he’s living proof that rainwater can be your insurance against the thirsty times ahead. 

“Tutorial” takes on a whole new/ancient meaning with Michelle proxying for you as a student, asking questions in response to Peter’s one-on-one mentoring.

You’ll….

Ask and get your questions answered in eight lively, interactive webinars with Peter and Michelle….

Anchor your learning with assignments and test your recall with quizzes as well as present, and get direct feedback, on a final design project.

Dive deep into 80+ lessons, split in seven structured modules

Watch or listen in on their pre-recorded mentoring sessions

And the groundbreaking content doesn’t stop with the classes!

You’ll receive…

THE ESSENTIAL RAINWATER HARVESTING BOOK
THE ESSENTIAL RAINWATER HARVESTING BOOK

… “Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design” is Verge’s comprehensive manual for designing, building, and maintaining water harvesting systems for the warm and cold climates of the world….

ESSENTIAL RAINWATER HARVESTING TOOL
ESSENTIAL RAINWATER HARVESTING TOOL

…Our proprietary pre-built spreadsheet tool, with beautifully formatted tables, and formulas and logic for performing rainwater system feasibility analyses described in the Essential Rainwater Harvesting guidebook….

COURSE NOTE PACK & OTHER DOWNLOADS
COURSE NOTE PACK & OTHER DOWNLOADS

…An exclusive 100-page note pack as well as numerous full-color, detailed handouts and support materials to deepen your understanding…

When you join this Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course, all of this is yours – forever!

VIDEO LECTURES (SNEAK-A-PEEK)

Preview course lectures given by Peter J. Coombes and Michelle Avis:

COURSE INTRO

TANK AS A BIO-REACTOR

SYSTEMS THINKING

BUILDING A SITE PLAN

GET A SNEAK PEEK IN OUR FREE
ESSENTIAL RAINWATER HARVESTING TASTE TEST COURSE

WHAT’S THE TASTE TEST YOU ASK?

  • Eight of THE VERY BEST lessons from the Live course,

  • recorded video lessons,

  • downloadable cheat-sheets and info-graphics,

  • an online chapter of our Essential Rainwater Harvesting textbook, plus…

  • exclusive access to the LIVE webinar Myths & Misconceptions of Rainwater Harvesting presented by Peter J. Coombes, Michelle Avis and Brad Lancaster.

GET EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE WEBINAR RECORDING WHEN YOU ENROL IN THE TASTE TEST
GET EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE WEBINAR RECORDING WHEN YOU ENROL IN THE TASTE TEST

We’re already seeing that water will become a scarce and precious commodity in coming years. Sign up for this course today and keep your land and community hydrated in an increasingly thirsty world!

Are you ready to grab this proven technology and lead your community in safe, natural, scientifically-proven rainwater harvesting?

grab your spot…

$699 Investment

**Includes a copy of the book, Essential Rainwater Harvesting
*** Contact mitch@vergepermaculture.ca for Payment Plan options

2022 COURSE DETAILED SCHEDULE

WEEK Content To Cover Before Webinar Live Q&A Webinar – MT (Edmonton, Canada) Live Q&A Webinar – AEDT (Sydney, Australia)
Week #0 Welcome Wednesday, January 26, 3:00 pm Thursday, January 27, 9:00 am
Week #1 Module 1 Wednesday, February 2, 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 3, 9:00 am
Week #2 Module 2 Wednesday, February 9, 3:00 pm Thursday, February 10, 9:00 am
Week #3 Module 3 Wednesday, February 16, 3:00 pm Thursday, February 17, 9:00 am
Week #4 Module 4 – Part 1 Wednesday, February 23, 3:00 pm Thursday, February 24, 9:00 am
Week #5 Module 4 – Part 2 Wednesday, March 2, 3:00 pm Thursday, March 3, 9:00 am
Week #6 Module 5 Wednesday, March 9, 3:00 pm Thursday, March 10, 9:00 am
Week #7 Module 6 + 7 Wednesday, March 16, 3:00 pm Thursday, March 17, 8:00 am (Time Change)
Week #8 Brad Lancaster Guest Session Wednesday, March 23rd 3:00 pm Thursday, March 24, 8:00 am
Week #9 Break – No Class Break – No Class Break – No Class
Weeks #10+ Final Design Project Presentations:

 

Every Wednesday at 3:00 pm for 1 hour until all students have presented. Every Thursday at 7:00 am (Time Change) for 1 hour until all students have presented.

 

grab your spot…

$699 Investment

**Includes a copy of the book, Essential Rainwater Harvesting
*** Contact mitch@vergepermaculture.ca for Payment Plan options

COURSE MATERIALS (SNEAK-A-PEEK)

Scientifically proven tactics. A radically new, time-tested, teaching format. Tools to guide you and your community through the water scarcity.

grab your spot…

$699

**Includes a copy of the book, Essential Rainwater Harvesting
*** Contact mitch@vergepermaculture.ca for Payment Plan options

Alumni and Colleagues Say…

  • As an ancient yet nearly-lost activity in most industrialized areas, rainwater capture and use (harvesting) is really a necessary component to site-based sustainability practices. Essential Rainwater Harvesting outlines the 'how-to's' and 'what-for's' of the critical aspects of RWH systems in simple yet detailed language, and includes a well-thought-through design process that really works! Kudos to the Avis team for sifting through the myriad reports, practices and options to create a nicely articulated formula for success. Can't wait to see what's next.

    Ken Nentwig
    Ken Nentwig Governor and Lead Trainer, Canadian Association for Rainwater Management, BC Chapter
  • With it's most up to date information and clarity of presentation, this book can help anyone become an effective water designer. Homeowners, professionals, and activists will all find it an essential companion to assist them as they begin to catch volumes of unappreciated water, and convert it instead into endless abundance.

    Mark Lakeman Founder of communitecture, and the City Repair Project 
  • Thank you for all your work on the book and this class.  My projects, designs and teaching will never be the same... they are now better.  🙂

    Brain Lassak
    Brain Lassak
  • I liked the structure of the course, from high level context, value of RWH and systems thinking to the specific demand/supply calculations and detailed parameters to consider in the system design. I didn't realize the extent of impact that household RWH could have on its urban municipal storm water system. I also didn't know that a chemical free treatment train can produce very high quality drinking water. I really liked how Peter gave the 'industry standards' and then was able to explain the assumptions behind those standards. It was a refreshing perspective and gave me confidence to challenge 'standards' by digging deeper into them.

    Jennifer Neufeld
    Jennifer Neufeld

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BUT TO BE MORE SPECIFIC, WE RECOMMEND:

  • A desktop or laptop computer
  • An up-to-date internet browser (Internet Explorer 8.0 or above, Firefox 2.0 or above, or Safari 3.0, or Chrome 4.0 or above)
  • Speakers/headphones
  • A broadband internet connection (for a reliable viewing experience at medium quality we recommend a downstream connection speed of at least 400-700 Kbps. You can test your connection speed here)

IF YOUR COURSE INCLUDES LIVE WEBINARS:

We use an online platform called Zoom for our live webinars. It is similar to Skype, but simpler. All you need to join (from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android) is to click on a url that we will provide to you on the Student Dashboard.

The full system requirements for the webinars, including operating system requirements, supported tablet /mobile devices, supported browsers, and bandwidth requirements can be found here. (Note that you only need to meet the requirements for “Webinar Attendees” – no camera is required).

Don’t have high speed internet? You can also call in via phone, but note that toll rates may apply.

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

What’s your refund policy for the Essential Rainwater Harvesting Course?

We offer a 100% money-back guarantee up until the second live webinar.

What’s the time commitment for this program?

This is a comprehensive course. To get the most out of the program you should expect to commit anywhere from 4 to 8 hours a week for each module.

Although the lessons are available 24/7 and can be completed at your own timing and pace, we do provide a recommended schedule for the Live version. We will be providing audio-only, downloadable versions for many of the video lessons, with the intent of making it as convenient as possible to get through the content. For instance, you may listen to many of the lessons while you commute.

The webinars for the LIVE course will run over the course of ten weeks, with one live webinars per week. See the schedule on your student dashboard for times. You’ll definitely want to plan to attend those, but if you do happen to miss, know that recordings will be posted to your student dashboard. If you fall behind you may find it difficult to follow along during the live Q&A webinar sessions with the instructors.

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