Ever Wondered…

“What can I do with a Permaculture Certificate?”

Meet Our Alumni and Get Inspired By Their Stories!

We have over 500 graduates of our Permaculture Design Certificate course, and they’re doing some extraordinary things. This page is dedicated to showcasing their great work through beautiful videos, clever interviews and profiles of successful student businesses and projects.

VERGE VIDEO SERIES ALUMNI IN ACTION

Two filmmakers set out to document 10 of our grads in action as they start homesteads, businesses, conferences and more. Warning: beautiful footage and inspiring stories will make you want to jump up and follow suit!

This series tells the stories of 10 past students of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course, documenting what they’ve done with the knowledge, skills and inspiration they acquired from the course. Two film makers set out to find these graduates and catch them in action, capturing their successes, struggles, and transformations as they embark on new endeavours – starting gardens, homesteads, community projects, businesses, building sustainable homes and structures, hosting conferences and much more.

At this turning point in human history, where people from all walks of life have begun searching for a more fulfilling and sustainable way of living, these PDC graduates show what is possible, and in doing so demonstrate the essence of the permaculture movement that is sweeping Calgary and the world. We hope that watching these videos inspires you as much as we were inspired by creating them; so kick back, press play, and enjoy watching positive, practical change in action!

10 Part Series Trailer:

 

04.12.2012
The Verge Permaculture Grad Interview series tells the stories of 10 graduates from Verge's Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, documenting what they've done with the knowledge, skills and inspiration they acquired from the course. Two film makers set out to find these graduates and catch them in action, capturing their successes, struggles, and transformations as they embark on new endeavours - starting gardens, homesteads, community projects, businesses, building sustainable homes and structures, hosting conferences and much more. FREE RESOURCES: How To Design Resilient Homes Acreages and Farms: http://bit.ly/2mNPH4s Passive Solar Greenhouse Case Studies: http://bit.ly/2ERJKtY The Verge Blog Book: http://bit.ly/2Dqjg5G UPCOMING VERGE WORKSHOPS: Permaculture Design Certificate: http://bit.ly/2FP47t2 Permaculture Pro Webinar Series: http://bit.ly/2DivD4f Regenerative Business Mentorship: http://bit.ly/2BccBGT SALATIN SEMESTER BOOK: https://salatinsemester.com/ Verge Website: https://vergepermaculture.ca/ DONATE TO THE SHOW!! $5 - http://bit.ly/2mRYEd4 $10 - http://bit.ly/2Deg0Xx $20 - http://bit.ly/2rjHqtM Follow Rob Avis https://www.facebook.com/vergeperma... https://twitter.com/vergepc?lang=en Watch More Rob Avis: Make a Living With Permaculture/Farming: http://bit.ly/2DEOGCR Urban Homesteading Video Series: http://bit.ly/2DilqF3 Verge Grad Interview Series: http://bit.ly/2FM9AAE About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/

Watch the Whole Alumni in Action Series:

 

 

VERGE ALUMNI PROFILES

With countless Verge grads launching their own permaculture careers and projects, it’s getting harder and harder to keep up! So each month, we profile at least one PDC grad and their permaculture business or project. If you’ve ever daydreamed about quitting your job and starting a meaningful career healing the earth, these grads will show you how it’s done.

Explore our Verge Alumni Profiles:

 

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VERGE ALUMNI INTERVIEWS

Taking a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) can be a life-changing experience. Many of our students leave the course so inspired and full of ideas, they end up making dramatic lifestyle changes, sometimes leaving their jobs to pursue careers in permaculture. And not surprisingly. In this exciting, dynamic and earth-healing field, there’s a lot of room for work. So what does life after the PDC look like? Read on, as Sara Haney, a PDC graduate herself, interviews seven of Verge’s PDC graduates about the career and life changes that followed their course.

Life after the PDC Interviews:

 

WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US & OUR COURSES

  • Taking the Verge Permaculture courses helped give me the knowledge, connections, and confidence to make real changes in my life.  I was able to start my own business, change my lifestyle, and meet an amazing group of people that helped me every step of the way.

    Jullilynn Gillies
    Jullilynn Gillies Rancho Relaxo
  • The money I put into this course is so tiny compared to what I’ve spent on material possessions that have no significance to me whatsoever. This is a drastic life changer. Rob gives many ideas on how to make a right livelihood. Now, I’m going to focus all my time towards bettering my environment and I’m leaving with many ideas on how to accomplish that.  

    Kira Sawatzky, Calgary, AB
    Kira Sawatzky, Calgary, AB
  • This course allowed me to tie loose ends together and exuded a great deal of reassurance and credibility toward my grassroots initiatives. This course was worth every penny and moment I spent and I hope the momentum for others to participate keeps up!

    Ursula Winkler, Jasper, AB
    Ursula Winkler, Jasper, AB Grassroots initiator for responsible living
  • The Verge Permaculture [Design Course] is a comprehensive course with hands-on applications. It is fantastic! Rob Avis provides functional information that goes way beyond the garden to – building, growing & creating a good life. We walked out of the [course] with so many entrepreneurial & sustainable ideas & opportunities there is no way this functional system (permaculture) cannot grow exponentially to make a better future. I am so excited!

    Julie Budgen, Canmore, AB
    Julie Budgen, Canmore, AB Environmental Planner
  • An engaging educational experience that exceeded expectations. I left the class with more knowledge than I know what to do with and more thorough appreciation of how much more there is to learn.  

    Andrew Gillese, Edmonton, AB
    Andrew Gillese, Edmonton, AB
  • Every so often someone comes along who seems to change the game. In this case, Alberta’s good fortune is doubly so, as it is a dynamic husband and wife who have changed people’s lives in service of environmental stewardship. As engineers-turned-sustainability designers, Rob and Michelle Avis have brought back Permaculture from a global learning expedition and innovated—adapted tools to Alberta conditions—sustaining not only their own small business but so much more…

    Adam Gagnon, Calgary, AB
    Adam Gagnon, Calgary, AB
  • I LOVED every moment of the class and was thoroughly challenged by the course content in ways that I never thought possible. Rob's teaching style was exactly what I was looking for - a humorous (and sometimes sobering) mix of theory, deep understanding and personal experience all rolled into an interactive and engaging delivery. What I truly appreciated most of all, were Rob's frequent suggestions of innovative business ideas.

     Sherri Morrison, Sturgeon County, Alberta
    Sherri Morrison, Sturgeon County, Alberta
  • Rob and Michelle’s experience as mechanical engineers is an asset to their permaculture design course. The course is broken down in a simple, easy to understand format, but what is more is that natural processes are explained and demystified piece by piece so that people taking the course can integrate the new knowledge into their lives. Before taking the course I thought compost was something that holds up a building. Now I know that it is a way to improve soil and save the world.

    Jeff Faye, Calgary, AB
    Jeff Faye, Calgary, AB Entreperneur
  • The PDC course far exceeded my expectations. Rob is absolutely overflowing with information. I am still working on what I plan to do with my new knowledge! It really overwhelmed me at first that I really needed to change my life dramatically, but I have realized that you start where you are. I've already recommended this course to friends.

    Carri Bedard, Airdrie, AB
    Carri Bedard, Airdrie, AB
  • Hold onto your hat because your life will be changed.

    Evonne Smulders
    Evonne Smulders Sage Pottery

SNAPSHOTS FROM OUR PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES

How Permaculture Changed My Life

In this newest blog series, we feature personal stories from past alumni about how how permaculture changed the direction of their outlooks and careers.

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