“What can I do with a Permaculture Certificate?”
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:
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:
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:
I believe Permaculture is the future and everyone should have some understanding of how it works and how to apply it. Rob and Michelle have created an exceptional program that helps you bring out your creativity, opens your eyes to observe your surroundings, embraces life, and give you the tools to take action to provided a better life that sustains you and the earth as One. Very inspiring. Loved it!
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.
I have renewed excitement for what we all can do together to bring back our soil diversity and improve our food and heal our communities.
I’ve watched not just the blossoming of their business, but the blossoming of an entire community of engaged Calgarians and student alumni working hard to make a better world.
I have spent five years fretting about ecological, energy, and economic issues that will no doubt arrive at our collective doorsteps. This course has helped me to understand that there are practical solutions which build real wealth, and don't involve living in a cave. This course was worth every cent. I plan on making this my new career.
The PDC provides an important perspective for any who are disturbed by the present state of our culture and are seeking viable avenues for co-creating new ways forward.
Rob is a great teacher and some how he managed to cram so much into my head in such a considerably short time while not making me feel overwhelmed and making sure I and everyone else understood.
Thank-you for your continued support over the years and for facilitating what was a pivotal point in my fiancee and my life.
The PDC was an invaluable investment. Much like when getting proper nutrition and exercise I now feel enabled to express myself.more wholly. The information was densely packed but there was a clear reason for each piece of content being discussed. Rob Avis offers a unique approach to permaculture that really connected with my pragmatic and humorous worldview. A great two weeks with an extraordinary group of people.
Rob's incredible wealth of knowledge and resources provided a great base for understanding sustainable living that is symbiotic with nature...in a way that was inspiring and positive.
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.
- How our process helped this alumni see his property in a whole new lightMy name is Ian Griebel, and I operate a 2,300 acre ranch with my wife Dana Blume and my two wild little boys Cohen and Fynn. I’m the third generation farming this land, but have only been doing [...]Read more