“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:
The best education I have ever received! I am a changed person and really feel like I understand and belong to our planet now.
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.
Fantastic! The best education I have received. Rob is an inspiration, a real pleasure to spend this time learning from him.
Permaculture is a key body of knowledge and ethics that is missing in our society. What I received for value goes way beyond what I paid. Thank you. I think that this course is valuable for everyone; in particular, generalists and people searching for something that is missing in their lives.
Rob is a committed and passionate teacher with a knack for making things interesting and understandable. If you want to learn not just the "how" but also, and far more importantly, the "why" of permaculture, and the answer to, "What can I as one individual actually do to make a difference?", I highly recommend this course. It's very empowering.
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.
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.
Michelle was incredibly welcoming and wonderful to meet and engage with. I've heard good things about Verge and my experience definitely reinforces this reputation.
I honestly feel that with the principles and techniques I learned in the PDC, plus the network of people in the permaculture world, we now have the tools to heal the planet.
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…
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
- Christina Goodvin: PINA 2018/2019 NatureWise Design Contest FinalistSome exciting news from Verge grad Christina Goodvin (Check out her profile HERE)—She was just selected as a finalist in the Permaculture Institute of North America’s (PINA) 2019 design contest, [...]Read more