Dive Into Permaculture Design.

The Verge Online to On-site Permaculture Design Course
gives you a clear, immersive pathway to becoming an earth-healing agent of change.

Part One: Live, Online Course: May 30-June 24, 2024
Part Two: NEW On-Site Intensive: July 22-27, 2024
✓ Join Us Online and On-Site
✓ Learn from Renowned Experts
✓ Earn Your Certification
Rob and Michelle Avis showing Mitch Rawlyk and Madi Vietch how to overcome design challenges on their property with a contour map generated layout

Overcome permaculture paralysis.

When you first discover permaculture, inspiration quickly turns into confusion. The vast world of resources out there starts to feel like a scattered, paralyzing patchwork of opinions and ideas.

The Verge Permaculture Design Course helps you make sense of it all.

Our live, Online to On-Site course teaches you to use permaculture to create pioneering, hope-building projects.


In-Depth Curriculum

We curate a diverse set of renowned, expert instructors and guest speakers who immerse you in all aspects of permaculture.


A Practical Approach

The Verge Permaculture Design Course is designed with an engineer’s mindset. It gives you a framework to both understand and use the information you’re absorbing.


Continued Support

After the Permaculture Design Course, the Verge Academy guides your next steps with live, online masterclasses, a vast resource library, and community support.

Combine the convenience of online learning with real-world experience!

Our new Online to On-Site Permaculture Design Certification Course format is the ideal way to gain knowledge alongside your other commitments in life. 

Join us online May 30 to June 24, 2024 to learn the fundamentals of permaculture design.

Then, join us on-site in Calgary, Alberta for six days July 22-27 for an immersive, hands-on experience at the Verge On-Site Intensive!
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  • Tour working permaculture properties.
  • Practice permaculture techniques in a Permie Blitz!
  • Attend live sessions with our lead instructors.
  • Join us for fun activities and events in the evenings.
  • Make new friends and allies for the journey ahead!
  • Enjoy organic, lunch and snacks each day

Travel to and accommodations within Calgary are not provided. The On-Site Learning Intensive is required for attaining your Permaculture Design Course Certification. 

Prepare to be changed.

Our real-time, online courses are an interactive experience where you complete your first design and take your first, foundational step into life as a permaculturist.

Join Verge’s worldwide community of permaculture practitioners.

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Verge’s Online to On-Site Permaculture Design Certification Course, supports support a diverse community of permaculturists. For the last 15 years, our courses have supported more than 15,000 registrants from more than 30 different nations.

● Homesteaders and Family Farms transitioning to permaculture.

Business Owners using permaculture in their products and services

Aspiring Professionals pursuing a permaculture-related career

Urban Homeowners and Renters trying to make a difference

Community Leaders with a vision of serving others

Passionate Learners trying to find their path forward!

Meet Our Alumni!

Click the arrows on the images below to watch the success stories our film crew captured of life after the Verge Permaculture Design Course.

Hear from our past students

What’s included in the Verge Permaculture Design Course?

The Foundational Course

May 30 to June 24, 2024

Join us for the first 24-hours of the Permaculture Design Course. Verge delivers an international standard permaculture curriculum taught in live webinars and with plenty of student interaction throughout. Understand permaculture better and complete our course with a solid foundation to continue learning, growing and succeeding as a permaculturist.

On-Site Immersive

July 22-27, 2024

The on-site experience makes the concepts you’ve learned spring to life while giving you the chance to meet other students in person and celebrate the journey together. Enjoy organic lunch and snacks throughout the week, connect with your online community face to face and tour successful permaculture farms! The live portion is required to gain our certification.

The Permaculture Design Certification

Included in Practitner and Pro Level Course

Complete your certification endorsed by PINA (The Permaculture Institute of North America) when you take 4-6 electives based on your special interests. Submit your final design project and get personalized feedback from one of our expert instructors.

Advanced Training

Highly Recommended!

The Permaculture Design Course is your foundational, first step into a lifelong journey of learning. Then, we provide advanced training options for people who are fully-dedicated to their project or even a career in permaculture. Level up and follow your passion for permaculture down a pathway of regenerative living.

Take your first, foundational step into life as a permaculturist!

A Permaculturist’s work is never done. (Thank goodness!) Verge’s Online to On-Site Permaculture Design Certification Course begins a lifelong journey of learning and growth, and we support you every step of the way!

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The Verge Permaculture Design Course

Immerse yourself in a wide range of topics, teaching you to “Think Permaculture,” while providing your certification.

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Advanced Permaculture Planning & Design

After the Permaculture Design Course, this course equips you to prioritize the many steps ahead of you and build a strategic plan.

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Advanced Training

The Verge Permaculture Academy provides both specialized training for your areas of focus and a worldwide community to support you for life!

Here are your next steps.

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1. Sign Up!

Choose from one of three packages below. Pay the fee, and follow the email prompt to complete your account setup.

2. Explore the Community

Gain immediate access to the Verge Community. Connect with fellow students and tour the advanced, post-permaculture design courses available in the Verge Academy.

3. Prepare to Be Changed

Watch the Permaculture Primer orientation course before day one of the live, Online to On-Site Verge Permaculture Design Certification Course and get excited about the joyful journey ahead!

Choose one of the Verge Permaculture Design Course packages below.

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The Foundational Course

Live, Online Only

This option is perfect if you want to explore the foundations of permaculture and you’re not ready to commit to the full 72-hour course.

Take the first 24 hours of instruction and get a strong, foundational understanding of permaculture first.

This option can be upgraded to the full, Practitioner course later on. This package includes:

  • 24-hours of foundational permaculture concepts
  • Taught by leading permaculture experts
  • Live-online sessions May 30 to June 24
  • 30+ hours of bonus content
  • Access to the private online student group 
  • One-year of access to Foundational course recordings

*This option does not provide a certification.*


(est. $369 USD)

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The Practitioner Package

Online and On-Site Certification

This is the optimal Permaculture Design experience where online learning and hands-on experience converge. This package includes:

  • The full, comprehensive PINA-Certified curriculum and certification 
  • 24-hour live-online foundation course
  • Plus 6-Day on-site intensive July 22-27 including organic lunch and snacks
  • Live-online office hours with expert instructors
  • Choose four added elective modules on a selection of specialized topics that you’re most passionate about
  • Complete your first permaculture design project and get personalized feedback from instructors
  • One-year access to Foundational Session Recordings & Elective Course Modules

** Travel and accommodations are not provided.**


(est. $1,407 USD)

Payment Plans are available at checkout

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The Professional Package

Online, On-Site and Advanced Certification

If you’re planning to make permaculture a career or you’re dedicated to creating a regenerative lifestyle, this package is stacked with the additional  support you need. This package includes:

  • Everything in Practitioner Package, plus…
  • Invaluable follow-up course to the Permaculture Design Certification, Advanced Permaculture Planning and Design
  • Full Year access to our library of on-demand content through to the Verge Permaculture Academy including seven on-demand masterclasses in advanced permaculture skills training.
  • Live-online fall 2024 Food Forest Masterclass
  • Access to audit the Permaculture Design Course for a second time.
  • Lifetime access to course recordings and elective course modules.
  • Valued over $8,500


(est. $2,206USD)

Payment Plans are available at checkout

Travel to and accommodations within Calgary are not provided. The On-Site Learning Intensive is required for attaining your Permaculture Design Course Certification. 

Become an earth-healing agent of change!

The path to becoming a permaculturist is anything but clear. The Online to On-Site Permaculture Design Course gives you the structure and support you need to make sense of it all and partner with nature to build a more hopeful tomorrow.  

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Verge Team at the Farm

Diving into a permaculture design course is a big step…

You probably have more questions. We’re happy to meet with you for a short consultation.

We’d love to meet you, understand your goals in regards to permaculture, and help you figure out if this is the right fit!


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