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Putting Permaculture Into Practice

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So You’ve Earned Your PDC (Congratulations!)

….but where do you go from here?

 

After the intensity of a Permaculture Design Course, implementing your learning can be a lonely process…

Worrying
over big
decisions

Dealing with
conflicting
priorities

Finding
appropriate
technology

Seeking out
reliable information
and resources

Holding to your
timeline for
completing projects

Feeling as if the one
thing you know is how
much you don’t know

We Understand….and We’re Here to Help.

In more than 10 years of cold-climate permaculture design, consulting, teaching and leadership, the growing Verge Permaculture team has guided countless permaculture students through beginning and advanced studies. We’ve…

Trained more than 2000 permaculture homesteaders and small-farm business owners…

Produced a comprehensive, multi-media knowledge base on permaculture and regenerative living...

Built a global permaculture community through summits featuring international experts…

Established and maintained successful urban and rural homesteads / teaching centers.

Our Mission Is To Restore The Planet…

By Training Permaculture Practitioners to Succeed!

 

Permaculture Education Designed for Your Needs…
Your Learning Style…
Your Life!

The Verge Permaculture Academy offers live online masterclasses with

world-class faculty, collaborative learning experiences, and global networking

on one simple, intuitive private platform.

A fresh series of four 6-8-week live Masterclasses each year

Wide-ranging, live expert Q&As and case studies

Audio-only content for offline mobile listening

Collaborative design clinics for peer-to-peer inspiration

A growing, curated Vault of videos, articles, podcasts, and more

A lively community of cold-climate permaculture practitioners, on a private proprietary platform

(no invasive ads!)

Three levels of enrollment
to fit your needs, schedule and budget:

ACADEMY
COMMUNITY

  • Private online community & gamified access to bonus content
  • The Verge “Vault” – a growing, curated library of videos, articles, podcasts & more (limited access)

ACADEMY
FUNDAMENTALS

  • Private online community & gamified access to bonus content
  • The Verge “Vault” – a growing, curated library of videos, articles, podcasts & more (premium access)
  • Four Live Masterclasses plus course recordings and private online groups

ACADEMY
INSIDERS

  • Private online community & gamified access to bonus content
  • The Verge “Vault” – a growing, curated library of videos, articles, podcasts & more (full access)
  • Four Live Masterclasses plus course recordings and private online groups
  • Live Q&A sessions with experts across wide-ranging disciplines
  • Live case studies with experienced  permaculture practitioners
  • Open Consultations: Listen in on Rob’s Consultancy calls. And get a 50% discount on your own property consultations
  • Community Design Clinics for peer-to-peer inspiration
  • Audio recordings of most content for offline listening on mobile devices

Get more details about what’s included HERE.

THREE OPTIONS TO SUIT YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS

ACADEMY COMMUNITY

Perma-curious? Come and learn. Veteran practitioner? Come and network.

Connect with a lively diverse community, free to all!

FREE

Value $100+ /yr

ACADEMY FUNDAMENTALS

Immerse in focused cold-climate permaculture studies, with LIVE Masterclasses and a spectrum of select, on-demand resources in our curated Vault.

$599 /yr

Value $1,500+ /yr

(or $49.99/month, here)

ACADEMY INSIDER

Get answers to your toughest property-design challenges with access to expert teachers, collaboration with other practitioners, special events and Q&As, and more.

$1,099 /yr

Value $4,000+ /yr

(or $99.99/month, here)

A Learning Ecosystem That Welcomes You Where You Are…

You have a PDC or you’ve been reading avidly about permaculture?

Great! We’ll help you take your next steps in advanced studies.

You don’t know if you live in a cold climate?

“Cold climate” includes Cool, Cold and Temperate zones. If you need to extend your growing season with cold frames, hoophouses, or a greenhouse, you’re one of us!

You prefer one-on-one access to instructors?

Get your questions answered in faculty-moderated community discussions, live Q&As, or with a special student discount to private consultation with Verge founder Rob Avis.

Your schedule is packed, you don’t have time to sit down and watch trainings?

We’ve got you covered! Take your learning on the go with offline listening in podcast format using the PodBean Pro mobile app. Listen in the garden, in the car, or on a hike!

Don’t Waste Time and Money on False Starts, Shaky Decisions, and Generic Info from “Professor Google”.

As regenerative gardening grows more mainstream, it’s easy to find dozens of how-to books and videos on rebuilding soil ecology, setting up rainwater harvesting systems, raising chickens, starting a food forest, etc….

…. but you’re not going to find advanced training on the larger systems-design issues that can make your property a self-sustaining haven, or a labor-intensive, money-draining boondoggle!

THREE OPTIONS TO SUIT YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS

ACADEMY COMMUNITY

Perma-curious? Come and learn. Veteran practitioner? Come and network.

Connect with a lively diverse community, free to all!

FREE

Value $100+ /yr

ACADEMY FUNDAMENTALS

Immerse in focused cold-climate permaculture studies, with LIVE Masterclasses and a spectrum of select, on-demand resources in our curated Vault.

$599 /yr

Value $1,500+ /yr

(or $49.99/month, here)

ACADEMY INSIDER

Get answers to your toughest property-design challenges with access to expert teachers, collaboration with other practitioners, special events and Q&As, and more.

$1,099 /yr

Value $4,000+ /yr

(or $99.99/month, here)

Learn how to design for the requirements of your climate and your property, with the big picture in mind….and a multidisciplinary faculty and community to support and cheer you on!

Our Guarantee…

It’s simple:

When you enroll for a full year, if within 30 days of your enrollment you are not convinced that the program is a fit for you, we’ll provide a full refund.

What Do Verge Grads Say?

  • Thank-you! For the density of vital information for creating resilient communities. Thank-you for the inspiration to find innovative opportunities for right livelihood, positive creation, earth repair...and true happiness! Thank-you for the introduction to a vital, vibrant and progressive permaculture community.

    Chrystel Vultier
    Chrystel Vultier Food Purveyor, Canmore, AB / Farmbox Founder
  • The best education I have ever received! I am a changed person and really feel like I understand and belong to our planet now.  

    Angela Sommers, Red Deer, AB
    Angela Sommers, Red Deer, AB
  • I went from armchair activist to on the ground change maker in two weeks. [Verge's] course gave me the tools and resources to restore hope in a backwards world.

    Jordan Saunders
    Jordan Saunders Tree Folk

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS?

Scroll down for schedule, faculty, team, FAQ’s and more…

The Masterclasses

Build a comprehensive skill set for cold-climate resilience with the Verge Academy’s core curriculum: four fresh, live 6-to-8-week Masterclasses each year. A new series of Masterclasses is offered annually.

Warning: You may experience the burden of abundance.

The 2022/2023 Masterclass Lineup

November 2022

April 2023

January 2023

July 2023

Online Community

Imagine: An online Community with no ads, bots, spam, or distractions!

Are you interested in permaculture? Tired of all the annoyances of mainstream social media? Then join the Verge Permaculture Academy’s Community platform for free!

When you join as an Academy Insider, you gain access the private Insiders’ group with direct access to Verge faculty and fellow Insiders.

Forget Facebook, this is where the magic happens!

The Verge Vault

Do you have permaculture resources on _____?

When you’re up against a knotty question or need to know how to do XYZ, it’s easy to type a question into Google or Youtube and come up with rafts of information from hundreds of sources….problem is, how do you vet them? How, as we like to say, do you separate signal from noise?

So we’ve pulled hours of our best-loved, classic resources from the Verge Archives to create the Verge Vault – a curated library of easy-to-search content covering a wide spectrum of topics! With videos, podcasts, tools, templates and audiobooks galore, this resource hoard is sure to become your ‘Netflix for permies.’ And this is just the beginning! Expect new content to be added regularly.

When you enroll in Academy Fundamentals or Insiders you get unlimited premium access to virtually everything in the Vault! 

What do we mean when we say virtually everything?

The Vault is Verge’s deep treasure trove of content including hours of video content that is available to everyone Academy level. Academy Fundamentals and Insiders get premium access that includes:

  • Building Your Permaculture Property and the Essential Rainwater Harvesting audiobooks,
  • the Salatin Semester flipbook
  • every comprehensive case study we’ve worked on.
  • the Rainwater Harvesting tool
  • the Passive Solar Greenhouse design tool
  • recordings from all of our past online summits and conferences including this year’s Cold Climate Permaculture Conference.
  • 30% discounts on on-demand course like the Comprehensive Passive Solar Greenhouse
  • plus 30% discount on products like Verge merchandise and the softcover Building Your Permaculture Property book

Want to hear Bill Mollison teach permaculture? Watch or listen to a remastered version of a full PDC design course taught by the master himself.  So join the Academy and see for yourself what our permaculture treasure hunters dig up next!

Insiders will also have access to recordings from exclusive Insider events like Open Consultations, Design Clinics and more.

Live Themed Q&A Sessions

You have questions. We have answers.

Are you thinking about renting farmland to raise sheep? Wondering about the laws on harvesting livestock on your property? Debating whether to use hugel berms, swales, or both to control stormwater? Curious about the safe uses of greywater?

These are just a few of the questions that might come up in our biweekly, themed Q&A sessions! We bring in experts from across a variety of disciplines to answer our students’ pressing questions on how to develop resilience and abundance in their lives and on their property.

As an Academy Insider you help determine the themes we offer. Among this year’s topics:

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Live Case Studies

Peek behind the scenes on thriving cold and temperate climate permaculture properties!

Wishing you could peek behind the scenes on active permaculture properties? Wanting to ask designers “How did you do X? How does Y work?” Dreaming of hosting a group of permies to your property to show off your design inspirations?

Then you won’t want to miss our Insiders’ Case Studies: each month, join us as fellow permies take you on a live tour of their permaculture property or design while answering your questions throughout.

Seasonally, these may even be conducted as livestream tours! Throughout the dormant months, we’ll stay indoors and look at functioning cold and temperate climate permaculture designs, discussing the intricacies of what makes each one unique.

Open Consultations

Harvest insights and enhance your design game through 1-on-1 consultations.

Looking for a consultation with Verge founder Rob Avis?

As an Academy Insider, get 50% Robs regular consulting rate when joining as a participant to an Open Consultation .

Want to learn from a consultation?

Bi-weekly, sit in as a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ with Rob as he consults 1-on-1 with a fellow Academy Insider or PDC student.

Community Design Clinics

Catch the blaze of inspiration in our permaculture mastermind.

Join us in lively, compelling “hot seat” sessions as we call on the collective genius of a small group to overcome one Insider’s unique permaculture design challenges… and generate solutions and insights that are of value to all.

“Alone, we struggle; together, we are unstoppable!”

Listen Offline on Your Mobile Device

In the garden, while driving to the local orchard, or as you find yourself enjoying a quiet moment on your compost toilet..

No need to commit to watching all of this awesome content on your screen. With the mobile podcast app, you can easily stream or download hours of content and take the Verge Vault anywhere!

Have Questions?

Want to connect on-on-one with someone from our Team? Please feel free to join a “Live Tour & Q&A” session with Alain, our Academy Director, using the booking link here. Alternatively, send Alain an email with any questions you have and/or request a time to connect.

THREE OPTIONS TO SUIT YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS

ACADEMY COMMUNITY

Perma-curious? Come and learn. Veteran practitioner? Come and network.

Connect with a lively diverse community, free to all!

FREE

Value $100+ /yr

ACADEMY FUNDAMENTALS

Immerse in focused cold-climate permaculture studies, with LIVE Masterclasses and a spectrum of select, on-demand resources in our curated Vault.

$599 /yr

Value $1,500+ /yr

(or $49.99/month, here)

ACADEMY INSIDER

Get answers to your toughest property-design challenges with access to expert teachers, collaboration with other practitioners, special events and Q&As, and more.

$1,099 /yr

Value $4,000+ /yr

(or $99.99/month, here)

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