Date(s) - 26/05/2017 - 24/09/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
For those interested in living and breathing a sustainable life, Manitoulin Permaculture’s 5-month, 100 hour Permaculture Design Certificate provides an introduction to fundamental permaculture knowledge and skills. Join us through the warmer months of 2017 for a expansive dose of reading landscapes, working with water, building soil, composting, installing solar panels, designing food forests, working on design projects and much more!
The most common format of a permaculture design certificate is a two-week, 72-hour course. While adequate to cover the required material, this format limits time for hands-on learning and leaves little chance to catch one’s breath or integrate the material covered. Manitoulin Permaculture’s extended PDC is designed to give more time for: observing through the seasons, hands-on learning, Q & A, going further with the subject material and connecting with others.
Each weekend runs from Friday at 1pm to Sunday at 3pm. Attendance is mandatory every weekend if you wish to receive a permaculture design certificate.
May 26 – 28: Introduction to Permaculture, Perennials, and Animal Husbandry
- Zones (mapping)
- Sectors (mapping)
- Design Projects
- Food Forests
- Integrating Animals into the Landscape
- Everything About Chickens
June 23 – 25: Landscapes, Soil, Climate, and Weather
- Reading Terrain
- Raised beds
Climate & Weather
- Hydrologic cycle
- Site analysis
July 28 – 30: Water & Natural Building
All About Water!
- Grey water
- Ground water
- Light clay
- Earthen plasters and finishes
- Cob Ovens
- All-season greenhouses & climate batteries
August 25 – 27: Everything about Renewable Energy
- Basic physics
- Solar Installation
September 22 – 24: Sustainable Society
Permaculture Beyond the Homestead
- Alternative Economics
- Transition Towns
- Urban Permaculture
- Where To Go From Here?
Justin Tilson has been actively learning and practicing permaculture since he founded a guerilla community garden in Vancouver BC between 2006 and 2010. He completed a PDC at OUR Ecovillage
in 2008 and followed that up with teacher training courses at the Bullock Brothers’ Homestead
and with Jude Hobbs
. His interests include earthworks, ponds, food forests, integrating animals into the landscape, renewable energy, biochar, mushrooms, electric transportation, compost, black soldier flies, teaching, working with interns, soil fertility, large-scale earth restoration, all-season greenhouses, carbon sequestration, regenerative economics and just about everything permaculture. Justin has an MBA in Sustainable Development from Pinchot University
Rachael Neally is a horticulturalist, landscape designer, practical herbalist, and junior entomologist, soil scientist, and floriculturist. Rachael received a B.Sc in Agriculture Business with Horticulture Specialization in 2017. Rachael has professional experience teaching organic gardening and providing ecological education for all age groups as a naturalist interpreter. Rachael has a passion for observation of natural systems, gorgeous regenerative design, and increasing the biodiversity of ecosystems. Her most recent projects include homestead seed bank creation, duck mothering, and pond plant propagation. Rachael is a co-owner and project manager at Manitoulin Permaculture.
Mark Hamalainen is an entrepreneur, scientist, and agricultural engineer in training – he studied biotechnology at the University of Cambridge
and was on the founding team of two biotechnology companies
in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked on the design and construction of aquaponics systems under Jon Parr of Schoolgrown Aquaponics
and all-season greenhouses under Jerome Osentowski of CRMPI
. Mark’s current interests include ecosystem design, cold-climate greenhouses, closed-loop life support systems, and hybrid mass selection as an alternative to cloning for food crops. He is a passionate advocate for radically extending human lifespan, protecting and preserving the natural environment, and colonizing Mars.
Roland Aeschlimann is a Journeyman Carpenter born and educated in Switzerland. He has 17 years experience and extensive international training through his membership in a traditional traveling Carpenter’s Guild. Roland specializes in natural, energy efficient homes with an emphasis on timber framing, strawbale and log home building. He currently lives with his family on Manitoulin Island.
Neil Lawrence is a small animal veterinarian with an interest in poultry. He has worked with a variety of livestock over the years in Ontario and in Trinidad. He has taught 4-H veterinary science classes, run remote spay/neuter clinics in Moosonee, done rehab on birds of prey in the Caribbean, and invited crows to live in his house while on the mend! He and his wife have been working towards growing and preserving more and more of their family’s fruit and vegetables. Their most recent project was a strawbale chicken coop for their fledgling flock of Chantecler hens.
Shane O’Donnel received a B.Eng in Renewable and Sustainable Energy in 2014 and is a senior intern at Manitoulin Permaculture. Shane has a passion for tinkering with electronics and creating functional energy systems. Shane is never bored and spends his ‘spare time’ automating greenhouses with open source tech, teaching and inspiring youth, remediating soil through mushroom cultivation, and pyrolyzing discarded biomass into biochar.
Michael Murray grew up with renewable energy and the interesting relationship of using less in a world of excess consumption. Michael’s post secondary education began in electronics and matured into design at Humber College and continued at OCAD University. Mike is an off-grid guru, electric car builder and all around renewable energy ninja.
Paul Salanki B.A.Sc., M.Eng, M.Sc. is an organic/biodynamic farmer, beekeeper, carpenter, engineer, and very much a continuing student exploring the relationships between our culture and its food systems, agriculture, permaculture, and every other kind of culture of our food, and the environment, ecosystems, and soil and biology that our food and all living things are part of.
While Paul is passionate about exploring and sharing insight into the awesome beauty and wisdom of nature’s processes through the windows and tools of theoretical sciences, he also realizes the need to ground knowledge in practical application and relationship to the context around us. By deepening our understanding of the place we’re in, we can then mindfully yet creatively use the tools and resources available to us to work with soil, plants and the landscape responsibly. Paul is also careful to maintain an awareness of the “bigger picture perspective”, or spiritual consciousness, of the challenges our current paradigms are forcing us to face.
Registration is closed for this event.