Permaculture Foundational Concepts Courses

Below is a list of Permaculture Foundational Concepts courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Foundational Concepts (FCPD103)

The Foundational Concepts Course will cover 3 primary topics: an introduction to Permaculture, introduction to Indigenous perspectives in Permaculture and Primary concepts of Permaculture.

Introduction To Permaculture:
In this initiatory portion of the Foundational Concepts course, we will ground into the Permaculture program. Meet fellow classmates and together, create a foundation for a positive and effective class environment. This section offers tools to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and how to build optimal learning conditions during the program.

Participants will receive an in depth history of Permaculture and meet some of the Permaculture Pioneers who have greatly influenced the movement.

Introduction to Indigenous Perspectives in Permaculture:
Traditional and Indigenous practices are at the heart of the Permaculture Framework. It is important to acknowledge these roots with respect and gratitude.

This very valuable portion of the course, taught by an Indigenous facilitator, will support participants to become acquainted with the traditional territories they are residing on and how to respectfully address them. A clear understanding of the history of colonization will be discussed. Practical tools will be shared about how to build healthy and regenerative relationships with Indigenous People in community.

Primary Concepts of Permaculture:
In this portion of the course, we discover, what is Permaculture? Participants are introduced to primary concepts of Permaculture at the core of the framework. Through interactive activities, participants gain a deeper understanding of what Permaculture is, including key characteristics. The ethics and principles which are at the heart of what Permaculture is all about are discussed at length.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 3    Hours: 40

Permaculture 101 (FCPD104)

Join us on campus and at Tiny Tree Herb Farm, on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula, for this introductory course where you will deepen your understanding of the natural world while gaining insight into the foundations of Permaculture.

With a focus on learning natures operating system, participants will understand how to apply the principles and patterns of nature to their land, life and livelihood.  Together, on a working farm, we will explore how to observe and interact with our environments to best create long term, healthy and productive systems that care for the planet, people and future generations to come. Participants will gain practical introductory skills in mapping, designing, propagating, garden management, pest management, soil building, water management, natural building, social permaculture and more!

As part of our learning adventure, we will also take field trips to the forest, urban gardens and other Permaculture sites.

To apply learnings, participants will have an opportunity to create mini designs for personal projects of their choosing.

This course is a great fit for folks who:

  • are curious about Permaculture and want to learn more
  • are interested in creating intentional designs for their land and/ or life
  • want to take a more holistic approach to the way they live
  • are inspired to learn how to start growing their own food and medicine
  • desire to build stronger relationships with the natural world
  • hope to create positive change in their lives and communities

For those who are seeking a more in depth Permaculture program, please check out our 10 month diploma program in Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems – https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/faculties-programs/program/permaculture-design-and-resilient-ecosystems-diploma/

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Permaculture for Herbalists and Nutritionists (FCPD152/WHS152/NU152)

 Join us for this introductory course where you will deepen your understanding of the natural world while gaining insight into the foundations of Permaculture.

With a focus on learning natures operating system, participants will understand how to apply the principles of nature to growing a garden, running a successful holistic health practice and building better relationships with your clients.

Explore how to observe and interact with the land and your life to be able to best create long term, healthy and productive systems that care for the planet, people and future generations to come.

To apply learnings, participants will have an opportunity to create both land based and life based mini designs for personal projects of their choosing.

This course is a great fit for Herbalists and Nutritionists who:

•             are interested in creating intentional designs for their land and/ or life

•             want to take an even more holistic approach to their practice

•             are inspired to learn how to start growing their own food and medicine

•             desire to build stronger relationships with the natural world

•             hope to create positive change in their lives and communities

For those interested in studying in person, consider registering for FCPD104 Permaculture 101.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

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