Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma

Program Overview

The Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma is a 9-month program that provides training for participants who are interested in creating resilient and regenerative systems and lifestyles within the context of Permaculture design processes, tools, methods and strategies.

Providing an immersive curriculum in permaculture design, this training goes above and beyond basic training and includes courses in:

  • Foundational Permaculture concepts including:
    • Ethics and principles and Indigenous perspectives
  • Pattern literacy including:
    • Mapping and design methods
  • Ecological literacy including:
    • Mushrooms, plants & animals, soils, water, ecological restoration, bioremediation and herbalism
  • Design literacy including:
    • Organizational planning, governance, economy, community building & development, facilitation, natural building and applied design.

Length: 9 months
Offered: yearly beginning in February

Hours: 720 total
Program Enrolment: Maximum 18

My experience in the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma has been life altering in all of the best ways. The way I look at the world, at our ecosystems and at our history as individuals and a society has forever been changed. The value of understanding regenerative farming, sustainable practices and how to thrive while practicing permaculture principles are priceless. I am grateful for all of the instructors that shared their passions with us and continue to plant seeds of inspiration and knowledge for a brighter future.

– Nikki Wilkinson, Alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

The Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems program is the first of this caliber and scope in the world.
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Graduates are poised to be leaders in the permaculture realm and can seek employment as permaculture designers, greenhouse/nursery management, horticulture and/or sustainable agriculture business, herbal medicine production, and processing, as a natural building apprentice, and in sustainable community development.
This program is approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
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Pacific Rim College is actively engaged in many forms of environmental stewardship including 100% green energy offsets for our campus, the highest eco-certification, and planting of 10 trees in British Columbia for every program graduate.

What You’ll Learn:

Key Learning Outcome #1

To strategically design, implement and steward abundant, resilient and regenerative systems through the application of appropriate permaculture principles, techniques, design methods and processes.

Key Learning Outcome #2

Earth Care: To understand and care for the natural ecology by developing proficiency in building soil, performing animal, mushroom, plant and tree care, sustainable water and energy management, bioremediation and natural building.

Key Learning Outcome #3

People Care: To understand and care for the social ecology via knowing the history of Traditional People and practices and to build healthy communities through placemaking, participatory and inclusive practices and herbalism.

Key Learning Outcome #4

Future Care: To become aware of and engage in local restoration work, ethical wildcrafting, perennial gardening, traditional skill building, employment and life planning.

Key Learning Outcome #5

Transition: Be able to effectively integrate, apply and share new understandings and experiences of Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems into your personal life, land, livelihood and community.

To me, the PDRE program embodies holism in every sense of the word. It is a re-remembrance of what it means to be a human on this earth, and reminds us how to co-create with the land and its people in an inventive, harmonious way that celebrates the unique gifts and contributions of all. When I think back to all that I have experienced through this program, I recall how it felt to make a hawthorn tincture, or learn how to sheet mulch, or taste a medlar for the first time. It has taught me a deeper, more grounded way of interacting with the past and the future in this pivotal time on earth – honouring where we come from, learning how to be a good ancestor.

– Dominique Argan, Alumnus

Core Program Instructors

 

Curriculum

Below is a list of all courses included in the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program. Please click on course links below to see more course information including descriptions and prerequisites.

Permaculture Design Literacy

DLPD101
1 credit 1
20 hours 20
DLPD102
1 credit 1
15 hours 15
DLPD103
4 credits 4
60 hours 60
DLPD104
2 credits 2
30 hours 30
DLPD201
1 credit 1
20 hours 20
DLPD202
4 credits 4
55 hours 55
DLPD203
1 credit 1
15 hours 15
DLPD204
4 credits 4
55 hours 55
DLPD205
1 credit 1
15 hours 15
Total
 
19 credits 19 crds
285 hours 285 hrs

Permaculture Ecological Literacy

Total
 
21 credits 21 crds
330 hours 330 hrs

Permaculture Foundational Concepts

FCPD101
1 credit 1
15 hours 15
FCPD102
1 credit 1
10 hours 10
FCPD103
1 credit 1
15 hours 15
Total
 
3 credits 3 crds
40 hours 40 hrs

Permaculture Pattern Literacy

PLPD101
1 credit 1
20 hours 20
PLPD201
2 credits 2
30 hours 30
Total
 
3 credits 3 crds
50 hours 50 hrs

Permaculture Workshop

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Permaculture Workshop
1 credit 1
15 hours 15
Total
 
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs

Total Requirements

Permaculture Design Literacy
19 credits 19
285 hours 285
Permaculture Ecological Literacy
21 credits 21
330 hours 330
Permaculture Foundational Concepts
3 credits 3
40 hours 40
Permaculture Pattern Literacy
3 credits 3
50 hours 50
Permaculture Workshop
1 credit 1
15 hours 15
Grand Total
 
47 credits 47 crds
720 hours 720 hrs

 

Learning Sites

This program is offered primarily at the college’s two herb farms: Tiny Tree Herb Farm (main campus) and Ravenhill Herb Farm. These farms are located on the beautiful and fertile Saanich Peninsula, about 25 minutes north of our downtown campus. Some classes may take place off-site or online. 

Tiny Tree Herb Farm is located near the coastal community of Brentwood Bay overlooking the Malahat. This 6-acre farm organically grows a variety of food, along with medicinal and culinary herbs, trees and mushrooms. The rich soil, spring-fed water and ample sun exposure makes it a beautiful place to grow.

Ravenhill Herb Farm is a locally-run farm overlooking the Saanich Inlet of the Salish Sea. This 10-acre west coast oasis grows food, medicinal herbs, and culinary herbs, all organically, for the community and is dedicated to sharing knowledge of sustainable living and permaculture practices. The farm also is home to many happy animals including goats, livestock guardian dogs, and chickens.

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Study Options

The Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program is offered on a full-time basis (20 hours per week of study) from February through November, spanning three terms.

Most of the coursework is scheduled Monday through Thursday with occasional workshop intensives potentially on weekends.

This program and all learning components include year-round outdoor learning in all weather elements and regularly includes physically demanding activities.

 2022
2023
Semester 1Feb 1 – April 26Feb 1 – April 26
Semester 2May 2 – July 25May 2 – July 25
Semester 3Sept 6 – Nov 29Sept 6 – Nov 29
CalendarWinter 2022 

Admissions

Admission into the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program at Pacific Rim College is on a competitive basis. Entering students must have a high school diploma or an equivalency test. In addition, all non-native English speaking applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. Any foreign applicant may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System).

 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Program are broken down as follows:

  • – A $250 non-refundable registration fee (tuition adjusted in final semester) and a signed student contract is required for acceptance into this program.
    – Tuition for the first semester is $4825. The second and third semesters are $2412.50 each. Payment is due 15 days prior to the published start date of each semester.
    – A $100 program supply fee is due with each semester’s tuition payment. 

Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.

Financial Aid

This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit hrsdc.gc.ca for information about Canada Student Loans.

For a list of all financial aid programs available to PRC students, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Post-Graduation

Graduates of the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program will have the distinction of having completed an unprecedented program. They will be confident leaders in the field of Permaculture and can seek employment as Permaculture consultants and designers, greenhouse/nursery managers, horticulturists, sustainable farmers, natural building apprentices, and sustainable community developers.

 

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