Introduction to Permaculture - Designing a Resilient Homestead

Intro to Permaculture

Celebrate International Permaculture Day (May 1) with this essential 2.5-day seminar and hands-on workshop! 

This is an introduction to the 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course as designed and taught by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton.

Format: 2.5-day seminar and workshop with an Urban Homestead Tour on the Friday evening (part 1) and Saturday afternoon (part 2)

Trainer: Rene Michalak (Certified Permaculture Designer and Facilitator) 

Registration: max. 6 people

Admission: $200* - incl. notes pkg, lunch and coffee / tea
*couples discount $350 until March 31
All proceeds to construction of The Canadian Food Garage prototype -

This applied learning introduction to the design science of permaculture explains the theory and takes you behind the scenes at an established (and thriving!) urban permaculture-designed property in Red Deer.

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

This is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture design and what it can do for your property. Emphasis is placed on the foundational principles and practices of urban homesteading, perennial and annual food growing (both in the greenhouse and under the open sky), rainwater harvesting, and renewable energy applications.


Friday (6:00pm - 8:30pm): intros and a guided tour of the Oriole Park urban homestead in Red Deer (part 1), including a personal narrative of why permaculture design is needed and how it can be applied to meet your own needs, including the Permaculture Prime Directive, Ethics and Principles, and general Concepts of Sustainable Living

Saturday (9:00am - 5:00pm): In-class check in - yoga stretch (coffee / tea), Welcome and review ground rules, Patterns and pattern recognition, Central Alberta Climate & Air / Trees / Soils / Earthworks and Water
Lunch (provided)
Guided Tour of the urban homestead's Canadian Food Garage Project in Oriole Park (part 2) to discuss Observation, Zone and Sector Analysis, Four-season Intensive Growing Methods, Interactive Design Exercises, and Q&A

Sunday (9:00am - 5:00pm): In-class check In - yoga stretch (coffee / tea), Themes and Methods of Design using local case studies / projects
Lunch (provided)
Applied design for your own property using experiences from Friday and Saturday, Resource sharing, Q&A and next steps

To register and for more info contact:

Rene Michalak
The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta / The Canadian Food Garage