Workshops and Courses

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

We offer a range of courses and workshops, for students, teachers and for private individuals on many topics in the area of permaculture. Courses can be booked by individuals or groups.

The workshops featured here are a sampling of what is offered. If you have your own idea, or would like to recieve a full listing please contact us for a broschure. 


FOR STUDENTS

Introduction to Permaculture

An introduction to the principles and ideas underlying permaculture, beginning with why it is important for us to look at how we interact with the land we use to produce our food, and leading toward solutions for a more sustainable world.




Environmental Education Project Week


Allow your students to dive more deeply into the diverse topics surrounding permaculture and sustainable systems. Students will recieve an introduction to permaculture. Then they will choose a topic of interest to dive more deeply into. We guide them as they research their topic in small groups, and then present their topic to the class. The week culminates with an excursion to a working permaculture farm!



Excursions

To see a permaculture system live can spark inspiration and interest in your students. This offer includes an introduction to permaculture, then a guided tour of a working permaculture farm. This is an exciting day outing for students of all ages!


FOR TEACHERS

Classroom Gardening

A beginner's course on how to lead your class through a first experience with gardening. We will cover plant propogation, seasonal planting, and permaculture gardening principles, as well as recipes and ideas for how best to make use of your harvest!



Inspirational Environmental Education Projects

A toolkit for inspirational projects in the area of environmental education. Teachers will leave with a selection of biology experiments, materials and resources, as well as a list of external experts and excursion ideas to supplement their student's experiences.



Introduction to Permaculture

An introduction to the principles and ideas underlying permaculture, beginning with why it is important for us to look at how we interact with the land we use to produce our food, and leading toward solutions for a more sustainable world.

Teachers will leave with materials and resources for teaching their students about the concept of permaculture.





WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

Kombucha, Kefir, Soda and Syrups

Fermented drinks are a probiotic powerhouse!

In this course, we will taste beverages fermented using different techniques. We will learn some basics about wild fermentation, and how to make these healthy beverages at home. Each participant will leave with their own starter kit to begin making kombucha, natural sodas and water kefir at home.



Upcoming Workshop:

Friday November 12, 2021 (17:00-19:00)




Pickles and Preserves

Not very long ago, families spent their late summer and early autumn preserving homegrown foods for the winter months. The skill of home canning and pickling is now something that is foreign to many people. 

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of how to safely can foods, as well as recipes for seasonal produce. You will have the chance to try your hand at two of these recipes, and take home the fruits of your labor.


Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday October 10, 2021 (17:00-19:00)




Worm Composting

Let worms eat your kitchen waste!

In this workshop you will learn the basics of worm composting. We will discuss soil health and why it is so important to the health of our food, as well as what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

You will learn how to set up and maintain an indoor or outdoor worm composter, including many troubleshooting tips.


Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday October 23, 2021 (10:00-12:00)

Friday November 26, 2021 (17:00-19:00)

Introduction to Permaculture

This 2-day workshop is designed to give a theoretical and practical introduction to permaculture principles and practices. It is held at the Dietlimoos Community Gardens, where permaculture practices have been implemented to re-green an urban area.

Join us to learn about permaculture, gain some hands-on experience, and to tour this great community project!




Upcoming Workshop:

September 24-25, 2021

The Basics of Fermentation

Often if you have your own garden, you are blessed with an overabundance at some point in the season. Learn how to create a healthy fermented product from these vegetables. This is a beginner course, which will cover the basics of vegetable fermentation with demonstrations and recipes for saurkraut, fermented hot sauce and more!



Upcoming Workshops:

Friday October 1, 2021 (17:00-19:00)

Wednesday October 27, 2021 (17:00-19:00)



Baking with Sourdough

Sourdough is the oldest form of leavened bread, dating back to ancient Egypt. It is also a way to bake using the simplest and most healthy ingredients. In this course will cover the basic science of fermentation, learn about wild ferments, and how to bake using wild yeast. You will also go home with your own starter, as well as some tasty baked goods!




Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday October 9, 2021 (16:00-18:00)

Friday October 22, 2021 (17:00-19:00)

Wednesday November 10, 2021 (17:00-19:00)