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Kootenay Permaculture Institute

Teaching Permaculture in the Kootenays and across Canada since 1991.

The Kootenay Permaculture Institute is a centre for research and education in Permaculture & ecological living in British Columbia, Canada.

Mandala Garden at Spiral Farm
Mandala Garden at Spiral Farm

The Kootenay Permaculture Institute was started in 1991 with the vision to develop more research and education in Permaculture and ecological living in British Columbia and across Canada. The Institute is designing and implementing Permaculture principles and techniques on a ten acre farm in the Slocan Valley situated in the West Kootenay in British Columbia, Canada since 1993. The Forest Garden was also started in 1993, it is one of the oldest forest gardens in Canada. It already produces a diversity of fruits, berries, nuts, medicinal herbs, and fibre crops such as basket willows and bamboos.  It is an ideal site for people to come to learn and practice Permaculture. The Institute keeps in touch with the local, national and the international networks of people working with various approaches to Permaculture & ecological living.

Pond in mandala garden

Kootenay Permaculture

Teaching Permaculture in the Kootenays and across Canada since 1991.

Schedule 2017

Permaculture Design Courses in Canada

June 4 – 17, 2017 in Winlaw, BC

Early registration deadline: May 4, 2017

July 16 – 29, 2017 in Caledon, Ontario
Early registration deadline: June 8, 2017

August 13 – 26, 2017 in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline: July 13, 2017

Description: This intensive 13 day course combines theory with practical hands-on learning & design exercises.
The participants who complete the course will receive the Permaculture Design Course Certificate.
Topics includes: permaculture design techniques & principles, site analysis, soil fertility, organic gardening techniques, fruit & nut trees, water uses, ecological buildings & urban permaculture.
Instructors: Gregoire Lamoureux & guests

Faces & Places from Kootenay Conservation Program:

For more information or to register contact:
Kootenay Permaculture
Winlaw, BC
V0G 2J0

Kootenay Permaculture Institute’s 23 year old Forest Garden

Une Visite à la Ferme Spiral

 Forest Garden at Spiral Farm 2012
Forest Garden 2012

Forest Garden at Spiral Farm May 2013
Forest Garden 2013
Forest Garden at Spiral Farm in Winlaw, BC. Home of Kootenay Permaculture.

Profile of Gregoire Lamoureux in
Faces & Places from Kootenay Conservation Program:

Magazine Interview:
Permaculture: Designing through Observation  
Story by Tricia Edgar contributor. January 1, 2013:

Radio Interview:
Kootenay Coop Radio Show:
The EcoCentric: 
Intervew with Gregoire Lamoureux Permaculture Teacher & Observer at Kootenay Permaculture. August 2012:

Video Interview:
A Whole Village - Episode 8
Published on Aug 16, 2012 in Caledon, Ontario.

A Video Series produced by Jon Gagnon (

Each year Whole Village host a Permaculture Design Course so that participants can learn the theories and see how they are implemented on the farm.

Permaculture Design Course

June 4 – 17, 2017 in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline: May 4, 2017

Summer Course:

August 13 – 26, 2017 in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline: July 13, 2017

at Spiral Farm

in Winlaw, British Columbia

This 13 day intensive course is the basic Permaculture Design Course covering the principles & techniques of permaculture design. The course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on, slide shows, field trips & design projects. 

This course is presented in cooperation with Selkirk College in Nelson, BC


Permaculture principles & techniques
Pattern understanding
Organic Gardening
Plant diversity
Forest Garden
Fruit & Nut trees
Plant Propagation
Building Design
Alternative Energy
Waste treatment
 Urban Permaculture
Alternative economics
& more.


Grégoire Lamoureux:

Gregoire Lamoureux is the director of the Kootenay Permaculture Institute. He is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher. He is one of the most experience permaculture teacher in Canada.

Gregoire Lamoureux holds a Permaculture Diploma in Education, Design, Site Development and Community Service from the Permaculture Institute USA.

He has worked with permaculture systems for 25 years and taught courses in many parts of the country. Gregoire taught the Permaculture Design Course as a Summer Session at the University of Manitoba in 2005. He has also been teaching the Permaculture Design Course with Selkirk College in Nelson, BC for the last 10 years.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Seeds of Diversity Canada for seven years. He is a founding member of Kootenay Organic Growers Society and was on the Certifying Committee for three years.

Gregoire is also a founding member of Slocan River Streamkeepers Society. He is now the organization’s coordinator for the Riparian Restoration Program, and is on both the Executive & the Steering Committee for the Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP).

His work experience includes market gardening, greenhouse production, orcharding, ecological land restoration using bio-engineering techniques, small-scale nursery management, landscaping, aquaculture and forestry work. He has written articles for Natural Life and Eco Farm & Garden magazines, a contributor in The Organic Companion, Gleanings from Canadian Organic Growers published in 2005. Gregoire has also studied alternative building and worked on straw-bale and cob house buildings. He has been a guest lecturer at many conferences including the BC Organic Agriculture Conference and the Guelph Organic Agriculture Conference. He is a mentor for the permaculture apprenticeship program.

Guest Speakers for this 13 day Permaculture Design Course in June will include:

Shanoon Bennett
Shanoon is an environmental educator and founder of Huckleberry Adventures (since 1989), which is a program dedicated to instilling appreciation for the wonders found in the wilds of our backyards.
She is also an avid wildcrafter and loves to share her knowledge, passion and experience of the botanical treasures found from valley bottom to mountain top.
Shanoon has been involved with our Permaculture Design Courses in Winlaw since 2001 and everyone always enjoy going for a walk in the forest with Shanoon!

For more information or to register: 

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is the design & implementation of sustainable & ecological human habitat.

“Permaculture” - or “permanent agriculture” - was originally conceived over 30 years ago by Australian ecologist Bill Mollison.  Observing aboriginal culture and forest ecosystems, he concluded that we could deliberately design agriculturally productive ecosystems, echoing the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems.

Permaculture is a holistic approach to land use, which works with nature’s rhythm and patterns, weaving together the elements of microclimate, annual and perennial
plants, animals, water and soil management, and human needs into intricately connected and productive communities.

Permaculture designs provide food, energy, and shelter for people and animal inhabitants while linking the needs and outputs of each element.  The result is a
dynamic yet stable system that sustains itself.

Permaculture systems can be developed in any climate and on any scale. Designs have been developed on balconies, in backyards and for entire villages and urban communities.


Care for the Earth & all living & non-living systems.

Care for the People & all living beings.

Sharing surplus including information & limiting our consumptions of energy & resources.

Protecting all undisturbed ecosystems & restoring damaged ecosystems.

Some of the Principles that we like to work with:


Observe Nature.


Mulch, mulch, mulch.

Grow some plant guilds. (groups of plants that grow well together)

Water is precious: limit our uses of fresh water, conserve & recycle, return it clean to nature.

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Upcycle, Recycle... and bicycle!

& plant more trees, more guilds & mulch, mulch, mulch!


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Please contact us:

Kootenay Permaculture Institute

Winlaw, BC
V0G 2J0