Permaculture Design Course

(see the Schedule 2016)

Kootenay Permaculture

The Permaculture Design Course is a 72 hours intensive course combining theory with practical hands-on learning. The participants will learn permaculture design principles & techniques. The course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on, slide shows, field trips & design projects.


  • Permaculture techniques & principles
  • Observation Skills
  • Pattern understanding
  • Site analysis
  • Soil fertility & microbiology
  • Gardening techniques
  • Permaculture design
  • Herbs & medicinal plants
  • Greenhouse production
  • Nursery & propagation
  • Edible landscaping
  • Fruit & nut trees
  • Forest garden
  • Agroforestry
  • Forest ecosystem
  • Water uses
  • Biological pest control
  • Wildcrafting
  • Composting
  • Cover crops & green manures
  • Grain production
  • Microclimates
  • Seed propagation, seed sources, seed production.
  • Harvesting &storage
  • Marketing & value-added
  • And much, much, more.


    Gregoire Lamoureux is the director of the Kootenay Permaculture Institute. He is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher. He has worked with permaculture systems for over 16 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 is on the Board of Directors of Slocan River Streamkeepers and 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.

    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.

    Other qualified instructors will facilitate the different topics of the course.

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    For more information or to register please contact:

    Kootenay Permaculture Institute
    S 12, C2
    Winlaw, BC
    V0G 2J0