Permaculture Workshops

(See the Schedule 2016)

The Kootenay Permaculture Institute is interested in presenting some educational programs in your community.

The courses can be presented either in english or french.


Public Speaking: (for groups or events)
An Introduction to Permaculture or other specific topic can be presented.
Day or evening presentations can include lecture, slide presentation or discussion.


Introduction to Permaculture: This weekend workshop will introduce the participants to the concept of permaculture design.
It can include lecture, slide presentation, discussion, hands-on and design exercise.

Urban Permaculture Workshop: This workshop is specifically designed to present some strategies for people who lives in urban environment. It can include lectures, discussion, slide presentation, hands-on and design exercise.

Agroforestry Workshop: An overview of the different temperate agroforestry systems. How to design an agroforestry system. Site analysis, preparation, planting, maintenance, choosing the best plants, etc. The workshop can include lecture, discussion, slide presentation, hands-on project and design exercise

The Forest Garden Workshop: What is a Forest Garden? How to design a forest garden. Preparation, planting, maintenance, choosing the best plants, etc. The workshop can include lecture, discussion, slide presentation, hands-on projects and design exercise.


Fundamentals of Permaculture Design: This course covers the basic techniques & principles of permaculture design. The course also covers many of the topics listed below (in the permaculture design course). It includes lectures, discussion, slide presentation, hands-on project and design exercise.

Permaculture Practicum: This course completes the certificate course for those who have taken the Permaculture Fundamentals. This course will be a combination of design intensive & hands-on exercise. The design projects will look at both small urban design and larger rural projects. Learn more about the role of consultant and designer.


PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE is a 72 hours intensive course combining theory with practical hands-on learning. The participants will learn the basic permaculture design principles & techniques.


  • 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 15 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 informations about organizing an event or to register please contact:

    Kootenay Permaculture Institute
    S12, C2
    Winlaw, BC
    V0G 2J0