Course: Intro to Permaculture

January 30, 2010 - 4:00pm to January 31, 2010 - 11:00pm

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture (*perm*anent - agri*culture*) is the conscious design and maintenance of agricultural ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. The philosophy is one that works with, rather than against nature and teaches that the only ethical decisions we can make are to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.

Course Overview and Instructor Bio

This 2-day, 12-hour course will offer information that covers the basics of Permaculture design. Whether your interest is in home gardening, small- or large-scale farming, planning, home construction, community building, or sustainable living, you will find this information to be incredibly valuable in all areas of your working and personal life.

Course instructor and seasoned permaculturist, Jesse Lemieux, will cover the fundamentals of the Permaculture ethics, principles and design methodology and how they can be applied to growing concerns around food security, water shortages, energy consumption, and much more!

His thorough training in permaculture has included two permaculture design certificates under the instruction of both Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison (the 'father' and 'grandfather' of modern-day permaculture), and intensive hands-on practice at the Permaculture Research Institute in Tasmania, AU. Jesse's practical work experience in permaculture has been in Western Canada, Australia, and the Middle East. The breadth of his experience covers small suburban backyard projects to large-scale community development planning and everything in between. Jesse is a full-time permaculture educator and design consultant residing with his wife on Denman Island, BC.

The event will be catered with coffee/tea breaks and lunch. The course is limited to 35 participants.

Course dates: Saturday, and Sunday January 30th and 31st, 2010
Course times: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (both days)
Course location: Red Deer College - Margaret Parsons Theatre

Course tuition includes Bill Mollison’s “Introduction to Permaculture” Book

$200 + GST - RDC Students (valid ID req'd)
$250 + GST before and including January 23rd
$300 + GST after January 23rd

Note: all proceeds will go toward land stewardship and food security projects in Red Deer & District, led by permaculture-trained members of ReThink Red Deer (

Methods of payment

Course is payable by Visa, Mastercard, cheque, cash, or money order. Please contact Ron Besuijen for details on payment at 403-392-8758 or [email protected]

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for any reason:

  • If notified 7 days in advance we will refund your course fee but will deduct a $50 administrative fee;
  • Less than 7 days in advance we are unable to provide a refund but would allow you to send someone in your place;
  • Should the course be canceled from our end due to low enrollment, crisis, or other reasons a full refund will be provided for all registered participants.


Margaret Parsons Theatre
Red Deer College
Red Deer , AB