MAY 20-24, 2019: TOFINO, BC – Introduction to Permaculture Design at Cedar Coast Field Station

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 28, 2019

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Join instructor Michael Nickels, from the Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy on Saltspring Island, at this 5-day introduction to permaculture design workshop on Vargas Island.

“Permaculture gives us a toolkit for moving from a culture of fear and scarcity to one of love and abundance”

Learn step-by-step concepts to build your home-scale permaculture garden and more.

WhenMay 20th to 24th, 2019

WhereCedar Coast Field Station, Vargas Island (complimentary pick-up/drop-off from Tofino)

Cost$1625, all inclusive. 

Learn more and register here. 

Questions? Please send an email to for more information. Thank you.

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What’s Included?

  • Complimentary roundtrip transport from Tofino Harbour to Vargas
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation
  • A printed course outline inside a comprehensive binder with over 100 pages of information for each student ($60 value)
  • A brand new pair of Swiss Felco pruners for each student ($70 value)
  • A copy of Bill Mollison’s Introduction to Permaculture ($70 value)

Complimentary Transport

  • Pickup: Monday, May 20, 8:30am pick up at First Street Dock in Tofino, BC.
  • Drop-off: Friday, May 24th 12:00pm depart from CCFS to First Street Dock in Tofino, BC.
  • If you are travelling long distances and need accommodation for the Sunday before and/or the Friday after the workshop, please contact us.

What Your Will Learn

  • Principals and Ethics of Permaculture
  • Water harvesting on the landscape through swales
  • A-frame design, construction and use in field
  • Water storage through ponds gravity feed systems
  • Rainwater catchment and filtration
  • Grey water systems
  • Composting and Earthworms
  • Huegelkultur concept and build  
  • Growing Potatoes and Garlic as a cash crop  
  • Fruit tree growing, pruning and grafting
  • Plant propagation (In class and outside practical)
  • Forest management, harvesting and value adding
  • Nursery management
  • Wildcrafting and value adding
  • Mushrooms and cultivation  
  • And more…

Your Instructor

Michael Nickels, from Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy on Saltspring Island, brings 21 years of experience teaching and implementing permaculture practices throughout Canada, Australia, China, Mexico, Spain, and particularly Kenya. Michael has been involved with reforestation efforts in Kenya for the past 30 years, resulting in the planting of over fifteen million trees (and counting). Michael’s current focus is on self-sustainable food production in primary schools, with an emphasis on the exponential impacts that teaching permaculture skills in the school system has on the families and community members in addition to the students themselves.

Michael’s early years of completing a formal agribusiness education at the University of Guelph prompted his search elsewhere for sustainable and ecologically conscious methods of agriculture and forestry. The commitment and dedication that Michael and Seven Ravens have shown towards living and sharing a life dedicated to permaculture philosophies ensures a transformative experience for those yearning for alternatives to an education model based on unsustainable deforestation and chemical- and gene-based large scale farming.

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